Crossley and Seymour Award Winners Announced

June 01, 2012








Lorrie Kyle and Lewis Duncan
Helen A. Ward Crossley, Executive Assistant to the President Lorrie Kyle, and President Lewis Duncan. (Photo by Oriana Jimenez)
Thaddeus Seymour, Pam Woodley, and Lewis Duncan
President Emeritus Thaddeus Seymour, Leadership Student Counselor Pam Woodley, and President Lewis Duncan. (Photo by Oriana Jimenez)

At this year’s Annual Awards Celebration held on Friday, May 25 in the Alfond Sports Center, both Lorrie Kyle, executive assistant to the president, and Pam Woodley, leadership student counselor at the Crummer Graduate School of Business, received top honors.

During the program, Kyle received the Helen A. Ward Crossley Distinguished Service Award for Staff, which was established in 1999 as a means of recognizing Rollins staff members for their outstanding service and dedication to the College. The award is granted annually to an individual staff member, as determined by a selection committee.

“It is a rare and wonderful thing when one comes across someone as extraordinarily talented and hard working as this individual,” said President Lewis Duncan, who presented the award to Kyle. “Over the past several years, I have been regularly reminded of what a great asset she is to Rollins and how fortunate we are to have her.”

In recognition for her service to Rollins, Kyle received $1,000, her name engraved on the Helen A. Ward Crossley memorial plaque maintained by the College, and a personalized trophy.

“Receiving the Helen A. Ward Crossley Service Award means more than I can say—Helen was a friend of my late mother-in-law, who worked at Rollins for nearly 30 years,” Kyle said. “She would have loved this, and would have been the first to understand my wish to thank everyone for making my work for Rollins such a joy.”

Later in the awards celebration, Woodley was given the Thaddeus Seymour Staff Award for Community Engagement, an honor established in 2006 as a means of recognizing Rollins staff members for sustainable and demonstrated service in local and global communities. Woodley was acknowledged for her efforts in Orlando’s underserved communities and for continuing the work her mother started at the Callahan Neighborhood Association, which she established in 1973.

“To receive the Thaddeus Seymour award was a very humbling experience as well as quite surprising,” Woodley said. “I don’t view what I do as that significant as compared to my mother, Georgia Woodley, who was my role model and benchmark for community leadership. My mother was a community activist who made a tremendous impact in the Callahan and greater Parramore areas, so after she passed away I was inspired to continue her work and her legacy.”

A donation of $500 will be made in honor of this year’s award recipient toward the community organization of her choice to further encourage her efforts in citizenship and leadership.

View all of the accomplishments, career milestones, and awards celebrated at this year's Annual Staff Awards Celebration.

By Kristen Manieri

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