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. Two staff members received this tribute in 2013 for Excellence in Professional Service.

Diana EdelsonDiana Edelson, College of Computing and Information

Ms. Diana Edelson is an extraordinary UAlbany citizen. She works part time for the College of Computing and Information Science as Director of Finance and Administration. She manages the College's budgets, coordinates budgets for three departments, and deals with outside organizations with whom we have a financial relationship. She knows the ins and outs of the rules for each of our fund sources, and coordinates all personnel activities. Diana is single–handedly responsible for our exceptionally well-run administrative office.

Diana is also the founding Director of the College's Research Development Office. She worked to define and implement the services that enable the College's faculty to be more effective in grant–writing. She provides individualized support for proposal preparation and project execution. She helps with personnel actions, travel, re–budgeting, and fiscal management of successful grants. Diana has made this process so smooth that, since the Office was created, the number of faculty in the College who have received grants has jumped from five to seventeen, and annual research expenditures has more than tripled.

Diana accomplishes everything with a combination of professionalism, diligence, intelligence, and creativity. She does whatever is necessary and her answer is typically “I'll get it done.”

This fall, the secretary for the Computer Science and Informatics departments resigned mid-semeste. I started talking with the chairs to identify gaps in support and develop a temporary solution. The answer to most of my questions was “Oh, Diana's on top of that.” She helps chairs search for adjuncts, moves class rooms and meeting times, trains students on PeopleSoft, and provides support to advisors. She is a major reason that the departments are getting through this crunch, though none of these tasks have anything to do with her job.

Excellence in Professional Service

Diana Edelson Diana Mancini
Diana Edelson
College of Computing and Information
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