The Excellence Awards - 2001

Excellence in Professional Service
Maritza Martinez

Helping students succeed is Maritza Martinezís priority as the assistant dean for Academic Affairs in the Office of Academic Support Services. Martinez understands the student experience, having received her masterís degree from the University herself in 1985. She left the University to become director of the EOP/Multi-Cultural Student Affairs office at Schenectady County Community College, but she returned in 1995 to the position she now holds. One of Martinezís goals is to catch problems, especially those of first-year students, before they become worse. She has been instrumental in supervising many academic support services, such as a Study Group Plan, which involves small group study sessions for 28 freshman courses. Martinez communicates with professors about students at risk, and she both organizes study workshops and manages a faculty-mentoring program. Martinez also excels in her leadership role. She chaired the Womenís Concerns Committee, the Council of Womenís Groups, and Alianza Latina. Other committee memberships of note include the Diversity Task Force, Faculty Senateís Undergraduate Academic Council, Initiatives For Women, and National Coalition Building Institute. Known as a superb student advocate, Martinezís commitment and service have been recognized through a number of awards and honors, including the Bread and Roses Award, YMCA Woman of the í90s, the Governorís Hispanic-American Medal of Distinction, and the Outstanding EOP Director Award. Recently, she was nominated for the National 2000 Student Advocate Award.

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