At the year-end faculty and staff family dinner, Brenda Foster was named the recipient of the 2011 Saunders Family Service Award. A Cushing employee since 1988, Brenda is the Administrative Assistant to the Facilities Department. The announcement was greeted with a standing ovation for Brenda's dedication and efforts, known affectionately throughout the campus by faculty and students alike.
Established in 2004 by Lisa and Kerby '67 Saunders, the Saunders Family Service Award is given each year to an employee in the Facilities Department. A Trustee of Cushing since 1999, Kerby has observed firsthand the critical, but behind-the-scenes, role that this department and all its employees play in maintaining the beauty and vitality of Cushing's campus. The award recognizes the Facilities Department as the "unsung heroes of service to Cushing" and celebrates the outstanding contributions of the recipient. A generous stipend accompanies the honor of being named the recipient.
Kerby's own dedicated and distinguished service as a Trustee and his family's extensive ties to Cushing have given him a keen perspective on Cushing and on all the dedicated members of the Cushing community. Kerby's brother Carleton (Cardie) '65 preceded him to Cushing. The second generation of alumni includes Kerby and Lisa's children, Luke Saunders '04 and Leah Saunders '05, and his nephews George Saunders '04 and Chris Saunders '06, sons of his brother Jack Saunders.
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