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. Four staff members received this tribute in 2002 for Excellence in Professional Service.

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“Harriet has never met a procedure that she couldn’t humanize,” said the Department of History assistant chair of Harriet V. Temps. “She is an individual of restless intellect who constantly thinks about ways of bettering what exists.”

Added Department of History Chair Iris Berger: “She not only performs the tasks associated with her job description with superb efficiency, but she is innovative in everything she does and often takes the initiative to implement new and valuable programs and projects.”

Temps is the first and only employee to have occupied her current position with the title of assistant to the chair and program adviser to students in the B.A. and M.A. programs in social studies. She has consistently endeavored to bring about positive changes to the campus, and her efforts have been recognized with the 1999-2000 Outstanding Achievement Award from Disabled Student Services and the 2000-2001 Bread and Roses Award.

Temps, a graduate student at the University in 1984, played a pivotal role in establishing the Career Advisory Network, as well as the Graduate Programs and Policies manual. She also helped design the current system of advising history majors for advanced registration.

“There are some people on campus that you know and work with, and when you think about them, you start smiling,” said the director of Disabled Student Services. “The reason for this is that every experience you have with them is so positive and affirming that it makes you want to smile. That is what I think of when I think of Harriet. No matter why we call Harriet, she never makes us feel she is too busy or our problems too insignificant to warrant her immediate attention.”

Excellence in Professional Service

Shai L. Brown Joanne T. Casabella Albina Y. Grignon Harriet V. Temps
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