A member of the Mizzou Law staff, Cheryl Poelling, was recently honored with the Mick Deaver Memorial Award during Staff Recognition Week at MU.
The Mick Deaver Memorial Award was established in 1980 by the MU Staff Advisory Council to honor a staff member who exemplifies Maj. Mick Deaver’s concern for fostering good relations with students. Maj. Deaver was the associate director of the University Police Department at the time of his death in 1980 in an automobile accident.
Poelling was nominated by Prof. S.I. Strong, who said:
It is difficult to cite specific examples of how Cheryl fosters good relations with the students, since she does so by simply being who she is – motherly and caring, always ready to lend an ear in good times and in bad. If students need a task completed – a signature, a paper, a form – Cheryl is there. If students need to tell someone about some bad news or some good news, Cheryl is there. She knows the answer to virtually every law-school related question and is always willing to drop whatever task she is doing to help a student. No matter how difficult a situation may be, she is eternally patient and kind.
Cheryl Poelling is beloved by staff, faculty and students and could not be more deserving of this award. She goes the extra mile for our students again and again…. Without Cheryl, our law school would be a much different place, and not for the better.
Poelling joined the law school in 1993 and works in the Administrative Office, otherwise known as “203.”