Apr 27, 2011 - Claremont, Calif. -
Hers is the friendly face that greets you in the HMC Department of Mathematics. She is also the designated “go-to” person, the one you can rely on to get the job done well.
During her first year on campus, she helped launch the first HMC math conference, which is now an annual event. Her positive attitude and work ethic have earned her respect and renown.
These are but a few reasons why Suzanne Frantz, math department coordinator, has been awarded the 2011 Mary G. Binder Prize.
Awarded each year to a member of HMC’s support staff, the prize recognizes someone who has combined a record of exceptional service with a helpful and friendly attitude toward students, staff and faculty.
“I feel very honored to have won this special prize and truly blessed to work for such appreciative people as those in the math department,” said Frantz, who was described as “gentle, clear and friendly” by one of the faculty members who nominated her and as one who serves “not only the math department but the broader community.”
Frantz’s award includes a $500 check, a commemorative certificate and the addition of her name on the Mary G. Binder Prize plaque in the foyer of Galileo Hall.
The Mary G. Binder Prize was established in 1997 with a gift from Professor Emeritus Sam Tanenbaum and his wife, Carol, in honor of Carol’s mother, Mary G. Binder, and in expression of their gratitude to HMC’s support staff.
“Mary G. Binder believes the greatest virtue in life is to help others,” said Sam Tanenbaum. “She practiced this philosophy in her interactions with other employees at work, through her contributions of time and talent to many charitable organizations and in her relations with neighbors, friends and family. She truly exemplified the spirit that we hope to recognize with this award."
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