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Awards and Recognitions


The Engage-Learn-Succeed (“ELS”) Award honors individuals who exemplify the guiding principles of UAlbany’s Division of Student Success. It is our unique combination of people and passion that help power Student Success and we are pleased to recognize outstanding achievements by our staff.

2012 Nancy Lauricella, Conflict Resolution and Civic Responsibility Assessment Council
2011 Thomas Gebhardt, Personal Safety & Off Campus Affairs Residential Life
2010 Arleny Alvarez-Pena,
Residential Life
Conflict Resolution & Civic Responsibility
2009Carol Stenger,
University Counseling Center
Chapel House

The Midtown Neighborhood Watch, with leadership from UAlbany’s Director of Personal Safety and Off-Campus Affairs Thomas Gebhardt, has been awarded the 2010 Outstanding Organization by the Neighborhood Resource Center.

The University at Albany, under the leadership of Charles Rogers, Assistant Director of Residential Life,  was awarded the SEFA/United Way Campaign’s Chairman’s Award for Leadership for 2 consecutive years – in 2009 and 2010.


Residential Life  - Awarded the Council of Chief Student Affairs Officer’s Outstanding Student Affairs Award in recognition of the Department’s Learning Outcomes Program Model. 

University Counseling Center - Receives NASPA Excellence Award – The STEPS Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention Program was selected as the 2009 Grand Gold Medal winner by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) in a competition for the best student affairs program in the country. More than 200 student affairs programs across the nation competed for this Medal.
Receives “Prevention Pioneer “ Award - The STEPS Alcohol Screening and Intervention initiative received the first-ever "Prevention Pioneer" award from the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors and the SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.

University Police Department - Officer Jeffrey Iovinelli received the State University Police Chief’s Association’s Heroism Award for reporting a building fire at 502 and 504 Hudson Avenue in Albany. 


Christine Bouchard, the Vice President for Student Success and Courtney D’Allaird, the Graduate Assistant in LGBT Resource Center, were awarded  the 2010 Bread & Roses Award for all the work that’s been cooperatively accomplished over the past two years for our LGBTQ students on this campus.

Michael Christakis, Assistant Vice President for Student Success,  was awarded Rockefeller College’s Excellence in Teaching Award for his contributions to the undergraduate public policy and management program.

Dr. Dolores Cimini,  Director, Middle Earth Peer Assistance Program; Assistant Director for Prevention and Program Evaluation for the Counseling Center received the 2009 Outstanding Contribution to the Field Award from the U.S. Department of Education Network Addressing Collegiate Alcohol and Other Drug Issues.

Tom Kilcullen, Deputy Chief of University Police, received the University at Albany’s Excellence Award for Professional Service – the highest award given by the University to the members of the professional staff

Ekow King, Director of the Office of Multicultural Student Success, is the recipient of the 2010 Friend of the Family Award  for his support of the LGBTQ – People of Color community from “In Our Own Voices”. Ekow also received the Capital District YMCA Black & Latino Achievers Award.  

Nancy M. Lauricella, Assistant Director of the Office of Conflict Resolution and Civic Responsibility, who was the recipient of the Albany County/STOP DWI Edward A. Frank Education Award.

University Police Department - The State University Police Chiefs Association recently recognized several University Police Officers for their outstanding performance.  Officers Brandi Barnard, Jason Dube´ John McGuire, Benjamin Nagy, Steven Scoons and LT Christopher Prusak received the State University Police Chiefs Association’s Professionalism Award for their efforts to locate a person who was threatening suicide.