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Carol Barr Earns McElhinney Award

Carol Barr has set the bar for excellence at the University of Houston for more than 30 years. The department of English business administrator juggles a demanding work schedule that sometimes exceeds 40 hours with numerous campus volunteer activities such as twice serving as Staff Council president and as co-chair of the UH Commission on Women.

Widely regarded as a "master of organization" and an outstanding campus leader, Barr has been named the recipient of the coveted Charles F. McElhinney Distinguished Service Award, the university's highest staff honor. The award includes a $3,000 stipend.

"My friends will tell you that I'm seldom at a loss for words, but the day I received the news about the award was the exception," Barr said. "I was totally and wonderfully surprised."

Her supporters noted her vast experience on campus and the efficiency in which she handles her duties, which range from managing and overseeing the department's financial accounting system to supervising staff.

"Since her arrival in the English department in August 2005, Carol Barr, through her vision, skills and example, has completely transformed and streamlined the department. Her commitment to excellence is infectious and rubs off on students, faculty and staff members alike," her nominator wrote. Barr was one of several staff members recently honored.

Staff Excellence Awards

Donald Delano, maintenance mechanic, Calhoun Lofts

Kathy Ermgodts, speech-language pathologist

Linda Guerrero, business administrator, accountancy and taxation department

Andrea Johnson, office coordinator, School of Art

Gerry Mathisen, executive administrator, UH System Board of Regents office

Esteban Mendoza, journey painter, Plant Operations

Patricia Sayles, college administrator, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Jessica Torres, advising assistant, English department

 George Magner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Academic Advising

Trang Phan, assistant dean, Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture

New Professional Advising Award

Audri Villalon, academic adviser, department of psychology


University of Houston Commission on Women 2010 Career Development Scholarship

This scholarship is designed to enhance the status of women by providing resident tuition and fees for one 3-hour course taken at the University of Houston during the 2010-2011 academic year.  It is available to any staff member, regardless of gender.  Scholarships must be used during the Fall 2010, Spring 2011 or Summer 2011 semesters.

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The University of Houston Staff Council is dedicated to providing opportunities for staff members to advance their education. In that effort the University of Houston Staff Council provides ten $500 scholarships to employees who plan to attend degree or job related academic credit classes during the fall, spring or summer semesters at the University of Houston main campus.

For additional information, including scholarship application click here