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 ManciniDiana Mancini, Criminal Justice

Ms. Diana Mancini works hard to ensure the School of Criminal Justice maintains its stature and that UAlbany is a good place to work. As Assistant Dean, she performs with skill, efficiency and grace. She has been instrumental in the School's strategic planning efforts, creating and maintaining databases, managing the website, planning events, and supporting the School's students and faculty. Her commitment is unparalleled: I often receive an email from her at 2 a.m. as she works to ensure that every detail of an event or project is flawless.

She is consistently optimistic, and willing to push forward when it counts. No matter how much work she has to do, she regularly volunteers to serve on university committees where she sees a way to make a difference.

She has participated in the Community Service Month Planning Committee and she co-chaired its Marketing working group.

She has been a member of the CLUE Working Group on Professional Staff Retention, and of the Strategic Planning Implementation team on Faculty and Instructional Development.

She recently assumed the role of Project Administrator for the School of Criminal Justice's “Justice & Multiculturalism in the 21st Century” initiative. She worked successfully with Professor Frankie Bailey on proposals for funding from the SUNY Explorations in Diversity and Academic Excellence Award and the UAlbany Diversity Transformation Award.

Her dedication is known within the community: when the New York State Police wanted to explore the development of student chapters for a new professional organization, they contacted Ms. Mancini to put the wheels in motion. Not only did Ms. Mancini involve students, she also successfully received funding to send two of them to the organization's annual symposium at West Point.

In each of her roles, Ms. Mancini brims over with practical ways to make the University at Albany a better place. She pitches in to do the actual work it involves to change practices and policies that improve all of our lives.

Excellence in Professional Service

Diana Edelson Diana Mancini
Diana Edelson
College of Computing and Information
Diana Mancini
Criminal Justice

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