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CALS honors Reaver

Spectrum Volume 18 Issue 04 - September 14, 1995

Diane Reaver, a laboratory specialist senior in the plant pathology, physiology, and weed sciences department, has received the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' Dean's Award, which recognizes outstanding classified staff employees in the college.

"She is truly a deserving example of the many outstanding people who sustain us and make it possible for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Virginia Tech to become better and better," Dean Andy Swiger said in presenting Reaver with the third annual Dean's Award.

Reaver has been an employee of the college for more than seven years. She has demonstrated outstanding job skills and has a strong commitment to departmental goals. She was described as someone who can be counted on to do a job and frequently takes on extra departmental duties. She supervises part-time help, maintains culture collections, conducts training sessions for Extension agents, diagnoses disease problems, and manages a computerized data base of diagnostic samples received each year.

She has worked countless hours of extra time, particularly during the summer months when the workload is especially heavy. This past year, she managed the diagnostic clinic independently during the busiest month of the year. Reaver also has taken an active role in the CALS Staff Association and was instrumental in initiating a department- and university-wide recycling effort. Departmental recycling bins were established before the campus-wide recycling efforts. Other departments have consulted with her to initiate their own recycling programs.

The award was presented to Reaver at the college's annual staff picnic.