March 5, 2010
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab
Eliott Baker receives President's Award for Outstanding Service
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Keeping track of the academic credits, individual courses undertaken, grades earned, credits added, home addresses, campus addresses, phone numbers - both cell and landline - of 8,648 current Slippery Rock University students, and the same information for more than 61,000 alumni is the responsibility of this year's recipient of the President's Award for Outstanding Service - Eliott Baker.
Baker is SRU's executive director of Academic Records, Summer School and Graduate Studies.
The award will be presented as part of the University's annual Academic Honors Convocation at 2 p.m. April 11 in Morrow Field House.
Baker, who joined the University in 1980, was nominated for his "consistent outstanding service as well as his ability to keep the Academic Records and Summer School Office functioning effectively while it undergoes training and transition to a new software program."
"I am pleased and proud to inform you of your selection for this award," said SRU President Robert Smith. "Your recommendation was chosen from a call for nominations campuswide for individuals who have achieved outstanding accomplishment during this academic year. You have my congratulations."
Baker was recognized for his "diligent and detailed work ethic. His knowledge and history of polices and procedures. He is frequently called on to address unique student/class/policy questions." He was also cited for responding to inquiries "in a timely manner even late at night, over a weekend, from home or from a conference."
Baker was called the "Arbiter of Attendance, Guru of Grades, the Master of Minutia and the Sultan of Schedules," by one nominator who said he is "one of the most dedicated employees at SRU and a strong supporter and attendee of numerous student and University programs. He is always willing to help out whenever he is needed."
The award, created in 1981 through the generosity of the late Robert and Donna McMullen, long-standing patrons of Slippery Rock University, 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.
Others divisional finalists for this year's service award were: Kelli McKee, director of advancement services, representing the Advancement Division; John Cowan, assistant director of campus services, representing the Business and Administration Division; Kris Chiprean, director of student health services, representing the Division of Student Life; and Sherry Carlson, University Webmaster in University Public Relations.
The annual convocation will also honor spring and fall semester 2009 dean's list students, including those who have earned a perfect 4.0 grade-point average. The program will salute the Presidential Undergraduate Scholars in the sophomore, junior and senior class, scholarship recipients, scholar athletes and service-learning scholars.
The ceremony also includes presentation of the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching which will go to Richard Marchand, associate professor of mathematics, and the President's Award for Excellence in Scholarly and Creative Achievement, with that winner yet to be announced.
A reception will follow in the Grasstex area of the Field House.
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.