Milton Cook, chemical waste and instrument specialist for the Business Services Department, received Niagara University’s Outstanding Employee Award for January-March 2014. Cook, a Lockport resident, was presented with the award today by the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., Niagara president.
Cook joined Niagara University in 2008, and is responsible for assisting the biology and chemistry departments in maintaining safe laboratory and classroom settings.
One nomination stated, “Milton brings attention to any situation that could lead to an accidental injury. Equipment operations, inventory management, the use of protective clothing and so many other areas where he is always looking and thinking, ‘How can I make things better for the lab, the classroom or the students?’”
Regarding his commitment to the university community, Cook’s supervisor said, “Milton’s concern for the safety and well-being of our students, staff and faculty is evident by his constant day-to-day identification of better storage and chemical handling.”
In describing Cook’s work, a co-worker added, “He always goes the extra mile to get the job done. It is a pleasure and an honor to work with such a dedicated individual.”
Cook was also a recipient of a “Purple Pat,” one of Niagara’s new forms of employee recognition, which included the following comment: “I would like to express my deepest appreciation to Milton for his dedication to getting the NMR up and going in the move from DePaul Hall to the B. Thomas Golisano Center for Integrated Sciences. His efforts go above and beyond and are critical to the success of my research efforts on biomarker development.”
“The quiet way he ensures a safe and comfortable classroom and workplace earn him high praise from co-workers and appreciation from students,” added Cook’s supervisor.
Nominations for the Outstanding Employee Award are made by NU employees, students, alumni, parents, or other persons who come in contact with NU employees. Honorees are eligible to receive gift certificates to area amenities, movie passes, two days off during the next quarter, NU athletics tickets and a universal parking tag that can be used in any non-handicapped parking spot on campus.