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Award Winners


Grace Priest, Learning Access Services, Circulation

Helen Bartlett, Instructional Technology Workshop


Caleb Schaubroeck, Media Services


Tiffany Boyd, Resources Management Services, Cataloging

Roshni Walia, Instructional Technology Workshop


Nichole Osborne, Academic Technology Services

Brittany Phillips, Resources Management Services, Cataloging


Andrew Patty, Learning Access Services, Circulation

Anna Tracy, Resources Management Services, Serials


Eliza Epps, Learning Access Services, Circulation


Derek Waller Award

         In 2009, the Friends of the Library approved an annual award to be given to an exemplary work-study student in duPont Library.  This award was given in honor, and now in memory, of Dr. Derek Waller. The prize is in the form of a book in the student’s primary field of study, as well as a cash award.  Board members established this prize to recognize the diligence and dedication of Derek Waller during his years as Secretary to the Board of the Friends of the Library.  An original bookplate noting both Derek’s efforts and the selected student’s work will be placed in the book.  Prior to coming to Sewanee, Derek was Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt University.  Besides his tenure as Secretary to the Friends of the Library Board, Derek was a tutor at Sewanee Elementary School.





Derek Waller Award Winners

2015 Winners

Grace Priest, Circulation Desk

With these nominations, I would usually trace a student's development as a worker: as a freshman, he or she begins with shaky skills and an uncertain attitude, but by the time they are seniors, their excellence and dependability are obvious and remarkable. Not so with Grace. She came in excellent and will leave us, four years later, even more so. Let me explain.

Let me begin with what Grace is not. There's no drama with Grace: no excuses about being late because of boyfriend issues, no last minute calls on a Monday night because she forgot she had a study session and needs to miss her shift. She's never complained about her schedule or sought to offer an explanation for a task poorly done. She is welcoming and helpful to faculty, students, and community members alike. In fact, if you're a patron of the duPont Library, you might never notice Grace. You will come to the desk, have a reference query or ask for help finding an item, and you will walk away from that encounter with exactly what you needed, ninety-nine times out of a hundred. She is welcoming and helpful to faculty, students, and community members alike.

And so here's what we notice about Grace, and what ultimately sets her apart from most all of her work-study contemporaries: the three C's. Grace is calm, competent, and confident. Her quiet poise, efficient customer service, and attention to detail all translate into her setting the gold standard for work study proficiency. Her word is gold, and there has never been one time in four years that she's been late to a shift or missed one because of miscommunication with other workers or myself. This sort of diligence might go under some people's radar, but for us at the Desk, it's the key indicator of someone who's organized her life, made her priorities, and committed her energies to them without compromise.

Grace is perfectly named, and I admire her for her grace under pressure. She is involved in many worthwhile campus organizations, including being a fierce player on the women's soccer team. Because of the many and varied demands on her time, her schedule at the Library is piecemeal and scattered. I get no complaining and I get no excuses. Whether it is one hour here or there, and early morning shift or a couple hours in the dead of night, Grace is cheerfully at the desk, doing her work, week after week after week. She sets a superior example for my new workers, who need to see someone who can successfully fit the work-study program into their busy lives.

She deserves the Waller award. We recommend her without reservation, except for the regret that she cannot stay longer. Courtnay Zeitler, Supervisor.

Helen Bartlett

I would like to nominate Helen Bartlett as an Derek Waller Award winner.  Helen worked for me this past summer and this academic school year helping to inventory the Permanent Art Collection.  She is fabulous.  Helen is very detailed oriented, organized, dedicated to doing a wonderful job in uncovering Sewanee's hidden art treasures.  She works diligently organizing the database in ARTstor and our Excel sheet along with taking photos of works. 

Helen is one of the most pleasant, hard-working students I have had since I've been here.  She has a double major in French and Anthropology and is a honor student. Mary O'Neill, Supervisor


2014 Winner

Caleb Schaubroeck, Media Services

We have been privileged to have Caleb Schaubroeck in Media Services for the last year and a half.  Not only is he creatively talented but he also has a warm, open disposition.  He has worked with us on Wednesdays for his entire tenure.  He has been assigned the task of moving a lectern for the School of Theology Wednesday luncheon at Cravens.  Upon his arrival at the office, I know that without being asked he will get the van keys, spare batteries, and Cravens keys and go ensure that the lectern is in good working order and positioned correctly.  It sounds like a small thing, but it is not.  His second offering of the work day is to ask what he can do to be of service.  And he will genuinely and enthusiastically make himself available for even the most onerous task.

He has researched, written and illustrated job aids for classes who check out audio-visual equipment.  With his incredible artistic talent and Sewanee writing skills, he made the process for connecting a recorder to a video camera clear to even the most technologically challenged.  (Of course, he incorporated humor as well.  "If you turn on recorder before turning on camera, Sewanee Police will be notified and you may be put on social probation.")

For always being willing and ready to work at a moment's notice, for being situationally aware, for always smiling and being polite to everyone, for being a great example to the younger work study students, I nominate Caleb.  He is liked and respected by everyone in the office.  We very much appreciate having worked with him for the last year and look forward to the remainder of our time with him.  He will be missed. -- Joan Hurst, Supervisor


2013 Winners

Tiffany Boyd, Resources Management Services, Cataloging

"I don't know what profession Tiffany will aspire to in the future, but if asked, I will recommend her highly.  Someone will be very lucky to have her as an employee.  I've always considered this position as a 'real' job.  Tiffany's demeanor and ability have made it so." -- Odis Ellison, Supervisor

Roshni Walia, Instructional Technology Workshop

"Roshni is very bright, resourceful, diligent, dedicated, interested in technology, and very pleasant.  She is happy to approach any task and does it well along with bringing insight and suggestions." - Mary O'Neill, Supervisor

2012 Winners

Nichole Osborne, Learning Access Services, ATC Desk

"Nichole has a positive attitude towards work, and she has the initiative to go the extra mile. She consistently gives her work her full effort and attention. Thanks to Nichole, our services are not just offered, but enhanced." - Sharon Tomes, Supervisor

Brittany Phillips, Resources Management Services, Cataloging

"Brittany is a well-rounded individual with diverse interests. She is always willing to do whatever is needed. She is an asset to our department." - Misty Isbell, Supervisor


2011 Winners

Andrew Patty, Learning Resources Services, Circulation

“Andrew completes all assigned tasks with great efficiency, and also does a fabulous job of answering patron questions and meeting patron needs.”  -- Sarah Doyi, Supervisor

Anna Tracy, Resources Management Services, Serials


  “Anna cheerfully helps out her fellow students and the library staff with any task that needs to be done without being asked.” - Terri Limbaugh, Supervisor

2010 Winner

Eliza Epps, Learning Resources Management, Circulation


“Eliza Epps is more than a model student worker—she is a model University employee! As a supervisor of student work­ers, I am daily challenged to bal­ance student -worker expectations, the needs of our department, and the academic requirements for student workers. Eliza is one of those rare student workers who have mastered time management and are able, not only to excel in their studies, but to be an integral part of the week-to-week operations of the library. Responsibilities of a desk worker include interacting and provid­ing service to a broad range of patrons, and we have high expecta­tions for the desk workers. From older community users and chil­dren to faculty, staff, and students, Eliza represents the library and University in an excellent manner. Her patience and calm demeanor are perfect for interacting with problem patrons or stressed out students." --  Barbara Dykes, Supervisor



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