Baker, Laraway recognized as March Peer Award recipients

March 2014 Barb-Baker
Recipient Barb Baker, left, with Beth West
March 2014 Melissa-Laraway
Recipient Melissa Laraway, left with Deb James

HUNTINGTON, Ind. — The Huntington University Peer Award recipients for March are Barb Baker, administrative assistant to the advancement office, and Melissa Laraway, coordinator of new student services.

Baker was recognized by Beth West, education department secretary, because of her above and beyond dedication and service to the university.

“Barb is an outstanding individual who brings joy to everyone she meets,” West said. “Her ‘behind-the-scenes’ support is greatly appreciated by many faculty and staff. While I value Barb as a co-worker, I value her even more as a friend. She has been such an inspiration to me and is so very deserving of this award.”

Laraway was recognized by Deb James, financial aid secretary, for her genuine effort and interest in the success of her students.

“Melissa genuinely cares for the students and wants to see them succeed in their college experience,” James said. “She displays a positive and excited attitude toward her responsibilities and the students, and that’s something I admire about her.”

The Peer Award, which began in 2003, promotes acknowledgment and recognition of the outstanding efforts of Huntington University faculty and staff members. Award winners are chosen and recognized each month by fellow peers.

Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest, and has listed the university as one of America’s Best Colleges. Additionally, Princeton Review has named the institution to its “Best in the Midwest” list. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The university is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).


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