BLACKSBURG, Va., April 29, 2011 – Lisa Saul, graphic designer in Outreach Program Development at Virginia Tech, received the university's 2011 President's Award for Excellence.
The President's Award for Excellence is presented annually to up to five Virginia Tech staff employees who have made extraordinary contributions by consistent excellence in the performance of their job or a single incident, contribution, or heroic act. Each recipient is awarded a $2,000 cash prize.
A graphic designer in Outreach Program Development since 2002 and a member of the Virginia Tech community for more than 25 years, Saul produces hundreds of marketing collateral pieces every year. In addition, she will often assist colleagues with on-site registrations and other logistical tasks.
“Lisa is a dependable, creative, service-oriented contributor to our marketing team,” said Susan Short, director of outreach program development. “She exceeds performance expectations on a daily basis, and she consistently puts the needs of our organization ahead of her own. She often steps outside her role to help others to ensure deadlines are met. Customer service and bridge-building are just two of her many outstanding characteristics.”
In addition to her work responsibilities, said Short, Saul exemplifies the university’s motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve). Under her leadership, for example, Saul coordinated an office service project in which 1,572 cans of food and 37 coats were donated to the Montgomery County Christmas Store in support of the Marching Virginians’ Hokes for the Hungry project.
“Lisa shares her heart and commitment to helping others every single day,” Short said. “It is an honor and privilege to work and learn alongside of her.”
Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs supports the university’s engagement mission by creating community partnerships and economic development projects, offering professional development programs and technical assistance, and building collaborations to enrich discovery and learning – all with the overarching goal of improving the quality of life for people within the commonwealth and throughout the world. Outreach and International Affairs leads Virginia Tech’s presence on five continents; its regional research and development centers across the commonwealth focus on graduate education and professional development. Blacksburg-based centers are dedicated to student engagement, language, policy, and governance.