Hawley Recognized With Durst Award

By: Lisa S. Icenogle

Tate Geological Museum Education Specialist Russell Hawley has been recognized with the Robert O. Durst Classified Staff Award.

Hawley was chosen from six nominees and was selected based on a number of criteria including involvement in and contribution to campus and community activities, extraordinary professionalism, as well as exemplary achievements and/or accomplishments.

“Russell is an exemplary ambassador for the college. He supports CC students, his colleagues and the mission of Casper College by educating them and the local community. I have heard time and again how approachable he is and how much (Casper College and school district) students enjoyed and remembered their visit to the museum and Russell in particular. By educating and intriguing so many people, he supports both the mission of the museum and the mission of Casper College,” said Patti Wood Finkle, director of museums at the college.

“Russell is one of the best assets of the Tate Geological Museum. His knowledge, and enthusiasm for knowledge are beyond comparison,” noted JP Cavigelli, museums collection specialist. He is one of the most intelligent, enthusiastic, dedicated, and hard working employees at Casper College. As an indication of my confidence in his knowledge and teaching abilities, I commonly invite him in to teach specific portions of my paleontology classes. He has excellent teaching skills and can teach effectively to a wide variety of students ranging from preschoolers to retired pensioners” added Kent Sundell, Casper College geology instructor.

The Robert O. Durst Classified Staff Award is named in honor of Robert O. Durst, former Casper College custodial worker and was established to recognize and honor one outstanding Casper College staff member annually.

In addition to a commemorative plaque, Hawley also received a check for $1,000.

Media contact: Lisa S. Icenogle

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