Denise Wade wins Troy University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for October

Posted: Tuesday, 28 October 2008

TROY, Ala.—Denise Wade, secretary for the Troy University School of Nursing’s Associate of Nursing program based on TROY’s Montgomery Campus, has received the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for October.

Wade, who has been a member of the Troy University staff since 2004, received the award during a ceremony in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus on Tuesday. Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., chancellor of Troy University, presented the award to Wade, who was nominated by Dr. Donna Bedsole, director of the associate of nursing program.

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, Dr. Bedsole praised Wade’s work ethic.

“Ms. Wade always goes the extra mile to assist anyone. She researches any question a student may have until she finds an answer,” Dr. Bedsole said. “Students, faculty and administrators all depend on her and have the utmost respect for her. Her kind, gentle nature is so reassuring to students who are trying to meet deadlines for submitting required certifications and various nursing items before they can attend clinical experiences at the hospitals and nursing homes. Denise never complains, and her positive attitude is one of her many outstanding traits.”

Wade said she was honored to receive the award.

“I am very surprised. This is truly a wonderful honor and I appreciate Dr. Bedsole for nominating me,” Wade said.

Denise Wade

Troy University Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr. (right) and Dr. Donna Bedsole, director of the associate of nursing program (left), present Denise Wade, secretary in the School of Nursing on the Montgomery Campus, with the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for October. The monthly award is the highest honor given to non-faculty staff members and includes a $350 stipend and an engraved clock.