University at Albany

Excellence in Academic 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 faculty members received this tribute in 2005 for Excellence in Academic Service.

Andi LyonsAndi LyonsTheatre

Professor Andi Lyons joined the faculty of the Department of Theatre in 1982 as assistant professor and technical director. She is currently professor, lighting designer, and director of design and technology. Throughout her career here, she has distinguished herself as a tireless and generous citizen of the University, far exceeding the normal service expectations for a faculty member.

She has served on the Senate or one of its councils or committees almost continuously since the mid-1980s. She served two three-year terms on the University Senate between 1998 and 2005, and served as its secretary from 2002-2005. She has served on five of the Senate's major councils, including three years on the Council on Promotions and Continuing Appointments, viewed as one of the most demanding responsibilities on campus.

The selection committee reviewing nominations for this award overwhelmingly viewed her as an obvious choice. She is a deeply valued member of any group, who combines a strong sense of responsibility with a deep commitment to academic excellence, integrity, and equity. One colleague, describing her service in the Senate, characterizes her as "… the glue of any group she joins, an unassuming presence, incredibly modest about her own achievements, yet a fighter as well on behalf of the institution."

Excellence in Academic Service

David Duffee Andi Lyons Marjorie Pryse
David Duffee
Andi Lyons
Marjorie Pryse

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