2009: Kathy Fox, Classics Department

From the Office of the Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students in the University, and the President of Student Government:

June 11, 2009

I have always found Kathy to be exceptionally kind and helpful, and willing to go far out of her way for all the students in the Classics Department.

It gives us great pleasure to present the seventh annual Marlene F. Richman Award for Excellence and Dedication in Service to Students to Kathy Fox, the Administrative Assistant for the Classics Department.

The Richman Award honors an individual whose exceptional professionalism and commitment to students has made a deep impact on life at the University. Each year, the Award recognizes a University of Chicago staff member who demonstrates the highest levels of dedication, care and compassion in the service of students. The winner of this award exemplifies the qualities demonstrated by Marlene F. Richman during her decades of untiring effort to guide students in the articulation and achievement of their dreams, to be a true friend and leader to colleagues, and to promote students' happiness and well-being.

The winner of the 2009 Marlene F. Richman award is Kathy Fox, who has served the University community and her department for many years. As evidenced by the swelling campaign by students who have nominated Kathy for this award for several years, she has been and remains a major source of support for students in her department. Kathy is an exceptionally caring, professional, and kind member of our community, as you'll read in the following comments.

Here are some highlights from Kathy's nominating letters...

Whenever I have a problem, either academic or personal, I feel that I can go to Kathy for help, advice, or perspective. She is not just an administrator, but also a friend and mentor. Kathy is always available for me, and ... I am deeply indebted to [her] for the kindness and care she has shown me since I first came to the University of Chicago.

Kathy doesn't just address the immediate, ad-hoc needs of students. What is far more important, she helps us grow and learn from our experiences, to become more aware; and in doing so she drives us to be more respectful not only of our close colleagues but also of all members of the university community.

Her commitment to students always has gone far beyond her job description. She is far more than administrative support to us. Her office is home to so many graduate students.

The Richman Award Committee is proud to honor Kathy Fox with the 2009 Marlene F Richman Award. We are all very grateful to Kathy for the incredible level of commitment and support she demonstrates every day in her work with students. The nominations submitted on her behalf show the deep appreciation and respect she has garnered through her selfless work at the University.

The nominees for the seventh annual awarding of this honor included the following full-time staff members: Jean Chen, Assistant Director, Office of Multicultural Student Affairs; Alicia Czaplewski, Department Administrator in the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations; Stacey Ergang, Assistant Director, Office of the Reynolds Club and Student Activities; Katy Hardy, Office of International Affairs; Kathy Holmes, Administrative Assistant in the Department of Music; John Kimbrough, Assistant to the Library Director; Annalee Letchinger, Career Advising and Planning Services; Pontus Niklassen, Registrar, Law School; Jessica Oldford, Associate Director of International Programs, Chicago Booth School of Business; Rosa Yadira Ortiz, Assistant Director, Office of Multicultural Student Affairs; Terri Rossi, Program Administrator in Financial Mathematics; Holly Shearer, Booth School of Business, Evening and Weekend MBA Program; Kathleen Comella Sullivan, Career Advising and Planning Services; Scott Taylor, Front Desk Attendant at the Law School; and Mary Valentine Harris, Career Advising and Planning Services. Each nominee received a certificate and letter highlighting some of the comments included in the students' nominations.

Kathy Fox received an award certificate, an extra service payment, and her name is inscribed on the Marlene F. Richman Award Plaque, which hangs in the stairwell of the Reynolds Club.