The Sherry Barnett Customer Service Award was established to recognize the values of professionalism, understanding, respect, service and excellence exemplified by former AU staff member Sherry Barnett. We are pleased to share that We are pleased to share that Marie Churchville, Administrative Assistant for the Department of Endodontics, is the recipient of this year’s award. Churchville was nominated by eight of her peers. She has been an employee of Augusta University for almost 35 years and an employee of the DCG for 14 years.
Nominations described Churchville’s passion, dedication, and expertise:
• “With a previously limited background in either dentistry or post graduate education, she has manifested into the default area expert in all things dental education for our students, residents and faculty. She makes what can often seem a chaotic, unpredictable, and inefficient system into a seamless and well-oiled machine.”
• “She is always the first to share a smile and laugh with others and her kindness knows no bounds. She is free giving of her time and her dedication is unmatched.”
• “She goes out of her way to ensure that everyone’s differences are not only accepted but celebrated. She is the glue that holds our department together and the person everyone turns to on their good and bad days. She has an innate ability to create a family-atmosphere around her that generates a team cohesiveness that makes everyone’s day go better and makes you want to come back to work the next day… I have been retired for a few years now, but if I was ever asked to return, I would only say yes if she was still there.”
• “She deserves this award not because of what she does but why she chooses to be the way she is. She truly enjoys helping others and making the workday brighter for everyone she encounters. She is the cornerstone and deserves to be recognized as such!”