Gary White, Supervisor of Trades in the Facilities Department, was honored during Welcome Week with the 2013 Flora A. Tortorelli Staff Service Award.
The Award was established in 2010 by Professor of Chemistry Victor Tortorelli and his wife, Kathy, to honor his mother, who was an hourly worker at a public school. Nominations are solicited from faculty and staff and the winner, who must have at least 10 years service, is selected by a committee.
Said President Bobby Fong in presenting the award, “Gary exemplifies how all of us can educate students and create the culture of caring that is a hallmark of Ursinus College.”
A master carpenter who has been with the College for 30 years, Gary also works closely with student and professional artists to set up their exhibitions at the Berman Art Museum. Writes one nominator, “The Annual Student Exhibition would not be possible without Gary White. Throughout the process, which is both exciting and anxiety-inducing for many students, Gary is extremely patient, supportive, and accommodating. Students gain valuable insights into the installation process, and Gary is incredibly generous with his time.”
Writes another, “He is a master carpenter, a leader to those he oversees, a mediator/counselor to those who get grumpy, and an out-of-the classroom teacher to many students.”
Gary, according to his supervisor, “has probably been invited to and attended more student weddings than anyone else because he forms such rich relationships with our students and the community.”