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ARS Honors Top Office Professional for 2005
By Jim Core
February 7, 2006
WASHINGTON, Feb. 7Agricultural Research Service (ARS) program support assistant
M. Coley has been named the 2005 "ARS Office Professional of the Year." ARS
is the chief scientific research agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Based at the ARS
Whitten Delta States Research Center in Stoneville, Miss., Coley is being
recognized for providing dedicated and exceptional administrative support to
the research unit and ARS'
South Area. She received a plaque and cash award during an agency award
ceremony today at USDA headquarters.
In addition to her regular duties, Coley implemented a much-needed
system to track scientists' manuscript publications. She also reorganized the
publication filing system by developing an Access software database to catalog
manuscripts and generate reports for the unit's publications. She initiated a
library system to easily locate and make manuscripts available for publication
requests. She also developed a number of computer programs for tracking and
archiving unit reports, research projects and budget information.
"Her professional attitude, her enthusiasm for her work, and her
initiative to learn new computer software and apply it to her work has been of
great benefit to the agency," said ARS Administrator Edward B. Knipling. "She
takes pride in her work and continually looks for new ways to improve daily
functions. She is truly deserving of this award."
Coley is deeply involved with the
Mid South Area Council for Office
Professionals. She volunteered to become her research unit's information
security specialist. ARS' Mid South Area comprises Mississippi, Kentucky,
Tennessee, Louisiana and Alabama.
Coley lives in Leland, Miss., with her husband Rocky and their son