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.

Walter WunschWalter WunschPhysical Plant

An effective coordinator who doesn't mind going well beyond what is expected of him. Custodial Services supervisor Walter Wunsch from the Department of Physical Plant has been invaluable to both the Undergraduate Admissions Office as well as to the University as a whole. According to assistant directors of Admissions Jane McDonough and Jean McNulty, Wunsch is a key component in the planning and organizing of on-campus recruitment programs for prospective students. Coordinating with the numerous student service offices, academic departments and the physical plant is a necessary part of Wunsch's job, and he does it flawlessly.

McDonough and McNulty feel Wunsch's contributions are appreciated the most during the spring open houses, where 1,500 guests are invited to each program. Wunsch and his staff set up about 60 tables, and they are flexible enough to accommodate any last-minute changes.

"He's calm, he's available when we need him, he;s flexible, he's willing to do whatever we ask of him, and he goes above and beyond the call of duty to make sure we are satisfied," wrote McDonough and McNulty in their recommendation for Wunsch's award. "He lets us know where he will be at all times, is reachable by cell phone and seems to always appear right when we need him. Walt takes his work very seriously, supervises his staff in an effective and supportive manner, and takes much pride in his responsibility."

Excellence in Support Service

Kathy Plunkett Pamela Laverty Walter Wunsch

Center for
Excellence in
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Physical Plant

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