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Gottlieb and Oppenheimer Receive 2013 Barbara Cooke Awards
(L-R) Award winners Cindy Oppenheimer and Susan Gottlieb; former Assistant to the Dean Barbara Cooke, who endowed the awards; and A&S Dean Joseph Voelker.
Susan Gottlieb, administrative assistant for the Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies, and Cindy Oppenheimer, office coordinator for the Psychology Department, were presented with the 2013 Barbara Cooke Staff Appreciation Awards during the September faculty/staff meeting of the College of Arts & Sciences.
The awards, endowed by former Assistant to the Dean Barbara Cooke, recognize and appreciate the work that A&S staff members do in support of faculty, students, and other staff on a daily basis.
In presenting the award to Gottlieb, A&S Dean Joseph Voelker described her as “a team player for the College of Arts and Sciences.
“Whenever we experience staffing shortages, or work pileups, she offers to help. Susan also provides wonderful service to our students, faculty, staff, and donors at work, but also well beyond the confines of the work day,” Voelker said. “You may find her shopping for University events at Crown Market, picking up visitors at the airport, babysitting for faculty, working the Midnight Breakfast, or entertaining students and faculty at her home.”
In addition to the duties of office coordinator, Gottlieb is the administrator of the Sherman Museum of Jewish Civilization, coordinator of the Greenberg Center Board of Visitors, administrator of the Judaic Studies Study Abroad programs, administrator for the Greenberg Center’s 25th anniversary campaign, “and a caring grandmother to every student who crosses her path,” Voelker said.
In presenting the award to Oppenheimer, Voelker noted that “Psychology is a huge unit. Four graduate degrees. Second largest undergraduate program. Mala Matacin likes to say that it takes a village to run it. And Cindy Oppenheimer is one of the forces that binds the village together.
“Among the considerable tasks Cindy performs are Supervisor’s Day, which is vital to the doctoral students meeting the people who will oversee their practica,” Voelker said. “She also coordinates faculty searches. Last year there were two searches for full-time faculty. Cindy kept both in order through their many steps. And finally the sheer number of doctoral dissertations she processed was at a record high.
“Cindy demonstrates leadership and high competency in her position. She also maintains a positive, cheerful attitude in her interaction with co-workers, faculty, and students as well as inspiring others by her enthusiasm and dedication.”