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CITY OF LINCOLN   •   NEWS RELEASE   •   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date:
January 13, 2003
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831

Mayor Presents Award of Excellence for December

Mayor Don Wesely today presented the Mayor’s Award of Excellence for December 2002 to Becky Seth, a Naturalist with the Pioneers Park Nature Center. The monthly award recognizes City employees who consistently provide exemplary service and work that demonstrates personal commitment to the City. The award was presented at the beginning of today’s City Council meeting.

Seth was nominated by Nancy Furman, Nature Center Coordinator, in the category of productivity. Furman says Seth has a strong work ethic, pays great attention to detail and has high standards for programs, classes, collections and exhibits. Seth worked on the 25th anniversary celebration for the Hyde Observatory and writes articles for the Lincoln Journal Star, Lincoln Kids and the 55+ program.

"Not only is Becky organized, but she also helps our core staff and teacher/naturalists be prepared and organized," wrote Furman in her nomination. "Her versatile workload also consists of digging (in the ground) right beside her volunteers in the gardens, preparing unique and delicious herb treats for a classy herb tea and draping on a costume for Spooktacular. Becky is very passionate about educating the community about our environment and communicates a sense of wonder and joy when doing it."

The other categories in which employees can be nominated are loss prevention, customer relations, safety and valor. All City employees are eligible for the Mayor’s Award of Excellence except for elected officials and some managers. Individuals or teams can be nominated by supervisors, peers, subordinates and the general public.

Nomination forms are available from department heads, employee bulletin boards or the Personnel Department, which oversees the awards program. All nominations are reviewed by the Mayor’s Award of Excellence Committee, which includes a representative with each union and a non-union representative appointed by the Mayor. Award winners receive a $100 U.S. savings bond, a day off with pay and a plaque. Monthly winners are eligible to receive the annual award, which comes with a $500 U.S. savings bond, two days off with pay and a plaque.

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