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. Four staff members received this tribute in 2005 for Excellence in Support Service.

Karen SilinkskyKaren SilinkskyCriminal Justice

Karen Silinksky has worked in the dean's office of the School of Criminal Justice since 1996. Several supervisors note that Silinsky takes major responsibility for contact with students, including orientation of new graduate students, management of student records, and generally serving as a liaison between students and the dean's office. She is also a primary contact with other external groups, such as alumni, and state and local agencies. Dean Julie Horney wrote about her: "She is our most consistent contact with alumni ... The warm relationships she has developed are a wonderful help in our efforts to foster a sense of connection to the school. She regularly interacts with our contacts in state and local agencies, and they know they can work with Karen to get our joint goals accomplished."

Silinsky's constituents and co-workers note that she is constantly balancing demands, sometimes under considerable pressure, yet always maintains an upbeat attitude. Silinsky excels at her duties as secretary to the dean, but also finds time to provide service to other faculty members and staff by assisting in preparing book manuscripts, maintaining the school calendar, serving as a contact with the assistant provost, scheduling classroom changes and dissertation defenses, and serving as a main point of contact for all renovation and maintenance issues in the school.

Silinsky also edits the school's monthly newsletter. Distinguished Professor David Bayley wrote, "Karen produces and edits the newsletter of the school. This is not a simple editorial task. She suggests features and sections, hounds people to get copy to her, gets the text to the printer ... and organizes distribution inside and outside the school."

Excellence in Support Service

Aran Mull Kathleen Rose Karen Silinksky Jayne Silver
Aran Mull
Kathleen Rose

Jayne Silver

Students participate in more than 200 student clubs and honor societies, and enjoy a busy calendar of campus events.