Shovit has been selected by the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics to receive the 2014 Staff Excellence Award.
Awarded to a single staff member from the college for outstanding service throughout the year. Selected by the Dean and Associate Dean based on nominations from the five departments across the college.
Shovit joined the department as an Instructional Support Tech II in August 2011. He has since consistently exceeded expectations and become a truly invaluable member of our department, significantly raising our productivity and happiness.
Shovit is responsible for the curation and deployment of lecture demonstrations for our department. In his short time here, Shovit has taken this area of our curriculum to new levels by creating a web-based catalog of lecture demos organized according to the PIRA standards along with pictures and descriptions to make it easy for department members to access and browse. To accompany this, he deployed a web-based demo request system, allowing department faculty to schedule lecture demos.
Shovit loves astronomy and has been a driving force behind much of our department’s recent growth in astronomy education and public outreach. He took initiative to build a completely new repertoire of department telescopes and bring several of our older telescopes into working order. Shovit has similarly helped to organize and present at a variety of community science events including hosting middle school kids, Family Science Night at Luther Elementary, Kids To College, Women in STEM, and Welcome to Fullerton Day. Since joining the department, Shovit has been instrumental in adding night and daytime viewing opportunities to our introductory astronomy classes and by leading more than a dozen stargazing nights that have allowed Profs Smith and Read and their classes to view the sun and the night sky.
Shovit has been consistently exceptional in his service to the department and the college going above and beyond his duties, always with great attitude and a touch of class.
March 31, Shovit and wife Sony became new and happy parents with the arrival of their daughter Saanvi. Thank you Shovit for another awesome year!