The Lone Pine Staff Recognition Awards ceremony in the Hanover Inn ballroom last week honored employees for their outstanding contributions to Dartmouth.
The annual awards symbolize all that is Dartmouth—the ability to lead, “to speak truth to power, to set an example for others,” Executive Vice President Rick Mills told an enthusiastic audience in his welcoming remarks at the May 9 ceremony. “All of our award recipients have done that in one form or another and have done so much to contribute to our community.”
The winners included employees from Advancement, the Dartmouth Cancer Center, Geisel School of Medicine, Hood Museum of Art, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Magnuson Center for Entrepreneurship, Office of Environmental Health and Safety, and the departments of Religion and Philosophy.
Introducing President Philip J. Hanlon ’77, Mills noted that it was the last Lone Pine awards ceremony he would attend as president and said that from the day they arrived on campus, President Hanlon and Gail Gentes have deeply valued Dartmouth staff members’ contributions.
“They truly appreciate and believe in what’s been done in this community,” Mills said.
Hanlon said he was especially pleased that the 2022 awards garnered 115 nominations, testimony to just how much the Dartmouth community values staff members’ work.
That the awardees rose to the top from among so many impressive nominations speaks volumes about their ability to both support and lead, attributes that together “make them truly exceptional colleagues,” he told the crowd of award winners, colleagues, friends, and family members, several toting bouquets for the guests of honor.
In addition to recognizing the awardees and their contributions, the Lone Pine event is also an opportunity to thank all staff members for their efforts “to help Dartmouth, our students, and all of us, including Gail and me, be the very best that we can be,” Hanlon said. “It’s your heavy lifting that so often makes the ambitions of our community attainable.”
Established by the Office of Human Resources in 2018, the Lone Pine Excellence Awards honor individuals or teams in six categories: collaboration, innovation, diversity and inclusion, leadership, passion and commitment, and unsung hero.
The Lone Pine Staff Recognition Program also includes the Sheila Culbert Distinguished Employee Award. Established by then-President James Wright and his wife, Susan DeBevoise Wright, in 2008, the award recognizes a staff member who has made a difference to Dartmouth and to their colleagues; demonstrates a commitment to the highest work ethic and exemplary work performance; is selfless and unwavering in dedication to the College; and is relentless in the pursuit of excellence.
Here are the 2022 award winners:
Sheila Culbert Distinguished Employee Award
Diversity and Inclusion Award
Unsung Hero Award
Passion and Commitment Award
The ceremony is also on Dartmouth’s YouTube channel.
Nominations for the 2023 awards will open in November.