Fitchburg State College, Mount Wachusett Community College, Quinsigamond Community College and Worcester State College recently honored their recipients of the 2008 Commonwealth Outstanding Performance Awards.
The Commonwealth Citation for Outstanding Performance is given to executive branch and higher education employees of the Commonwealth who have demonstrated exemplary work performance. The collaborative awards recognition ceremony, held October 20, was organized by the human resources group of Central Links, a public higher education alliance comprised of the four colleges. Frederick W. Clark, Jr., chairman of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, was the guest speaker.
The hearts of our public colleges beat solely to advance opportunity for the cultural, social and economic well-being of our students and thereby benefit our region, our state and our nation, Clark said. Without our public colleges, those opportunities simply would not exist.
President Janelle Ashley recognized David St. Martin and Robin Vario.
St. Martin, of Whitinsville, is emergency management coordinator/technical service coordinator for the Worcester State College police department. St. Martin played an active role in scheduling and documenting all training for recently armed college police officers as well as for the colleges emergency response team and incident command training. He maintains and updates the colleges emergency response management plan and schedules exercises involving the emergency response team.
Vario, of Worcester, last served Worcester State College as a staff assistant in the financial aid department. In this role, she investigated and implemented a lender service for all alternative loans, providing invaluable service to students, particularly during a fluctuating financial aid picture in recent years.
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