A publication for the faculty, staff, administrators, and friends of California State University, Chico
May 14, 2009 Volume 39 / Number 6


2008 Staff Employee of the Year

Adrienne Scott
Adrienne Scott

Adrienne Scott, curator of the Museum of Anthropology (MOA), has been chosen as the 2008 Outstanding Staff Employee of the Year by the Staff Council. Scott came to the MOA in 2001. “Since that time,” wrote Stacy Schaefer, chair of the Department of Anthropology, “I have had nothing but the highest respect and praise for Adrienne and the enthusiasm and professionalism she brings to the museum.”

Scott brought eight years of museum experience, classroom teaching, community training, and an administrative background to the wide array of tasks she is responsible for as curator of the MOA. Scott manages the day-to-day operations of the museum, develops exhibits and educational curriculum, plans events, oversees and mentors students, and forms collaborative relations with many individuals and organizations on campus and in the greater Chico community.

A recent program that Scott coordinated with faculty member Brian Brazeal and others was “Flash of the Spirit: The Music of Africa and Beyond.” Brazeal wrote of Scott, “Adrienne displayed consummate professionalism and dedication above and beyond the call of duty in both exhibits and in the allied projects. Her excellent aesthetic instincts, her patience with students and faculty, and her creative use of scarce resources helped to create an exhibit in which the entire University community can take pride.”

A partial list of her service to the University includes designing a museum exhibition theme, outline, and supplemental short reading list for the book in common topic on Haiti; joining forces with Bev Marcum, Biological Sciences, to write a CELT grant proposal and to plan a human origins teachers workshop to train science teachers; and serving on the advisory panel for Resources for International Studies in Education (RISE) to strategize ways to better prepare CSU, Chico education students in classroom methods.

Other comments in her nomination packet described her creative drive and enthusiasm as contagious and her work with students as cultivating loyalty by being friendly and accessible while holding them accountable to high standards. Another person wrote, “Adrienne is eager to dream up new ways to enrich the campus experience for students and broaden their ideas of what their education means.”

And finally, Schaefer said, “Adrienne is a real gem whose dedication to her work brings brightness and a sense of kindness and humanity to all with whom she works or interacts. She is loyal to the University and does an exemplary job doing her part to contribute to the mission and strategic plan of the museum, Department of Anthropology, the College of BSS, and the University.”

For her part, Adrienne was completely surprised, she said, and didn’t even know she had been nominated.