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rial, types class exams, fac ulty correspondence and proposals, and offers an emphathetic ear to stu dents' problems and ques tions. Seated comfortably at her typewriter, and sur rounded by walls papered with cat photos, Valois says she is quite content with her working environment. Sh�s thought about appl� ing for other positions at USD, but is very happy where she is. "Since I've been here so long," she notes, "it's almost like a family rather than a typical office relationship." • 77 receive • service awards A lotal of77 staffem ployees received service awards al the Staf f Appreciation Pic nic July 31. Before presenting service pins lo employees, USD President Author E. Hughes noted "how very much the University appre ciates the contributions of its employees. The people who make up our commu nity are the most impor tant part of USD." Service award winners are listed on page 3.
Valois employee of the year
By Sera Schmitt
D uring the 16 years Renate Valois has worked as a faculty secretary at USD, nothing unusual hap pened, she attests. No blow ups in the chemistry department-just an occa sional call warning there was a bomb down there. ··sut. that's nothing unu sual." she insists. On July 31, something memorable happened for Valois. At the first Staf f Ap preciation Picnic she was awarded the honor of Staff Employee ofthe Year 1985. "I had no idea I was be ing considered,'' says Va lois. "and would like to thank the faculty-and es pecially Dr. Hughes and the committee-for sup porting me among all the fine candidates:· The only regret Valois has is that her husband, USD psychology professor John Valois, wasn·t on campus to share her excite ment. He was studying un der a grant at the Univer sity of Marburg in West Germany. Valois met her husband at USD. where she began workingjust three months
1985 Staff Employee of the Year Renate Valois was honored with a silver anniversary clock at the Staff Appreciation Picnic. Her name also will be inscribed on a permanent plaque to be placed near the Human Resources Office in DeSales Hall.
tended business school in southern Germany and worked as executive secre tary for a real estate invest ment firm in Mannheim. Now she works as a faculty secretary in the chemistry. fine arts and environmen tal studies departments. She handles budget mate-
after her immigration from West Germany in 1969. She was hired by the late Dr. Henry Martin. the dean at the time, who thought she had a strong accent. but assured her it wouldn't show when she typed. Valois, who also has a good grasp of French, at-
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