DSA Staff Are Recognized at University Faculty and Staff Convocation

Members of the university staff are on stage in university robes and regalia being recognized for their achievements
Monday, September 23, 2019

The University of Maryland held its 36th Annual Faculty and Staff Convocation on September 18 to honor 21 faculty and staff for their contributions to education, research and the campus community.

Among the many deserving honorees were three from the Division of Student Affairs. Lorraine DiPrima and  Yusef Jones were awarded the President’s Distinguished Service Award for exceptional performance, leadership, and service. Former Vice President for Student Affairs, Linda Clement, was awarded the President’s Medal, the highest honor bestowed upon a member of the university community. It is intended to recognize extraordinary contributions to the intellectual, social and cultural life of Maryland.

Lorraine DiPrima receives her award on stage with Carlo Colella and Wallace Loh

Lorraine DiPrima, from the Department of Dining Services, was recognized with a President’s Distinguished Service Award for her service to the university for more than 35 years.

“Lorraine has continuously shown incredible dedication to her department, to our division, and to the entire campus,” says Fuller Ming, Jr., Assistant Director for Information Technology.

Yusef receives his award on stage with Carlo Colella and Wallace Loh

Yusef Jones, from Residential Facilities, was recognized for his contributions to the campus as a member of the Community Maintenance staff over the past 16 years.

“Yusef is a leader among his peers,” says Dan McKelvy, Community Maintenance Manager and Jones’ supervisor. “His coworkers often lean on him to help train them in difficult tasks or orient new staff to the many different unique characteristics in each of our new buildings.”

Linda Clement receives the President's Medal on stage fromWallace Loh

Linda Clement was recognized with the President’s Medal in recognition of her more than four decades of service to the University of Maryland. She began her career at UMD in 1974 and served for the past 18 years as Vice President for Student Affairs. Dr. Clement retired this summer.

“The University of Maryland is what it is today, in great measure, because we have enjoyed the leadership of Dr. Linda Clement,” wrote the combined leadership team in the Division of Student Affairs in a letter supporting her nomination.

Check out the Maryland Today article on UMD’s Convocation to read a little more about all of the distinguished honorees.  

(Photo Credit: Stephanie Cordle, University Photographer)


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