When people think of Berkeley’s mission of teaching, research, and public service, their minds often instinctively turn only to professors and students in lecture halls and labs. Yet the efforts of thousands of dedicated, passionate, and enterprising campus staff play an equally important role in helping us achieve our goals.
Today, I am proud to announce the winners of the Chancellor’s Outstanding Staff Award (COSA), acknowledging staff members whose thoughtfulness, initiative, and drive has led to significant positive impact within the Berkeley community. The award, given to individuals and teams for projects undertaken within the last three years, is among our campus’ highest honors. It is one of the ways in which we hope to show our deep appreciation for your contributions.
Please join me in honoring and thanking the eleven staff members and nine staff teams, listed below, who were selected to receive the 2018 award. I hope you will also visit the COSA website for in-depth descriptions of this year’s recipients’ work; their stories vividly show that the success of our institution is not so much the result of any sweeping action, but rather the sum of many individual acts of ingenuity and ambition.
If you’re able to watch, this year’s COSA winners will be recognized in a livestreamed awards ceremony tomorrow, Thursday, November 29th from 2 to 4 p.m.
Finally, let me take this opportunity to thank you - our entire corps of staff - whose contributions, whether front and center or behind the scenes, are key to Berkeley’s greatness. While it is a time of immense change on our campus, I have great optimism and confidence that we will forge an exciting future for our institution, and that is because I have the utmost faith in our amazing and capable community of people.
Laura Adams, Summer Sessions, Study Abroad and Lifelong Learning
Kathryn Bader, Communications and Public Affairs
Alfred Day, Student Affairs Center for Support and Intervention
Tiff Dressen, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research
Lupe Gallegos-Diaz, Division of Equity & Inclusion
Lin T. King, Facilities Services
Samantha Lubow, Residential and Student Service Programs
Adriana Martinez, CSS-HR
Stephanie Ngan, Office of Environmental Health and Safety
Shamaya Roneisha Pellum, College of Chemistry Undergraduate Advising
Emily Ufheil-Somers, Haas School of Business
Team Award Recipients:
Karl R Grose
CED-IIT Manager Team
Christopher K Palmer
Cogeneration Plant Acquisition Team
Jacobs Institute Maker Pass Staff
Amy Anh Hoang Dinh
Mary Catherine Richardson
MyVoice Working Group
Laura M. Alie
Elizabeth Aranda, PhD
Student Affairs and Cal Performances Student Events Staff
Millicent Morris Chaney
Marissa Valdez Reynoso
Workplace Health and Safety Video and eLearning Course Production Team
Roy A. Berke
(*indicates that team member is ineligible due to appointment type)