AAUW of Harrisonburg resoundingly congratulates member Karen Gerard for receiving the 2020 outstanding staff award from the James Madison College of Visual and Performing Arts. She was chosen from among all the nominated staff in the School of Art, Design and Art History, the School of Music, and the School of Theater and Dance. The award is a well deserved recognition of her responsible management of all of the School’s (School of Art, Design and Art History) operating, grant, and JMU Foundation budgets, as well as scholarship accounts and payments. As assistant to the director, she works on special projects throughout the year, including creation of the academic schedule, and the administrative aspects of search and hiring of new faculty and staff. Since 2012 to the present, she has served on JMU’s Employee Advisory Committee. Until 2018, she was AAUW of Harrisonburg’s University Liaison with JMU. This is Karen’s third staff recognition Award, receiving the first in 1999, and the second in 2005.