University of Vermont

Karen Bernard - 2012 Outstanding UVM CEMS Staff Member

Karen BernardKaren Bernard was presented the 2012 CEMS Outstanding Staff Member Award during a 2012 UVM CEMS Holiday Celebration held Friday, December 6, 2012 in the Fleming Museum by Bernard “Chip” Cole, Interim Dean of the College, for her achievements in her role as Administrative Assistant for the School of Engineering.

“Karen plays a key role in the success of our College,” says Bernard ‘Chip” Cole, Interim Dean of the UVM College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences. “She creates functionality and continuity for faculty, staff and visitors within the School of Engineering.”

"Karen's assistance to me has been invaluable,” says Jason Bates, as Interim SoE Director. “Her unwavering efficiency and constant good nature, together with her wealth of knowledge about the operational aspects of the School of Engineering, have made all the difference in keeping things running smoothly. I am extremely happy that Karen is receiving this award."

Comments from colleagues in their nominations include:

Karen has been a model of professionalism and competence in the School of Engineering since its formation in 2006. While other administrative staff resisted the various changes involved in forming the SoE, Karen supported the new administrative structure and worked diligently with a succession of directors to help ensure that the SoE office is a professional, competently run workplace.

Having worked with her for many years in a variety of capacities, I have found Karen to be always cheerful and helpful. If she doesn't know the answer to a question that I ask, which is rare, she is able to quickly find the correct answer through her extensive contacts on campus.

Karen rarely makes mistakes in her work, and on the few occasions when she does she works quickly and professionally to correct them. I believe that Karen in every way embodies the excellent capabilities and cheerful demeanor that characterize the best of the CEMS staff.

Since 2006 CEMS faculty and staff have submitted nominations for a staff colleague for their contributions to UVM CEMS.  Criteria for the award include having a positive attitude, exceeding job expectations, engaging in tasks beyond one's job description, making special contributions to the College, and participating in public service.

The winner was chosen by the Director of the School of Engineering, Chair of the Department of Computer Sciences, Chair of the Department of Mathematics & Statistics, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and the Dean.  Karen received a $100 gift certificate to a restaurant of her choice and a $250 shopping certificate to the store of her choice.

Prior winners:

2006: Karen Wright, Floyd Vilmont (co-winners)

2007: Joan Jordan

2008: Jim White

2009: Monika Ursiny

2010: Marnie Owen

2011: Penni French