Lynn Everett retired from the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center on June 29 after serving for nearly four decades. Lynn was well known beyond Ohio State, having worked as the center's grants development and travel specialist. Guests to the center always appreciated her warm hospitality. At the time of her retirement, Lynn also received the Rae Mercier Award. The citation for the award is provided below.
This Mercier Award honors Lynn Everett, who has served Ohio State and the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center in many roles, including Grants Development Specialist, Travel Agent, and maître d' for nearly four decades. All who have had the privilege to know and work with Lynn have enjoyed and benefited from her responsiveness to requests, as well as her always caring attitude.
Lynn has successfully submitted hundreds of grant proposals for Byrd Center members and their collaborators, ensuring their accuracy and completeness, working tirelessly, many times at night and on weekends, sometimes with several proposals due at the same time. She has facilitated hundreds of travel requests for Byrd members and visitors, booking flights, rental cars, hotel rooms, and requesting cash advances for expeditions. She has processed millions of dollars in travel expenses and reimbursements over her career.
Lynn has also played the main role in planning and executing the hospitality management aspects for nearly every symposium, workshop, conference or other special event hosted by the Byrd Center. Lynn has served as the ‘hostess’ for innumerable activities -- from the planning, set-up, and clean-up, Lynn was always on the front line to ensure the multitudes of center members, and their colleagues from around the globe, felt welcome. Lynn went to great pains to see that all looked perfect and went smoothly at each event, no matter the size. In fact, Lynn is the major reason why the Byrd Center is so well-known for its welcoming atmosphere and environment. A visiting colleague once stated, Lynn makes the Byrd Center more than just a place to work, she makes it feel more like a home, and colleagues more like family. Lynn also made her colleagues feel special. She loved to celebrate staff birthdays by bringing in sweet treats, something that has become a tradition.
Lynn’s dedication and loyalty is permanently woven into the fabric of the Byrd Center culture that will live on, and for this, and all of her faithful service, BPCRC presents her with this award.