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Classified service awards

The 30 year service group consists of (L-R): Nell Ann Sands, Steve Andrews, Robert Barrett and Karen Harris

Photographer: Chris Franz

classified service awards

Classified Senate member Cheri Sheets hands a door prize to an attendee

Photographer: Chris Franz

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Classified Service Awards honors workers for service

More that 150 Ohio University classified employees were honored in the Baker University Center Ballroom during the 44th annual Classified Service Awards on Sept. 25.

Employees were recognized for completing 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years of service.

Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit thanked each of the honorees and highlighted the importance of their commitment to the university.

"I want to thank you for the opportunity to join you today in recognition of the hard work and dedication that each of you brings to Ohio University," Benoit said. "You are the heart of Ohio University. You are the memory, the soul and the hands that do the tasks that keep this organization vital and relevant. You play a critical role in making the time at Ohio University a positive, life-changing experience for the students that we serve."

After Benoit spoke and the attendees had enjoyed their lunches, Classified Senate, which sponsored the event, distributed door prizes. Every honoree received a door prize, as well as a gift based on their number of years of service. Each group also posed for a photo.

Among the employees recognized, 11 of them had reached the 30-year milestone. Among them were Karen Harris and Nell Ann Sands.

Harris worked as a custodian for her first 20 years at Ohio University, before switching to the Key Shop, where she has worked for the past 10 years.

"It's really nice being here, knowing a lot of people," Harris said. "I don't count the hours or days like a lot of people do. I'm enjoying working for Ohio University, it's been fun. Being in the Key Shop now, I'm able to go just about in every one of the buildings, see people, say hi, just help them out with whatever trouble they're having with locks."

Sands, an administrative coordinator in the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, cited the people she has met over the past 30 years as the best part of her job.

She worked for 18 years in the Patton College of Education, six years in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, and the rest of the time in the College of Medicine.

"I've just made some great friends here and worked with some wonderful people," Sands said. "The people I'm sitting with, we're reminiscing over the years, how things have changed and how it keeps evolving."

Bonnie Behm-Geddes of the Classified Senate believes that the attendees appreciate the special recognition that the event provides them for their dedication and accomplishments.

"Some folks here might not have a way of celebrating [their service accomplishments] like an academic unit might be able to," she said. "Overall, the event was a success because everyone seemed to have a good time and everyone received a door prize."