The highest administrative and staff honors given at Brigham Young University have been awarded to Virginia Lee Miner of the dance department and to Mary Jean Draper, operations manager for the Marriott Center and stadium.
Miner, named 1988 recipient of the Fred A. Schwendiman Performance Award, was honored for her dedication as administrative assistant to Phyllis Jacobsen, dance department chairman.Miner was commended for her talents at supervision and her ability to efficiently handle the needs of numerous faculty, students and visitors. In presenting the award, BYU President Jeffrey R. Holland said Miner is a sensitive, compassionate person with a reputation for countering frustrations or incompetence with patience and understanding.
"Virginia is smoothly efficient and is never flustered or unkind,"
Holland said. "Even when surrounded by several people in need of help, she efficiently handles their needs with remarkable speed. Yet each individual feels that Virginia has only his or her concerns on her mind."
Draper was given the Ben E. Lewis Management Award for her unflagging ability to anticipate needs and special problems, Holland said. As operations manager, she is responsible for planning and coordinating sporting events, devotionals, forums, firesides, concerts, student ticket sales and other activities. She often works into the early morning hours when the Marriott Center or stadium is hosting evening events.
Despite the demands on her time, Draper approaches her responsibilities with unflagging energy and good humor.