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May 24, 2001
OSWEGO -- Two long-time SUNY Oswego employees recently received the first Bernie G. Henderson Community Service Award. Kevin Dice and Marion Green won recognition for their outstanding work in the community at a lunch reception held May 22 in the ballroom of Hewitt Union.
The award is named for SUNY Oswego's former vice president for finance and budget. Henderson retired from the college in 1999 and continues his longstanding service with many community organizations.
Dice began working for SUNY Oswego as a highway equipment operator in 1993. He has been active with the Cub Scouts since 1989. He served as cub master, assistant cub master and committee chairperson with Pack 888. In 1996 became an assistant scout master with the Boy Scouts, and he currently serves as community service project chairperson.
He also volunteers at the H. Lee White Marine Museum. For several years he has been a member of the First United Methodist Church in Oswego, where he now serves on the board of trustees. He has been a member of the Masonic Temple since 1974.
Vernon L. Reynolds nominated Dice for the community service award. "Kevin not only serves in his community; he helps to shape our youth for the future. He is helping them to become better people and preparing them for adulthood," Reynolds said.
Green is a library clerk in Penfield Library and has worked for the college since 1964. She was a member of the Literacy Volunteers of Central New York from 1985 to 1995. For six years she served on the board of directors, three of them as president. Volunteering as a tutor, she taught English as a second language.
She has been the Penfield Library building coordinator for United Way on campus since 1992 and works to encourage participation in Baskets of Caring. Since 1987 she has been actively involved in the Campus Toy Drive.
Carol Carter nominated her for the award. "Her smiling face is often featured in the campus and city newspapers, drawing attention to the worthy causes she supports," Carter said. "Marion is truly an asset to the campus and community and deserves to be recognized as such."
The Bernie G. Henderson Community Service Award was established this year as part of SUNY Oswego's annual employee recognition program.
"In our work on the Employee Recognition Committee, we realize that many of the employees do much more outside of their positions here," said Vicki Parsnow of the counseling and psychological services department. "We all have our own non-work lives, where we give of our time and talents to our communities."
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