AFS's Kim Cannon tapped for Masked Rider Distinguished Staff Award
A unit manager in Texas Tech University's Department of Animal and Food Sciences has been selected to receive a Masked Rider Distinguished Staff Award. Kim Cannon, who oversees work on the department's 250 accounts and manages a departmental budget of more than $4.9 million, received the honor during a special ceremony on Tuesday (Nov. 15) in the Red Raider Ballroom of Tech's Student Union Building.
"Kim has done an outstanding job managing in the department during a time of substantial growth," said Michael Orth, chairman of the Department of Animal and Food Sciences. "She has a great attitude and a willingness to invest time into each person's needs. She also has assembled some excellent staff to work with her. Kim plays a significant role in keeping a very diversified department running well and makes my job a lot easier."
The Masked Rider Award recognizes an individual who has four or more years of service with Tech and a minimum of one year in a supervisory position. The individual also contributes to the success of the university through their accomplishments at work.
In addition, he said, the recipient is responsive to changes, motivated, and responsible, which is needed given the changes taking place at Texas Tech to improve its national reputation.
As part of her normal duties, Cannon updates and maintains the necessary paperwork and forms for an additional 200 scholarship and endowment accounts for the department, and manages logistics of hiring and evaluation for every person in the department, which includes 20 professors, 38 staff members, 100 student assistants and some 60 research assistants.
Separately, Cannon serves as the liaison between the department and COWamongus, a small restaurant and store, located inside Tech's Animal Science and Food Sciences building. COWamongus! was created in 2005 with the support of Tech alumnus Daniel Brackeen, owner of Heritage Family Specialty Foods and creator of the TCBY yogurt chains. Besides serving breakfast burritos and lunch, it offers a variety of flavors of homemade ice cream. There's also a retail store where customers can buy sauces, seasonings and Raider Red Meats.
Nita Scott with Tech's Department of Natural Resources Management previously received one of the Masked Rider Awards in 2013.
Written by Norman Martin
CONTACT: Michael Orth, chairman, Department of Animal and Food Sciences, Texas Tech University at (806) 834-5653 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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