An anonymous donor has created a new award program at the UK Center for Applied Research (CAER), which is designed to recognize and honor staff excellence.
The program is named in honor of Marybeth McAlister, long-time Director of Communications for UK CAER. Called the Marybeth McAlister Memorial Outstanding Staff Award, the program will recognize one member of UK CAER's support staff with this annual award each year.
"We are very grateful to have a donor step up and want to do something to honor both Marybeth's legacy and current staff here at UK CAER," said David Melanson, Assistant Director for External Affairs and Development. "I think such generosity speaks volumes to what staff do for the Center each and every day."
Marybeth McAlister is remembered by her colleagues for her selfless spirit, empathy, attention to detail, and kind disposition. In short, the donor felt that naming this staff award in her honor was appropriate.
"We at the Center knew that Marybeth was someone we could always count on - no matter the situation," said the donor.
In accepting this gift, the Center has committed to raise additional funding to ensure this program will continue in perpetuity.
If others would like to honor Marybeth and support this outstanding staff award program, contact Dave Melanson, Assistant Director for External Affairs and Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org or donate online at https://www.uky.edu/GiveNow/ (under Gift Information, select "Research" and then the "Marybeth McAlister Staff Award Gift Fund").
For more information please contact: David Melanson, Assistant Director of External Affairs and Development at UK CAER.