University at Albany

Excellence in Support 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 2001 for Excellence in Support Service.

Ellen B. KellyEllen B. KellyPhysics

Ellen B. Kelly is a keyboard specialist in the Department of Physics, where she began her long and successful career as the department’s stenographer in 1967. Kelly moved to a position in the Nuclear Accelerator Laboratory in 1977 and returned to the physics department in 1995. She currently serves as secretary to the chair, faculty and staff of the department, as well as to the Graduate Admissions Committee.

Among Kelly’s responsibilities are preparing and processing faculty teaching evaluations, controlling admissions to the undergraduate laboratories, maintaining systems of tracking grades, assigning faculty advisers to physics majors, and keeping the ratio of faculty-to-students balanced.

Kelly was a valuable source of assistance when the physics department moved from the Downtown Campus to the “new campus.” She helped in the preparation of the undergraduate curriculum and the establishment of the doctoral program as the campus expanded. Kelly used her kind demeanor and good sense of humor to make visitors feel at ease during the department’s annual four-week course in Wavelength and Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectrometry. Graduate students have praised her for her knowledge of the process of work tracking, and visitors to a major international conference gave her accolades for her ability to assist them with lost luggage, find medical attention, and find information about restaurants and entertainment. Kelly has always exceeded the expectations of her position to the betterment of her department and the University.

Excellence in Support Service

Ellen B. Kelly Josephine Smith Mary Unser
Ellen B. Kelly

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