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Outstanding administrators honored in ceremony

ATHENS, Ohio (May 24, 2006) -- Ohio University awarded Outstanding Administrator Awards to three of its most dedicated and loyal employees at a ceremony on May 23 at the Baker University Center Ballroom.  The ceremony also recognized more than 140 other administrators for 10 or more years of service. 

Photo by Rick FaticaRecipients of this year's Outstanding Administrator Award are Harold Blazier, greenhouse manager for the Department of Environmental and Plant Biology, Robert Rader, director of maintenance at Ohio University Southern Campus, and Zofia Starzyk, budget manager for the Avionics Engineering Center.

A 16-year employee of Ohio University, Blazier established the department's world-class plant collection and continues to maintain and expand the greenhouse and biological gardens.  He is also responsible for developing and instructing several plant biology classes.  On a daily basis he coordinates teaching materials that enrich the laboratory experiences for numerous classes and provides research space for students, faculty and visitors.  He has held leadership positions and been a supporting member of The Ohio State University Phenology Study, the National Phenology Network, the Master Gardener Program and the American Red Cross.       

Photo by Rick FaticaRader has been an asset to the Ohio University Southern Campus for 21 years. His tireless work in building, maintaining and renovating campus facilities is noticed and appreciated by students, faculty, administrators and visitors.  Rader has been responsible for the coordination of scheduling, planning, setup and cleanup for events such as Relay for Life, AQHA Horse Show, the Festival of the Hills Craft Fair, weddings, funerals, balloon launches and graduation recognition. His work on these events has allowed them to run smoothly and reflect positively on Ohio University's Southern Campus and the Ironton community. 

Starzyk is responsible for the coordination of financial affairs for the Avionics Engineering Center.  She manages over 50 active grants and contracts, which totaled more than $9.2 million in the 2005 fiscal year. Photo by Rick FaticaShe writes proposals, negotiates contracts and handles the center's accounting and reporting duties.  Starzyk has built and maintained strong relationships with sponsors, grant coordinators and colleagues from around campus.  Her ability to stay calm under pressure, her positive attitude and her willingness to share the knowledge she's gained from her 18 years of service has made her an invaluable asset to the Russ College of Engineering. 

Other administrators were honored for 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 years of service.  Special recognition was given to seven employees who are retiring with 30 or more years of service.

The Outstanding Administrator Awards have been an annual tradition since 1975 and are given to individuals who show strong commitment and distinguished service to Ohio University. The awards program is sponsored by Administrative Senate and voted on by an Administrative Senate committee. 

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