Outstanding Service Award

Mary Hamell

Clerk Chief IV, NIU CPA Review

A crystal ball might have come in handy this year at NIU’s CPA Review, where Mary Hamell is clerk chief IV.

But Hamell’s thoughtfulness and dedicated performance in times of trouble shone brightly even without a peek into the future: Hamell’s boss, Debra Hopkins, suffered the death of a parent, became sick herself and later broke several bones.

“She kept our 1,000-plus students on an even keel. She delivered work to my home when I was unable to walk, she worked independently and she made decisions that always put the learner’s needs in the forefront,” Hopkins said. “She kept our operation running as if nothing had happened.”

Plenty happens in Hamell’s office even in a normal year.

Hamell trains about 15 site assistants each year, procures handout materials for 22 classes and organizes and delivers materials to DeKalb, Chicago, Hoffman Estates and Naperville. Much of is done on weekends and evenings, when the classes meet.

Her service to the College of Business extends to membership on the facility committee, which works to maintain Barsema Hall for future students.

She is the current president of Beta Sigma Phi sorority. The sorority’s primary focus is to community service projects. She also is a member and past officer of PEO, which is a philanthropic organization where women celebrate the advancement of women through education and scholarships.

Hamell also enjoyed serving two years as commissioner of NIU’s golf league.

Mary Hamell