2010: Kathy Holmes, Music 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 10, 2010

Kathy is devoted, patient, steadfast, and always advocating on behalf of myself and other students.

It gives us great pleasure to present the eighth annual Marlene F. Richman Award for Excellence and Dedication in Service to Students to Kathy Holmes, the Administrative Assistant for the Music 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. Nominations are solicited from students only each spring.

The winner of the 2010 Marlene F. Richman award is Kathy Holmes, who has served the University community and her department for many years. As evidenced by the heartfelt letters students submitted with their nominations for this award, Kathy has been and remains a major source of support for students in her department. She is an exceptionally caring, professional, and thoughtful member of our community, as you’ll hear in the following comments from her nominating letters.

With Kathy Holmes, every individual – faculty, student, or friend of the department – receives the same consideration and help, no matter what it is you need.

Kathy maintains a collegial relationship with every member of the department. She has a great sense of humor, takes the concerns of students seriously, and is the one person who keeps the department running efficiently and pleasantly.

I simply hope that this nomination reflects my deep admiration for a uniquely caring and helpful individual, and that she finally receives the recognition she so justly deserves in some small way; after all, donning cumbersome angel wings each day might impede some of her daily duties.

She is that silken thread of the department that maintains stability and governance…

The Richman Award Committee is proud to honor Kathy Holmes today with the 2010 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.

Marlene Richman, Kimberly Goff-Crews, Tom Christensen, Martha Roth, and Bob Kendrick celebrate Kathy Holmes (pictured, 3rd from left) at the presentation of the Richman Award, June 10, 2010. Photo credit: Photo by Jason Smith.

The nominees for the eighth annual awarding of this honor included the following full-time staff members: Holly Bland, Assistant Director, Office of Admissions; Fay Booker, Data Resource Manager, Harris School of Public Policy Studies; Nubia Chaidez, Community Relations Coordinator, Pritzker School of Medicine; Cynthia Cook-Conley, Faculty Assistant, Harris School of Public Policy Studies; Alicia Czaplewski, Department Administrator in the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations; John Kimbrough, Assistant to the Library Director; Janie Lardner, Administrative Assistant and Student Affairs Coordinator, Comparative Human Development; Edonna Larkins, Employer Relations Specialist, Harris School of Public Policy Studies; Brooke Noonan, Director, Graduate Student Affairs; Latasha Sawyer, Administrative Assistant and Student Affairs Coordinator, Comparative Human Development; and Kelly Smith, Communications Manager, Residency Advising, Pritzker School of Medicine. Each nominee received a certificate and letter highlighting some of the comments included in the students' nominations.

Kathy Holmes 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.