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HACE Presents Staff Awards, Elects New Officers

Old Dominion University's HACE (Hourly and Classified Employee) Association chapter held its annual luncheon on May 17 to induct new officers, distribute awards and celebrate milestones within the organization.

Elaine Pearson, associate vice president for academic affairs, served as the event's guest speaker. During her address, Pearson told the crowd about her journey to ODU. Pearson is a first- generation college graduate and reached the highest military ranking in her family. She served as a lt. cmdr. in the U.S. Navy Reserve.

Pearson said throughout her career she included faith, education, professional development, personal goals and networking. She encouraged the crowd to embrace values and always seek opportunities for advancement.

"Always demonstrate strong ethics, integrity and moral judgement," Pearson said. "Dress for the job that you want and not the job that you have."

Following the address, two HACE members were recognized with awards. The Staff Member of the Year Award went to David Figgs, from ODU's College of Health Sciences; and the Rookie Staff Member of the Year Award went to Brian Klotz of ODU's Information Technology Services.

The newly inducted HACE officers for 2019-2020 are:

  • President: Tanya McCown, Honors College;
  • Vice President: Trina Hawkins, Department of Music;
  • Treasurer: Margaret Oliver, University Libraries; and
  • Secretary: Rama Adderley, University Libraries

HACE supports the missions and integrity of Old Dominion University and seeks to enhance the quality of life for hourly and classified staff.

HACE activities include the following:

  • Helping form campus policies by representation on university committees to improve wages and salaries, working conditions, and better benefits
  • Honoring outstanding employees with "Staff Member of the Year" and "Rookie Staff Member of the Year" awards
  • Promoting tuition waivers for staff
  • Representing your voice to our state of Virginia legislature
  • Promoting and conducts charitable drives
  • Hosting HACE Welcome Back Social in the fall and the HACE Luncheon each spring

Membership in HACE is open to all persons designated by the University as classified or hourly staff.

To learn more about the association, visit the HACE website.

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