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. Three staff members received this tribute in 2005 for Excellence in Professional Service.

Catherine MurrayCatherine MurrayPsychology

Catherine Murray, assistant to the chair of the psychology department, was described as follows by department chair and Collins Fellow Elga Wulfert: "Ms. Murray is an extraordinarily dedicated and highly qualified professional. She has made significant sustained contributions to this institution at every level, including the Department of Psychology, the College of Arts and Sciences, the University, and — most importantly — to our students, including undergraduate and graduate students and students with disabilities."

Murray's nomination was accompanied by a collective letter of endorsement signed by 66 doctoral students in support of her nomination. They state: "Cathy is the essential 'glue' holding things together for us students ... Cathy really listens and aids students to the best of her ability. When speaking to Cathy, you always get her undivided attention ... Others are her priority— not her own work issues ... Therefore, our collective signatures below indicate that we firmly agree she merits an Award for Excellence in Professional Service from the University at Albany, as she has gone above and beyond the call of duty and the fulfillment of the obligations of her position."

There are many key aspects that resonate throughout Murray's dossier. Of particular note are her generosity, selflessness, kindness, calm demeanor, and genuine desire to lead by example and be a role model. Nancy Belowich-Negron, director of Disabled Student Services, stated it best by so eloquently remarking, "Cathy Murray is an angel disguised as a departmental assistant."

Excellence in Professional Service

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