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College recognizes the hard work of its best financial staff

Monday, October 1, 2012 – Ann Claycombe

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Keeping track of the taxpayers' money is a difficult,vital, yet all too often thankless job. On Sept. 24, Arts and Sciences recognized those who make the most sense of their dollars and cents in the past fiscal year: Paula Sorrell, Basirat Lawal and Pam Johnson.

“It’s an around the clock job, twelve months a year, to keep those accounts in such good shape that you can close out with a nearly perfect balance,” said Yvonne Mangiaracina, the college’s finance officer. “It’s very important that we recognize all the hard work done – not only by our winners, but by our financial support staff throughout the college.”

The winner of the top award for “Best Financial Close” was Paula Sorrell, business manager III for the Department of History. Second place went to Basirat Lawal, business manager for GeoSciences, and third to Pam Johnson, senior administrative coordinator for the Language and Research Center.

Dean William Long, who sponsored the awards for the first time this year, attended to present the awards and congratulate the winners.

"Financial integrity is the backbone of a public institution like Georgia State University, where we are entrusted with taxpayer dollars for the vital mission of educating the people of the state," Long said. "I'm proud of our financial staff's work ethic, attention to detail, and their commitment to good stewardship of public funds."

Paula Sorrell, Basirat Lawal and Pam Johnson show off their awards.