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 2012 for Excellence in Professional Service.

Melissa SamuelsMelissa Samuels, Alumni Relations

As Director of Alumni Programs, Ms. Melissa Samuels has demonstrated excellence in professional service and a strong commitment to the University at Albany.

She established a broad-based communication program that incorporates print and electronic media.  She spearheaded the redesign of UAlbanymagazine’s Carillon to provide more relevant content and to give the magazine a modern appearance. She led the redesign of the UAlbany alumni website, which resulted in a 200% increase in hits. She introduced new social media tools to engage our alumni, fostered alumni involvement, championed the University’s mission, and collaborated with the development team to support institutional priorities. Her colleagues praise her initiative and attention to detail, her ability to work with diverse groups and her willingness to take on new assignments. She recognizes that she is not only in a job, but part of a profession. She frequently attends conferences so that she can learn from colleagues. Last year she took on a leadership role by becoming member of the Board of Directors of the University at Albany Alumni Association.

Colleagues describe Ms. Samuels as tireless in her efforts to provide a higher level of service to students and alumni alike. She established the Purple & Gold Student Ambassadors program, a select group of students who represent the student body to various University constituencies at local and regional events. She connects UAlbany students and alumni through social media, web-based and in-person mentoring events, and job-shadowing opportunities. As one colleague wrote: “There is no fear of her losing sight of our mission nor of her wavering when it comes time to get a task done; she is always there, ready, willing, and able.”

Ms. Melissa Samuels is an outstanding member of the University whose commitment to her professional obligations and to our alumni community is second to none.

Excellence in Professional Service

Odetta Fung Michael Jaromin Melissa Samuels
Odette Fung
Information Technology Services

Student Involvement & Campus Recreation
Melissa Samuels
Alumni Relations

Students participate in more than 200 student clubs and honor societies, and enjoy a busy calendar of campus events.