Nominator: Eleisha Barnett
I would like to nominate Teresa Rucker for a SPOT Award. She is hardworking, tries to learn everything within and without the scope of her work. She is great at looking for more efficient ways to do her job and makes viable suggestions for the library/archives process. She's always ready to pitch in where needed and represented the OSA well at an Archaeology Day camp we conducted in June.
Nominator: Melanie Riley
Dear SPOT Committee:
I would like to nominate Rob Flagg for the SPOT Award. Rob’s cheerful and personable demeanor belies his position as an IT person (or so the stereotype goes). He is a very fast learner and is always up for a challenge. I am very grateful for his help because issues get resolved quickly. This reflects on how much he has helped Mary, who has had more fires than time on many days.
Nominator: Lynn M. Alex
I nominate Cindy Peterson for an OSA Spot Award. Cindy is one of the most capable archaeologists I know. Her research initiatives are exceptional from start to finish. She identifies and secures grant funding, directs major, complex projects with large crews, takes a hands-on approach to analysis while cheerfully encouraging those assisting her, and writes remarkably interesting reports—an art in itself. Her individual research is detailed and comprehensive, and no aspect from the most rudimentary to the highly technical seems to challenge her capabilities. She is confident and proficient while at the same time courteous and cheerful to those who contribute to her projects, especially volunteers. Such thoughtfulness extends to landowners, collectors, and native descendants.
Cindy’s service on the State Preserves Advisory Board and her recent, highly commendable National Register nominations have directly resulted in the preservation of both archaeological and natural resources. These professional initiatives and her own personal demeanor and integrity have certainly advanced OSA’s mission to develop, disseminate, and preserve knowledge of Iowa’s human past and furthered OSA’s strategic plan goals 3-5.
Lynn M. Alex