SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -Nicholas McIntire, constituent services and database assurance manager in Advancement Services, is this year's recipient of Slippery Rock University's President's Award for Outstanding Service. The award will be presented at the University's annual Academic Honors Convocation April 5.
The 1:30 p.m., ceremony in Morrow Field House, honors academic achievement, including those earning presidential scholarships, dean's list honors, academic honorary societies, scholar athletes, service learning scholars and scholarship recipients.
SRU President Cheryl Norton will present the service award to McIntire along with the 2014 President's Award for Scholarly and Creative Achievement to Thomas Sparrow, SRU instructor of philosophy, the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching to Bruce Orvis, SRU associate professor in the SRU School of Business, and the newly created President's Award for Outstanding Academic Advising to Wendy Stuhldreher, SRU professor of public health and social work.
The convocation draws more than 3,000 students, faculty, staff and parents.
Nominations for McIntire described his consistency as a top-performer in the University Advancement Division, and the fact that he has stepped up to absorb even more responsibility as supervisor of two positions - a records management technician and a clerk typist II - as the result of a unit reorganization.
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.
McIntire was also cited for helping bridge the gap left in Annual Giving and SRU's Phonathon program.
"He operates under a 'Can Do-style,' including handling details of the Campus Family Campaign, and personally rallied the final few staff/faculty donors to meet the 60 percent
participation goal," according to a nominator.
"His knowledge of the donor base and the segmentations important for the spring calling, and his willingness to take the extra time and effort to ensure that the new employees understood the system, has made the transition for other staff members practically seamless. Beyond that, his natural curiosity - and competence - has prompted him to do data analysis that is already
proving very valuable as the new assistant director of development makes program adjustments for greater efficiency and a better return on investment."
"Mr. McIntire has been able to streamline the payment processing for both the Sunset Serenade and the upcoming Gala, turning what had been a frustration for guests into a smoothly operating system. Along these same lines, his technology expertise has enabled the Alumni Engagement Office to develop a technology based event management operation (including electronic check-in at the Homecoming Tent that was implemented this past year) and a process to easily capture graduating seniors' contact data during the Graduation Celebration."
"The development staff relies on him for a variety of giving reports and comparative and predictive data. He is highly regarded by his co-workers and liked and respected by others. Beyond his competence, he is personable and an ultimate team player. The University is represented more positively every day because of his attention to detail, as he oversees the accuracy and currency of alumni/donor records and communication.
"Mr. McIntire always sees the 'big picture' and is committed to SRU and continuous improvement. He is most deserving of this award."
Other nominators noted, "Outstanding is not a term to be batted about lightly, yet it serves well to summarize Mr. McIntire personally and professionally. As someone who has worked at other institutions, I can truthfully say that he 'gets it' more than any of the individuals with whom I have worked in similar positions. He has enriched the Advancement Services area through improved reporting, prospect tracking, stewardship - all areas crucial to a best practices
development program. He is whip-smart when it comes to technology, yet understands how the information he provides relates to real-world situations. His work is accurate. He is willing to undertake projects. He is a self-starter. He is resourceful. And he is a very hard worker who takes ownership of his position. He delivers an excellent product. He is service-oriented in all endeavors and is one of the most agreeable colleagues with whom I have worked. He is a team player, whether the team is his office group, the Advancement division, or the University as a whole."
"People seek him out for advice due to his welcoming personality. He is flexible and often called up to deliver things 'as soon as possible,' which he does good-naturedly."
Another writer added, "He has helped our office advance through the use of integrated technologies. Over the past year, he has worked with the Office of Alumni Engagement to develop a technology-based approach to event and project management that has helped us streamline operations, including allowing creation of a secure web-portal for committee members to electronically review applications for the Slippery Rock University Alumni Association Scholarships, the Outstanding Senior Man and Outstanding Senior Woman Award, Young Alumni Awards and Distinguished Alumni Award and implemented an electronic balloting system for SRUAA elections."
"He is a dedicated employee who cares about the professional success of his division and his colleagues."
A final nomination reported, "Mr. McIntire brings considerable knowledge and abilities to the table including excellent communication skills - a quality that is extremely valuable to the responsibilities of this department. He consistently combines his pleasant personality with a keen sense of dedication to fulfill his responsibilities. Impressive to all is Mr. McIntire's ability to consistently facilitate projects in a manner that is both positive and professional."
"He maintains exceptional expertise in information management and computer
technology. Frequently, he is called upon by colleagues to facilitate programs and processes in a manner this is efficient and cost-effective. The success of many advancement activities is a result of Mr. McIntire's ability to apply his knowledge to practical applications. Staff within the Division of University Advancement and the Slippery Rock University Foundation Inc. are pleased with the opportunity to work with him. He is thoughtful, dependable, dedicated and committed to making sure his responsibilities are completed in a professional manner and on time. He is reliable and often fulfills his responsibilities well beyond expectations."
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