Mullins receives 2010 Outstanding Contribution Award
Her colleagues in the John Cook Wyllie Library say Sue Mullins has contributed to the growth and development of The University of Virginia’s College at Wise throughout her three decades of service.
Mullins, winner of the 2010 Leonard Sandridge Outstanding Contribution Award at UVa-Wise, consistently and quietly goes over and above her responsibilities to serve the College. The Pound resident is known to work on agency closing days to ensure deadlines are met for special purchasing discounts, something that is increasingly important in tight budget times.
A fiscal assistant in the library, Mullins’ work ethic and demeanor are examples of grace and dignity in the workplace, her colleagues said when nominating her for the award. The entire library staff supported the nomination.
“Sue has been with the library for over 31 years, and during this time has been a tremendous asset to the library and to the College,” said Robin Benke, director of library services. “Everyone knows that we can rely on Sue to get the job done and to have it done right.”
Mullins is known for providing encouragement and support for students who work at the library.
“She has brought students food, provided them with transportation and even given them money to make sure they had the supplies they needed for class,” said Kimberly Marshall, interlibrary loan manager.
Mullins knew something was up last week when all her colleagues stopped by for a visit. She thought they were there because of her pending May 23 retirement.
“This was the last thing I expected,” she said. “I’ve always thought the College gave me a lot more than I gave it.”
Mullins and her husband, Roger, plan to travel to the western states after her retirement.
“It’s going to be hard leaving everybody when I retire,” she said. “I suspect I’ll be back to visit often.”
Each year, one classified staff member at UVa-Wise is selected to receive the award along with colleagues from the University of Virginia. Letters of nomination are accepted from faculty and staff, with an awards committee making the final decision on the winner.
Mullins, who receives a $1,000 cash award, will be honored along with other award winners in a ceremony in Charlottesville.