Tracy Middleton, Al Harris and John DeLorme

Armstrong Recognizes Outstanding Staff Members

(May 25, 2011) Armstrong Atlantic State University honored three staff members recently at its 2011 Leadership Awards ceremony. The awards recognize outstanding employees who exemplify the Armstrong spirit and serve the university and the community in ways that go beyond the scope of job responsibilities.

Tracy Middleton, administrative assistant in the Department of Health Sciences in the College of Health Professions, received the Volunteer Service to the Community Award. The award recognizes a full-time staff member for exemplary volunteer service to the community beyond the scope of job responsibilities. Middleton joined Armstrong in 2003 and began her blood donation career with the American Red Cross that same year. In 2005, she went to the next level by donating platelets to help patients with cancer, leukemia and other blood disorders. She has devoted her time and given of herself in her dedication to help save lives through blood donation. As a graduate of the Citizens Police Academy, Middleton's volunteer activities also include participating in the Volunteers in Policing, an organization that supports the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department. SCMPD relies heavily on volunteers like Middleton each year during the St. Patrick's Day Parade and other major events. In the past 10 months, she has volunteered for the Crime Stoppers Azalea Run, Belk Days Charity Event, River Street Command Center during the St. Patrick's Day Parade and assisted with the Teen Maze at Jenkins High School. Sergeant Edward Grant, supervisor of volunteers in Police Services with the SCMPD, wrote in a recommendation letter that Middleton “has assisted in numerous events showing her strong commitment to serving the department and the community. She is both a valuable and delightful asset to the VIPS program.

Al Harris, director of Office of the Student Union and Activities, received the fifth annual Spirit of Armstrong Award. Established in 2007, the award recognizes non-hourly, full-time staff members who exemplify the Armstrong spirit through service to students, faculty and staff in fulfilling the vision of the university. Harris joined Armstrong in 1977, and after more than 33 years of service to Armstrong, faculty, staff and students alike know they can still call on him when help is needed. A true Armstrong legend, he instills in students a sense of responsibility, accountability and self-governance, assisting them to transition into true student leaders. He is committed to student development on campus and provides his leadership and institutional knowledge to many program initiatives, including the annual Celebrate Armstrong and Homecoming. He chaired a committee charged with planning and executing the celebrations surrounding Armstrong's 75th Anniversary in 2010. In addition, he devotes many hours every academic year guiding student leaders who are involved with the Student Government Association and the Campus Union Board.

John DeLorme, a mail clerk in the Mail Room and Copy Center on campus, received the Staff Member of the Year Award, which recognizes full-time, hourly staff members who best exemplify the Armstrong spirit through their valuable contributions to the university. Many outstanding employees have been honored with this award since it was established in 1998, and this year is no exception. DeLorme, a native of Savannah, joined Armstrong in 1996, and since then has served with a cheerful attitude and warm smile. Several times, he has been nominated for the “Someone Made Me Smile” Award. All on campus benefit from his tireless work, professional attitude and exemplary service in the mail room. A letter of nomination for this award included the following: “I look forward to seeing him in rain, sleet, gnats, hurricanes, thunderstorms and on sunny days because he makes every day better at Armstrong.” He is dedicated to delivering time-sensitive and all other pieces of mail across campus without expecting special thanks. During a critical time in his life when he was dealing with personal challenges, he continued to perform his duties admirably. His positive attitude and friendly disposition have made him one of Armstrong's favorites.