Nikki-Ann Nunes Receives PSU 2013 Distinguished Operating Staff Award
Plymouth, N.H. - A committed and popular employee described as 'beacon of goodwill for her department,' was named the 2013 PSU Distinguished Operating Staff Award recipient at a May 8 ceremony.
Nikki-Ann Nunes was chosen from a field of six semi-finalists for the annual award, which was presented by PSU President Sara Jayne Steen, who said Nunes is a well- respected employee who received glowing recommendations.
Photo: Nikki-Ann Nunes, left, receives the 2013 PSU Distinguished Operating Staff Award from Plymouth State University President Sara Jayne Steen in a May 8 ceremony. Nunes is an administrative assistant for the Department of History and Philosophy and the Social Science Department.
"Everything she does is accomplished at the highest levels of quality," Steen said. "She makes every human being with whom she works know that they are valued and they are her highest priority."
Nunes, a New Bedford, Mass., native, is the administrative assistant in the Department of History and Philosophy and the Social Science Department; she began working at PSU 13 years ago. In their nomination letters, her co-workers describe Nunes as, "always willing to learn new things and takes on new challenges with verve. Her dynamic personality helps to knit the new department into a cohesive whole. She is extremely dedicated to her faculty; she is a beacon of good will for the department and all of its members."
Nunes said she was stunned when she was announced as the winner of this year's Distinguished Operating Staff award.
"I'm shocked that I won," said Nunes. "I love Plymouth State University, the diversity, the people I work with, it's a beautiful place to live and work; I wake up every morning and think, I get to go to work!"
Nunes, a Holderness resident, is the mother of a 20-year old daughter, Chelcey. She is a longtime volunteer and board member of Keeping You Me and Memories Alive, Inc., a local non-profit group that assists cancer patients and their families.