Administrative Specialists Deborah Grant from the Department of Political Science and Janice Bacon from the Department of Educational Leadership, Higher Education and Human Development are the recipients of the 2014 Outstanding Classified Employee Award of the University of Maine Classified Employee Advisory Council (CEAC).
The annual CEAC award recognizes exceptional service by UMaine classified employees who inspire others through dedication, commitment and work ethic, maintain the highest level of professional service and help create a better UMaine community.
Grant has been a member of the UMaine community since 1986. She started working in the Department of Sociology, followed by the Department of History, and the Department of Communication and Journalism. In 1996, she was hired as an administrative assistant in the Department of Political Science. Grant says she has made many dear friends with UMaine faculty and staff, adding that the favorite part of working on campus is her daily interaction with the students and colleagues. She also enjoys the ever-changing schedules and deadlines in an academic setting.
Bacon has worked in support staff positions for the University of Maine since 1977. For the last two decades, she has been with the Human Development and Family Studies program, renamed in the past year the Department of Educational Leadership, Higher Education, and Human Development. Bacon has an associate degree in business from the University of Maine at Machias and a bachelor’s degree in university of studies from UMaine. She is a member of the Alpha Sigma Lambda honor society. Bacon says she enjoys her interactions with students and faculty, and finds her work to be challenging, varied and satisfying.