May 29, 2009


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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Eight members of the Bucknell University staff were honored at the annual staff picnic Tuesday, May 26. Four received the Geiger and Zeller Awards, and four were recognized for receiving degrees.

Geiger Awards
The Geiger Award recognizes members of the administrative staff who demonstrate sustained excellence and embrace Bucknell University's core competencies in the conduct of their administrative responsibilities. It honors the late Walter C. Geiger, former director of facilities.

Recipients of the 2008 Geiger Awards were Merritt Pedrick, associate director for operations with the Office of Facilities, and Pat Ringkamp, assistant director of Reservation, Information and Conference Services, event management.

Pedrick's responsibilities include facilities support for major events such as Reunion and Commencement. He was cited for "identifying new, innovative and cost-effective ways of doing things and for volunteering much of his time in supporting Recyclemania, often spending evening hours coordinating with students involved in greening efforts." Pedrick joined the Bucknell staff in 2003.

Ringkamp, who joined the Bucknell staff in 2000, coordinates all co-curricular University events and events management. She was lauded for being "professional and courteous in handling questions or concerns, and for collaborating with planners and service departments to bring about a successful event in her quiet, yet efficient way."

Pat Ringkamp

Merritt Pedrick

Zeller Awards
Named in honor of John F. Zeller, former vice president for business and fiscal affairs and general counsel emeritus, the Zeller Award recognizes members of the support staff who demonstrate consistent excellence in the conduct of their responsibilities.

Recipients of the 2008 Zeller Awards were Karen Aumiller and Mary Gavitt.

Aumiller, who is a custodian with Facilities in the animal behavior department, was cited for "showing initiative and creativity in her work and for collaborating to solve problems" including customizing cleaners for lab-specific stains. Aumiller joined the staff at Bucknell in 2005.

Gavitt, who is an animal caretaker in the psychology and biology departments, joined the Bucknell staff in 1991. She was commended for "developing unique and effective ways of managing the health and well-being of animals that are part of the research and teaching at the University" as well as "serving as a role model to students and helping coordinate research efforts."

Mary Gavitt

Karen Aumiller

Degree recipients
Four members of the staff were recognized for earning degrees from Bucknell:

Candice Hinckley, who works in the Office of Library and Information Technology, graduated magna cum laude in January with a bachelor of arts degree in religion and a minor in creative writing.

Christine Kassab, who is with the Environmental Center, graduated cum laude in January with a bachelor of science degree in environmental geology.

Joseph Snyder, who is with the Office of Public Safety, received a master of science in education degree in college student personnel.

Robert Zorn, who is with the Office of Library and Information Technology, received a master of science degree in electrical engineering.

Contact: Division of Communications

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