The School of Art’s Georgia Binnington, described as “an unflagging advocate and friend to students,” received the 2003 Gloria W. White Distinguished Service Award in a ceremony in Edison Theatre on Staff Day May 19.
The award, which includes $1,000 and a plaque, is named for White, who retired in 1997 as vice chancellor for human resources after 30 years at the University.
Binnington, associate dean of student services in the art school and an alumna, joined the University in 1988 as an admissions counselor and worked as the School of Art’s liaison for 10 years. She helped ensure that the School of Art’s undergraduate program enrolled the finest quality students possible.
Binnington often traveled around the country, attending National Portfolio Day events, reviewing portfolios, interviewing prospective applicants, and talking with parents about the school and University.
“Through Georgia’s efforts, the number and quality of applicants began their dramatic rise, and the School of Art took a leadership role in developing effective strategies for improving yield,” Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton said in presenting the award. “The school is now firmly positioned as the one for students who are as serious about art and design training as they are about their academic studies. Georgia’s extraordinary efforts in recruiting have been a major factor in the school’s success.”
In 1998, Binnington joined the School of Art as assistant dean and was later promoted to associate dean. She works closely with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and students to improve the school’s academic advising and to supervise activities associated with the curriculum.
“I am so pleased to be honored for doing a job I love,” Binnington said. “I am grateful to all the people in my University life: my colleagues in art and admissions, the students and their families.
“What a year! 40 years as an alum, 15 years on staff and this amazing Gloria White award!”
Binnington also works on numerous University committees and task forces, developing policies and protocols that have benefited the entire University community. She served on the Alcohol Policy Committee, the Committee for Academic Integrity, the Orientation Committee, the Undergraduate Admissions Committee and others.
“Georgia is known by students as someone who is willing to listen, to work with and for them with total dedication, integrity and love,” Wrighton said.
Staff Day featured a variety of activities and events, including a drawing for various prizes. The winners of the drawings were Maria Hunter, University College in Arts & Sciences (gift basket); Pam Fournie, accounting services (dinner for two at Whittemore House); Jan Foster, Department of Physics in Arts & Sciences (a night at the Chase Park Plaza); Jan Hunt, Office of Research (membership to McWilliams Fitness Center); JoAnn Achelpohl, East Asian Studies in Arts & Sciences (membership to McWilliams Fitness Center);
Teri-Ann Wallace, Olin Library (two box seats to Cardinals game); Maurice Jones, Olin Library (two box seats to Cardinals game); Bill Price, Building Services (a year’s supply of movie tickets from AMC Theatres); and Marva Redd, student educational services ($500 gift certificate for American Airlines).
Sports trophies were won by the Spin Docs of public affairs (softball); mail services/alumni & development/admissions/computing & communications (volleyball); Deborah Booker and Dannette Hutton (women’s golf tournament); Brad Aver-beck and John Rozycki (men’s golf tournament) and Ray Barber and Nancy Marshall (coed golf tournament).
The canned-food drive collected 330 pounds of food, which will provide 220 meals.
The following people were recognized for 10 years of service:
Aly Abrams, Sue Adams, Raymond Barber, Darryl Barker, Robert Batterson, Thomas Blackwell, Hyla Bondareff, Cindy Brame, Bill Browne, Michael Cannon, Elizabeth Colletta, Dena Conner, Mindy Danner, Elaine Every, Lois Franklin, Frank Freeman Jr., Winston Gifford, Ricki Hampton, Lynn Harrigan, Tina Hartig, Pamella Henson,
William Hunn, Maria Hunter, Gail Kremser, Pamella Lyerla, Cathy Marler, Robert Massa, George Moehlenhoff, Terri Nappier, Barb Niebruegge, Lee Nuckolls, Kevin O’Connell, Linda Poeppelmeier, Andrea Pruitt, Laurie Reitman, Lisa Romay, Barbara Roth, Mark Scharff, Brian Sheffield, Thornton Shelton, Frances Thuet, Bill Wiley and Lorraine Wood.
The following people were recognized for 15 years of service:
Kathy Anderson, Linda Ardakani, Stephen Bone, Donna Boyd, June Bruckner, Bradley Cagle, Pamela Christopher, Tena Combs, Charles Cummings, Randy Farmer, Ellen Feinstein, Tony Fitzpatrick, Bobby Jean Golliday, Denny Gravagna,
Cynthia Gregory, Patrick Harkins, Marilyn Hassell, Rose Haynes, Tim Herman, Susan Hosack, Phyllis Jackson, Stephen Kohler, Brenda Kopsie, Gary Lee, Lynda Markham, Barbara Massello, Lenda Massie, Meg McClelland, Teresa Melton,
Cynthia Newell, Paul Norman, Lindia Northington, Angelo Oldani Jr., Carol Pariani, Ronald Payne Jr., Jeff Pfyl, Gregory Potter, Becky Rauvola, Ann Rehme, Joseph Reid Jr., Glennon Reitz, Jan Rensing, Garry Simburger, Cynthia Steenberg, Mary Usery, Steve Westlund, Dale Wineinger and Dana Yam.
The following people were recognized for 20 years of service:
Helene Abrams, Fred Anderson, Caroline Boswell, Garrie Burr, Cheri Casanova, Jean Chou, Donald Clayton, Susan Collier, John Davidson, Carol Doelling, Dwight Dunbar, Michael Dyer, Kary Eckrich, Peggy Fuller, Elizabeth Fyfe,
John Hansford, Patricia Howard, Lucy Hubert, Terry Keebler, Susan Killenberg McGinn, Tom Kirk, Robert Mahurin, David Million, Lois Newell, Susan Reinschmidt, Karen Rensing, Rick Schlattmann, Lanna Skadden, Hannelore Spence, Debora Spraggins, Robert Thomas, Virginia Toliver, Paula West, Ginger Willenborg, Annie Williams, Robert Wiltenburg, Terry Wirtel and Joe Worlund.
The following people were recognized for 26 years of service:
Diane Cahill, Marcia Denenholz, Adrienne Glore, Maurice Jones, James Linders, Patrick Moore, Beverly Owens, Brian Strahan, Bobby Trulove and Ben Woods.
The following people were recognized for 30 years of service:
Lynn Imergoot, Terrence Keegan, Jane Nothaker, Richard Schmaeng, Elery Sharp, David Tanner, Mike Veith and Donna Williams.
Donna Battershell, Andrew Hargrove, Jane Rahmoeller and Scott Robinson were recognized for 35 years of service.
Josephine Simpson was recognized for 45 years of service.