June 2nd, 2015
The WVU Library Staff Association (LSA) has presented Thea Browne with the Library Staff Association Staff Person of the Year Award and Joe Morasco with the Library Staff Association Continuing Excellence Award.
Associate Dean of Libraries Myra N. Lowe and LSA Chair Jennifer Dubetz presented the honors during a ceremony Monday in the Robinson Reading Room.
The nomination letter for Browne, Executive Assistant to the Dean, praised her for making exceptional contributions toward the Libraries and the delivery of library services.
“Thea exemplifies the attribute of consistently providing excellent service to students, staff and faculty, and members of the larger public. She makes things happen from conception to implementation,” the letter states.
The nomination cited Browne’s work to resuscitate and revamp the LSA. Along with helping write new bylaws, Browne contributed humor while keeping the team on task and inspiring them to look in new ways about staff needs and ways to meet those needs.
“A veteran employee of University Libraries, Thea exemplifies one who performs beyond expected goals and walks the second mile for both the public and her colleagues. Thea solves problems creatively, assists co-workers cheerfully and accepts additional responsibilities readily.”
The Continuing Excellence Award recognizes the 30-year career of Morasco, who retired in March. Working in Document Delivery, Morasco regularly assisted students, teaching faculty, and library employees.
His nominator called him the go-to-person for technology questions and commended him for being detail oriented and constantly working to improve processes, procedures, and outcomes.
“Joe is meticulous about quality standards,” the nominator wrote.
Morasco also inspired his colleagues by setting an example of handling every situation in good times and hard times with patience and humor.
“Over the years he has served on committees and subcommittees, been supportive to fellow employees through all the changes, and did whatever was asked of him with professionalism and skill. Joe is a problem solver and will stay with a problem or a person until there is a satisfactory outcome. His contribution is immeasurable and will be missed,” the nomination reads.
Browne and Morasco’s names will be added to a plaque to be located near the Atrium of the Downtown Campus Library.