May 29, 2003

The 7th annual Abe Ackerman Staff Excellence Award was announced on May 27, 2003, at a special reception attended by faculty, staff and students. Anderson staff members Linda Baldwin, director of admissions, Bev Soroka, special assistant to the associate dean for finance and operations, and Shirley Keen, academic personnel coordinator, received the school's highest honor in staff achievement.

The winners were nominated by colleagues at Anderson who submitted written recommendations detailing their commitment and service to The Anderson School. This year the Abe Ackerman Staff Excellence Award Committee received 27 staff nominations.

"The award recipients truly exemplify the excellence that Abe Ackerman inspired and have contributed to the mission of the Anderson School," said Susan Corley, manager of academic planning at Anderson. "Their dedication and commitment to the Anderson community is much appreciated and we recognize their exceptional work."

The award recipients have been an essential component to Anderson's success. Shirley Keen has worked at The Anderson School for more than 29 years. "No matter what else is going on, she is always cheerful and helpful. She goes out of her way to find some way to make things easier. It's such a pleasure to walk into her office and know that you are valued," said Barbara Lawrence, associate professor of management at The Anderson School.

Bev Soroka has been with Anderson for 20 years. "Bev's tenacity and attentiveness to tasks given her are legend. She inspires me to do the best I can and I'm sure that she does so with others," said Michael Heafey, general manager Anderson complex & events and a former Abe Ackerman Award winner.

Director of Admissions of the Full-Time MBA program, Linda Baldwin, has worked at Anderson since 1987. "Linda has brought the finest MBA classes in the world to UCLA every year for the past 11 years. Her considerable skills in identifying and recruiting excellent people, her keen knowledge of organizations and her generous spirit makes her a pleasure to work with," notes Eric Mokover, assistant dean and director of Anderson's Full-Time MBA program.

The award is a memorial to Abe Ackerman, a beloved Anderson School employee who passed away in 1997. A Holocaust survivor who lost his family in the concentration camps, Abe gave 40 years of service to UCLA, the first half with the Facilities Division, and the last 15 years working for Anderson. After his death, Anderson faculty, staff and alumni created the award as a way to honor the man who is remembered as unflaggingly helpful, humble and warm.

"Abe's infinite generosity and commitment to the UCLA community will always be remembered," said Bill Broesamle, senior associate dean of the MBA program. "The Staff Excellence Award serves as a great measurement of achievement and honors Abe's legacy."

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