1998 - Pagayonan, Carvalho, Malone
Deborah Carvalho from the Center for Economic
Policy Research, M.A. Malone from the Medical Center News Bureau and
Basilio Pagayonan from Housing and Dining Services have been awarded
Amy J. Blue Awards.
The awards, which recognize staff members' dedication
to accomplishment, commitment to people and enthusiasm, will be presented
on April 23 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Amy J. Blue Garden at 655-657
Unlike previous years, when one Amy J. Blue Award
plus several unfunded "Amys" were presented, this year three Amy J.
Blue Awards, each carrying a $3,000 prize and a one-year "A" parking
sticker, have been made.
The awards, now in their eighth year, were established
by friends and colleagues of Amy J. Blue, who was associate vice president
for administrative services and facilities when she died in 1988 of
brain cancer. She was Stanford's highest-ranking female administrator
at the time.
Academic Secretary Susan Schofield, who chairs
the award committee, says changes in the award format, which included
adding a website, this year attracted 350 nominations for 112 people,
twice the number nominated in 1996.
"We were thrilled," she says about the popular
response, although it made the selection more difficult for the award
committee, which consists largely of previous winners. "To get to the
final three was really tough," she says. "As always, we tried to find
people who most clearly demonstrated those values [highlighted in the
award description] and would make fabulous award winners."
Carvalho, operations manager for the Center for Economic Policy Research,
an independent research center that receives little university funding,
stresses the importance of teamwork for achieving success. "Without
all our staff CEPR couldn't do what it does and I could not do what
I have to do for CEPR," she says.
CEPR Director Lawrence Lau credits Carvalho for
assembling the team of people who work at the center, which recently
celebrated its 15th anniversary. Carvalho, who came to CEPR a few years
after it opened, working as a secretary when there were only three staff
members, today oversees a $3 million budget and 10 employees. Nicknamed
Mother CEPR by her colleagues, Carvalho supervises facilities management,
publicly and privately funded research, and conference and event planning.
"When I started we did one conference a year; now there are six to 10
conferences," she says. "We do a lot with very little."
Arriving at Stanford with a high school diploma,
Carvalho developed her skills on the job and today is working to complete
a bachelor's degree in business. "I've always thought of myself as someone
who just gets things done," she says. "I'll just figure out how to do
Carvalho also maintains continuity in a center
that gets a new director every three years. "When they come to be director
of CEPR, they're still doing other stuff," she says. "They need their
Carvalho had no idea that she had been nominated
for the Amy Blue Award. When a committee member tried to reach her several
times during one day to pass on the news, Carvalho thought that somebody
urgently needed to talk to her about CEPR business. "I thought, 'Oh,
there's some problem I have to deal with,'" she says. Instead she received
news of the award. "I feel very honored."
Malone is the person who delivers what broadcast people need and helps
doctors and hospital staff shine. For eight years, she's performed broadcast
media management for the Medical Center News Bureau, a job that entails
hooking up medical experts with producers and reporters, nearly always
on deadline and often about sensitive subjects. "I get to have a lot
of fun that makes Stanford look good," she says with a big smile. And
the end product a medical story also informs the public.
"It's a win-win situation," she says. "I have the best job at the university."
Before Malone came to the News Bureau, she worked
as the clinic supervisor in Cardiology, running the outpatient clinic.
"We were the gaskets between the doctors and the patients," she says.
"We did the grunt work. There's something incredible about helping someone
through a medical system that's so daunting."
After working in Cardiology for eight years, Malone
was asked to come to the News Bureau to work in broadcast management,
something she knew nothing about. But she knew the hospital and figured
out that if she helped reporters by doing their legwork such
as lining up experts and patients they would come to Stanford.
And they did. A senior producer from ABC News says that because of Malone,
Stanford ranks among "the cream of the crop" when it comes to producing
But Malone says that the News Bureau as a whole
deserves credit. "I'm one of 10 people," she says. "It's the office,
it's the team of people I work with that makes it all happen."
Carvalho, Basilio Pagayonan, the store keeper at Manzanita Dining Hall,
was surprised when the award was announced. "I was totally shocked,"
he says, walking through the busy kitchen where 800 lunches and dinners
are prepared daily.
Pagayonan, a native of the Philippines, started
working at Stanford 13 years ago as a porter. He applied for the position
of store keeper when Manzanita Dining Hall opened in 1991. Since then,
he has been responsible for ordering and receiving deliveries of everything
from meat to milk, making sure that the kitchen staff have what they
need to prepare meals efficiently, and supporting his supervisor, Barbara
Piers. "Stanford is the best for me," he says, with an enthusiastic
smile. If I'm done with my work, I'll pitch in to help my co-workers."
Studying Chinese cuisine and learning how to bake cookies are just some
of this store keeper's beyond-the-job accomplishments.
Piers says that Pagayonan works outside his job
description on a regular basis. "It's not uncommon to find Basilio filling
in the dishroom, assisting a handicapped student to get lunch or staying
after work to help a co-worker," she says.
For Pagayonan, that's just how he views life.
"I'm the type of person who likes to look and learn," he says. "You
don't want to be stuck. You want to explore all parts of yourself."