With leadership from President Beverly Robalino, the board created a President’s Award to recognize extraordinary contributions to the advancement of the UIRA. This award will only be presented as distinguished service is identified and, consequently, should not be considered an annual recognition. A certificate and $100 award were presented. President Robalino’s words of recognition of the first recipient were as follows:
UIRA officers normally serve 3 years and subject to renewal, up to six years. That’s a lot of commitment. Sometimes the years of service go beyond 6 years. Such is the case with UIRA’s first member being honored with the UIRA President’s Award for her 7 years of commitment as UIRA webmaster. For those seven years Feather Lacy has weathered seismic shifts in the world of technology, and the UIRA has been the beneficiary. Today the UIRA homepage is packed with information and ranks among the best homepages among the Big Ten retiree associations. Feather retired from the UI after 28 years with computer services, first with Weeg Computing Center and then with ITS.
Over the past seven years Feather Lacy has been the tireless and patient caretaker of the UIRA’s website. And for that, the UIRA expresses its deep appreciation. Feather’s work was featured in the December 2015 issue of The Gray Hawk.