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Deborah Hawkins receives 3-Legged Stool award from Employee Forum

Employee Forum Chair Shayna Hill, left, and the forum honored Deborah Hawkins with the Three-Legged Stool Award at the Aug. 2 meeting.

At its Aug. 2 meeting, the Employee Forum presented its highest honor to Deborah Hawkins, parking control and special events manager in the transportation and parking department.

The 2017 Employee Forum Community Award (also known as the Three-Legged Stool Award) recognizes distinguished contributions by individuals who work to promote cooperation and collaboration among faculty, staff and students.

“Her collaborative efforts have resulted in many event wins for the community, including these: two presidential visits, one FLOTUS visit, two vice presidential visits, two Thursday night football games and years of move-in operations,” said Natiaya Neal, chair of the awards committee, of the 27-
year employee.

Hawkins accepted the award and the miniature wooden stool that goes with it, saying, “Awards that people receive are not just for them. It’s for all the people who made them look good.”

Gena Carter, retiring soon from human resources, thanks the Employee Forum for its resolution honoring her.

The forum also honored Gena Carter, who will retire from the Office of Human Resources at the end of August.

The unanimously passed resolution conferred lifelong delegate status to Carter, a 15-year human resources employee. Carter has “consulted, supported and presented indispensable and wise counsel to this forum,” in the words of
the resolution.