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.

Kathleen RoseKathleen RoseSociology

Kathleen Rose is responsible for faculty support, supervising work-study students, managing department files, assisting with faculty searches, working with the graduate director and assistant to the chair in support of the graduate program, and acting as a liaison between the sociology department and the University.

Rose's supervisors and constituents noted her ability to interact effectively with students, faculty, other University departments, and representatives from outside professional organizations. Department Chair Russell Ward wrote: "The first thing I think of ... is how much assistance Cathy provides to others as they transition into new roles and responsibilities. In a large department with a great variety of issues, Cathy is a source of institutional memory, especially regarding various policies and procedures of office routine, as well as the relations between the office staff and faculty and students."

Professors Steven Messner and Glenna Spitze, previous chairs of the department, wrote: "The hiring of Cathy Rose has proven to be a godsend for the department." Faculty members and program directors note that Rose is able to work independently and with accuracy, thus easing their administrative workload.

Rose's nomination for this award is also supported by the graduate students of the sociology department, the assistant chair, and employees she supervises, all of whom concur that Rose is conscientious and understands their academic or professional needs. Her initiative to learn new tasks and take on new projects serves as an example of life-long learning.

Excellence in Support Service

Aran Mull Kathleen Rose Karen Silinksky Jayne Silver
Aran Mull


Jayne Silver

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