1995 - Beth Kane
Beth Kane, director of research administration
at the Stanford School of Medicine, has been named the recipient of
the 1995 Amy J. Blue Award for staff excellence at Stanford University.
In addition to Kane, four other staff members
have received "Amy" awards. The four "Amy" winners are John Gallagher,
supervisor in the electrical shop; LaJauna Guillory of research administration
in the School of Engineering; Laura Selznick, director of Undergraduate
Research Opportunities; and Nancy Ware, Buying and Paying Reengineering
Team ("Buy/Pay") leader.
All five staffers will be honored Wednesday, May
24, at the Amy J. Blue Garden in the Serra complex. Provost Condoleezza
Rice and Barbara Butterfield, vice president for faculty and staff services,
will make the presentations.
Kane has been at Stanford since March 1989, after
spending 18 years as the owner/administrator of, and teacher at, the
Acacia Schools, a network of eight Montessori pre-school and elementary
facilities in California. She became interested in working at Stanford
after taking part in a research project at the Stanford Center for Research
in Disease Prevention.
Kane was associate director of administration
at the center, then promoted to director in 1993. Last summer, she moved
into the research administration unit in the School of Medicine. In
addition to her responsibilities there, since January 1995 she also
has been co-manager of the Re-Engineering Research Administration pilot
project at the school.
Kane said she has seen considerable change in
six years at Stanford and expects to see more, particularly within the
School of Medicine and the research community. While widespread change
can be excruciatingly difficult at times, she said, it also is invigorating
"The key to making change work is open and strong
communication," Kane said.
She recently formed a group called SMART, the
School of Medicine Administrators Roundtable, a forum within the school
for administrators to share problems and information.
In nominating Kane, a co-worker called her "energetic,
positive and creative. She is always cheerful, supportive and upbeat.
She never mentions her problems but is always concerned with how others
are managing theirs."
Another wrote that Kane "is highly committed to
a 'working together' attitude. She not only shares information and ideas
as director, but welcomes all other suggestions and ideas."
Gallagher, who has 23
years of experience in the electrical industry, came to Stanford 18
months ago to supervise the Electrical/Lighting Shop in Facilities Operations.
Previously, he was an executive vice president with Metropolitan Electric
Co., and a project manager for Rosen Electric Co. and Charles B. Farrow
At Stanford, Gallagher supervises 16 employees
in a two-unit department, one made up of electricians and the other
of lighting specialists.
Gallagher, a colleague wrote, "is the hardest-working
man we have ever seen. He is always very positive and energetic, and
always supports his workers."
"John is the type of person who works very hard
for his workers, and helps them in every way," another wrote.
Guillory has been at Stanford
for 10 years, starting as an office assistant in Electrical Engineering
Research Administration and steadily moving up through the ranks. From
1991 to 1994 she managed the EERA Post-Award Accounting Office. Last
year, her unit was merged and her position eliminated. She landed one
of the seven exempt positions in the newly created unit of Engineering
Guillory is "highly respected by faculty," one
Noting that her previous unit had been eliminated,
another wrote that Guillory "has responded to a stressful year with
grace. She's what we want at this university people who learn,
grow and don't mind doing extra."
"LaJauna is a very dynamic individual who takes
on any new task assigned to her with positive energy," another wrote.
"I've known her to give up a weekend day to come in and help a fellow
employee who has fallen behind."
Selznick has worked at
Stanford since 1971, after earning a bachelor's degree from Smith and
a master's from Stanford in Slavic languages and literatures. At first,
she was with the office of the Dean of Undergraduate Studies, then with
Undergraduate Special Programs. She has been with Undergraduate Research
Opportunities since its inception, when it consisted of "nothing more
than clipboards on the wall and 25 percent of my time."
In 1986, the program moved into Sweet Hall and
began awarding grants 54 at first, now several hundred each year
to support innovative research by undergraduates. One student
wrote, in nominating Selznick, that her "official job description doesn't
even begin to cover the work she does as an adviser, an organizer,
a 'surrogate mom,' an editor and a friend. She often tells people that
she has the best job on campus, saying, 'I get to hear people's dreams
and then help make them a reality. Where else do you get to do that? "
Ware spent four years managing
student employees at the Stanford Faculty Club before joining the staff
of the Office of Planning and Management within the Provost's Office
in 1990. She supported former Senior Vice Provost Lowell Price and later,
former Vice Provost for Facilities and Management Ray Bacchetti during
a period of substantial change in the university's administrative structure.
After most of the responsibilities that fell within
what became Bacchetti's vice presidential area were reassigned to other
units, and the area disbanded, Ware was named the Buy/Pay team leader,
working out of the Controller's Office. In the position Ware again finds
herself at the center of a major change in the way university business
"Change is always tough, but it certainly keeps
the job interesting," she said.
A colleague called Ware "an excellent team leader
she's like a conductor who orchestrates the Buy/Pay team by combining
her professionalism and her friendly personality." Another said she
is "committed to improving the procurement process for all 'customers'
at Stanford. She kept the Buy/Pay team members on course."
The winner of the Amy J. Blue Award receives a
marble award and a $1,000 prize, to support the costs of professional
development activities of importance to the winner's career. Winners
of the "Amy" receive a crystal award and remain eligible for future
Amy J. Blue Awards.
The award honors Amy J. Blue, who was associate
vice president for administrative services and facilities when she died
in May 1988 of brain cancer. At the time, Blue was the highest-ranking
woman on the administrative staff.
The endowment supporting the annual award was
established by a group of women who knew and worked with Blue, with
contributions from her family, friends and colleagues.
Previous winners include Enelda Wade, department
administrator in the News Service (1994); Mark Gibson, laboratory services
coordinator in the Center for Materials Research (1993); the late Peter
Tuttle, consultant in the Stanford Data Center (1992); and Carol Vonder
Linden, assistant dean of research, who was assistant dean in the School
of Earth Sciences when she received the first Amy J. Blue Award in 1991.
The 1995 selection committee included the previous
winners as well as Susan Schofield of the Office of the Dean of Research,
Margie Tellez of Transportation Programs and Bob Gregg, dean of the