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.

Mary L. SchimleyMary L. SchimleyStudent Affairs

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, several years ago, Ms. Schimley in collaboration with Advisement Services, developed and implemented a completely revised program for both freshmen and transfers, which provided Academic Advisers more time with their advisees. This change has helped the advisers develop a stronger 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."

Excellence in Professional Service

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