LAS Dean Venetria Patton and Matt Cohn
Photo: Heather Gillett, College of LAS

Geography & GIS office administrator Matt Cohn (BA, creative writing and psychology, '03) has received a College of Liberal Arts & Sciences 2022-23 Staff Award and was honored with six other college-level award recipients at a ceremony at the I Hotel on Thursday, March 9th.

“This year’s award recipients do so much to empower our students, support their colleagues, and drive the success of our college,” said Venetria K. Patton, the Harry E. Preble Dean of the College of LAS. “I’m proud to have such kind, dedicated, and passionate people as part of our LAS community and to recognize their important contributions.”

LAS Awards Committee member Dr.Gary Wszalek read the following statement at the ceremony as Dean Patton presented Matt with the award:

"As an office administrator, Cohn performs and supports a wide range of critical activities for the department, including faculty and staff searches, oversight of facilities, communication and website tasks, and supporting the director of graduate studies in all aspects of the GGIS master’s and PhD programs. Department head Shaowen Wang wrote that “Matt takes it upon himself to provide exceptional support and service to faculty, staff, and students.” Colleagues praised both his encyclopedic knowledge and his warm, caring attitude. Multiple people commented on his patience, thoughtfulness, and friendliness, with one calling him “the best staff I’ve ever interacted with.

"As the primary contact for the department’s graduate programs, he works to make students feel welcome, heard, and supported. Several graduate students wrote that “Matt has helped so many of us with our professional lives and made our journey here in the department easier with his approachable and helpful attitude.” The College of LAS proudly presents Matthew Cohn with a 2022-2023 LAS Staff Award."

Matt joined the department (when it was known as "Geography") in 2012 as an office support associate and has been with GGIS through a name change, three department heads, and two building moves. "I am honored to receive this award and grateful for such supportive faculty, student, and staff colleagues," said Cohn.

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