Ellie Smith, Keely Ayres, Honored at Service Award Dinner


Nearly 500 staff members were honored at the annual Service Awards Banquet on June 18 for their combined service of more than 10,000 years to Dartmouth.

Hosted by the Office of Human Resources, the event recognized staff members who have worked at the College from 10 to more than 45 consecutive years. The festivities included a reception, dinner, and ceremony at Leverone Field House.

President Phil Hanlon and Keely Ayres, winner of the 2013 Sheila Culbert Distinguised Employee Award. (Photo by Eli Burakian ’00)

The highlight of the night was the presentation of the 2013 Sheila Culbert Distinguished Employee Award to Keely Ayres, who has worked at Dartmouth for more than 12 years. Ayres is the senior production manager of the Hopkins Center for the Arts.

“In a year when many staff went beyond the call of duty to make the Hopkins Center’s 50th anniversary and the Year of the Arts such resounding successes,” said President Phil Hanlon, “Keely Ayres still distinguished herself in her extraordinary contributions to these efforts.”

“I’m honored, I’m humbled and I’m a bit overwhelmed,” said Ayres, who received a standing ovation.

Marga Rahmann ’78, Ayres’ supervisor, said Ayres is deserving of the award.

“Part of what makes Keely such an exemplary employee is her 100 percent commitment to the work at hand, at Dartmouth and beyond,” said Rahmann. “Everyone involved in an event she oversees benefits from her wise, sensitive guidance and seemingly endless energy.”

Established in 2008, the Culbert Award recognizes a Dartmouth staff member for exemplary work performance, unwavering commitment to Dartmouth, and relentless pursuit of excellence. Nominations for the award are submitted by Dartmouth colleagues. Culbert was an employee who served Dartmouth from 1989 to 2008 in several roles, including as an adviser to former President James Wright. Culbert is now Head of School for the Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, Conn.

Myron S. McCoo, vice president of the Office of Human Resources, congratulates Ellie Smith, who is accompanied by her husband, Wil Smith, at the awards banquet. Ellie Smith has worked for Dartmouth for 46 years. (Photo by Eli Burakian ’00)

Also honored was Ellie Smith, assistant to the vice president in the Office of Alumni Relations, who is Dartmouth’s longest-serving employee. Smith has worked at the College for 46 years.

Myron McCoo, vice president of human resources, read remarks about Smith from Martha Beattie ’76, vice president for alumni relations, who was unable to attend the event.

“Ellie knows just about everything there is to know about the activities in Blunt,” McCoo said. (The Office of Alumni Relations is in Blunt.) “Her relationships with alumni over the years have been warm and helpful. It’s been a genuine pleasure to start each day with ‘Good morning, Ellie.’ ”

Hanlon thanked the hundreds of employees present for their work preparing college students to become leaders.

“I can clearly see what makes Dartmouth so transformational—the people who work here,“ he said. “You’ve set a high standard for the way Dartmouth is run and maintained, and for the way our students are engaged, supported, and inspired. The work that you do toward this end is critically important to Dartmouth and to it’s mission, and I am truly honored to join all of you in being part of that work.”

Following the Culbert Award presentation, each honoree walked across the stage, shook hands with Hanlon, was presented with a gift and certificate, then posed for a photograph.

Left to right: Lynn Bixby, Warren Belding, Debra Fisk. Not pictured: Terry Chase, Michael Jenks, R. Todd Minsk, Paul Tougas. (Photo by Eli Burakian ’00)

Left to right: Lucinda Sprague, Karlene Mason, Marga Rahmann. Not pictured: Catherine La Touche, Sherry Poirier. (Photo by Eli Burakian ’00)

Left to right: Jeffrey Frechette, Matthew Gray, Jane Hebb, Pamela Lyman, Joe Hill, Francis Oscadal, Andrew Steele. Not pictured: Gail Blake, Wayne Casey, Rebecca Clogston, Mary Guerin, Catherine Henault, Ronald Hiser, Gary Hutchins, Stina McCarthy, David Merrill, Betty Wilson. (Photo by Eli Burakian ’00)

Left to right, first row: Cynthia Crutchfield, Bobbie Gilbert, Suzette Fegan, Terri Crane, Karen Brock, Jonathan Blake. Second row: Victoria Hicks, Cynthia Mansell, Linda Martin, Nancy Katz, Arlene Marsh, Deborah Clark. Third row: Lesa Knapp, Tammy Moffatt, Tish Aldom, Nicole Richer-Maloney, Kathie Savage, Young Shin, Janice Chapin Smarsik, Barbara Sterling, Susan Quimby Young. Fourth row: David Collins, Andy Holmes, David Bibeau, Tricia Cornelius, Kenneth Mastro, Lee Michaelides, Margo Nutt, Julie Plourde, Jennifer Seiler-Clough. Not pictured: Susan Bibeau, Eric Bivona, Kenneth Brooks, Randy Brown, James Cross, Kathy Frazer, Robyn Hadlock, Forrest Henry, William Hoehl, Rick Hoisington, Colleen King, Maria Laskaris, Daniel Longnecker, Daniel Nelson, Paul Rivers, Dorothy Roy-Deyo. (Photo by Eli Burakian ’00)

Left to right, first row: Paula Therrien, Sherry Finnemore, Darcy Fifield, Sandra Ford-Centonze, Jennifer Nelson, Yvonne Salazar. Second row: Belinda Kwiatkowski, Dorie McKenna, Sarah McMahon, Sandra Tacy, Julie Weiss, John Wright. Third row: Peggy Sleeth, Charles Vivian, Heather Woolbert, Kathy Nichols, Amanda Pero. Fourth row: Heidi Bushway, Audrey Carr, Timothy Covell, Johnny Johnson, Kathleen Martin. Not pictured: Katherine Burke, Theodore Campbell, Lisa Celone, Charles Ciambra, Stephen Conrad, Mark George, Teoby Gomez, Kevin Hammond, Barry Harwick, David Jenks, Richard King, David Knox, Donald Kozak, Linda Lagasse, Sheila Laplante, Cynthia LaPointe, Ann Lavanway, Brian Markee, Shelly Marquise, Louise Moon, Raymond Moore, William Ouelette, Amy Patton, Anthony Princiotti, Eugene Rozyla, Joyce Ryerson, Lincoln Schwarz, Mimi Simpson, Rendall Strawbridge, Roxanne Zola. (Photo by Eli Burakian ’00)


Left to right, first row: Amanda Bushor, Sara Fisher, Trudy George. Second row: Marcia Calloway, David Follensbee, John DeSantis, Jennifer Fields, Holly Tracy-Potter, Jenna Wheeler. Third row: Michael Cimis, Chris Pressey-Murray, Marie Ricketts, Nancy Gray, Rosalie Vanasse. Not pictured: Stephanie Acquilano, Kimberly Becker, Diane Bonin, Emily Caldwell, Cameron Cudhea, Sandra Dionne, Sally Dunham, Scott Dunham, David Durkee, Gwendolen Gensler, Karen Gray, Diane Grollman, Arthur Hanchett, Edwin Hill, Shaun Impey, Gabriela Kovacikova, Kerry Landers, Amy Layne, Sara Morin, Craig Morrill, Karen Ness, Loretta Pickett, Barbara Rector, Christina Robinson, Elizabeth Rosenberger, Amber Ruggles, Gary Southworth, Scot Stammers, Scott Stokoe, Alexander Thorngren, Abigail Underhill, Shane Walton, Sandra Warner, Jeanne West, Tina Wilcox, Brenda Wilson, Ellen Young. (Photo by Eli Burakian ’00)


Left to right, first row: Jennifer Seiler; Barbara Belloir, Theresa Bryant, Brenda Cole, Claudette Peck, Sylvia Racca, Sharon Tyndall, Weijun Zhang. Second row: Jennifer Taxman, Ann Root Keith, Shane Brightly, Souleymane Marzouk, Richard Cote, Kevin O’Leary, Elizabeth Hindmarsh, Annette Lyman, Peisheng Zhang. Third row: Debra Clifford, Bruce Denis, Rebecca Gray, Anita Herrick, Maciej Kmiec. Fourth row: Tracy Ballou, Christian Lytle, Meredyth Morley, Christopher O’Keefe, Shawn O’Leary, Lynn Guthrie. Fifth row: John DeLong, Mark Franklin, James Gauthier, Dennis Grady, Martin Grant, Matt Trombly. Not pictured: Gregorio Amaro, Nancy Archibald, David Armstrong, Brian Austin, Jeannine Baribeau, Pamela Barrows, Robert Beach, Mary Beaulieu, Christine Bentivoglio, Lydia Bos, Cristen Brooks, Jacquelyn Bruce, Clark Callahan, Sandra Chambers, Peg Chase, Timothy Chiacchira, Carolyn Clinton, John Congdon, Brian Corcoran, Farrell Corrow, Jo-Ellen Courtney, Richard Crocker, Robert Dallis, Margaret Devine-Sullivan, James Dobson, Deborah Douville, Judith Fitzpatrick, Suzanne Fraser, Nancy Garrett, James Gauthier, Scott Grano, Ellen Hackeman, Francis Heath, Lori-Jane Higgins, Wilbert Hill, Timothy Hoisington, Mitchell Holden, William Jaspersohn, Bethany Jodoin, Chantal Lambert-Harris, Donna Lawless, Bruce McClelland, Allison McKenrick, Wendy McMillan, Ervin Needham, Joyce Newton, Mindy Pickett, Holly Pierce, Joska Reid, Lisa Ricard, Victoria Riley, Royal Sargent, Samantha Shipman, Anna Shubina, Hannah Silverstein, Elena Starostina, Matthew Stender, Bryan Taber, Isabel Weatherdon, Marcia Welsh, Weiping Zhou. (Photo by Eli Burakian ’00)


Keith Chapman