September 15, 2000

Service Awards to have new look

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The Medical Center Service Awards, to be held Oct. 3 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Stadium Club, will have a new look based on suggestions from Chancellor E. Gordon Gee, said Cynthia Morin, Executive Director of University Events, who is overseeing the proceedings.

In addition to moving to the Stadium Club from its previous location in Langford Auditorium, the awards ceremony will have a new, less-formal format. Another change is that only those with 20 years or more of service to the University will be invited to the ceremony; previously, those with 10 and 15 years of service were also invited.

As ususal, the highlights of the ceremony will be the recognition of the longest-serving employees and the announcement of the winner of the Commodore Award.

People with 10 and 15 years of service will receive their pins at their work sites during the same week as the awards, and supervisors are being encouraged to also celebrate the achievements of these staff members. Ten and 15-year honorees will also receive a small gift from the Chancellor.

People with five years of service will have their pins mailed to their workplaces.

Those with 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, and 45 years of service are being invited to the ceremony, and all invited employees will be encouraged to invite immediate family and supervisors.

In addition to pins for all honorees, gifts are involved:

•Twenty year honorees will receive a watch at the ceremony.

• Twenty-five year honorees may order their traditional Vanderbilt chairs online at, or go by the bookstore in person to place their orders.

• Thirty year honorees will receive a clock at the ceremony.

• Thirty-five year honorees will receive a piece of crystal at the ceremony.

• Forty and forty-five year honorees may select their own gifts, which will be delivered to their homes.

Those scheduled to appear at the Service Awards include Chancellor E. Gordon Gee; Dr. Harry R. Jacobson, vice chancellor for Health Affairs; Darlene Lewis, associate vice chancellor for Human Resource Services; Dr. John E. Chapman, dean of the School of Medicine; Colleen Conway-Welch, dean of the School of Nursing; Mark Penkhus, executive director and C.E.O. of VUH; and Norman Urmy, executive vice president for Clinical Affairs.