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Jan. 4, 2005


LEWISBURG, Pa. — Three groups at Bucknell University received the annual Maxwell Award recently. The award, which honors former vice president for administration Barry Maxwell, celebrates the exceptional and unique contributions of members of the university community who work together in a group setting.

Recognized were: the Bucknell Nicaragua Brigade Leadership Team; the Staff Compensation Team; and the Banner II Advancement Conversion Team.

Founded in 1998 in response to the humanitarian crisis in Nicaragua following Hurricane Mitch, the Bucknell Brigade made its first trip in 1999. More than 200 students, faculty and staff have worked since then to raise money and collect medicines for the two clinics built by the Brigade. Lauded as "one of the most creative and collaborative learning programs of its kind," the Brigade has been supported indirectly by dozens of additional faculty and staff. Special recognition was given to Bonnie Poteet, associate professor of Latin American studies, who was instrumental in initiating the Brigade.

Members of the Staff Compensation Program Team designed and implemented a new compensation structure which involved creating job profiles, job descriptions, career bands and market/target salaries for every staff position. A multifunctional collaborative effort, the team gathered input from all staff and worked closely with senior administrators as well as the compensation committee of the Board of Trustees.

More than 75 team members from the Banner II Advancement Conversion Team worked to incorporate the alumni database into the university database. The team included staff from offices across the campus, including the offices of Admissions, Athletics, Communications, Finance, Housing and Residential Life, Human Resources, Information Services and Resources, Registrar, and University Relations.

Maxwell, who earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Bucknell, joined the mechanical engineering faculty in 1963. Named dean of the College of Engineering in 1979, he became vice president for administration in 1986 and retired in 1998. Established in 1994 as the WOW awards, the award was renamed in Maxwell's honor in 2000.

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