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Lemon recognized for excellence in service

Rich Lemon poses for a photo with Sparky at Homecoming.
May 03, 2012

Amid thunderous applause by graduating students and their families and friends, a smiling Rich Lemon crossed the stage at Gammage auditorium. The smile was expected – Lemon is usually smiling. The occasion was no surprise either, except to Lemon himself.

At the School of Sustainability’s convocation ceremony May 3, Lemon received the 2012 Excellence in Service Award, presented each spring to a staff member for “exemplary leadership, service, and significant contributions” in support of the school’s mission.

Service, indeed! As the building manager for Wrigley Hall, home to the School of Sustainability, Lemon keeps the school running every day.

He keeps the building functioning. He keeps the school’s events on track. He knows every sustainable feature in Wrigley Hall, and he happily shares this knowledge as he frequently guides visitors through the building.

In addition to being a tour guide for visitors to Wrigley Hall, Lemon is the friendly face who often transports the school’s distinguished guests to and from engagements across campus. Further, Lemon films lectures and presentations for use on the school’s website.

Plus, he cooks. Sustainability faculty and staff will attest – Lemon’s cooking is worthy of a mention.

In presenting the award, Dean Sander van der Leeuw thanked Lemon “for his tireless service on all occasions, every day, from early morning to late at night.”

Whether in the building, across the Tempe campus, or far afield, Lemon’s contributions in support of the School of Sustainability are truly significant.

The thunderous applause was well-deserved.