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 2001 for Excellence in Professional Service.

Maritza MartinezMaritza MartinezAcademic Support Services

Helping students succeed is Maritza Martinez’s priority as the assistant dean for Academic Affairs in the Office of Academic Support Services. Martinez understands the student experience, having received her master’s 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 Martinez’s 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 Women’s Concerns Committee, the Council of Women’s Groups, and Alianza Latina. Other committee memberships of note include the Diversity Task Force, Faculty Senate’s Undergraduate Academic Council, Initiatives For Women, and National Coalition Building Institute. Known as a superb student advocate, Martinez’s commitment and service have been recognized through a number of awards and honors, including the Bread and Roses Award, YMCA Woman of the ’90s, the Governor’s Hispanic-American Medal of Distinction, and the Outstanding EOP Director Award. Recently, she was nominated for the National 2000 Student Advocate Award..

Excellence in Professional Service

J. Philippe Abraham Anne Boehm Maritza Martinez
J. Philippe

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Anne Boehm


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