The Marlene F. Richman Award recognizes University of Chicago staff members who demonstrate 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 nominations for Jamie Gentry show that she works tirelessly to fulfill her role as the Office Manager and Student Affairs Coordinator for the Center for Latin American Studies. She continues to make a meaningful impact on many UChicago students' lives.
One colleague said, “Indeed, we can think of no one who better personifies the characteristics of respect, responsiveness, time investment and communication as she.” Another continues, “Jamie is exceptional because her commitment to her job never seems to exhaust her unwavering positive demeanor. A rare combination, Jamie is as pleasant in her disposition as she is committed to her students.” They also said, “She invests an inordinate amount of her time beyond what is expected to make sure things run smoothly and students are supported.” A student reflects, “Jamie’s attentiveness to my questions and concerns often put me under the illusion that I was the sole student in the program. It’s an amazing feeling to have, knowing that no matter what, Jamie is going to do anything she can to help.”