2008-2009 OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARDS
Continuous Service Award
To have successfully navigated the evolution of teaching materials “from mimeographs to overhead transparencies to lecture notes to PowerPoint to web-based materials” an employee must have real adaptability. But Sue Kurki is far more than just adaptable, she is an innovator who loves to tackle the new and the unknown, to benefit her department.
During her long tenure in the Medical Research Institute of the Medical School here in Duluth, Sue has not only seen a lot of change, she has embraced it. Electronic submission of grants, new NIH grant processing systems, modifications in grant accounting procedures, ever-increasing regulatory requirements and the aforementioned changes in teaching materials, are all areas where Sue has taken the initiative, investigated the systems and assisted her department in moving forward.
While taking care of all that investigation and change, Susan still was able to keep up her other roles, monitoring research (and research dollars), helping faculty stay on top of their grant responsibilities and assisting junior faculty members in preparing applications, amongst others. For her service to her department and the Medical School, I am very happy to present this award to Sue.