Cameron University staff members selected to receive Pickaxe Awards

Cameron University staff members Shalla Cortez-Orndorff and Mary Potvin are the recipients of the Fall 2012 semester’s Pickaxe Awards, which recognize full-time Cameron employees who have made an extraordinary effort on Cameron’s behalf. Cortez-Orndorff is the supervisor of the Fine Arts Computer Lab, and Potvin is Maintenance Coordinating Clerk for the Department of Physical Facilities. Each received a $500 stipend and a certificate commemorating the award.

The Pickaxe Award is presented each semester to recognize full-time employees whose performance exceeds the expectations of their job descriptions. The award recipients have made a contribution and/or commitment that has resulted in a significant difference to Cameron students, visitors, or other employees, or whose commitment to their job responsibilities, department, or the university stands out as a clear example to all other employees. Award recipients must have been employed full-time at least one year at Cameron. Nominations were made by Cameron students, faculty and staff. Recipients were selected by the university’s Executive Council.


photo of Shalla Cortez-OrndorffCortez-Orndorff was recognized for her generosity and her willingness to go beyond her duties to assist Cameron students with their assignments. One nominator indicated that she changed the Fine Arts Lab opening hour from 8 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. in order to accommodate students who had 8 a.m. classes. Other nominators referred to her as helpful and approachable, and she was cited to as “a good example of how Cameron employees should treat their students.”

photo of Mary PotvinPotvin was recognized for her positive attitude and keen organizational skills. One nominator stated that she is always “smiling and friendly,” while another called her “an indispensable member of the Physical Facilities team” who “goes above and beyond.” Potvin was also praised as “the first line response to incoming work order requests and does a very good job assigning work orders to the various shops.” She was also recognized for her dedication to helping fellow employees in need by organizing flowers, cards, and gifts.

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December 6, 2012

PR# 12-205