Chancellor John W. Bardo presented Cindi Magill, administrative assistant in the Office of Alumni Affairs, with the 2009 Judy H. Dowell Support Staff Award at the annual SPA Service Awards luncheon, held Tuesday, Sept. 29.
The award honors an SPA employee who has at least five years of full-time service and stands out for dependability, a cooperative spirit, loyalty and effectiveness at WCU.
Magill, who joined the WCU staff in February 2001, is often the first point of contact for alumni, whether by e-mail, on the phone or in person. She coordinates alumni receptions, reunions, banquets, board meetings and other events, which includes arranging reservations, catering details and work orders.
“She takes a personal interest in making sure that alumni and friends have a pleasant experience and feel good about coming back to their alma mater,” said Marty Ramsey, director of alumni affairs. “A substantial amount of our activities are held in the evenings and on weekends, and, without fail, Cindi Magill is always there with a warm smile and a pleasant greeting to make sure WCU’s alumni and friends are well taken care of.”
Magill also helps maintain alumni records and serves as the circulation manager for The Magazine of Western Carolina University.
“I really enjoy interacting with all the alums, but especially our board members and our class reunion attendees,” said Magill. “I work with a fabulous group of coworkers, and I’ve met some really nice faculty and staff.”
In addition, she helps freshmen move in as a volunteer for the WCU Welcome Team; participates in the annual Tuckaseigee River Clean-up; and serves food at the late-night breakfast for students during exam week.
“When I first saw the job description, it looked tailor-made for me,” said Magill, who came to North Carolina from Austin, Texas. “Then when I arrived on campus for the job interview, I knew this was where I wanted to be. Western Carolina was, and still is, so beautiful.”
The Judy Dowell committee selected Magill from a pool of outstanding nominees: Bonnie Beam, Paula Carnes-Ashe, Peggy Cope, Dawne Coward, Linda Donaldson, Homer Harris, Lynn Kauffman, Kay Moore, Sandra Oldham, Kathy Orr, Sharon Painter, Laura Phillips and Holli Thompson.
She joins Jamie Davis, assistant professor of French and Spanish, and Roger Turk, building and environmental services manager, as Western Carolina’s nominees for the Governor’s Award for Excellence.
By Teresa Killian Tate