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NASA Marshall Center's Chrissa K. Hall Receives National Award
Martin Jensen
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
(Phone: 256.544.0034) News release: 05-063

Chrissa Hall Chrissa K. Hall, a human resource specialist at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., has been recognized by a national education association for providing outstanding services to cooperative education.

Recognized for dedication, leadership and innovation to her profession, she received the Charles F. Kettering Award at the national conference of the Cooperative Education & Internship Association, Inc., in Anaheim, Calif., April 5.

Hall, who manages the Marshall Center Cooperative Education Program in the Academic Affairs Office, is credited with revitalizing a program that had seven participants in 1999 into a formalized training program that now serves up to 48 college students every year. She also is responsible for Marshall Center and NASA-wide corporate recruiting.

She joined NASA in 1986 as a co-op student in Marshall's Office of Chief Counsel. In 1987, she was assigned to Marshall's Procurement Office where she later became a contract specialist and a full-time employee in 1991. In 2000, Hall was appointed training consultant and manager of the Cooperative Education Program in the Marshall Learning and Organizational Development Office, where she served until assigned to her current position in 2004.

The Knoxville, Tenn., native earned an associate's degree in office administration from Calhoun Community College in Decatur, Ala., in 1987, and a bachelor's degree in business administration from Athens State University in Athens, Ala., in 1991. She and her husband Tim reside in Hartselle, Ala.

The Charles F. Kettering Award is named for the inventor of the automobile electric self-starter, who worked as research director at General Motors Corporation in Detroit for 27 years. In 1927, he founded the Kettering Foundation in Dayton Ohio, dedicated to research to make democracy work better.

The Cooperative Education & Internship Association, Inc. provides professional services to its members who work with cooperative education and internship programs in colleges, universities, business and industry. It also supports research and publications. More than 500 college and university association members are eligible to nominate employers for the annual award.

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