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Martin Vaughan and Susan McKeeSupport Staff Award recipients Martin Vaughan and Susan McKee were among the honorees at the 23rd annual OPUS awards banquet, Thursday in the CAW Student Centre.

Awards pay tribute to contributions of, and for, part-time students

He never expected to receive recognition from the Organization of Part-time University Students, says Martin Vaughan, but that doesn’t make it any less welcome.

Media and audio-visual technician in the Centre for Teaching and Learning, he was one of three UWindsor staff honoured for their support of student achievement during the organization’s awards banquet Thursday.

“I was so surprised to learn I had been nominated, let alone selected to win an award,” Vaughan said. “I feel so humbled to know my work has been noticed.”

Martin Deck, marketing coordinator for the Campus Bookstore, and Susan McKee, publicity coordinator for the School of Creative Arts, also received support staff awards.

“It’s really a special recognition because it comes from the students,” McKee said. “They’re the reason we’re all here. To have them acknowledge us really means a lot.”

The evening included a video tribute to several outgoing members of the OPUS board, including long-serving vice-president Anthony Meloche, who received a lifetime achievement award. In total, 16 individuals received awards. Find more information, including a complete list of honorees, on the event website.