President's Service Award - Fall 1998
Wendy Bates, Alumni Coordinator, is responsible for Alumni reunions and Branch activities. In proposing Wendy for the President's Service Award, her nominators and supporters cite numerous qualities that eminently qualify her for this honour.
Chancellor Emeritus Ted Turner speaks of Wendy's "unassuming but remarkable performance of her duties" and of being impressed with her "pleasant personality and friendliness" demonstrated over a decade of knowing her and working with her on the Agriculture Building Campaign. Her selection, he adds, "will bring great honour to the award itself."
In describing Wendy, many mention such traits as unfailing courtesy, commitment, warmth, dedication, efficiency, sincerity and professionalism.
Beyond these attributes, Lyle Hislop, of Planned Giving, notes that "she has a clear understanding that public relations is not a department but an attitude," and adds that Wendy "places others before herself to ensure their enjoyment and satisfaction."
More than one of her many supporters report that she is an excellent ambassador for the University, and is the one individual whom many of our alumni from around the world actively seek out when they want information or advice about a reunion or function.
The point is made repeatedly by different supporters that Wendy's qualities and performance would place her at the top of any employee group, by any standard.
Wendy Bates came to the University of Saskatchewan in 1975, as secretary to the director of Alumni Affairs. After working at a number of other jobs in 1978 and 1979, she returned to the University of Saskatchewan and in 1988 was named Coordinator of Alumni Projects.
Wendy has served on the board of directors of the Hub City Curling Club, where she has also served as director of its youth curling program. She enjoys accompanying her son to TaeKwon-Do, track meets and softball as well as engaging in a range of sports and social activities.
Wendy Bates is truly a worthy recipient of the President's Service Award.