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March 4, 2005

Smith Students Honor Staff Who Give Extraordinarily of Themselves

Editor's note: High-res digital images of the honorees are available.

NORTHAMPTON, Mass.—Students recently honored three staff members with the Elizabeth G. Wyandt Gavel Award for the many ways they give extraordinarily of themselves to the Smith College community.

Katherine Malone of dining services, Sidonia Dalby of the admission office and Terese O’Brien of the physical plant accepted the awards during the Rally Day celebration Feb. 23.

Administered by the Student Government Association since 1985, the Gavel Awards are a token of appreciation for the many ways in which staff members affect the lives of Smith students. They are named in honor of Elizabeth G. Wyandt, a member of the Class of 1920 and the first president of the Student Government Association.

2005 Gavel Award Recipients:

Katherine Malone of Amherst
Malone, a dining room assistant, has been at Smith four years. She is a familiar face to many undergraduates, who described her as “a role model in her dedication to her work and a friend for her love and delightful humor.”

Sidonia Dalby of Northampton
Dalby has worked at Smith for 24 years. As an associate director of admissions, she is one of the first faces most students see. Students described Dalby as one who does her job “compassionately, efficiently, effectively, thoughtfully and genuinely.”

Terese O’Brien of Holyoke
Working at Smith for the past 17 years, most recently in housekeeping, O’Brien is seen as an integral part of the house community. She does her job “thoroughly, cheerfully, readily and with style and smile,” said the students who nominated her.

Smith College is consistently ranked among the nation’s foremost liberal arts colleges. Enrolling 2,800 students from every state and 60 other countries, Smith is the largest undergraduate women’s college in the country.

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