Pellegrino Named President’s Meritorious Service Award Recipient

February 11, 2016

Matt PellegrinoMatthew Pellegrino, Law School Master Maintenance Mechanic, is a 2015-2016 President’s Meritorious Service Award recipient
Texas A&M University School of Law Master Maintenance Mechanic Matthew Pellegrino is one of 25 individual staff recipients of the Texas A&M University’s 2015-2016 President’s Meritorious Service Award (PMSA).

The PMSAs began in 1986 to recognize and reward staff for their commendable service. Currently, these awards are presented to recognize 25 outstanding individuals and two outstanding teams for their meritorious service to the university. Nominations are typically called for during the fall; an anonymous committee appointed by the President selects the recipients.

Associate Professor Carol Pauli said when nomination requests came out, she mentioned Pellegrino to Law School Dean Andrew Morriss because she knew many faculty members would “cheer” his nomination. She submitted a letter that compiled comments from many faculty members.

matt-pellegrino-gigemPellegrino installing additional enhancements to the student lounge
“They referred many times to his efficiency, ease and cheerfulness,” she said.

The letter was six pages long, connecting Pellegrino’s work and spirit to the Aggie core values, as the application requests, she said.

“I’m delighted that Matt got the award.”

Like Pauli, Pellegrino's supervisors, Assistant Dean of Finance and Administration Margaret Demers and Facilities Coordinator Rebecca Key, composed a letter detailing Pellegrino’s service to the Aggie core values in more than just his job at the school.

“He serves his community, both family and work, church and neighbors selflessly and with respectful graciousness because, again, that’s who Matt is in life,” they wrote.

Pellegrino said he is “honored and humble to be given the prestigious award, especially knowing there are many hardworking staff at Texas A&M.”

He appreciates his “diverse” role at the law school and says every day is a new adventure.

Matt Pellegrino saxophonePellegrino volunteering his musical talents at the Public Interest Law Fellowship Dinner
“I could be playing the saxophone at a reception one day and catching bats or plunging toilets the next day,” he said.   

“One of the great things about Texas A&M is the dedication of our staff,” said Morriss. “Matt is an amazing example of the creative problem solving and dedication our staff provide.”

As a recipient, Pellegrino will be awarded a $1,000 cash prize, commemorative plaque and a label pin at the 29th annual PMSA award ceremony on Feb. 29 in College Station. The awards are funded through the generosity of The Association of Former Students and the program is coordinated by Texas A&M Human Resources. The ceremony will kick-off Staff Appreciation Week.

Pauli said the day the recipients were announced, she heard Pellegrino say that he was looking forward to the ceremony because he wanted to meet and thank those there who have been helpful and kind when he had to call for information or help.

“Typical Matt,” she said.

Click here for the full list of recipients and to RSVP to attend the ceremony.

- Article by Jennifer Nassar, Communications Specialist, Texas A&M University School of Law