College at Wise's Steady Sue Mullins Takes Sandridge Award Into Retirement

May 27, 2010 — Sue Mullins contributed to the growth and development of the University of Virginia's College at Wise throughout her three decades of service, said her colleagues in the John Cook Wyllie Library.

The recently retired Mullins, winner of the 2010 Leonard Sandridge Outstanding Contribution Award at U.Va.-Wise, consistently and quietly went over and above her responsibilities to serve the college. A Pound resident and fiscal assistant in the library, she was known to work extra to ensure that deadlines were met for special purchasing discounts – something that is increasingly important in tight budget times.

Mullins' work ethic and demeanor were models of grace and dignity in the workplace, her colleagues said in nominating her for the award. The entire library staff supported the nomination.

"Sue has been with the library for over 31 years, and during this time, has been a tremendous asset to the library and to the college," said Robin Benke, director of library services. "Everyone knows that we can rely on Sue to get the job done, and to have it done right."

Mullins was known for providing encouragement and support for students who work at the library.

"She has brought students food, provided them with transportation, and even given them money to make sure they had the supplies they needed for class," said Kimberly Marshall, interlibrary loan manager.

Mullins knew something was up last week when all of her colleagues stopped by for a visit. She thought they were there to celebrate her pending May 23 retirement; instead, they surprised her with the Sandridge Award.

"This was the last thing I expected," she said. "I've always thought the college gave me a lot more than I gave it."

Mullins and her husband, Roger, plan to travel the West after her retirement.

"It's going to be hard leaving everybody when I retire," she said. "I suspect I'll be back to visit often."

— By Kathy Still