2016 Skilled Trades Support Award of Excellence
Department: CAES Business Office
Whether it’s food safety posters headed to Ecuador or a box of nametags for new University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agents, the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences turns to Carla Barnett when a package has to arrive on time.
Since 1994, Barnett has managed the mail system for CAES, UGA Extension and Georgia 4-H, making sure the dozens of county Extension offices and research stations remain connected to UGA’s Athens Campus.
From crates of promotional rain gauges, to state-of-the-art lab equipment, to grant documents that must be shipped overnight, Barnett knows how to pack and ship it safely. She weathers the unpredictability and demands of her job with creativity, ease, grace and a smile that helps to diffuse stressful situations.
“Her skills do not end with her work ethic,” said Carla Wood, director of signature of events for the college. “She always projects a warm and cheerful attitude, greeting everyone with a smile and warm hospitality. No matter the circumstances, her daily mail visits always brighten my day.”
In addition to her work in mailing and shipping, Barnett is responsible for the state’s inventory of UGA Extension promotional and educational materials, brochures, stationery and soil testing supplies.
Barnett also engraves the nametags and nameplates for everyone in CAES, replacing multiple lost nametags for certain faculty and staff members without judgment.