MORGANTOWN , W.Va.Eberly College of Arts and Sciences Interim Dean Rudolph P. Almasy saluted recipients of the Colleges Outstanding Staff Award at an appreciation luncheon on May 13.


Stephen Ballant, administrative associate in the office of the dean received the professional award, Cynthia Baniak, administrative secretary senior in the department of English, received the clerical award, and Doug Mathess, senior lab instructional specialist received the technical award .


Running a major land-grant institution requires the hard work and dedication of many people,Almasy said.We could not accomplish our goals without the work of these outstanding staff members.


Ballant began working for the Eberly College in May 2002 as a student worker. He graduated from WVU in December 2005 with a bachelors degree in journalism, with an emphasis on public relations, and a minor in Spanish. After graduation, he took a job as a Mountaineer Temp at the Office of Sponsored Programs before he was hired as an administrative associate in the Deans Office of the Eberly College.


Being an alumnus of WVU , I am thrilled to remain at the University as a staff member and to receive this award makes it extra special,Ballant said.


Cynthia Baniak attended WVU on a four-year performing arts scholarship and graduated in 1984. She was crowned Miss West Virginia in 1982. She worked as a successful actor for over a decade before becoming CEO of the Baniak/Olszewski Corporation. During the summer of 2006, she joined the WVU staff as senior administrative secretary in the department of English.


Doug Mathess is a Morgantown native. He has worked in the department of physics for 15 years constructing scientific research equipment including, but not limited to, ultra-high vacuum systems, ultra-high temperature and ultra-low temperature systems.


Recipients of the annual Eberly College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Staff award are given a plaque and their names are added to a permanent installation on the first floor of Woodburn Hall.