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 2002 for Excellence in Support Service.

Nancy DameNancy DamePhysical Plant

Physical Plant Senior Groundskeeper Nancy Dame has used her strong leadership skills to earn a promotion to her current position after starting her University career as a groundsworker 12 years ago. She is responsible for all general grounds and road maintenance work at the main and downtown campuses, supervises and schedules the daily work of 24 staff members, provides training to staff, and is responsible for inspecting and participating in work projects to ensure that plans are followed and schedules are met.

Known for her diligence and work ethic, Dame often makes contributions to special events, such as Opening Weekend, Homecoming, Commencement, Alumni Weekend, and Spring Clean-up Day. During inclement weather, Dame both directs and participates in snow removal operations.

Residents of Dutch Quad have praised Dame for making their home “the most attractive on campus.” Her dedication and pride in her work and her willingness to put in countless extra hours to make sure the University grounds look their best have earned high praise from her colleagues, supervisors, and constituents.

This year, Dame headed up a new approach to instructing custodial staff on proper snow removal procedures, techniques for equipment operation, and using ice control agents. She has taken the initiative to improve her knowledge of facility management, horticulture, and landscape design. She is also a major contributor to the landscape improvement program on campus.

Excellence in Support Service

Judy Coleman Nancy Dame Eleanor J. Leggieri
Judy Coleman
Nancy Dame
Physical Plant
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