TROY, Ala.—Barbara Federico, a student services specialist at Troy University’s Tampa Bay Site, has received the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for July.
Federico, who has been a member of the Troy University staff since 2008, received the award recently during a presentation at the Tampa Site. Dr. Earl Ingram, vice chancellor of TROY’s Global Campus, presented the award to Federico, who was nominated by Carol Walters, director of the Tampa Site.
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, Walters called Federico the site’s “Director of First Impressions.” When a student, who had completed most of his coursework in between deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, was injured in the line of duty and unable to drive, Federico came to the rescue. While the student’s wife could drive him to class, the couple’s four small children made it difficult for her to return to pick him up. Federico volunteered to stay late two evenings a week over a three-week span to drive the student home.
“Barbara embodied the Trojan spirit in her willingness to make graduation possible for this student,” Walters said. “She embodies the Trojan spirit every day as she puts students first in her reception and proctoring roles. We will now call her our director of first and lasting impressions.”
Federico said she was honored to receive the McKinley Award.
“I was overwhelmed to learn that I had won the prestigious McKinley Award,” she said. “Working with the TROY team in Tampa is a great pleasure for me. I truly enjoy sharing the Trojan spirit with our students and everyone who comes to or calls our site. It was an honor to be able to help one of our military students in his time of need.”
Founded in 1887, Troy University has four campuses in Alabama and operates more than 60 teaching sites located in 14 states and 10 foreign countries. The University’s Global Campus oversees the operation of all sites outside the state of Alabama.