Monday, May 16, 2016

Health Sciences Librarian Elaine Cox Honored by Graduate Student Council

TWU Health Sciences Librarian Elaine Cox (right, with TWU graduate student Renee Underwood) was
presented with the Distinguished Staff Supporting Graduate Students Award by the Graduate Student Council
of TWU. Photograph by Bethany Ross. April 29, 2016.
The TWU Libraries family proudly congratulates one of our own.

Elaine Cox, Health Sciences Librarian at the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus, has received the Distinguished Staff Supporting Graduate Students Award from the Graduate Student Council of TWU (GSC) for helping to "create the behind-the-scenes foundation of [their] learning community . . . through excellence in job performance; a positive, supportive attitude; and other contributions made to enable TWU to fulfill its educational mission."

A 15-year veteran of the TWU Libraries, Elaine is known for her dedication to TWU students. “Elaine focuses on helping students and goes out of her way to help them be successful in their research efforts,” says Kris Reed, Assistant Dean of TWU Libraries. Elaine's passion for her work is evident when she speaks about the students she mentors. "Graduate students are intellectually curious and driven, like sponges wearing jet packs," she says. "I enjoy mentoring and advising them as they chase down answers to complicated medical research questions, and more specifically watching them go from states of high anxiety to exhilaration as they make breakthrough discoveries." Elaine's impact on her students' lives doesn't end when the research does. "After the discoveries," she says, "I love their celebratory happy dances and high fives because together we have ignited a lifelong passion for research that will positively impact the health and well-being of unknown numbers of people in their futures."

TWU Health Sciences Librarian Elaine Cox with her father
W.C. Snodgrass at the Graduate Student Council's second annual
Pioneering Spirit Award banquet, where Elaine was presented
with the Distinguished Staff Supporting Graduate Students Award.
Photograph by Bethany Ross. April 29, 2016.
On April 29, 2016 Elaine was presented with the Distinguished Staff Supporting Graduate Students Award at the GSC's second annual Pioneering Spirit Award Banquet. A past recipient of the Elizabeth Snapp Award for Excellence in Librarianship, Elaine was honored for her support of graduate-level medical research in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Consumer Health, Dental Hygiene, Evidence-Based Practice, Health Studies, Nursing, and Occupational Therapy. "Working with graduate students in the health sciences is my job," Elaine says, "but it is also definitely an honor. I don’t take it lightly."

From all of us with the TWU Libraries, Elaine, congratulations on this much-deserved honor.

~Sandy Cochran

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