Charito-Grace Antiporda, Collection Management Assistant, has been selected as the recipient of the Edward J. Belanger Jr. Staff Award for Excellence in Service for 2016.
One colleague nominated Charito saying:
… outside of being a dedicated and hard-working employee, [she] is a wonderful person. She never fails to come to work with a smile and good attitude. She remembers every birthday, every anniversary, and every happy occasion and will, unfailing, congratulate you on any good news in your life.
I have worked with [her] for more than 25 years. She is a pleasure to work with and has a positive attitude at all times. I have seen her so many days working late, and when I ask her why she was still there, she would reply to me that she had to finish what she was doing. …
I have seen her taking so many responsibilities within her department [as times change]… and she is an expert in all of them….
[She is ] the one person who remembers pretty much every library staff’s birthday…. There were days that I forgot my own birthday and she had to remind me.
Ed Belanger worked for the university for over 40 years before retiring in 2002 as the Libraries’ business manager. His service and dedication to his fellow staff was extraordinary, and he is one of the most positive, up-beat, and good natured people you will ever meet. After his retirement, his children made a donation to the Libraries for the creation of an award in his honor. Each year the Libraries select a staff member of the year who not only contributes outstanding service to the library but also shares Ed’s good nature. Past honorees serve as the award committee, selecting from among nominations submitted by library staff.