Al Harris, Frank Twum-Barimah, Peter Mastopoulos and Marilee Cain.

AASU Recognizes Outstanding Staff Members

(July 14, 2009) Armstrong Atlantic State University honored four staff members recently at its 2009 Leadership Awards ceremony.

Student Activities Director Al Harris became the first person to win a second Student Government Association Professional Staff Service Award. He was the very first winner of the award in 1989. The longest serving student activities director in the state of Georgia, Harris has served as the advisor for the student government association for more than 30 years. He was recognized for his long years of service, his role in enhancing the lives of countless student leaders and for his strong advocacy of students.

Marilee Cain, assistant payroll supervisor, was honored as Staff Member of the Year for her dedication and ongoing work in keeping payroll functions operational through multiple changes of software, at times volunteering to fill in during the absence of others.

Frank Twum-Barimah, residence education coordinator, received the Spirit of Armstrong Award. Twum-Barimah has worked with AASU's new student orientation program, Navigate Armstrong, and with the university's conservation effort, "Makin Maroon Green." He was also recognized for forming a faculty, staff and student soccer team and for his work raising almost $2,000 on campus for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Peter Mastopoulos, assistant director of professional and continuing education at the Armstrong Center, was named the winner of the Volunteer Service to the Community Award. He was cited for his 25 years of work in many different leadership positions with the Coastal Empire Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Currently the international representative and a member of the executive board, Mastopoulos has led scouts on trips ranging from St. Petersburg, Russia, to a canoeing expedition to the U.S.-Canadian border and a kayaking, snorkeling and deep sea adventure trip to the Florida Keys.