Vivian Smith wins Troy University’s McKinley Award for March

Posted: Tuesday, 29 March 2011

TROY, Ala.—Vivian Smith, information desk clerk at Troy University’s Montgomery Campus, has received the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for March.

Smith, who has been a member of the Troy University staff since 2007, received the award Tuesday during a ceremony in the Trojan Center Ballrooms on the Troy Campus. Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, presented the award to Smith, who was nominated by Rachel Skipworth, Auxiliary Services Coordinator.

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, Skipworth compared Smith to “a ray of sunshine with so much positive energy.”

“The Troy University employees, students and visitors enjoy Vivian’s presence and helpfulness,” Skipworth said. “Vivian handles the employees and public with care and ease. She is a dedicated employee who goes beyond what is required of her to get the job done and does not leave until all is take care of. Vivian is truly a great employee.”

Smith said she was honored to receive the award.

“I enjoy working for Troy University and I love being able to help all of the students,” Smith said. “This is a tremendous honor to receive this award.”

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Vivian Smith, information desk clerk at Troy University’s Montgomery Campus, receives the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for March on Tuesday, from Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, and Rachel Skipworth (left), Auxiliary Services Coordinator on the Montgomery Campus. Skipworth nominated Smith for the award, which includes a $350 stipend and an engraved clock.