Graham Reid holding award statuetteRecent history grad Graham Reid received the Rick Mallat Award as student employee of the year at the annual athletics student staff luncheon.

Luncheon recognizes contributions of student employees in athletics

Graham Reid applies knowledge he gained in his history studies every day in his job with the Chimczuk Museum. But, the recent history grad adds, he also uses skills he learned working in the UWindsor athletics facilities.

Reid received the Rick Mallat Student Employee of the Year award Friday at the Blue and Gold luncheon, which recognizes the contributions of student staff to the operations of Athletics and Recreational Services.

The award is named in honour of an employee who retired in 2016 after 43 years as lead equipment technician. Reid said that made the recognition even more meaningful.

“I worked with Rick and in my eyes, he is the facility,” he said. “I am very pleased to receive this award and have Rick here to see it.”

The annual event had a new theme this year, rebranded as “the Winnys” with a red-carpet welcome from Lancer mascot Winston. Other awards honoured students for their work in the St. Denis Centre, aquatics, intramurals and fitness, as team managers and therapists, and organizers of summer camp and varsity events.

Athletic director Mike Havey told the luncheon that all their work makes a difference: “What we do here could not be accomplished without your collective and individual commitments to Team Lancer.”

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