Margaret Paradiso wins Troy University's Vergil Parks Mckinley Award for August

Posted: Thursday, 10 September 2009

TROY—Margaret Paradiso, evaluator in undergraduate student services at Troy University’s Augusta, Ga. Site, has received the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for August.

Paradiso, who has been a member of the Troy University staff since 2003, received the award during a ceremony on Wednesday in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus. Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, presented the award to Paradiso, who was nominated by DaOsha Pack, site coordinator for undergraduate student services.

The McKinley Award is the highest honor that Troy University gives to a non-faculty staff member. It is presented monthly to an employee who has demonstrated outstanding attitude, innovation and work ethic. The award was established by former Texaco CEO John McKinley in honor of his father, Vergil Parks McKinley, who was a Troy University professor during the early 20th century and was key to the development of the University’s athletic program. Winners of this award receive an engraved clock and a $350 stipend.

In a letter of nomination, Pack praised Paradiso for the passion she has for her job.

“She always goes above and beyond the call of duty; many times working late to make sure a task is completed or to help a student who is unable to get here during office hours,” Pack said. “She is also an adjunct history instructor and the students absolutely love her. She is trustworthy and a joy to be around. She is essential to this department, and I think the McKinley Award is a great way to reinforce how much she and her efforts truly are appreciated.”

Paradiso said she was honored to receive the award.

“This award is very special to me and I am honored to receive it,” Paradiso said. “I couldn’t have achieved this without the people I work with.”

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Caption: Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor of Troy University, presents the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for August to Margaret Paradiso during a ceremony in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus on Wednesday. Paradiso, who serves as an evaluator for undergraduate student services at the University’s Augusta Site, was nominated by DaOsha Pack, site coordinator for undergraduate student services. The monthly award is the highest honor given to non-faculty staff members and includes a $350 stipend and an engraved clock.