Gannon University Faculty and Staff Awarded for Going Above and Beyond
Posted: May 23, 2013
Gannon University's president, Keith Taylor, Ph.D., announced
this year's winners of the Maroon and Gold Awards at the
University's Community Meeting on Monday, May 20. The Gold Award
was presented to Michael Wellington, Grounds Supervisor; and Dr.
Lin Zhao, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer
Engineering, was honored with the Maroon Award.
The awards recognize full- and part-time employees who support
the University's strategic plan goal of giving appropriate academic
and personal attention to undergraduate and graduate students.
Undergraduate or graduate students submit nominations for the
Maroon Award to be awarded to faculty, staff, or an administrator.
Peer faculty, staff or administrators at Gannon, submit the Gold
Wellington was praised by his peers as a "friendly face who
cares about the university and the student work study employees
that work with him." For his work on several projects around
campus, one nomination commented that he "organized his own staff
to help the students on GIVE DAY with the planting of trees for the
TreeVitalize Project, in which Gannon planted 150 trees in the
Erie-Gains neighborhood." "Our campus is a more beautifully vibrant
and verdant place as a result of his efforts," read another
Those who nominated Zhao for the Maroon Award stated that she
"takes pride in her work just as much as she does her students,"
and is also an "active advisor for IEEE - helps us coordinate
different events/trips, as well as brings us snacks for each
meeting." Many students' nominations commented on Zhao being an
excellent teacher; one stated, "She gives her students that 'parent
away from home' feeling which is something that cannot be
The Student Success Committee created the Maroon and Gold Awards
in 2006, with the process being lead by new student services
director, Jerry Miele.
The award winners were chosen by several criteria, including:
going beyond a job description or usual schedule to make the Gannon
community a positive and enjoyable place for students; taking time
to meet with students outside of the nominee's usual schedule;
volunteering or attending student activities taking place on
campus; being approachable; being committed to Gannon and having an
overall positive presence on campus.
By doing these things in their own unique ways, Wellington
and Zhao helped students create an environment that promotes
student success, engagement and satisfaction with their Gannon
The recipients were honored with a certificate of appreciation
signed by Dr. Taylor and Dean Ward McCracken, Student Success
Committee chair. Each recipient also received a monetary award
($200 each) by Carolynn Masters, provost and vice president for