“She – and this is your first clue that the winner is female – is always there for everybody,” said executive vice president Wayne Dempsey while introducing the winner of the 2011 staff award. The description which followed left little doubt in most people”s minds, except the lucky recipient”s. Danielle Di Fede, assistant to the dean of Fine Arts & Humanities, alternated between disbelief, joy, shock, denial, and elation. The general tenor among the audience was that the award committee “couldn”t have made a better choice.” Danielle Di Fede joins the roster of outstanding staff members who have received the award in the past, named after Ron Hagerman and Ione Thompson, both of them legends in Brenau history.
Our pictures show Di Fede receiving the award from Dr. Dempsey, and (left) equally happy but less touched emotionally earlier this fall (click for larger image).
Thursday, December 08, 2011