Twenty-Eighth Annual Service Awards

294 Employees were honored for their long time service to UTD in a ceremony on November 20th at the Clark Center.

Dr. David Daniel began the event with a speech asking the audience to look back 50 years.  What were you doing 5, 10 and even 50 years ago when the esteemed employees were beginning their relationship with UTD?  Some of the employees were on campus before Facebook, Apple computers, ZIP codes, the computer mouse and Beanie Babies.

The 164 employees recognized for the Five- year award were presented with a brass coin embossed with the university seal and a certificate of appreciation.  Those present were invited to stand and be applauded.

71 employees were recognized for their ten years of service with a brass keychain embossed with the university seal and a certificate of appreciation.  22 employees were recognized for twenty years of service to UTD with a brass paperweight embossed with the university seal and a certificate of appreciation. Those present earning the Ten and Twenty year award were invited to join Dr. Daniel on the stage to receive their award as Colleen Dutton, Associate VP Human Resources, announced their names.

Dr. Daniel hosted a luncheon for employees inducted into the Quarter Century Club earlier in the day.

Six employees were recognized for thirty years of service to UTD. Peggy Attari, Edward Bennett, Mohammad Hooshyar, Darrelene Rachavong (receiving a hug from Dr. Daniel), Ram Rao and Linda Snow were welcomed on the stage by Dr. Daniel and presented with custom designed coasters with the university seal.

Finally, two employees, Wolfgang Rindler and Charles Lippincott, earned the Fifty-year award.  Both will receive a gold watch.  Charles Lippincott was present and took the stage to a full standing ovation of the audience.

A reception followed.

Spotlight on Two Award Recipients

Katy Monath, Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, earned her 5 Year Service Award at the ceremony. “I’ve enjoyed meeting people with such interesting and diverse backgrounds.” For Katy, the people are what she loves about UT Dallas. Katy came to UTD with a strong background in the corporate offices of the restaurant industry designing and writing training materials, menus and recipe books. She has also worked at UTSA and UTHSCSA. This terrific background has prepared her to be an excellent UT Dallas Staff Council representative.

Katy plans to “leverage my knowledge and past experiences gained in Student Affairs to optimize my contribution to Staff Council.” Katy has a history of giving back to the community. “While at Brinker International, I had the opportunity to serve as project lead for a fund raising event at the Vice President’s residence in Washington, D.C. for the Susan G. Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer Research following the Race for the Cure. Fantastic experience coordinating over 50 employees with scheduling, security clearances, designed specific logo for the event, coordinating logistics of the event itself, as well as overseeing quality control of the menu and service staff. Opportunity to meet the Vice President and his wife, was welcomed into their home, and worked closely with secret service. Fabulous time! Sidenote: the Washington, DC venue raised the most money of any venue across the country that year for the Race for the Cure.”

One of the 29 new Quarter Century Club members is Homer Montgomery, Co-Director Science/Mathematics Education Department and Associate Professor. Homer reminisced about his 25 years with UTD. “Selection of the most memorable project from twenty-five years working with fascinating colleagues, brilliant students, and extraordinary staff is not a trifling task. But here goes. How often does this kind of thing happen? What other university has students with this sort of, shall we say, resourcefulness? Searching for dinosaur fossils in 117 degree heat in Big Bend National Park accompanied Dana Biasatti (currently a research scientist) and Eric Venski (owns an English language school in Tokyo) from my Age of Dinosaurs class, Dana crackled on the radio with news of a discovery. She found a bone bed containing three juvenile Alamosaurus dinosaurs. This fascinating discovery led to a great deal of excavation in the Park (with the proper Federal permits). At lunch on a particularly difficult day of digging, I asked Dana to find another dinosaur that would be easier to excavate. A couple of hours later she returned, and that discovery would become the giant Alamosaurus at the Perot Museum. Numerous UTD students assisted in that excavation. Many are now amazingly successful (such as Vas Stanescu who is a program director at Stanford University). Bell Helicopter flew the airlift of that string of cervical vertebrae (one bone weighed approximately 1100 pounds). No charge. The connection with Bell Helicopter was initiated by yet another UTD student.”

So, what’s next? Several current discoveries (including 24 chunks of exceedingly rare dinosaur poop) will be featured in a new museum to be built in Lajitas. A bioarchaeology project on the island of Antigua and a paleotempestology investigation on the Gulf Coast will surely make for an exciting several more years at UTD.


Last Modified: May 29, 2015