Outstanding Service Award

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Amy Polzin

Amy Polzin embodies the word “dedication.”

Polzin, secretary in the Geology Department since 1988, is not only the staff purchaser, accountant, budget planner and director of alumni relations, but also advises graduate students seeking housing, remembers balloons, streamers and goodies for staff birthdays and organizes the new student luncheon, the departmental picnic and the Christmas party.

She has for years administered the department's summer field camps in South Dakota and Wyoming , including arrangement of housing, transportation and food for the travelers.

“The term wonder woman became overused years ago,” chair Jonathan H. Berg said, “but that is truly what she is.”

Consequently, Polzin's work routinely begins before 8 a.m. , rarely stops for lunch and often involves the weekend. She is a PeopleSoft “master,” helped to produce a college secretarial training manual with proof-reading and served on the Campus Recreational Council.

A 2003 finalist for the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce's Athena Award, her community service includes eight years on the DeKalb City Council, leadership of the Kishwaukee Kiwanis and membership on the board of the Children's Learning Center , the Fire and Police Commission and for the Hiawatha Education Foundation in Kirkland .

“She represents all that is best in our academic setting,” Professor Paul Loubere said, “and radiates that outward to the community.”