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Cornelison, Musilli, Rankins and Williams receive staff awards from Appalachian

StaffAward08_t.jpgBOONE—Larry Cornelison, Susan Musilli, Don Rankins and Dean Williams are the 2008 recipients of the Appalachian State University Staff Award.

The annual award recognizes individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the life of the university. The awards will be presented Sept. 4 during convocation.

Larry Cornelison, Susan Musilli, Don Rankins, Dean Williams_t2.jpg Recipients of the 2008 Appalachian State University Staff Awards are Larry Cornelison, left, Susan Musilli, Don Rankins and Dean Williams. (University photo by Troy Tuttle)

Cornelison is the chief engineer for the Department of Communication’s television and radio broadcast facilities.

One nominator praised Cornelison for his dedication to the department, and concern for students. “He maintains broadcast the production equipment and he has provided invaluable expertise in the design and engineering of the Beasley Broadcasting Complex scheduled to open in 2010. He has been the single most important factor in our realizing a facility that meets the department’s needs in every way,” the nominator wrote.

Cornelison was also praised for his contributions to the educating students in the department. “He is one of the best role models on campus, and he does so without even realizing it,” wrote another nominator.

Musilli is the student services manager in the Department of Language, Reading and Exceptionalities. She was recognized for her dedication to students.

As a student’s first point of contact, Musilli provides information about the department’s graduate programs, application process, deadlines and other information. She also assists students with their class schedules and basic academic needs.

“Susan is an excellent staff member who goes beyond the call of duty to meet the needs of the students,” wrote a nominator. “Her enthusiasm for learning and helping others to learn is both amazing and contagious.”

Another colleague commented on Musilli’s devotion to students and her willingness to guide them through the enrollment and scholarship application process. “I am so grateful to work with someone so committed to the mission of our institution.”

Rankins served as the university’s registrar for more than 30 years before retiring in August.

“His level of dedication to ensuring that student records are correct is second to none,” a co-worker wrote. “He takes his responsibilities as registrar very seriously and strives to make sure students, faculty and departmental staff receive the best services possible.”

Rankins also was praised for his ability over the years to incorporate technology to improve course registration and the student record-retention process – moving from a voice-registration system to web-based registration. “Don helped Appalachian lead the way in the UNC system in the use of technology (to maintain student academic records),” a colleague wrote.

Williams is a staff member in the special collections area of Belk Library and Information Commons. He was praised for his assistance to university personnel and visitors who use the material in the collection for their research.

“Dean goes far beyond his range of duties to help someone locate a difficult-to-find resource, track down a long-lost relative for a genealogist, and recommend books and articles he has read,” a patron of the collection wrote.

“Williams provides outstanding research assistance to Appalachian’s students and faculty, genealogists, and scholars from around the world,” a co-worker wrote. “His contributions have been frequently acknowledged in the works of scholars and writers – from award-winning historians to celebrated novelists.”