Two Stockton employees recognized for distinguished service at annual eventOn Tuesday, May 13, the Stockton campus community gathered for a reception honoring those staff members who were celebrating incremental anniversaries of service from five to 40 years. Two staff members also received the Cavanaugh Distinguished Service Award.
At the annual Years of Service reception, more than 120 employees were recognized for their service to the University. Eighteen of them have worked at Pacific for 25 years or more. At the upper end of that list were Joy Hart, College of the Pacific/Psychology; Susan McCann, College of the Pacific/Chemistry; and Patricia Ragocas, Office of the Registrar, who all celebrated 35 years; and Jane Lewis, assistant vice president of Human Resources, who celebrates 40 years with Pacific this year. See the full list of honorees >>
Winners of the Cavanaugh Distinguished Service Award were also announced at the event. The annual award, endowed by former Vice President for Business and Finance Pat Cavanaugh and his wife, Janita, recognizes one exempt and one non-exempt staff member each year who are identified for their exceptional accompishments, leadership, innovation, service to the University community or other areas of excellence. In addition to a plaque and an "A" parking pass for the 2014-15 school year, recipients receive a cash award of $500.
This year's honorees were Linda Selvidge from the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and Lisa Cooper from Student Life.
Linda Selvidge is an administrative assistant in the Introductory Pharmacy Practice office. Previously, she served two years as library coordinator for the Health Sciences branch of the University Library before moving to her current position in 2013.
Those who nominated Linda cited her outstanding organizational skills and attention to detail, and noted a number of innovations for which she was responsible. She developed new systems for the Health Science library, including a new system for scheduling workers, a new system for data collection and new ways to make accessing library resources easier. They also cited her wonderful attitude, concern for others and willingness to go "above and beyond" in providing outstanding customer service.
Lisa Cooper is the associate vice president for diversity and community engagement in the Division of Student Life. Those who nominated her note her significant depth and breadth of leadership experiences and achievements in student affairs, academic administration, human resources and teaching. She came to Pacific in 2002 as coordinator of services for Students with Disabilities, helping to establish that office and incorporating best practices for helping differently abled students succeed.
From 2005-07, she was the director of the Educational Resource Center. The quality of her mentorship, in particular for students of color, and the trust that she developed with faculty, caused the provost to promote her to interim assistant provost for diversity in 2007-08. In 2010 she became assistant and later associate vice president for Student Life for Diversity and Community Engagement.
Lisa was cited as one of Pacific's most important champions of diversity and inclusive excellence. In this capacity, she was one of the prime architects of Pacific's first Statement on Diversity and Inclusion; she coordinated with faculty on the development of diversity learning outcomes and a diversity course requirement and was instrumental in developing the Faculty Diversity Hiring Plan. The Campus Conversations program she organized has helped students and others tackle potentially difficult and controversial topics in a safe environment. Through her exceptional advising, mentoring and teaching, she has had a profound positive impact on Pacific students.
Congratulations and thanks to Linda and Lisa for their accomplishments, collegiality and outstanding service to the University.