President's Service Award - Fall 2001
Merry Beazely, Executive Assistant to the Dean of Pharmacy and Nutrition, is the recipient of the President's Service Award.
Lauded by colleagues as an outstanding individual who has made an exceptional contribution to the University of Saskatchewan, Merry Beazely is being honored at Fall Convocation 2001 for her 25 years of leadership and service to students, faculty and staff.
After earning two Bachelor of Science degrees at the U of S, in Biology in 1970 and in Home Economics in 1975, Merry went on to complete a one-year graduate dietetic internship at Royal University Hospital. Before joining the U of S staff, she served as Editorial Assistant for the Botanical Gazette, a scientific journal published by the University of Chicago Press under the editorship of Dr. Taylor Steeves of the Biology Department.
Merry joined the University staff in 1976 as Administrative Assistant in the College of Home Economics. Her broad range of responsibilities included: helping to develop and implement new Family and Consumer Studies and Foods and Nutrition programs; assisting in nutrition teaching; making enhancements to the research program, student orientation, student counselling, public relations and budget planning; and administering scholarships and awards.
In 1987, with the phasing out of the College and the transfer of some areas to other units on campus, Merry became Administrative Assistant in the College of Pharmacy and was instrumental in developing the Nutrition undergraduate program in that College ‹ which was to become the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition in 1994. In 1998 Merry was appointed Executive Assistant to the Dean of Pharmacy and Nutrition, to take on added responsibilities, including helping the College through accreditation review of its professional programs and the U of S Systematic Program Review of its graduate and undergraduate programs.
Over the years, Merry has also been an active contributor to many University initiatives including such areas as Services for Students with Disabilities and the Managed Rehabilitation Program.
Merry's co-workers say they can't help but use superlatives when describing her. "She inspires others with commitment, enthusiasm, extra effort and dedication." "The impact she has had (on the University) has been most significant." "Merry's greatest characteristic is her amazing ability to bring out the best" in her work and associations with others. "Merry is an exceptional individual that I, and others, have come to know, respect and admire. She is, without a doubt, one of the most dedicated individuals I know at the University."
Her superior professional skills and her enthusiastic, caring and positive interpersonal skills are an inspiration to all at the U of S.
The U of S established the President's Service Award in 1995 to recognize exceptional contributions by non-academic staff. It honors individuals who have enhanced the work environment by providing extraordinary service to the University community, who have inspired, supported and respected the endeavors of others, and who have achieved this distinction through dedication and commitment. The award includes a $1,000 prize and a commemorative ring or pin.