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Staff Recognition

Spotlight Awards

We are pleased to have the Spotlight Awards as a means of acknowledging and demonstrating timely appreciation and recognition for the exceptional contributions of individuals at Smith that go beyond the everyday scope of their responsibilities.

All employees, managers and supervisors are encouraged to nominate staff colleagues, inside or outside of their departments, by submitting a Spotlight Award Nomination Form.

The Spotlight Awards cycle runs from April 1 to March 31. Senior administrators will receive nominations for staff working in their areas and select Spotlight Award recipients.

Spotlight Awards have a pretaxed value of $150 and are included in the recipient's paycheck usually within two weeks of receiving recognition. Recipients also receive a Spotlight Award Certificate from their supervisor or department head. Periodically, we feature Spotlight Award recipients on our website.

Each spring human resources hosts a celebratory reception for the entire community to gather and congratulate all of the Spotlight Award recipients for the year. Recipients are eligible to participate in a special grand-prize drawing.

Maria Aguilar, Dining Services
Nominated by Pat Mahar

Lea Ahlen, Social Sciences
Nominated by Sidonia Dalby

Iris Alicea, Human Resources
Nominated by Tina Benoit

Marc Anderson, Chemistry
Nominated by Margaret Lamb

Lars Asbornsen, College Relations
Nominated by Juliet Hansen

Joanne Benkley, Center for the Environment
Nominated by Chrissie Bell

Molly Bouffard, Development
Nominated by Maria Held

Danielle Brown, Development
Nominated by Sidonia Dalby

Kiara Brown, Student Affairs
Nominated by: Becky Shaw

Jennifer Burwell, Registrar's Office
Nominated by Lea Ahlen and Dawn Fulton

Jo Cannon, ITS
Nominated by Rhonda Davis & Sam Masinter

Matthew Cook, Dining Services
Nominated by Patty Hentz

Sidonia Dalby, Admission
Nominated by Danielle Brown

Jaz (Kirstin) Dand, Music
Nominated by Linda Shaughnessy

Ashavan Doyon, Student Affairs
Nominated by Becky Shaw

Anita Durfer, Dining Services
Nominated by Cathy Glazier

Yasmin Eisenhauer, Information Technology Services
Nominated by Katherine Rowe

Patrick Fenton, Executive Education
Nominated by Iris Newalu

Kate Fyhr, Development
Nominated by Beth Raffeld and Sandra Doucett

Diane Garvey, Development
Nominated by Regina Tracy

Donna Gingras, Office of Student Engagement
Nominated by Kathy San Antonio and Merrilyn Lewis

Elizabeth Hait, Kahn Institute
Nominated by Rosetta Cohen

James Hume, Art Department
Nominated by Lynne Yamamoto

Kaja Katamay, ITS
Nominated by Becky Shaw

Deborah Keisch, ITS
Nominated by Tom Laughner

Carol Kelly, Dining Services
Nominated by Anne Stolarik

Meg Kennedy-Nelson, Dining Services
Nominated by Patty Hentz

Kate Lee, ITS
Nominated by Tom Laughner

Tammy Lockett, ITS
Nominated by Tom Laughner

Adam Lueb, Dining Services
Nominated by Patrick Diggins

RuthAnn McCloud, VP/Finance & Administration
Nominated by Larry Hunt

Lori McFarland, Dining Services
Nominated by Pat Mahar

Heather McQueen, Clark Science Center Administration
Nominated by Margaret Lamb

Judith McWilliams, Center for Early Childhood Education
Nominated by Dawn Fulton

Lyn Minnich, Social Sciences
Nominated by Richard Lim

Sheri Lyn Peabody, Botanic Garden
Nominated by Sidonia Dalby

Jennifer Rajchel, Libraries - Special Collections
Nominated by Tom Laughner

Jennifer Roberts, English Language & Literature
Nominated by Sabina Knight and Cornelia Pearsall

Scott Rubeck, Dining Services
Nominated by Andy Cox

Stephanie Seldin, Center for Early Childhood Education
Nominated by Dawn Fulton

Lisa Seymour, Dining Services
Nominated by Andy Cox

Rachel Siegel, Interdisciplinary Studies
Nominated by Elisabeth Armstrong

Karen Sise, Registrar's Office
Nominated by Sara McGuire and Merrilyn Lewis

Stephanie Sullivan, Museum of Art
Nominated by Ann Mayo

Nora Sweeney, Center for Early Childhood Education
Nominated by Dawn Fulton

Karen Swiecanski, Clark Science Center Administration
Nominated by Margaret Lamb

Kathy Tobin, Development
Nominated by Regina Tracy

Elaine Zach, Dining Services
Nominated by Kim Osborne


Years of Service Luncheon

Smith College recognizes and honors employees who have reached certain service milestones. Awards are presented to employees in recognition for years of service beginning at 10 years and every five-year milestone through 35 years and beyond. In the fall, a special luncheon is held in their honor.

Congratulations to all staff being honored for their years of service to Smith College. It is impossible to over-emphasize the valuable role that employees play in helping Smith achieve its strategic priorities and carry out its mission. The college's excellence is attributable in large measure to the long and outstanding service of many of its employees. Thank you for the many contributions and efforts you have made throughout your years at Smith.

Larry Hunt
Associate Vice President for Human Resources

After addressing the honorees, the president presents 25-year pins to staff reaching their 25th year of service with the college, thereby inducting them into the Twenty-Five Year Club.

All honorees are presented with a certificate signed by the president of Smith College.

2015 Awards Luncheon

Karen A. Devino, Dining Services

William Sheehan, Controller's Office

Marion B. Peret, Dining Services

Michael G. King, Facilities Management

Robin J. Wood, Facilities Management

Leslie R. Ahlen, Social Sciences

Michael Eaton, Dining Services

David J. Hickson, Facilities Management

Richard E. Konopka, Facilities Management

Louise A. Laplante, Museum of Art

David B. Laprade, Facilities Management

Bonnie S. May, Athletics

Daniel J. Montague, Facilities Management

Darlene M. Roberts, Dining Services

Daniel M. Russell, Facilities Management

James J. Smith, Facilities Management

Debra Carney, Jacobson Center

Michael L. Cocco, Facilities Management

Michele K. Cotnoir, Student Financial Services

Tracey A. P. Culver, Facilities Management

Michelle L. Daley, Dining Services

Carolyn S. du Bois, School for Social Work

Gary Duffy, Facilities Management

Michael R. Elliott, Facilities Management

Richard J. Gilbert, Dining Services

Liane M. Hartman, Information Technology Svcs

Jeffrey M. Heath, Information Technology Svcs

Patricia A. Hentz, Dining Services

Linda M. Jacque, Controller's Office

Louise M. Krieger, Museum of Art

William R. Krieger, Information Technology Svcs

James Lucey, Facilities Management

Dianne C. Mikucki, Facilities Management

Amy S. Moscaritolo, Alumnae Relations

D.Tiertza-Leah Schwartz, Center Community Collaboration

Brian Turner, Jacobson Center

Diane L. Warren, Dining Services

Eileen K. Young, Dining Services

Julio Alves, Jacobson Center

Joseph W. Bacis, Dining Services

Susan E. Berger, Libraries - Neilson

Mark A. Frary, Dining Services

Donna A. Gingras, Office of Student Engagement

Nancy L. Hall, Dining Services

Karen V. Kukil, Libraries - Special Collection

Geraldine L. Manley, Facilities Management

Angela M. Musiak, Facilities Management

Lynn Oberbillig, Athletics

Samuel C. Rush, Theatre

Janet L. Spongberg, Libraries - Josten

Arthur T. Usher, Facilities Management

Anthony W. Aubrey, Dining Services

Gina Bordoni-Cowley, Campus School

Lori T. Gessing, Dining Services

Richard J. Korzeniowski, Facilities Management

Marc S. Nichols, Dining Services

Cheryl A. Obremski, Facilities Management

Barbara L. Pliska, Information Technology Svcs

Barbara E. Rejniak, Development

Avril Russell, Human Resources

Debra D. Shaver, Admission

Nancy A. Streeter Howes, Alumnae Relations

Patricia A. Wheeler, College Relations

Stacey Anasazi, Museum of Art

Lia B. Brassord, Admission

Thomas P. Bruno, Facilities Management

Margaret Bruzelius, Class Deans Office

Gregory J. Coccoluto, Information Technology Svcs

Rebecca J. Davis, Art Department

Eileen Dunn, College Relations

Matthew J. Gawron, Office of Student Engagement

Elizabeth A. Hait, Kahn Institute

Josephine Hernandez, Libraries - Young Science

Daryl E. Jett, Clark Sci Ctr Administration

Carol L. Kelly, Dining Services

Patricia M. Kingston, Development

Martha C. Lees, Center for Early Childhood Edu

Christopher B. Loring, Libraries - Neilson

Michael Marcotrigiano, Botanic Garden

Karen E. Niedzielski, Facilities Management

Samantha K. Pleasant, Alumnae Relations

Joyce C. Roske, Facilities Management

Kathy San Antonio, College Relations

Nathan J. Saxe, Botanic Garden

Audrey Y. Smith, Admission

Xinh Spangler, Facilities Management

Christopher Stetson, Center for Early Childhood Edu

Nancy A. Wagner, Center for Early Childhood Edu

Bette J. Williamson, Alumnae Relations

Laura H. Wyman, School for Social Work

Abida Adnan, Development

Michele K. Bala, School for Social Work

Emily G. Beaudry, Career Development

Barbara B. Blumenthal, Libraries - Neilson

Susan B. Bowler-Sarage, Facilities Management

Elaine M. Chittenden, Botanic Garden

Daniel J. Driscoll, Facilities Management

Sharon E. Fagan, Student Affairs

Jessica R. Grant, Biological Sciences

Stacie H. Hagenbaugh, Career Development

Kelly-Jean Huard, Information Technology Svcs

Henriette Kets de Vries, Museum of Art

RuthAnn M. McCloud, VP/Finance & Administration

Lynette R. Murphy, Facilities Management

Jessica F. Nicoll, Museum of Art

Jennifer Roberts, English Language & Literature

Scott A. Rubeck, Dining Services

Slade E. Schrump, Facilities Management

Rebecca L. Shaw, Student Affairs

Ernest K. Smith, Facilities Management

Phatcharee Tran, Provost/Dean of Faculty

Molly M. Twarog, Libraries - Neilson

Rebecca L. Washut, Alumnae Relations

Ellen K. Watson, English Language & Literature

Diana L. Wheeler, Student Financial Services

Meghann K. Zononi, Development


25-Year Club

The 25-Year Club was established in 1958 by Grace Asserson, the college's employment manager, as a means of recognizing and expressing the college's appreciation to those staff members—retired and still employed—who had completed 25 or more years of service. Grace retired in 1971 after 30 years of service; she passed away in 1983.

Although we now formally recognize employees with fewer than 25 years of service, this club has a special significance for employees simply by its uniqueness and by the number of years required for membership.

The symbol of club membership is a gold pin that is a replica of the Grécourt Gates (in front of College Hall), with a diamond in the center of the pin. Formal recognition and club membership is accomplished at the Years of Service Awards, held each October.

Regardless of your period of association with Smith, just being among such friends and colleagues of so many years is an exciting and heartwarming experience.

2012 Ceremony