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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The late Joanne Casabella has been described as “the quintessential research administrator.” During Ms. Casabella’s employment with the University, the amount of external funding UAlbany received has grown to $58 million, or approximately 25 percent of its total budget.

A graduate of Albany Business College and Vincentian Institute, Casabella served the Research Foundation for 33 years. She was the associate director for research administration in the Office for Sponsored Programs at the time of her death last month. Casabella was previously chief clerk, then assistant director, to the grants coordinator until her promotion to the associate director position in 1981.

Casabella’s diverse accomplishments in contract and grants administration included establishing research administration practices and procedures, assigning staff responsibilities, and serving as team leader for the research administration. She represented the University and the Research Foundation in the negotiation of sponsored project agreements, and provided professional advice to staff, researchers, and sponsors regarding administrative processes and procedures to facilitate research management. She maintained a defined portfolio of grants and contracts, and she was a team member for OASIS implementation.

Known for her willingness to “go the extra mile,” Casabella essentially headed the Office for Research after Frank DiSanto departed and before Garrett Sanders was hired. “Joanne rallied staff together, kept business processes moving forward, and ensured that the ‘right things’ were done on behalf of the campus research mission,” wrote Sanders. “This campus is in Joanne’s debt for this extraordinary service.”

According to her nomination letter, “Ms. Casabella, throughout her career at the University at Albany, has been an outstanding example of everything that is honored by the Award for Excellence in Professional Service. Her dedication, her willingness consistently to do more than is expected of her, the broad knowledge base, and her ability to be truly innovative in her approach to problem solving, and her commitment to providing the very highest levels of service to everyone she assists, all serve as arguments for recognizing her contributions to this University.”

Excellence in Professional Service

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