|Long-time GERG employee receives President's Meritorious Award|
Debz DeFreitas, who has worked for the Geochemical and Environmental Research Group for more than 30 years, is one of 20 Texas A&M employees to be honored with the 2011 President's Meritorious Award.
Dr. Bowen Loftin will present these awards at a ceremony at 9:30 a.m., Feb. 21 in Rudder Theatre.
DeFreitas is the Quality Manager for GERG. She is currently leading GERG's efforts to obtain accreditation from the National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Commission.
DeFreitas was nominated by Dr. Terry Wade, the interim director of GERG.
"Debz was not merely a participant in her job duties at GERG or her service activities, but is a leader of many of these activities. Debz has provided Texas A&M with over 30 years of dedicated service 'above and beyond the call of duty,'" Wade wrote in his nomination letter.
DeFreitas also received the College of Geosciences Distinguished Achievement Award in 2006. The list of 20 individual staff members and one team that were selected for this recognition can be found at http://employees.tamu.edu/pmsa.