Five faculty, staff stand out for service award

Two faculty and three staff members are receiving the President's Service Award for Excellence for their outstanding contributions to UBC and campus life.

The recipients will be honoured with a gold medal and $5,000 to be presented during the Spring Congregation ceremonies.

Isabel da Silva came to the School of Music in 1974 and has served as executive assistant to four directors. Widely regarded as the greatest administrative resource in the school's history, da Silva is known as a kind and caring person with a talent for solving problems and averting crises with students, faculty and staff.

Her warm and instant rapport has helped to establish a strong line of communication with the music community, the school system and the public at large.

Prof. Stanley Hamilton, acting dean, Commerce and Business Administration, has helped develop a wide range of programs in the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration during his 30 years at UBC.

His involvement in the B.C. business community as well as his contacts have resulted in fund-raising opportunities that have benefited students and faculty. Hamilton has devoted thousands of volunteer hours to the management of the UBC Faculty Pension Plan, which he has chaired since 1990.

Anthony Leugner joined UBC in 1967 and is regarded as an electronics expert and troubleshooter who resolves high-tech problems with few resources.

Responsible for the installation, maintenance and repair of the computers in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Dept., Leugner has an extraordinary ability to identify inventive solutions to technical problems on everything from personal computer upgrades to the design and fabrication of complex circuits.

His talent has earned him the nickname "renaissance technician" from the people with whom he works.

Beryl Morphet began her UBC career as a secretary in the Germanic Studies Dept. in 1966. For the past 13 years, Morphet has been keeping the History Dept. running smoothly.

As administrative assistant, Morphet supervises a staff of four while taking care of business for 30 faculty and dozens of sessional lecturers, post-doctoral fellows, teaching assistants, graduate and honour students. She also assists some 3,000 students who enrol in History courses every year. Morphet is a United Way volunteer and chairs the safety committee in the Buchanan Building.

Anatomy Prof. William Webber has served the university for close to 40 years, including serving as dean of Medicine, associate vice-president, Academic, and co-ordinator of Health Sciences. Webber has also been president and treasurer of the Faculty Association as well as a member of Senate and the Board of Governors.

As chair of the University Athletic Council, he encouraged intramural sports in the Faculty of Medicine.