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Distinguished staff recognized

Posted on 2018-05-15 in College Vision

Nadine Penner (left) and Marjorie Granrude

Marjorie Granrude and Nadine Penner are the 2018 recipients of the Dean’s Distinguished Staff Award from the College of Arts and Science.

Two college staff members are chosen each year for the award, which formally recognizes employees of the college who have set themselves apart through excellence in work performance and quality of service.

Granrude and Penner were presented with their awards by Dean Peta Bonham-Smith at the May 15 meeting of Faculty Council.

The full list of 2018 nominees, along with the names of previous award winners, can be viewed on the new Dean’s Distinguished Staff Awards webpage.

2018 Dean’s Distinguished Staff Award recipients

Marj Granrude

Marjorie Granrude
Clerical assistant
Department of Physics and Engineering Physics

Described by her nominators as “the backbone of the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics,” Marj Granrude is responsible for the smooth operation of many of the department’s activities. As clerical assistant, she manages the day-to-day operations of a general office while also acting as a source of knowledge, support and advice to students and faculty. Students who approach her with difficult academic or personal situations find her genuinely interested in their well-being and eager to help, while faculty appreciate her in-depth and ever-growing knowledge of university policies and procedures. Granrude’s nominators call her approachable, organized, “highly competent” and, overall, a “consummate professional.”

Nadine Penner

Nadine Penner
Graduate Programs Administrative Coordinator
Administrative Support Group

Nadine Penner is responsible for the support of 13 graduate programs across the College of Arts and Science. In this vast and complex role, she gives personalized, courteous assistance to hundreds of graduate students each year while also responding efficiently to the needs of a diverse range of departments. For incoming graduate students, Penner is often the first point of contact with the University of Saskatchewan; she ensures that this first impression is welcoming and professional, and makes an effort to create an ongoing positive experience during the students’ time on campus. Penner’s nominators praise her “extraordinary insight,” “remarkable energy” and “relentless effectiveness.”


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