President's Outstanding Service Award honors two Slippery Rock University staff


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The 2015 President's Award for Outstanding Service at Slippery Rock University will go to Patrick Beswick, director of Residential Education, and Lori Wolfe, storekeeper II in facilities and planning The pair will collect their awards at the April 18 Academic Honors and Student Leadership Convocation.

The event, designed to salute outstanding academic efforts and student leadership, will be at 1:30 p.m., in Morrow Field House.



"Sometimes it gets too hard to select an individual award recipient, especially when their nominations are so emphatic and robust," said Cheryl Norton, SRU president. "So this year, we elected to present the President's Outstanding Service Award to both of these fine employees."

"In his seven years at SRU, Patrick has served in a multitude of student-focused roles, including associate director for Residence Life, director of Student Intervention Services and now as director of residential education. He has been truly outstanding in each of these positions. Lori, who has more than 34 years service, has proven to be a dedicated, hardworking and innovative asset to our campus. Both are to be commended for their service," Norton said.

Wolfe's nomination pointed to her "always looing for ways to learn new things so that she can become an even greater asset to the University. She has spent many nights and weekends assisting with move-in weekend, running the surplus actions and assisting with implementation of upgrades to the facilities and planning work-order system."



"She has mastered her own job responsibilities, but has also learned those of her direct reports and her peers so that if someone is ill or takes a vacation, she can step in and keep operations moving. Her knowledge of repair parts, SAP and University regulations makes her facilities and planning's own one-stop shop. The University's maintenance staff regularly calls on her to locate repair parts for obsolete pieces of mechanical and electrical equipment. She has shown knowledge, wisdom and an unequalled understanding of the University," the nominator added.

Her customer service is described as "outstanding" and nominations said she "remains positive, calm, professional and takes the time to listen and address all concerns."

"She is not afraid to make suggestions on how to improve operations and is often the voice of reason when a new process is being implemented," a nominator wrote.

"Wolfe has positively impacted hundreds of students who have worked in the department during the past 30 years, showing them a perfect example of what is expected of our staff as they perform the behind-the-scenes work needed at our University," a nomination stated.

Beswick was cited for development of the University's Behavior Intervention Team and the University's recognition of the need for a department dedicated to the support of students of concern. Because of his efforts, the Office of Student Intervention Services was created. "His compassion, expertise and knowledge were instrumental in his selection to lead the office. It was through his efforts that a coordinated approach to students of concern was created and the use of a student reporting and tracking system, was implemented," wrote one nominator.

When the reorganization of the Student Affairs Division was implemented last year, Beswick was again asked to step into a new role, that of director of residential education where he now provides supervision and leadership to staffing, programming, adjudication and continued development of SRU's living-learning communities. "Patrick is warm, effusive, caring and flexible," said a nominator. "He most recently offered to assist in the Offices of Student Conduct and Student Intervention Services during a co-worker's illness and time away from the job."

"As the integration of academic and student affairs continues, his foresight, creativity and knack for quelling distress has helped the University continue moving forward during a time of transition. At all times, the success of Slippery Rock University students is his highest priority. He is a true student advocate and more importantly, he cares," said one nomination.

The President's Award for Outstanding Service was established in 1981 through the generosity of the late Robert and Donna McMullen, long-standing patrons of Slippery Rock University who contributed consistently during their lives to support the University's advancement. Mr. McMullen was a member of the Slippery Rock University Class of 1951 and chaired the Slippery Rock University Foundation Inc. board of directors. The award continues through the generosity of their son, Doug, and his wife, Linda.

In addition to the outstanding service award, the convocation will include presentation of the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching to David Valentine, currently serving as interim dean of SRU's School of Business, but nominated as a professor of computer science; the President's Award for Scholarly and Creative Achievement to William Bergmann, assistant professor of history; and the President's Award for Outstanding Academic Advising to Lorraine Craven, instructor in SRU's Academic Services and director of first-year and transfer student experiences.

More than 3,500 students, faculty, staff and family members are expected to attend. P residential scholars, academic honorary societies, scholar athletes, SRU scholarship recipients, service-learning scholars, SRU Honors Program students, 2014 deans' list students, the Student Leader of the Year Award, the Silent Inspiration Award, the Student Community-Service Award and the Rising Star award nominees will be honored.

Karl E. Schwab