in Professional Service — 2005
The excellence in Professional
Service Award recognizes individuals who have
repeatedly sought improvement of themselves and
their campus, and have transcended the normal
definition of excellence.
Vincent T. Franconere, director of Environmental
Health and Safety, oversees the
comprehensive risk-based emergency management
programs that ensure that the academic,
residential, and work environments of this campus
are free of all safety hazards.
Leo Neveu, associate vice president and controller,
attests not only to Franconere's
commitment to safety and excellence, but to the
high quality of his professional skills, integrity,
and leadership: "Indeed, Vinnie is an unsung hero at the University ...
Anyone who knows him
has great confidence in his mastery of his profession and the currency of his
Steve Beditz, associate vice president for
Human Resources, adds: "I believe
that few people
appreciate the extraordinarily complex safety and reporting requirements that
must be strictly
adhered to, and which enable our faculty and graduate researchers in the sciences
to do their
work. From obvious materials such as radiological isotopes to much more mundane
all must be handled and disposed of in a highly controlled manner."
Kathryn Lowery, vice president for Finance
and Business, and Franconere's immediate
supervisor, values him as a critical member of
the division who is a role model to young
professionals, a valued colleague to his peers, and a great mentor to his staff.
She noted, "At a
time when there is such attention to compliance issues, the campus can always
be certain that
the area of Environmental Health and Safety is well represented by Vinnie Franconere.
he is one of the University's most valuable resources."
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
as she has gone above and beyond the call of duty and the fulfillment of the
obligations of her
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
Mary L. Schimley is the director of orientation
in the Division of Student Affairs.
In her letter of nomination, Director of Residential
Life Laurie Garafola wrote: "The
orientation program continues to grow and expand
based on institutional needs. With each
change Ms. Schimley has been instrumental in making it successful. As an example,
ago, Ms. Schimley in collaboration with Advisement Services, developed and implemented
completely revised program for both freshmen and transfers, which provided Academic
more time with their advisees. This change has helped the advisers develop a
relationship with their advisees and has helped to provide the foundation and
continuity for the
student's first two years on campus."
Schimley, during her tenure at UAlbany, has
shaped the Orientation Program into one of the
finest in the Northeast. Many of Schimley's nominators
praised her program for orienting
parents and students in a new environment.
Schimley's approach to her job is exceptional,
according to Sue Faerman, dean of
Undergraduate Studies and professor of Public Administration and Policy: "As
we approach each new semester, I am consistently impressed with how much
attention she pays to the details of the orientation sessions and the care
she puts into making sure that new
students, both freshman and transfer students, feel welcomed to the University."
As Mary herself states, her excellence is a
reflection of her belief that it is a privilege
to serve: "I consider my work a privilege
and sacred trust."