University at Albany

Excellence in Professional Service (Full Time)

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 2007 for Excellence in Professional Service (Full Time).

Christopher FernandoChristopher FernandoStudent Services

Christopher Fernando serves as coordinator of Student Support Services for Project Excel, a federally-funded program for students who are first-generation college students, come from low-income households, and/or are disabled. A role model to the students he serves, Fernando earned both his bachelor's degree in biology and his doctoral degree in educational psychology at the University at Albany, the latter while working full-time. A consummate professional, he also reaches out beyond his role as coordinator to assist students of color, meeting with them periodically to offer them any support they need, be it supplementary advisement or personal counseling, and making them aware of available student services, internships, and scholarships. Fernando is truly a respected and model citizen of the University, who avails himself to serve all University constituents in varying capacities. In his fifth year as coordinator, Fernando has helped countless numbers of Student Support Services students, as well as non-program students who seek his assistance. In addition to performing superbly in fulfilling his professional duties and responsibilities, he has served on numerous search and campus committees, with the same zeal, commitment, and care.

Excellence in Professional Service (Full Time)

Christopher Fernando Thomas Gebhardt JoAnne Malatesta
Christopher Fernando


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