1994 - Enelda Wade
Wade, longtime department administrator in the Stanford News Service,
has been named the recipient of the 1994 Amy J. Blue Award for staff
excellence at Stanford University.
In addition to Wade, the award selection committee
also named four runners-up who will receive "Amy" awards. All five staffers
will be honored Tuesday, May 24, at a Buck Estate reception. President
Gerhard Casper and Vice President for Faculty and Staff Services Barbara
Butterfield will make the presentations.
The four "Amy" winners are Saul Cardenas of Housing
and Food Services, the head cook at Wilbur; Marcia Keating, student
services officer in the department of physics; Marilyn Scott, accounts
coordinator in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences;
and Judy Thompson, administrator of the Hopkins Marine Station.
Wade joined the Stanford staff on March 16, 1969,
in what was then known as News and Publications. Now department administrator,
Wade rose through the ranks through a combination of initiative and
development via courses and other training.
The staff of the News Service which publishes
Campus Report and the Stanford Observer, issues press
releases and handles other media relations relies on Wade for
everything from computer trouble-shooting to preparing the annual budget
and tracking down missing expense checks. Various colleagues noted that
her duties have evolved over the years beyond the basic job description.
"You could say that I do a little bit of this
and a little bit of that, and a little bit of everything," she said.
The director of the unit, Terry Shepard, recalled
an incident that typifies Wade's role in keeping things running smoothly.
During a rainstorm two years ago, he "rushed in
to the office early on a Saturday morning, worried about our leaky ceiling.
In one sense, I was right to worry, because the ceiling had given way
and flooded the office.
"In another sense, I should never have worried.
Because already there, hours before me though she lives much farther
away, was Enelda with the situation in hand facilities notified,
equipment saved and vital papers protected."
Besides providing support for management and editorial
staff, Wade supervises the office staff of four. Nominations came from
both ends of the office.
In nominating Wade for the award, colleagues described
her as a "guardian angel" who "works quietly behind the scenes to make
life easier for all of us."
"I wonder if those folks in Genetics could clone
her!" one co-worker wrote.
Another cited her "24-year record of unblemished
service at Stanford," and described her as "the heart of this office."
"Through her drive, enthusiasm and competence,
she has risen from the lowest [staff] level to being the key person
who holds together the News Service," a longtime colleague wrote.
"Enelda has always been a calming influence in
an operation subject to the excitement and chaos of campus events and
news deadlines," another veteran wrote. "She has long been regarded
as the glue holding together the operation."
The "Amy" winners earned like praise from colleagues:
Cardenas, who has been
with Stanford for 22 years and has been head cook at Wilbur for the
past 20, "has always been willing to try something new, and wants to
learn new techniques," one nominator wrote. "He is always
willing to try new ideas and new methods to better meet the needs of
students and clients."
A supervisor wrote that Cardenas actively supported
adding the catering department to his kitchen, "even though it meant
additional work for himself and his staff. We now serve more students
and have more business in catering than ever before, and yet he has
less help in the kitchen than before."
Cardenas, one nominator wrote, "has always done
what is best for the university and the students. He is always concerned
about what would best meet the needs of the students."
Keating, who joined the department of physics in November 1991, is admissions
officer for graduate students. She had worked at Stanford for six years,
left for a time, and rejoined the staff in March 1991.
She was nominated by physics faculty, staff and
graduate students alike.
One professor in the department said Keating "is
an absolutely wonderful person to work with, she has boundless energy,
she handles the mechanics of her job in a completely transparent manner,
she is always looking for new and innovative ways to do a better job,
she never puts anyone down, she supports and fights for her students,
and never hesitates to take the initiative if it appears to be the proper
thing to do."
A graduate student wrote: "Keating is definitely
one of those rare people whose work is very important for many of us,
and whose personality makes any contact with her a pleasant experience. . . . There
were so many instances when she has helped us that I simply cannot list
all of them here."
Scott, a 10-year university
employee who has been handling accounts for the department of behavioral
sciences and psychiatry for eight and a half years, was called "a very
competent employee who sets high standards for herself and encourages
others to do the same. She has that wonderful ability of being able
to correct others in a firm but kind and cheerful way."
Several faculty researchers nominated Scott, with
one writing that "she has managed the funds in my grants with a patience
and diligence that almost defies description."
Another colleague singled out Scott because "she
infuses every personal contact with warmth, understanding and joy. Everyone
who deals with her, from the cleanup man to the chairman, is treated
with the same respect and consideration."
Thompson has been with
Stanford's Hopkins Marine Station, located in Monterey, for more than
a quarter of a century, and has been its department administrator since
1980. As an example of her dedication, a co-worker wrote that Thompson
routinely puts in 55 to 60 hours of work per week.
"I believe that I speak for many here that if
it were not for Judy, Hopkins would not be here. Grant proposals done
at the last minute get in and get funded. Tight budgets are worked with
and the work gets done. In a small place such as Hopkins, personalities
can get tiresome, but Judy still holds us together.
"If anyone is to be the first to get an 'Amy'
from Hopkins, the first should go to Judy."
The winner of the Amy J. Blue Award receives a
certificate and a $1,000 prize, to support the costs of professional
development activities of importance to the winner's career. Winners
of the "Amy" receive a certificate and remain eligible for future Amy
J. Blue Awards.
The award honors Amy J. Blue, who was associate
vice president for administrative services and facilities when she died
in May 1988 of brain cancer. At the time, Blue was the highest-ranking
woman on the administrative staff.
The endowment supporting the annual award was
established by a group of women who knew and worked with Blue, with
contributions from her family, friends and colleagues.
Previous winners include Mark Gibson, laboratory
services coordinator in the Center for Materials Research (1993); Peter
Tuttle, consultant in the Stanford Data Center (1992); and Carol Vonder
Linden, assistant dean of research, who was assistant dean of the School
of Earth Sciences when she received the first Amy J. Blue Award in 1991.
The 1994 selection committee included the previous
winners as well as Susan Schofield of the Controller's Office and Sally
Mahoney of the Office of the Provost.