Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Writer: Shanna Relford
UTSI Employees Receive Service Awards
Several area residents were recently honored during The University of Tennessee Space Institute’s Service Award Recognition Luncheon. The event is held each year to recognize faculty and staff as they reach milestones in their employment with The Institute. UTSI Chief Operating Officer Dr. Don Daniel, who presented the awards, commented, “I couldn’t be prouder of the faculty and staff we have here at UTSI. This is a group of folks who enjoy what they do for a living and it shows in how very hard they work at it.”
Receiving awards for five years of service were Craft Specialist Andrew Davis of Winchester, IT Technologist Lisa Lehman of Shelbyville, and Research Specialist Doug Warnberg of Estill Springs.
Senior Craft Specialist Greg Heatherly of Estill Springs received a 10-year service award. Professor Dr. Gary Flandro of Tullahoma was recognized with a 15-year service award. Professors Dr. Ahmad Vakili and Dr. John Steinhoff, both of Tullahoma, earned awards for 25 years of service to UTSI.
The longest employment span recognized at the event, 30-year service awards, went to Professor Dr. Basil Antar of Winchester, Craft Specialist Patrick Daniel of Tullahoma and Professor Dr. Al Pujol of Nashville.
Also recognized at the special event were the members of UTSI’s Employee Relations Committee Palm Edinger, Greg Heatherly, Betsy Harbin, Penny Oliver and Dr. George Jensen. Graduate Research Assistant Tony Saad was honored with a UTSI Outstanding GRA of the Year Award. UTSI Student Matthew Duran was recognized for his work as a Resident Assistant. Mark Olles was thanked for his work as the President of UTSI’s Student Government Association, and Dr. Gary Flandro was recognized for his efforts as President of the Faculty Assembly.