Cameron University staff members Margaret Coffee and Gilbert Doster are the recipients of the 2018 Pickaxe Awards, which recognize full-time Cameron employees whose performance is above and beyond expectations. Coffee is the Records Manager in the Office of the Registrar, and Doster serves as Academic Advisor in the Office of Student Support Services. Each received a $1,000 stipend and a commemorative award.
The Pickaxe Award is presented annually 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.
Coffee was recognized for her commitment to students. One nominator referred to her as “Saint of Lost Students,” “Transcript Scientist” and “Graduation Ninja,” citing the student-centered approach that Coffee applies to her daily duties. The nominator stated that Coffee works through problems quickly and when she does not know the answer to a student’s problem, she researches the issue and finds a solution. Another nominator wrote of the assistance Coffee gives to students who are near degree completion by working with academic departments to ensure that students have access to the classes needed to complete the degree in a timely manner. “Margaret Coffee is special,” said one nominator, adding, “She epitomizes CU’s mission of student service.”
Doster was also recognized for his willingness to help students. One nominator wrote that if it were not for Doster, she would have dropped out during her first semester. Instead, thanks to his support and encouragement, she is on the Dean’s List, enjoys her Classes, and is looking forward to graduating in May 2020. Another student wrote that Doster “somehow finds a way to make time for every single student” and, when there is something outside of his expertise, “he takes the extra steps needed to get the student pointed in the right direction and follows up to make sure the student is taken care of.” Each of the students who nominated Doster emphasized that his direct attention and support were crucial to their success. One called him “an invaluable asset to this university,” while another cited his “humanness, understanding, good direction and supportive guidance” as key factors in his ability to help students succeed.
December 7, 2018