October 27, 2004

Contact: Luke Frank, Senior Public Affairs Representative, 272-3679

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

From a pool of nearly 140 nominees, five superlative staffers were selected this month for the 10th Annual Dean's Staff Award for the School of Medicine. The winners, each of whom received a gift certificate and $2,500, are:

  1. Joe Sparkman Program Manager, Graduate Medical Education
  2. Randy Wright Senior Database Administrator, Systems and Programming
  3. Mandara (Joan) Devine Grants Coordinator, Neurosciences
  4. Kyle Vick Analyst/Programmer, Systems & Programming
  5. Margaret Romero Senior Residency Coordinator, Radiology

Paul Roth, M.D., dean of UNM School of Medicine (SOM), began the award 10 years ago to recognize outstanding SOM staff. "It's important that we recognize the hard work that goes on behind the scenes here at the School of Medicine," Roth declares. "We enjoy the benefits of some very innovative and efficient staff who quietly go about doing their jobs. They should be rewarded."

Award recipients, honored in a ceremony this month at the Health Sciences Center Plaza, were presented a certificate of appreciation and $2,500 check.

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