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College of Natural Sciences

Outstanding Staff Award

2017–2018: Lorna Abbott

LornaLorna Abbott has worked at Chico State for nearly 30 years. She is one of those once in a lifetime employees who is highly competent and dedicated to her job and most importantly is dedicated to the success of the students of the Nutrition and Food Science (NFSC) Program. The department fears the day she announces her retirement as she is truly irreplaceable. Lorna brings her rich history and understanding of the University to her job every day. She looks at each day as the chance to learn and further develop our program. Lorna, until recently, single handedly managed the laboratory preparation for four of the Department’s courses – Introduction to Food Science; Science of Food; Cultural Foods and Foodservice Equipment and Production Systems. She is a team player helping to make sure these courses are outstanding learning experiences for our students. She directly and indirectly works with over 140 students each week who go through the Department’s labs. She is always willing to help out a faculty member or student on any issue related to the lab or a faculty member’s course and takes the lead role in assuring that instructors and teaching associates know all the safety procedures associated with the Department’s labs. She has a great sense of humor and is kind and caring. She is well deserving of the Outstanding Staff Award for her dedication and work ethic (she has the best attendance record of any staff in the College of Natural Sciences!). The faculty, staff and students of NFSC know how lucky we are to have the privilege of working with Lorna.

Clare Clifford

2016–2017: Clare Clifford

Clare joined the Department of Physics as the Administrative Support Coordinator (ASC) in 2011, with the rich experience of seven years in the College of Business student advising and dean's offices. "Clare is a problem solver. Regardless of the situation, she is always doggedly determined to find an effective solution to any obstacle." "Clare possesses the skills and knowledge to stay on top of things. She is always well informed, organized, insightful, and creative." This is how Clare is viewed in her physics colleagues' eyes. In physics students' hearts, "Clare is mother-like!" "She always goes above and beyond to help us!" "When students return after graduation, forget the faculty - they always want to stop by and say hello to Clare." Clare is also appreciated and respected by her peer ASCs in the College as "She openly shares her years of office knowledge with any staff member asking for help, at all ranks." "The thing I appreciate most about Clare, though, is her good attitude. While very high energy, she's hardly ever upset. She remains flexible to change, and there has been considerable change in NSC that I've witnessed Clare handling with professionalism and much humor. This makes her a good role model for newer ASCs in the College, and deserves recognition." These are some of the reasons Clare was chosen to receive the NSC's 2016-2017 Outstanding Staff Award.

Clare Clifford

2015–2016: Betsey Tamietti

Starting in 2005, Betsey has been working with the Biological Sciences department, as the third floor stockroom media tech. In 2012, she completed her Master's degree. The title of her thesis was, "Distribution and Conservation of Reduced P Metabolism Operons in Bacteria."

Betsey preps all microbiology courses and upper division cell and molecular biology courses. Over the last several years the number of micro majors has increased by 50% while the cell/molec majors has increased by over 100%, leading to her having to prep 10 to 15 more sections a year. She has also had to keep up with changes in technology and new types of experiments, while also supporting three new faculty and helping them with their start-up funds. Betsey was also the 2014 recipient of the Regas Award for her efforts in replacing a -80 freezer. Despite the large expansion in her workload, she has remained calm and helpful to faculty and students. This over-the-top effort to help faculty and students succeed is the reason Betsey has been chosen for this award.

Lisa Washburn

2014–2015: Lisa Washburn

Lisa first started working for Chico State in 1985, where she spent her first four years in the nursing and education departments. She then found her home in the College of Natural Sciences as the ASC for physics, where she has worked for most of her career. In 2012 she transitioned into the ASC position for the department of mathematics and statistics where she works today. Lisa has established herself as one of the most competent and knowledgeable ASC's in the university. Lisa is a tireless worker and always ensures that her office is running efficiently, smoothly, and joyously. She has also served on numerous department, college, and university committees.