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Three Remarkable Employees Honored With Staff Awards for Excellence

Three Remarkable Employees Honored With Staff Awards for Excellence
From left, Lyndsey Baker, FSU Interim President Thomas Bowling, Patrick Fairall and Joni Smith

Frostburg State University honored three outstanding employees, Lyndsey Baker, Joni Smith and Patrick Fairall, at its recent Fall Convocation. The annual Staff Awards for Excellence recognize exceptional service to the institution. Recipients are nominated and chosen by their colleagues. This year’s award winners have served FSU for 29 years.

Baker, a Frostburg resident, was honored in the Exempt (salaried) employee category. She joined the FSU community in the spring of 2012 in a part-time role as the Maryland Strategic Prevention coordinator. Her commitment to seeking additional grant funds and her dedication to work led to a full-time position in 2014. Baker is responsible for uniting community members, administrators, law enforcement, city officials, bar owners, health practitioners, high school representatives and others to address underage and high-risk consumption of alcohol. Her commitment to changing the community’s perceptions has helped reduce high-risk alcohol consumption at FSU.

Smith was honored in the Non-exempt (hourly) employee category. The Frostburg resident has been employed as a graphic artist in FSU’s Office of Publications for seven years. Smith has a very strong work ethic, a creative approach to her assignments and a congenial and helpful attitude when working with faculty and staff. Professional, eager to help, conscientious, detail oriented and budget conscious are just a few of the phrases contained in her letters of support. Phrases such as these make it easy to understand why Smith is such a great asset to the FSU team and an exceptional employee.

Fairall, of Cumberland, was honored under the Non-exempt employee/facilities-maintenance category. He has been an FSU employee for nearly 19 years. For his first 13 years, Fairall worked as a painter. In 2010, he began working for the Physical Plant’s multi-trades shop as a moving and storage specialist. Fairall is one of the employees who works tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure every FSU event is set up smoothly and broken down without a hitch. He works countless weekends assisting with FSU’s events. Fairall’s supervisor, Mark Williams, estimated that his employees will perform at least 500 event set ups and break downs this year.

Award recipients are given a plaque, a certificate commemorating their dedication and a monetary award. Staff Awards for Excellence are funded by the FSU Foundation’s Annual Fund Campaign.

For more information, contact the FSU Office of Human Resources at 301-687-4105.


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Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

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