Piper Call, executive secretary to the dean, was recently awarded UF’s division-level Superior Accomplishment Award for community service. After a yearlong nomination and selection process, the six program committee members presented Call with the award at a ceremony held on March 12, 2015.
Call was one of 15 division-level awardees from a variety of UF colleges, including the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Design, Construction and Planning and the College of Health and Human Performance.
According to the UF Human Resource Services website, “this program recognizes staff members who contribute outstanding and meritorious service, efficiency and/or economy, or to the quality of life provided to students and employees.”
Barbara Mitola, human resources coordinator for the College of the Arts, wrote the initial nomination essay and sent out a call for additional letters. Letters of support flooded in from staff and faculty members of every school within the College of the Arts.
“Piper maintains a level excellence in her job, has a great sense of humor, is never irritable and does a lot of additional activities,” said Mitola. “She’s just a fantastic person, and it comes across in everything she does.”
Support letters noted Call’s dedication to her job, willingness to help and her fundraising efforts for the UF Campaign for Charities. Call is the single largest force in eliciting contributions for this charity through the sponsorship of a 32-mile bike ride. It was for this effort that Call received the community service award.
“It meant the most to me that I received the community service award, and it was such a surprise,” said Call.
Call said that she values the university’s recognition and appreciation of the staff more than the $200 and the framed certificate she was awarded.
“Administrators like to shine a light on the importance of the staff,” said Call. “It is so meaningful to work at this university where they value the staff so highly that they do awards like this.”