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 2003 for Excellence in Support Service.

Pamela LavertyPamela LavertyInstitute of Gerontology

Eleven years of service to the University have honed the considerable skills of Institute of Gerontology Senior Administrative Assistant Pamela Laverty.

Providing staff support to 19 members of the department, Laverty’s responsibilities include supervising and coordinating work activities for graduate assistants and work-study students, keeping the lines of communication open with health and social service providers who work with the department on research and service projects, and responding to inquiries from the general public and prospective students interested in the Institute’s educational and research programs.

According to Ronald W. Toseland, director of the Institute of Gerontology, grant writing and research funding opportunities are priorities for Laverty, who assists in preparing grant applications for federal, state, and foundation funding. The Institute has more than one million dollars in grant funding to conduct research in the area of aging.

Laverty has made major contributions to these grants at all stages of development. Her many strengths include considerable knowledge of submission guidelines, budget projections, and the monitoring and processing of grant expenditures for both the Institute and a number of assigned faculty and staff members. Laverty has worked for the University since the early 1990s, when she was a secretary for Rockefeller College’s Professional Develop-ment Program. She then became senior administrative assistant for the Temporary Assistance Training Unit. Laverty is skilled at using numerous computer programs and is well known as a tireless and versatile worker.

“Ms. Laverty has made enormous contributions, not only to the Institute of Gerontology, but also to the University as a whole during the 11 years of her service,” noted Toseland.

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