Heaton Named Starkey Award Winner
August 20, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Illinois Wesleyan University’s Document Delivery and Copyright
Coordinator Tony Heaton was named the winner of the University’s Max. L. Starkey Service
Award at the Fall Breakfast in the Young Main Lounge of Memorial Center on Friday.
The Starkey Award, established in 2001, is presented to a member of the University
staff nominated by his or her peers for extraordinary service to the University. The
award is named in honor of the late Max Starkey, a 1957 Illinois Wesleyan graduate
who was University comptroller from 1957 to 1996.
In his role at The Ames Library at Illinois Wesleyan, Heaton coordinates all print
items requested by faculty, staff and students. According to University Librarian
Karen Schmidt, Heaton works with as many as 13,000 requests and transactions per year.
In one nomination for the Starkey award, Heaton was described as “instrumental for
scholarly activity.” Another cites that the “flawless execution of his duties take
away a potential source of daily stress for many of us.”
Heaton, who came to Illinois Wesleyan in 1999, previously worked at Milner Library
at Illinois State University and was the director of the children’s department at
the Lexington Public Library.
The Starkey Committee who chose Heaton consists of former Illinois Wesleyan staff
and faculty, and members of the Starkey family. The committee members are: Tom Merritt
of the physical plant, Associate Professor Emerita of Nursing Charla Renner, Professor
Emerita of Theatre Arts John Ficca, Connie Wheeler, formerly of Admissions; Roger
Brucker, formerly of the physical plant; Maxine Drexler of the School of Music; and
Illinois Wesleyan alumni and children of Max Starkey, Dana Starkey and Tina Starkey
Contact: Rachel Hatch, (309) 556-3960