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March 29, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

Slippery Rock University names Hogue 'Outstanding Service Award' winner

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -Dixie Hogue, administrative assistant I in Slippery Rock University's Office of Academic Affairs, has been selected as the winner of the 2013 President's Award for Outstanding Service for 31 years of dedicated service.

The award will be presented at 2 p.m., April 7, as part of the University's annual Academic Honors Convocation. The event, in Morrow Field House, celebrates academics, scholarship and achievement, and honors students, faculty and staff for their accomplishments.

HOGUECiting a long list of accomplishments and service, Hogue was specifically singled out in one nomination for her work on SRU's highly successful Middle States Commission on Higher Education accreditation preparation. Her work was called "invaluable in making the visit appear seamless" by one nominator.

"She handled the logistics, of course, but also provided the encouragement, flexibility and humor that were so vital to keeping the project moving forward. In addition, she plans and prepares the Academic Honors Convocation each spring, balancing the details and making sure the event is an appropriate tribute for the best students at the University," the nomination said.

"This recognition for time served is laudable, certainly, but does not recognize the commitment she has demonstrated for both the University, her office and the faculty, staff, students, parents and PASSHE staff who have had the good fortune to work with her."

Hogue was lauded for her work in aiding the transition to a new assistant to the provost and a new provost in the Office of Academic Services. "She is ready with a smile and a caring word. She is the face of a very public office, the Office of the Provost, and handles everyone who comes her way with respect, efficiency and a seemingly bottomless understanding of University processes... Dixie is the linchpin in the diverse team representing Academic Affairs. She helps the rest of us stay sane."

In addition to her work in the College of Education and the Academic Affairs Office since joining the University in 1977, Hogue has worked as a clerk typist in the parks and recreation environmental education department, the President's Office and the Office of Public Relations and Information.

Other nominations cited her ability to "always look at the bright side of any situation. Dixie goes above and beyond, and I have never heard her complain. Dixie is such a caring person, easy for people to approach, she takes time to listen and when any interaction is finished she always leaves a good impression even if she has to deliver news people don't want to hear."

A third nomination said, "If there is someone on the campus here at SRU that typifies a member of a caring community, it is Dixie. She is an amazing example of how Slippery Rock University both cares for and supports faculty, administration, town and especially, students."

"She is trustworthy, dependable and discrete. She was an early adopter of office technology and learned and taught us to use MeetingMaker, and then Outlook, SAS, Blackboard and then D2L and SAP. For me, Dixie Hogue's commitment to SRU students...deserves recognition with this award."

Hogue was nominated for a legacy of accomplishments.

"Dixie is never too busy to take a call from a concerned parent, organize an urgent, last-minute meeting, make travel arrangements, provide advice, or offer a bit of information from her encyclopedic knowledge of institutional policy," said one of several nominations of support. "She is the glue that holds the office together and never wavers in her focus on both the long- and short-term objectives of the Office of Academic Affairs. In such a critical office, Dixie has remained the constant, providing information, humor and continuity."

The President's Award for Outstanding Service was created in 1981 through the generosity of the late Robert and Donna McMullen, long-standing patrons of Slippery Rock University, and continues through the generosity of their son, Doug, and his wife, Linda. The late Robert McMullen was a member of SRU's class of 1951 and served as chair of the Slippery Rock University Foundation Inc. board of directors.

The award honors outstanding accomplishments and/or consistent outstanding service over a longer term. Nominees can be fulltime faculty or staff, however, part-time employees or individuals whose work is university-related can also be considered.

Others nominated for this year's honors included: Jill Fleske, a management technician in University Advancement, and Roy Corso, clerical supervisor in Mailing Services.

In addition to Hogue's award, the convocation will see Benjamas Jirasakuldech, associate professor in Slippery Rock University's School of Business, presented the 2013 President's Award for Scholarly and Creative Achievement, and Thom Cobb, associate professor of dance, presented the President's Award for Outstanding Service. Michael Tasota, an SRU computer science and mathematics major from Pittsburgh, is both the convocation speaker and SRU's nominee for the Syed R. Ali-Zaidi Award for Academic Excellence, which is presented by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

The convocation, which salutes SRU's academic success, draws more than 3,000 students, faculty, staff and parents. The event honors spring and fall semester 2012 dean's list students, presidential scholars, academic honoraries, scholar athletes, service learning scholars and scholarship recipients.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.