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Paul Galbraith Named Pillar of Rensselaer
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It sounds like a typical Hollywood moment — beginning with the phone message that changes your life and ending with a special honor. And that’s how it turned out for Paul Galbraith, a longtime Rensselaer employee who got a special voice mail message from Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson.

“Paul, this is the president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute,” Jackson said in the Aug. 3 phone message. “I just want to tell you that we are at a dinner celebrating the service of Rensselaer staff. I am here on the podium with your parents because you are the recipient of the 2007 Pillar of Rensselaer Award.”

The award was presented at the 35th annual Service Recognition & Retirement Dinner held Aug. 3. Galbraith and his family were on vacation and traveling though the Rocky Mountains into New Mexico, where he did not have cell phone service. He heard the message for the first time several days later as they pulled into Colorado Springs, Colo.

“I thought it was a really good prank at first,” says Galbraith. “It’s overwhelming to me that I have received this award, and that people thought to vote for me,” he says. “That really means a lot.”

Galbraith, operations manager in the physical plant, is the recipient of the 2007 Pillars of Rensselaer Award, the highest honor Rensselaer gives to a staff member. The Pillars Award is presented annually to a staff member who understands the Institute’s mission and history, has been a role model for other employees, has showed concern for students and their welfare, has added to the human dimension of the school, and who has played an active role in his or her home community.

Galbraith was praised for his active role in the Rensselaer and local community, support for campus events, and his genuine concern for the entire campus community through his efforts to “ensure the safety of Rensselaer faculty, staff, and students.”

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Inside Rensselaer
Volume 1, Number 3, September 13, 2007
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