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.

Michael JarominMichael Jaromin, Student Involvement and Leadership

Mr. Michael Jaromin excels at wearing many hats, and managing multiple programs.  He came to UAlbany as Residence Hall Director in 1990 and moved quickly to his current position of Director of Student Involvement and Leadership. In 2010, he became Director of Campus Recreation in addition to his work as Assistant Director of Residential Life, developing new programs, and overseeing the overall management of recreational facilities. He manages his own budget and advises the Student Association on their $2.2 million budget. 

Colleagues credit Mr. Jaromin’s personal initiative and leadership style in making each program he works with a big success.  He easily accepts leadership roles, can be counted on to deliver results, and quickly becomes a trusted advisor to colleagues and supervisors alike.  They cite his “sage counsel in times of crisis” and admire his expertise in the area of student leadership. What stands out about Mike is first:  how he listens to students, and is able to talk with them with a clear eye on their personal development as human beings, and second: the dedication and enthusiasm with which he throws himself at every initiative that promises to provide new opportunities for student development.  Danes After Dark, Midnight Basketball League, the President’s Awards, Relay for Life, Candlelighting Ceremony, Campus Recreation and even the Office of Multicultural Student Success and its two resource centers all enjoy a high level of success because they were either directly created by Mike, or the organizers benefitted from his input and leadership while working to create them. 

Mr. Jaromin is a dedicated, caring, and energetic member of the University community. His commitment to our students is unwavering and the University is a better place to work, learn and live because of his accomplishments and contributions.

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.