BLACKSBURG, Va., April 30, 2012 – Ellen Krupar, librarian for the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech, has received the university's 2012 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.
As a college librarian, Krupar provides guidance to students conducting research and collecting data for academic projects. She was nominated for the President’s Award based on her extensive and selfless service as a community volunteer, specifically to the Virginia Tech Police. Krupar is co-founder of the Campus Police Support Group, an organization established to support logistical needs to the department during crisis and emergency situations.
“Ellen’s commitment was invaluable to the police department in the wake of Officer Deriek Crouse’s line-of-duty death,” said Police Chief Wendell Flinchum. “She worked tirelessly to provide food, drinks, and other support to the department around the clock.”
Her organization of resources included other volunteers, local business support, and transportation of goods to critical support locations.
“At any time of day or night, Ellen was there making sure everything was being looked after,” Flinchum said. “Her enthusiasm to remain actively engaged and open to the needs of our department was evident by her willingness to remain available on a moment’s notice and to respond in the capacity of a volunteer.”
Krupar’s other community volunteer efforts include Literacy Volunteers of the New River Valley, Christiansburg Friends of the Library, Virginia Special Olympics, and the YMCA.
“In my 25-plus years of experience in public safety, I am unaware if I have ever met anyone as committed to volunteer service and public safety support as Ellen,” Flinchum said. “She has embraced complete ownership of the university's motto Ut Prosim [(That I May Serve)].”
Other members of the support group include Leisa and Don Osborne; Sam and Paula Van Curen; Lynn Bird; and Nikki and Brian Early.
Virginia Tech’s nationally ranked Pamplin College of Business offers undergraduate and graduate programs in accounting and information systems, business information technology, economics, finance, hospitality and tourism management, management, and marketing. Pamplin emphasizes technology and analysis that improve business, entrepreneurship that leads to innovation and innovative companies, international opportunities for learning and research, and an inclusive, collaborative community. It is named in honor of two alumni: the late Robert B. Pamplin, retired chairman of Georgia-Pacific, and businessman, author, and philanthropist Robert B. Pamplin Jr.
Learn more about all the recipients of the 2012 Faculty/Staff Awards