Congratulations to the 2010 Spirit Award Recipients

Chris Shay

Project Manager/Planner

Office of Facilities Planning & Management

Chris Shay, Director of Projects in the Office of Facilities Planning & Management, winner of this year's SPIRIT Award is almost always smiling. He's able to maintain a sunny disposition while managing an extremely busy workload. Chris played a key role in the construction of the Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge and the Lorry I. Lokey Stem Cell Research Building. He began his career at Stanford in October of 2000 in the School of Medicine, before leaving for a three-year stint with the State Department in Hanoi, Vietnam, returning in late 2007 in time to lead these two capital projects.

According to one colleague, Chris puts his heart and soul in the work he does and it shows. Shay doesn't have an easy job — among his many duties are developing programs, hiring architects and contractors, budgeting, staffing, scheduling, serving as liaison for all involved parties, and leading lots and lots of building tours. But co-workers reported that he has no problem juggling the various balls while maintaining a sunny outlook. "He was able to infuse his passion for the projects into those around him in a way that made the entire transformation very positive," wrote one colleague in a nomination letter.

Chris expects to be busier in the years to come. He said his workload is larger now than it was during construction of the Lokey building and the LKSC. "It can be stressful, but it's exciting," Shay said — with, of course, a smile.

Vuong Quoc Vu

Human Health and Disease Course Coordinator


Vu is very much a constant for the students: attending every lecture, lab and test, and offering help to students outside of the classroom. He obviously takes great pride in being there for the students and getting to know them: One of the first things he does with new batches of students, he said, is to learn their names. And he's known for bringing in edible treats for the students on exam days.

These gestures obviously make an impression: Colleagues and students used words like "thoughtful," "dedicated," and "helpful" when discussing him. And one letter of nomination described him as embodying "much more than his title as HHD Course Coordinator — he is our class cheerleader, organizer extraordinaire, and an always positive support figure."