Ray Cyr, Lisa Magnarelli '96 and Kelly Walton Receive Tobin Employee Awards

Lisa Magnarelli '96, Ray Cyr and Kelly Walton
Lisa Magnarelli '96, Ray Cyr and Kelly Walton
The winners of the Beverly S. and Eugene M. Tobin Employee Awards were announced at Hamilton's annual employee service recognition luncheon on May 18 at Soper Commons. Ray Cyr, custodian at Carnegie Residence Hall; Lisa Magnarelli '96, assistant dean of students for campus life/ director of student activities; and Kelly Walton, senior assistant to the associate dean of faculty, were honored. Acting President and Dean of Faculty Joe Urgo presented the awards following the recognition of employees who had achieved 10, 20, 30 and 40 years of service to the College.

The Tobin Employee Awards were begun in 2006 to annually recognize one representative from each of the College's three non-faculty groups of employees: administrators, staff members and maintenance and operations workers. Monetary awards are made each year from an employee-generated fund established in 2003 to honor Gene Tobin, Hamilton College's 18th president, and his wife Beverly. The fund honors the couple's 23 years of service to the Hamilton community.

One hundred and thirty donors contributed to the endowed fund that has grown to more than $100,000, enough to allow for annual awards of at least $500. Contributors include Hamilton employees and friends of the College.

Award criteria include making significant improvements in College services; showing innovation, imagination or creativity on the job; taking significant interest in and participating in College activities; demonstrating job performance that consistently exceeds expectations; and exemplifying integrity and dedication to the College mission and goals. The College's Cabinet selects the award recipients.

Gene Tobin came to College Hill in 1980 as an assistant professor of history. In 1983, he was promoted to associate professor, followed in 1988 by his promotion to full professor. During his tenure as a faculty member, he served as chair of the history department (1986-88) and director of the American studies program (1983-88). From 1988 to 1993, he was dean of the faculty, serving as acting president for five months prior to being named Hamilton's 18th president in December 1993.
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