Excellence in Professional Service (Part 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. One staff member received this tribute in 2007 for Excellence in Professional Service (Part Time).
Wren Panzella, Art Museum
Wren Panzella has served as collections manager at the University Art Museum since 1997. She is responsible for the care, preservation, and installation of more than 3,000 works of art, which make up the UAlbany Fine Arts Collection. This is a core museum role, central to the institution's standing in the field, and an important contribution in terms of the safekeeping of this significant educational asset. Panzella and her staff continuously work to document and maintain accurate records of the collection, as well as to upgrade and create new installations of works from the collection in University facilities. Her efforts create a positive impact on the campus, benefiting all who work, study, and visit. Wren's talents and skill are evident everywhere, but most recently and abundantly in the new University Hall, where she transformed the interior atrium space and the surrounding corridors, adding color, warmth, and visual interest and stimulation. The works are grouped in interesting and illuminating ways that give the entire exhibition a sense of program and coherence. The overall presentation enhances the environment in ways that are satisfying to working occupants and visitors, a truly wonderful and inspiring outcome.