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Burroughs cited with Dunbar Service Award

Contact: Tonya Lowentritt


     HAMMOND – Betty Burroughs of Tickfaw, retired library specialist supervisor at Sims Memorial Library, was among the 12 people chosen this year for the Charles E. Dunbar Career Service Award. 
     The awared is named for the founder of the Louisiana Civil Service League and co-author of the original civil service law in Louisiana.
     “It’s overwhelming and an honor,” said Burroughs, who received the award Friday (Feb. 11) in New Orleans. “I am amazed that my peers and co-workers thought so much of me just to nominate me. I'm still taking it all in.”
     Burroughs began working at Sims Memorial Library as a typist clerk in December of 1977. She advanced to become a specialist supervisor in the circulation department and, after 33 years, retired in August 2010.
     “It was wonderful working with Betty,” said Library Director Eric Johnson. “She was very dedicated to her job and willing to help people. If she had a project she would dive in, get it done and get it done well. People liked working with her and enjoyed talking with her. Every library needs a Betty.”
     In addition, two other Southeastern employees received certificates of merit in the awards program: Denise Lee of Hammond, administrative assistant in the School of Nursing, and Dawn Dottolo Starkey of Loranger, administrative assistant of the Campus Activities Board.

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