Outstanding Service Award

Joy Hadley

Secretary, Department of Mechanical Engineering

When Department of Mechanical Engineering faculty scamper to secretary Joy Hadley’s desk with last-minute typing needs, whether exams for students or papers almost past deadline for conferences, she always has the same response.

“I have never heard her say no,” associate professor Abhijit Gupta said. “With a smiling face, she will accommodate our requests, even though it may mean shortening the time for her lunch or extending her work day.”

Hadley also has near daily contact with the department’s 400 undergraduates, helping them to register for courses, locate faculty and advisers or apply for graduation. Hers is the first face new students encounter at orientation, where she scoops ice cream; they later glimpse her in the audience during Senior Design Day and hug her each fall in the Homecoming tent.

Faculty often seek Hadley’s guidance and knowledge on curriculum and student-related issues. She volunteers as a proctor for the Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering competitions on campus.

Hadley is an ardent fan of Huskie basketball, a season ticket holder for NIU theater events and a School of Music aficionado who attends several concerts.

The 44-year DeKalb resident also is active in the Pleasant Street Neighborhood Association, a chaperone to the Children’s Community Theater and a member of Stagecoach Theater. She serves Westminster Presbyterian Church in leadership, musical and educational capacities, delivers Meals on Wheels and accompanied local youth choirs Dee’s Dreamers and Dee’s Darlings.

Joy Hadley