Miles Ecclestone Receives Nancy E. Simmons Smith Staff Award of Excellence at Trent University


Thursday, May 7, 2009, Peterborough

Trent University is pleased to announce that Miles Ecclestone, senior technician and demonstrator with the Geography Department and Trent alumnus, is the inaugural recipient of the Nancy E. Simmons Smith Staff Award of Excellence.

Nominators were effusive in their praise of Mr. Ecclestone’s personal qualities that have enriched the learning experience of countless Trent students over his 30 years of service. His colleagues extolled him for his “skill, commitment and deep interest in and enthusiasm for teaching and research,” as well has his initiative, leadership and mentorship abilities. They noted that these “personal contributions have increased the respect that Trent has gained through his activities.”

Mr. Ecclestone described the “pleasant shock” of learning he was the inaugural recipient of this honour. “Being recognized by the University through the Nancy Simmons Smith Staff Award is certainly special,” he said. “I have been fortunate to be part of a department where I have been included in many courses (many I once took as a Trent student), been involved in field trips to “exotic” locales (i.e. Schefferville) and that I have been able to continue on with Professor Peter Adams’ research on glaciology on Axel Heiberg Island over the last 25 years. This has been more reward than one person deserves.”

The Nancy E. Simmons Smith Staff Award of Excellence is named in recognition of Nancy E. Simmons Smith, Trent University’s former University Secretary and Secretary of the Board of Governors from 1987 to 2008. It recognizes non-academic staff members whose work demonstrates excellence and exceptional commitment to the University. The award comprises of a cash gift of $500 and a framed citation which will be presented to Mr. Ecclestone during the Board of Governors’ luncheon on June 25.

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For further information, please contact Miles Ecclestone, Geography Department, at (705) 748-1011, ext. 7689