NatSci's Shelby Gombosi awarded for excellence above and beyond

  • May 1, 2019
  • Ruth Jameyson Above and Beyond Award, Staff, Award
  • Homepage News, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Students, College of Natural Science
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Shelby Gombosi

Shelby Gombosi, Office of Academic Student Affairs administrative business professional in the Michigan State University College of Natural Science (NatSci), is the recipient of the Ruth Jameyson “Above and Beyond” Award for 2019, one of the most prestigious honors given to support staff by MSU.

The annual award recognizes a support staff member who most closely exemplifies the contributions, personal characteristics and commitment to MSU demonstrated by Ruth Jameyson, who served as the secretary to MSU President Robert S. Shaw from 1938 to 1941, and administrative assistant to President John A. Hannah from 1941 to 1969.

Candidates for the Jameyson Award can be nominated by any member of the university community and are evaluated for their achievements in interpersonal skills and working relationships within MSU’s diverse community, their contributions to the efficiency and effectiveness of their department, dedication to students and progress towards a degree, among other qualities.

“I thoroughly enjoy what I do and am passionate about my work,” said Gombosi, who is currently pursuing her M.A. in rehabilitation counseling in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education in MSU’s College of Education. “This award is an acknowledgement that my efforts have not gone unnoticed, and I am honored to receive it.”

Gombosi has been working on MSU’s campus for 10 years, the last three for NatSci’s Office of Academic Student Affairs. Prior to that, she was an administrative assistant in the Honors College Dean’s Office.

“As someone who works with Shelby virtually every day in the Dean’s Office, I can say that this is truly a well-deserved award,” said Rich Schwartz, NatSci associate dean for graduate studies. “Put simply, Shelby does a tremendous job every day and juggles a lot while doing it. She is a key member of our team in both graduate and undergraduate student affairs.”

Jameyson, who died in 2007 at the age of 100, went above and beyond her role as administrative assistant by serving as greeter and gatekeeper to numerous students, faculty and staff seeking to meet President Hannah as well as dignitaries from around the globe. She was widely admired for her professionalism, loyalty, kindness, strength and patience. Jameyson pursued a master’s degree in economics at MSU while working full time.

Gombosi will be formally recognized for receiving the Ruth Jameyson “Above and Beyond” Award on May 13 at 12:30 p.m. in the MSU Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center’s Big Ten Rooms.

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