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Institute of Government employee receives PSO award for virtual programming during the pandemic

Carl Vinson Institute of Government Program Coordinator Michael Moryc is the 10th recipient of the Public Service and Outreach Spotlight Award for his work helping institute faculty transition to online programming when the COVID-19 pandemic began last year.

“It’s no surprise how you all responded to COVID and helped governments get through these times,” PSO Vice President Jennifer Frum told Moryc during a Zoom meeting on Feb. 19. “I’m always inspired and in awe of you all.”

Moryc , who works out of the institute’s Atlanta office, enabled the institute to conduct dozens of events virtually including the 2020 Biennial Institute for Georgia Legislators, webinars designed to help cities and counties navigate the fiscal crisis created by the pandemic and planning sessions with local governments.

His innovation led to a new line of service for the institute’s state services unit: customized virtual meeting management.

“Michael has consistently provided a high level of service for clients,” said Beverly Johnson, a faculty member in the Vinson Institute who nominated Moryc for the award. “However, his desire to use his skills to help his colleagues and their clients above and beyond his normal duties is worthy of recognition at this level. Because of his willingness to work long hours, problem solving abilities, and collaborative spirit, the institute was able to identify new ways to support clients, create a new line of business and fulfill its mission to ‘promoting excellence in government’.”

Moryc received a gift box of treats and a framed certificate recognizing his Employee Spotlight Award. The award, launched in November, is presented to PSO employees who go above and beyond their normal responsibilities, who produce outstanding work and who contribute significantly to the strategic mission of the university.

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