University at Albany

Excellence in Professional Service

Each year, the University at Albany honors special members of its community with Excellence Awards denoting exceptional contributions to the life of the campus. Three staff members received this tribute in 2000 for Excellence in Professional Service.

Lisa-Anne B. DonohueLisa-Anne B. DonohueEnvironmental Health and Safety

Lisa-Anne B. Donohue has been an employee of the University since 1982. A chemical safety officer, she served as chair of the President’s Task Force on Women’s Safety. In recognition of her contributions to the University, she was the recipient of a Bread and Roses Award in 1996.

During the past year, Donohue led a $3.4 million project to replace chemistry building fume hoods and to make other air quality improvements. She also shoulders the responsibility of making sure the University disposes of waste chemicals in safe and approved methods. She is seen as an inspiration to others in the Office of Environmental Health and Safety. Donohue also serves as acting department head when her supervisor is called away.

Her contributions in training the University community on the proper handling, usage and disposal of chemicals are well known; people voluntarily seek her assistance on these matters. Donohue has developed several videos for demonstrations which are very popular with laboratory personnel. When minor accidents do occur, she not only specifies what actions need to be taken, she also participates in the resolution of the problem, even if it means assisting with the clean-up.

Donohue has been awarded the designation of Certified Safety Professional in Management Aspects by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals, demonstrating her continued dedication to improving an already broad knowledge base. She has participated in and provided leadership on a number of projects, including her collaboration on the start of the “Whistle Watch” program, the “Don’t Walk Alone” program, and the campus’s emergency blue light phone system. Her interpersonal skills have been praised frequently. She is known for her flexibility, optimism, efficiency, and time management expertise.

Excellence in Professional Service

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