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Carol Moffett Wins the 2010 USD Parents Association Award of Excellence

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The 2010 USD Parents Association Award of Excellence will be presented to an employee whose knowledge and compassion have made a notable difference in the lives of some of USD’s most anxious students -- those interested in health careers.

Carol Moffett, director of Pre-Health and National Awards Advising, will be honored on Sunday, Oct. 24, at the conclusion of the Family Weekend Mass. She is being recognized for what students and parents say is a significant and generous effort to go above and beyond for those who seek pre-health advising.

"I am usually under a lot of stress when I go to meet with Carol, and even though I know that she is extremely busy as well, I always feel that my issues and concerns are important to her," senior Shannon Ippoliti said.

According to the official criteria, the Award of Excellence recognizes a person who "demonstrates tremendous dedication to his or her job," and "that extra dimension of support, kindness, caring, understanding, believing, etc." Nominations are submitted annually to the Office of Parent Relations, and the Parents Association Board Recognition Committee makes the final selection.

This year, Moffett received stunning nominations that speak to her exceptional ability to console and guide students through the challenges of the pre-health program. Special attention was given to her knack for supporting students as they meet and face those challenges.

"Our son was very comfortable with Ms. Moffett and felt she had a vested interest in his future," parents Michelle and Jim Walston said. "Carol lends an ear to our son and fellow USD students, and gives guidance and encouragement."

In nearly every nomination letter, students and parents mentioned Moffett’s expertise in understanding and redirecting the high emotions of pre-health students.

"My experience in being stressed to the breaking point is not uncommon in USD students who are pre-health," senior Julie Brodfuehrer said. "Carol is always available to listen to us, calm us down and then advise us best on what our next step should be."

The award was presented by President Mary Lyons on Sunday, October 24 at Family Weekend Mass.  In addition to receiving a commemorative gift, Moffett’s name will be inscribed on a permanent campus scroll.

- Anne Slagill '11

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