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. Three staff members received this tribute in 2008 for Excellence in Support Service.

Linda PapaLinda Papa, Department of Reading

Ms. Linda Papa has been part of the UAlbany family since 1986, when she was appointed as a Keyboard Specialist in the Center for Writing and Literacy. She subsequently worked in the Dean's Office of the School of Education and since 2002, has been Secretary I for the Department of Reading. In all these assignments, Linda has demonstrated a remarkable ability for operating in a highly complex and changing environment. Her organizational and support efforts were instrumental in successfully restructuring and reaccrediting the master's degree programs in Reading. Linda anticipates everything without ever having to be reminded, comments her nominator, who likens her to the Radar character on the TV series Mash. She possesses great "people skills" and is the consummate professional in her interactions and relationships with faculty, students, and staff. She is a great "first point of contact" for prospective students, visitors, and other guests. Linda is resourceful, always learning, and possesses a passion for fully understanding and mastering every aspect of what she does or is asked to do. She continually seeks ways to improve the administrative functions of her Department, to make them more efficient and especially more friendly to faculty and students.

Excellence in Support Service

  Linda Papa Mary Lou Weseman
Dawn Guinan
Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy
Linda Papa
Department of Reading
Mary Lou Weseman
School of Social Welfare

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