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Trent University's Eminent Service Award Recipients Announced

Thursday, April 8, 2004, Peterborough

The 2004 recipients of Trent University's Eminent Service Award have been announced. This award, to be presented at convocation ceremonies, recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the life of the University in any area of its activities.

Dr. John Earnshaw will receive the Eminent Service Award at the May 28 morning convocation ceremony. The award recognizes his outstanding service to Trent University through his leadership as vice president (administration and finance), and for his service to higher education through his involvement with provincial organizations.

Prof. Earnshaw joined the University in 1967 - Trent's third teaching year - as a professor of Physics; he retired in 2003, but continues to teach on a part-time basis. He served as vice president for 13 years (1981 - 1992 and 1996 - 1998).

"Truly I am honoured and pleased to be recognized by the University I love so much," said Prof. Earnshaw, upon learning of the award.

The following is a testament to Prof. Earnshaw's accomplishments, in a nomination letter for this award:

"John Earnshaw was an energetic, intelligent, personable, and talented administrator. He distinguished himself and ably represented the University to outside organizations. He is richly deserving of the Eminent Service Award from Trent University."

Carol Murray, senior admissions officer, will receive the Eminent Service Award at the May 27 afternoon convocation ceremony. The award recognizes her dedication, high standards and leadership in the admissions field for more than 22 years. Ms. Murray is planning to retire this June.

Ms. Murray began working in the Office of the Registrar at Trent in 1982 as an admissions clerk and over the years, progressed to her current role.

"I am thrilled to receive this recognition," says Ms. Murray. "To be selected for this award is indeed an honour as there are so many dedicated people working at Trent. The University has been a big part of my life for the last 22 years and I feel very fortunate to have received the opportunities that I have while working here. I also look forward to seeing Trent's many accomplishments in the future."

The following is an excerpt from a nomination letter that speaks to Ms. Murray's strengths and accomplishments:

"Carol's fingerprints are, literally or figuratively, on the file of every student who has been admitted over the past 20 years. Carol serves as an advisor, coach and authority on policy issues and admissions procedures to staff as well as to managers. Carol's concern for admission standards are tempered by her very real concern for the well being of students being considered for admission... Trent University has been fortunate to have someone of Carol's calibre quietly working behind the scenes to meet enrolment targets, enforce policy, suggest changes to policies... and lead a small admissions group to set and achieve high standards of performance for themselves."


To reach Prof. Earnshaw or Ms. Murray, please contact Alicia Doris, Communications Office,

748-1011, Ext. 1456.

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