Wiess School of Natural Sciences
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Biochemistry & Cell Biology
Earth Science
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
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Flechsig AwardThe 2013 Ruth M. Parks Award for Distinguished Service was presented to Sandra Flechsig, department coordinator for Earth Science, at the annual Science and Engineering Ice Cream Social.

Parks award Ice cream socialAs stated by Richard Gordon, chair of Earth Science, "Sandra has established an unmatched record of reliability, consistency, and responsibility over the past 16 years. She never misses a deadline and she seems always to get it right the first time. I've never heard her complain. She is always cheerful. She has lots of good ideas—things I don't think of—that have improved department processes, meetings, and events. She anticipates my needs as department chair. In short, she has provided exemplary service to the department and is a most worthy recipient of this year's Ruth Parks Award."

The Ruth M. Parks award was created to commemorate the outstanding dedication and service of Ruth Parks to the Wiess School of Natural Sciences. Ruth passed away in 2004, but her memory lives on in those who knew her and in the form of this annual award. This tribute is presented annually to staff members who have provided extraordinary service to the School. It was created at the time of Ruth's retirement to recognize the breadth and depth of her long-standing service.