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Agnews & Chan Honored with the 2007 Edna Mae Phelps Award


Agnews and Chan Honored with 2007 Edna Mae Phelps Award

Theodore and Jeanne Agnew and Co-Ming Chan received the 2007 Edna Mae Phelps Award at the H. Louise & H.E. “Ed” Cobb 2007 Speaker Series presented by the Friends of the OSU Library.

Carol Headrick, who served on the selection committee for the 2007 Edna Mae Phelps Award, presented the well-deserved awards to the Agnews and Chan.

The Agnews received the award as a couple because of their consistent and ardent support of the OSU Library. Jeanne was a founding Board Member of the Friends of the OSU Library. She served the Board from 1991-1998, just two years before she passed away.

Ted Agnew took over his wife’s seat on the Board from 1999-2001. Ted also had a great appreciation for the role of the Library in research and teaching. Theodore Agnew passed away last April.

Lee Agnew, the son of Theodore and Jeanne Agnew, accepted the award on behalf of his parents.

“If my parents were here today, they would be very grateful for this award,” Agnew said. “And I’m proud to accept this award from the Friends of the OSU Library.”

The second Edna Mae Phelps Award was presented to Co-Ming Chan, library faculty member and head of the cataloging department.

Chan received multiple nominations this year: 3 from her department heads and also a group nomination from her entire department. For more than 40 years, Chan served the OSU Library.

“The reason I admire Co-Ming most is that throughout her career she has always stayed knowledgeable and on the cutting edge of Library technology,” said Sheila Grand Johnson, dean of libraries.

Chan was very humble to have been honored with the Edna Mae Phelps Award.

“I’m very thankful that the Library appreciates my work, even though I’m just doing my job,” Chan said. “It’s always nice to know that everyone acknowledges your hard work to servicing the Library.”

The Edna Mae Phelps Award recognizes individuals who have substantially and unselfishly gone above and beyond duty to increase the effectiveness of the OSU Library. The award was established in honor of Mrs. Phelps of Seminole. Mrs. Phelps was a strong supporter of the OSU Library, and while serving on the OSU Board of Regents, she worked to improve the Library's budget.


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