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Linda McGarvey Receives the UC 2011 Service Award


Linda McGarvey received the 2011 Service Award at the annual Faculty and Staff Dinner at UC on April 15th.

Williamsburg, Ky. - At the annual Faculty and Staff Dinner at University of the Cumberlands on April 15, Ms. Linda McGarvey was the recipient of the 2011 Service Award for full-time administrators and non-teaching staff members. McGarvey is the library acquisition supervisor and for eleven years has labored with love providing technical, physical and emotional support to those in need of her service.

Each year one employee from the full-time University administrative, professional, office or Cumberland Inn staff is selected for the Service Award. Four areas of service are considered when selecting the recipient: student service, visitor service, staff/faculty service and community service. This year's honoree certainly epitomizes the ideals expressed by these criteria. The honoree was named by several nominators reflecting the respect of the faculty, staff and students who are served.

As a member of the library staff, McGarvey frequently interacts on a daily basis with visitors, faculty, co-workers and staff-at-large, and obviously students mining the resources of the library. Although not a professional librarian, McGarvey has worked tirelessly to acquire the requisite skills to fulfill the needs of those who are served. While not everyone knows her personally, many are aware of her good reputation for service with one nomination based solely on reputation. Out of the goodness of her heart and the demands of the Spirit on her Christian walk, McGarvey opened her home to a student in need of local accommodation to complete her studies showing that she is constantly finding ways to serve her community.

She is one of the most active members of Main Street Baptist Church: teaching Sunday school, singing in the choir, preparing and serving Wednesday night suppers, and supporting the church’s various ministries. She has opened her home for youth Bible studies and housing for visiting mission groups. She prepares shoe boxes for missionary opportunities and visits the elderly and shut-ins in their homes or in nursing homes. Her ability to listen with compassion has allowed her to minister further than many would consider possible. She mentors younger women and one nominator, a student, confided: "On a personal note. Linda McGarvey is an amazing Christian lady. I consider her a mentor, a friend, and a family member. I know it’s a little “cheesy,” but when I grow up I want to be just like her."