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.

Odetta FungOdette Fung, Information Technology Services

Ms. Odette Fung has been an energetic member of our professional staff since 1992, and has worked in the Division of Information Technology Services for 15 years. She streamlined  the University’s telephone system’s billing, repair, and management functions. When she was promoted to her current position, Ms. Fung took on the responsibility of maintaining the integrity of the University telephone systems.  She researched and implemented additions to the system, and is the liaison between the University and external telecommunication vendors and contractors.  She goes beyond what is expected: she is always available in the middle of the night to respond to requests for announcements to the UAlbany emergency weather voice mail boxes. She ensures that problems after hours get  the same attention as during normal business hours. No matter what it takes, Ms. Fung strives to deliver the highest quality voice services to the University.  She also has exceptional leadership and organizational skills. She provided the leadership, creativity and vision needed to merge multiple diverse groups into what is now the telecommunications department.  She managed this through her approachability, warmth and compassion for her colleagues. As one colleague writes:  “Today, we are truly one single group thanks to Odette.”

She has a tremendous track record of service to a wide variety of organizations related to her work and to the University committee, including the President’s Task Force on Women’s Safety, UAlbany’s  Liga Filipina of which she was the founding President, and the Campus Children’s Center (U-Kids) where she is a board member.

Odette doesn’t ‘decide’ to go above and beyond, she does so as part of her personality and dedication to service at the University.

Excellence in Professional Service

Odetta Fung Michael Jaromin Melissa Samuels
Odette Fung
Information Technology Services

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