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Wildcat Awards Given For 'Above-Duty' Service

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
October 28, 2009

Dick Cannon, vice president of finance and administration, presented Donna Brownell, Kerry Scala, and Pascha Gerni with the Wildcat Award for going above their normal work duties. Carol Mitchell, not shown, also received the award.

Dick Cannon, vice president of finance and administration, presented Donna Brownell, Kerry Scala, and Pascha Gerni with the Wildcat Award for going above their normal work duties. Carol Mitchell, not shown, also received the award.

Four employees in the field of finance have received Wildcat Awards from the Vice President of Finance and Administration Office (VPFA) for achievements “above and beyond the normal call of duty.”

The Wildcat Award is given to individuals in recognition of their dedication and exceptional work effort.

On Tuesday, Donna Brownell, Kerry Scala, Pascha Gerni, and Carol Mitchell were presented with the awards by Dick Cannon, vice president of finance and administration. The four were nominated by David Proulx, assistant vice president for financial planning and budget.

“These awards recognize their accomplishments over and above their normal job duties,” Proulx said. “Each of these individuals took on significant workloads to help the university in achieving its mission and goals.”

Mitchell and Gerni are with the USNH controller’s office; Scala is a senior financial analyst with the VPFA; and Brownell is assistant business director for the Central Administration BSC.

Brownell, Mitchell, and Gerni were nominated for their work on the Federal Finance and Administration rate proposal and Scala was selected for her efforts on the advancement system implementation. The rate proposal is the maximum rate of reimbursement agencies will pay on sponsored research awards.

“It’s an $18 million revenue stream for us so we want to be able to demonstrate we should be awarded at least the percentage we have been in past,” Proulx said.

In presenting the awards, Cannon called the rate proposal work done by Brownell, Mitchell, and Gerni crucial, adding the university will enjoy better prices for the research it does because of the three women’s efforts. He also offered praise for Scala, saying the advancement project has needed her project management skills to implement a complex software package that is critical to building  a strong culture of philanthropy at UNH.

“What you all have done is really important to UNH and the university thanks you,” Cannon said. “You certainly deserve the recognition.”

Mitchell could not attend the award presentation; she was working.


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