Diane Miske Wins the CALS Core Value Staff Award for Teamwork

November 16, 2016

Dean Kathryn J. Boor and Diane Miske

On Monday, Nov. 7, Dean Kathryn J. Boor presented Diane Miske with the Core Value Staff Award for Teamwork. Miske is the visitor services coordinator for Cornell Botanic Gardens, where she has worked for over thirty-one years. Miske started out as a gardener, tending to the Robison Herb Garden, which was recognized by leading authorities as America’s Premier Herb Garden. In addition to serving as a Union Steward, Miske also served on the Cornell UAW Diversity Committee.

She also curated the Young Flower Garden, transforming it from a trial garden to a display that interpreted the cultural history of the flowers within. Her exemplary work developing educational exhibits in the gardens, for the Welcome Center, and for events like “Judy’s Day,” is all accomplished through her dedication to nuancing her expertise with that of others. She has been a proponent of engaging different cultures in Botanic Garden programming, such as the Day of the Dead altar. Miske has spent time researching the cultural associations of many plants, and through this has created a strong bond between the horticulture and education programs. She has recently transitioned to half-time work under the phased retirement program, and will continue developing educational exhibits and working more extensively on youth programming.

The Award for Teamwork is presented to a group or individual who works effectively and cooperatively with others and builds an environment of trust through respect, compassion, and empathy.

Miske joined 12 other CALS faculty and staff who received awards that night in different categories that highlighted the best and brightest of CALS. Learn more about the winners here.