Plumbing supervisor Jim Moynihan (pictured) was sitting near the back of a Facilities Management staff meeting when President Lynn Pasquerella, bearing balloons, flowers, and a trophy, interrupted proceedings.
Pasquerella made the surprise visit to present Moynihan with the second annual President’s Award for Outstanding Service. A few hours later she made a similar visit to the office of Barbara Bunyan, business manager and senior administrative assistant in the Department of Theatre Arts.
Both Moynihan and Bunyan were nominated by colleagues for the President's Award for Outstanding Service, which is designed to recognize and honor staff members who exemplify Mount Holyoke’s core values each year.
“I am so very pleased that Jim Moynihan and Barbara Bunyan are being recognized for their outstanding service to the College,” said Pasquerella. “I can think of no better exemplars of the values of integrity, creativity, service, and excellence represented by this award.
“It comes as no surprise that each of them credited their colleagues for their success as change agents!"
Staff, faculty, and students were asked in April to submit nominations for staff members who go above and beyond the usual expectations for their positions to provide expertise and a high quality of service to the campus community and beyond. The selection committee received two dozen nominations for employees from a wide cross section of departments and job types.
Moynihan’s nominators praised his “sense of dedication, his good humor, and positive attitude,” saying, “the College will long be the beneficiary of Jim’s vision and wisdom” and “in his work Jim actively looks for ways to help the College lower its gas bill and reduce its carbon footprint.”
Bunyan, who just celebrated her 34th anniversary at Mount Holyoke, was nominated by the entire faculty and staff of the Department of Theatre Arts. Her colleagues cited her “efficiency, organizational skills, supportive nature, and her generosity,” saying, “her office always has someone in it—faculty, staff, or student—receiving the benefit of her wisdom and thoughtfulness.”
This year’s recipients will each receive a cash award. All nominees for the 2013 President’s Award will receive a letter of recognition from Pasquerella.