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Molecular, cell & cancer biology administrative team recognized with Chancellor’s Award

  From left: Rebecca Gorskey, Shauna Dandy, Trish Shea, Leslie Heenan, Jenna Eddy, Sharon Briggs, Judy Mondor and Nina Maillet

From left: Rebecca Gorskey, Shauna Dandy, Trish Shea, Leslie Heenan, Jenna Eddy, Sharon Briggs, Judy Mondor and Nina Maillet

The Department of Molecular, Cell & Cancer Biology’s administrative team was honored with the Chancellor’s Award for Advancing the UMass Medical School Mission at the 39th Annual Employee Service Awards Dinner on Wednesday, Oct. 18.

The award recognizes an individual staff member or team whose actions make a substantial impact in advancing the mission of the institution through public service, research, teaching or health care delivery. The honorees do so with a commitment to the vision and mission of UMMS; dedication to always supporting what is in the best interest of UMMS; initiative to accomplish goals using new and improved methods; vision to see opportunities for change and develop innovative solutions; and passion for achieving UMMS goals and mission.

Chancellor Michael F. Collins said the molecular, cell & cancer biology’s administrative team exemplifies the notion of team and espouses the values of collegiality, collaboration and commitment. Members of the team are department administrator Judy Mondor, Jenna Eddy, Leslie Heenan, Sharon Briggs, Rebecca Gorskey, Shauna Dandy, Patricia Shea and Nina Maillet. They represent 175 faculty members, graduate students, postdocs and staff in their department.

“Your daily contributions on behalf of molecular, cell &cancer biology are integral to the success of the department and all those who are in it,” Chancellor Collins said. “Together, you enable, empower and encourage your departmental colleagues to do more and to be better. To be sure, your outstanding efforts are never overlooked, de-emphasized or underappreciated by any member of the team.”

Twenty-nine faculty members wrote letters of nomination supporting the team for the chancellor’s award.

“You have been described as a team that ‘epitomizes a successful working partnership,’ that ‘has no hesitation going the extra mile,’ and is a ‘breath of fresh air,’” Collins said. “One faculty member wrote that the MCCB staff is ‘amazing because they all have the attitude—what can I do to help you succeed?

Their passion for their jobs is apparent by their amazing work ethic and the fact that they are always available.’”

In addition to their many contributions to the department during the work week, they also hold the distinction of being the lead fundraising team for the UMass Medicine Cancer Walk for the past two years.

“As a team, you set the highest standards for your work and your department,” Collins said. “Exhibiting passion, purpose and professionalism, you always exceed the expectations of your colleagues; and now, you succeed in giving all of us a worthy example to celebrate.”

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