Hanszen College coordinator receives Elizabeth Gillis Award

Hanszen College coordinator receives Elizabeth Gillis Award

Special to the Rice News

Joyce Bald, Hanszen College coordinator, didn’t blink an eye when she was asked last fall to fill in for two weeks as coordinator of Hanszen’s traditional rival — Wiess College — while still fulfilling her duties at Hanszen.

Joyce Bald, Hanszen College coordinator, was awarded the 2008 Elizabeth Gillis Award for Exemplary Service.  

This feat, along with her attitude of going above and beyond the call of duty to ensure the well-being of Rice’s students, earned Bald the 2008 Elizabeth Gillis Award for Exemplary Service.

The award was bestowed on her during the Feb. 6 service awards ceremony by Board of Trustees member and alumna Lynn Laverty Elsenhans ’78 and Elizabeth Gillis, in whose name the board established the award in 2000 to recognize outstanding achievements and service by a staff member in support of the university’s mission.

”The residential college system has been the touchstone for student life at Rice for half a century, and keeping each college running smoothly is a big job,” Gillis said. ”Joyce makes it look easy, even though much of what she does is not on the clock.”

According to Wesley Morris, Hanszen College master, Bald attends college events after work hours and stays late to help resolve issues concerning student well-being, in addition to her hectic schedule during regular work hours.

”Joyce provides a welcoming, informed first contact for parents and others seeking information and support from Rice and is deeply and genuinely concerned about her students,” he said. ”These qualities are difficult to measure in hours and work products, but they are part of a spirit of dedication and sense of responsibility that makes Joyce stand apart from others.”

Michael Gustin, Wiess College master, witnessed Bald’s excellence of service first-hand when she filled in as Wiess coordinator for two weeks, helped train the college’s temporary coordinator, coordinated Wiess’ preregistration for the spring semester and served on the college’s selection committee to find a new coordinator, where she was one of the hardest-working members on the committee.

And Bald is still a fixture at Wiess, helping to train new staff — a role that she has undertaken at Lovett College as well.

”What I really love about Joyce is her unfailing positive attitude and general good humor in doing not just her job, but much, much more,” Gustin said. ”Her service to the college masters, resident associates, fledgling coordinators, and most importantly, the students at two, and sometimes three colleges, is truly exceptional.”   

Bald, a nine-year employee of Rice, joined the university in 1998 as a staff assistant in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science before becoming coordinator the next year. She served as coordinator for the Department of French Studies from 2001 until she became coordinator of Hanszen College in 2006.

For more information about the service awards ceremony, see http://www.media.rice.edu/media/NewsBot.asp?MODE=VIEW&ID=10564.

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