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Spectrum Volume 18 Issue 36 - July 25, 1996

Marjorie Hendren of the Center for Transportation Research has been selected as a 1996 (U.S.) presidential management intern. She will be performing a two-year internship with the Department of the Army, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, at the Pentagon.

Mike Schroder, Don Elson, and Marion Asche received awards for outstanding service to the Department of Education in recognition of valuable contributions toward the success of the Virginia Vocational Education Reporting System and the System of core Standards and Measures for the Secondary Vocational Education Program.

Schroder, newly appointed assistant director for program development with the Division of Continuing Education, will be working with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Public Service, and Virginia Cooperative Extension in his new position with Continuing Education.

Elson, associate professor in the Department of Leadership and Policy Studies in the College of Human Resources and Education, retired June 30.

Asche, associate professor in the Department of Leadership and Policy Studies in the College of Human Resources and Education, also retired June 30.

Length of service isn't the deciding factor in selecting an employee of the month for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The staff member selected for the award in June is a 35-year employee of Virginia Tech; July's outstanding employee has been with the university for just over two years.

Harold L. Witt was named the June 1996 recipient of the college's Employee Recognition Award. Witt is a laboratory specialist senior with the Plant Pathology, Physiology and Weed Science (PPWS) department.

Karen Guynn, a fiscal technician in the Department of Entomology, was named the July employee of the month for the college.

Witt works for two professors in two different disciplines within the PPWS department. He conducts laboratory, greenhouse, and field experiments; records and analyzes data; drafts manuscripts; works with graduate students, postdoctorates, visiting scientists and other classified staff members; and prepares scientific posters and illustrations.

One of Witt's colleagues describes Witt's work as prompt, efficient and accurate, and his overall contribution to PPWS, the college, and the university as highly commendable.

July's employee of the month, Guynn, showed skill, motivation, competency and dedication during a time of transition in the Department of Entomology.

At a time when the department was short on main office staff, Guynn took on the job of at least two main office staffers until new employees could be hired and trained. By training herself to be a bookkeeper, and by taking advantage of opportunities for formal training, Guynn prepared herself to be upgraded from office services specialist to fiscal technician in the department.

She was instrumental in the entomology department being among the first on campus to institute credit-card purchasing. Furthermore, Guynn's system of keeping track of payments has made credit-card payments easier for bookkeepers in other departments across the university.

The award is part of CALS's ongoing program to recognize the contributions of classified employees to the college's success. It is presented to a college staff member who has made exceptional contributions to his/her department and to the college.