President's Service Award - Fall 2009
Patrick Hayes has been the archives technician in University Archives since 1990 where he works with a unique and diverse resource – the documents, photographs and artifacts that capture and preserve the history of the institution. It is a valuable collection but only as valuable as those who know it intimately and can therefore open it to others. It is in sharing his vast knowledge of the collection and opening it to others that Hayes excels.
Hayes handles a wide range of responsibilities that include administrative support, a high volume of in-person, telephone and email enquiries, development of exhibits for display or online purposes, and the preparation of print publications that broaden the exposure of the Archives collection. Anyone with a question about U of S history quickly discovers that Hayes is not only the ‘go to’ person, but the ‘go to first’ person in their quest. Who else would possibly know the university was once home to a chicken that laid a world-record number of eggs? Or that her name was Lady Victorine?