Nearly 275 employees were honored at Dartmouth's annual Service Awards Banquet in June for achieving the milestones of 10, 15, 20, and 25 years of service. Among the 25-year honorees were Computing Services' David Gelhar, an original developer of BlitzMail, and Wendell Kenison of Facilities Operations and Management, who was lauded for his maintenance of Baker-Berry Library.
"This evening is completely about you. It is about all that you do and have done over many years to make the excellence of Dartmouth possible," said James Wright, noting that the banquet was his final formal speaking engagement as the College's president. In recognition of his 40 years of service and Susan DeBevoise Wright's 31 years of service, the couple was presented with a memory book featuring photos of 450 employees. The presentation was made by Ellie Smith (42 years), Ray Merrihew (41 years), Maxine Cameron (40 years), Brian Comstock (39 years), and Bill Hochstin (21 years).
Traci Nordberg, chief human resources officer, also delivered remarks. The event was hosted by the Office of Human Resources.
Sheila Culbert Distinguished Employee Service Award
Kathy Hart, Culbert Award Winner (Photo by Joseph Mehling '69)
The award was established last year by the Wrights in honor of longtime Senior Assistant to the President Sheila Culbert, who left Dartmouth in 2008 to head the Loomis Chaffee School. The award recognizes a staff member who has made a difference at Dartmouth and demonstrated exemplary work performance and dedication to the institution.
During her 19-year tenure at the Hood, Hart has mentored close to 250 students, acted as curatorial coordinator for nearly 100 faculty and guest scholar exhibitions, personally organized numerous exhibitions, and helped Dartmouth earn a national reputation as a leader in integrating works of art and artifacts into the curriculum.
"I didn't know I'd been nominated so I was astonished when Jim Wright called. I was overwhelmed and so very honored," said Hart, who is also the Barbara C. and Harvey P. Hood 1918 curator of academic programming.
"Everywhere I go [around campus] the evidence is that Kathy is a quiet force, someone who is constantly available, humble and selfless, but determined and relentless in seeking ways to have her passion shared by those who implement the curriculum and those who study it," wrote Hood Director Brian Kennedy in his nomination letter. "Their imaginations have been lit up by her enthusiasm."
Sarah Suzuki '98, a former Hood intern and now assistant curator at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, credits Hart for inspiring her career choice. "Kathy is such an incredible liaison between the students and the various departments, guiding people on to how use the Hood as the incredible resource it is," she said.
Hart said she's greatly enjoyed working with Dartmouth's "incredibly bright and engaged" students. And as one of the country's first academic programming curators when she was appointed in June 1990, she's also pleased to have been at the forefront of popularizing teaching with works of art at the college level.
"Dartmouth has been a great place to institute this method of teaching because you have a collegial, close-knit community where people talk to each other across disciplines, and an incredibly diverse collection to mine," said Hart. "I've enjoyed the discussions with faculty about their work and research and how we can bring art objects into their teaching. It's wonderful to work in such a unique and stimulating environment and with such terrific colleagues."
Click here for photos of all the Service Awards honorees (10, 15, 20, and 25 years).
By BONNIE BARBER
Last Updated: 1/12/10