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2021 President’s Meritorious Service Award Recipients Announced

The award recognizes staff from across the university for their service to Texas A&M.
By Texas A&M University March 31, 2021

March 30, 2021

Dear Colleagues:

I am delighted to announce that the recipients of the 2021 President’s Meritorious Service Awards have been selected. As you may recall, a nomination period was held in January. From the nominations submitted, an anonymous committee, comprised of representatives from across campus, had the difficult task of selecting the award winners from an extraordinary group of nominees. Many thanks to this dedicated committee for their service.

The President’s Meritorious Service Awards recognize and reward staff for their commendable service to our great university. Recipients of this highly prestigious award have demonstrated their commitment to the Aggie core values of excellence, integrity, leadership, loyalty, respect and selfless service. To each of them, I extend my most sincere congratulations and deep appreciation for their tremendous efforts that make Texas A&M such a great place to live and work.

Congratulations to the following 25 individual staff members, two supervisors and two teams who were selected for their meritorious service to Texas A&M University!

Individual Award Recipients

  • Jaime Andres ’14, Department of Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Zuleika Carrasco-Martinez, Department of Sociology, College of Liberal Arts
  • Ed Casto, Utilities and Energy Services, Division of Finance and Operations
  • Sandra Church, Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
  • Christopher W. Diem ’05, Office of Student Affairs, College of Medicine
  • Sharon Esparza, Department of Mathematics, College of Science
  • Clarice Fulton, Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
  • Deb Griffin, Student Conduct Office, Division of Student Affairs
  • Maggie Guzman, Department of Residence Life, Division of Student Affairs
  • Dana J. Hernandez, Department of Public Health Studies, School of Public Health
  • Sandra Horton, Department of Chemistry, College of Science
  • Maria Jaramillo-Gonzalez, Office of the Dean, Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy
  • Kay B. Keefer, Sponsored Research Services, Division of Research
  • Kris L. May, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts
  • Jennifer Merrywell, Office of the Dean, School of Law
  • Jamie Ryan Neff, Office of the Dean, College of Education & Human Development
  • Meagan Orsag, ’04, Department of Educational Psychology, College of Education & Human Development
  • Sherry B. Parker, Department of Marine and Coastal Environmental Science, Texas A&M Galveston Campus
  • Sarah Shivers, Chartwells
  • Melanie Upton, Office of Strategy Management, Division of Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness
  • Bradley Urbanczyk ’97, Environmental Health & Safety, Division of Finance and Operations
  • Yolanda Veals, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Tommie Ward, Office of the Dean, College of Architecture
  • Janie Lois Williams ’98 and ’18, Athletics
  • Nicholas Wilson, Division of Marketing and Communications

Supervisor Award Recipients

  • Tracy Cullen, Office of the President
  • Ralph Davila, Facilities and Dining Administration, Division of Finance and Operations

Team Award Recipients

  • Appelt Aggieland Visitor Center, Division of Enrollment and Academic Services: Maritza Bailey, Kalee Castanon and Jearlene L. Talbert
  • Education Abroad Team: Remy M. Ball, Corinne Beverly, Melissa T. Burns, Caleb Chapman, Drew Crawford, Erin A. Kibler, Catherine Martin, Jessica Meado, Pascale Parker, Melanie Glees Rogers, Irene Scott, Orié Varner, Amaris Vázquez Vargas, and Trisha Winkle

All university employees, as well as Chartwells and SSC Service Solutions employees, are invited to a virtual award ceremony honoring these outstanding staff members. The ceremony will be held on Monday, April 19 at 10 a.m. Connection details will be sent by the Division of Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness closer to the ceremony date.

Each individual recipient will receive a $1,000 award, a commemorative plaque and a lapel pin. Teams will be recognized with a plaque for departmental display and members of each of the teams will receive an award of $200, a framed certificate of recognition and a lapel pin. Each recipient of the Supervisor Award will receive a $1,500 award, a commemorative plaque and a lapel pin. The President’s Meritorious Service Awards program is sponsored by the Office of the President and The Association of Former Students and coordinated by the Division of Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness.

Please join me in recognizing the winners of the 2021 President’s Meritorious Service Awards and in congratulating them for their selfless service to Texas A&M University.


John L. Junkins

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