2020/2021 Employee Recognition

Alfred University recognizes its staff for many years of service, retirements and service awards.



One Year of Service

  • Tamara Kenney
  • Aninda  Shome
  • Daniel   McClure
  • Katherine Decker
  • Jonathan Kent
  • Nickcole Klesa
  • Kalub Hanchett
  • Edward Halsey
  • Daniel Clark
  • Benjamin Grover
  • Laura Johnson
  • Laura Souther
  • Keryna Stutts
  • Allison Church
  • Rob Price
  • Cassandra Norman
  • Kellie Harrison
  • Nykole Karns
  • Timothy Steffey
  • Laura Habecker
  • Nathaniel Smith
  • Kara Taylor
  • Janna Buckwalter
  • James Hansen
  • Eric Souther
  • Matthew Phillips
  • John Aulerich
  • Raul Barcenes
  • Jean Ellefson
  • Angeline Felber
  • Timothy Ferdinands
  • Shelly Freyn
  • Molla Hasan
  • Michelle Jaques-Leonard
  • Yavuz Keceli
  • Jason Morrison
  • Mina Sedaghat
  • Nicola Tulk
  • Desmond Wallace
  • Maureen Weiss
  • Olivia Piazza
  • Olivia Costich
  • Ronald  Demchak
  • Heather Green
  • James Cerullo
  • Sarah Pratt
  • Laurie Harvey
  • Hannah Paduano
  • Michael Holley
  • Kimberly Guyer
  • Michael Kozlowski
  • Michael Bush
  • Shannon Brown
  • John Simmins
  • Lisa Weaver
  • James Kania
  • Jason Halsey
  • Sarah Rynearson-Moody
  • Joshua  Hopkins
  • Amanda Jadwin
  • Jeanene Austin
  • Gabrielle Gaustad
  • Nicolas  Crosby
  • Ashton McCumiskey
  • Brianna Jacobs
  • Melissa Badeau
  • Marilyn Dueno
  • Matt Austin
  • Kun Wang
  • Brenda Joyce
  • George Potter
  • Michael Elmes
  • Darren  Stohr
  • Faith Piatt
  • Johnathan Hopp
  • Harpreet Bedi
  • Bradford Daly
  • Liam Glover
  • Amit Maha
  • Elizabeth Matson
  • Scott Seslar
  • Mallory Szymanski
  • Janet McClain
  • Evan Linza
  • Michael Padlo
  • Jordan Crouch
  • Michael Moskowitz
  • Emma Wolf
  • Heather Campbell
  • Brian Saltsman
  • Timothy Nichols
  • Brian Shanahan
  • Christopher Gause
  • Kassandra McCarn
  • Samantha Dannick

5 Years of Service

  • MT Sick
  • Timothy Keenan
  • Daniel Hausman
  • David DeLany
  • Shannon Yocum
  • Alexander MacCrea
  • Frederick Rodgers
  • Tammy Jursza Williams
  • Mechele Romanchock
  • Victoria Preston
  • Timothy McKee
  • James Bonacquisti
  • Jason Green
  • Kathryn Vajda
  • Catherine Mitchell
  • Lucas Wesneski
  • Amanda Azzi
  • Lisa Sexsmith
  • Jeanne Marion
  • Jessica Middaugh
  • Maria Bentley
  • Kyle Dray
  • Jesse Plass
  • Ann Rossington
  • Jeffrey  Scharl
  • Matthew Kelleher
  • Steven Tidrow
  • Geoffrey Lippa
  • Michele Lowry
  • Diana Maguire
  • Emma McDowell
  • Caitlin Brown
  • Steven Bucklaew
  • Elizabeth Shea
  • Brian Newman
  • Patricia Barber
  • Crystal Henshaw
  • Trevor Pierce
  • Eliza Ordway
  • Mariah  Evans
  • Lane Jacobs
  • Cheyrl Tucker
  • Jennifer Haxton
  • Krishna Amin
  • Somer Rollins
  • Heather Gaus
  • Madeline Alsworth
  • James Mighells
  • Christopher Boswell
  • LaRae Outman
  • Catherine Geens
  • Debra MacCrea
  • Hannah Thompsett
  • Thomas Logan
  • Kathleen Hillman
  • Karen Donnellan
  • Meghen Jones
  • Katarina Riesing
  • Amy Button
  • Seong-Jin Lee
  • Amanda Lipnicki
  • Luis Rodriguez
  • Likin Simon Romero
  • Keith Simpson
  • Stephen Shank
  • Russell Phillips
  • Margaret Shank

10 Years of Service

  • Brock Reynolds
  • Jason  Smith
  • Mark Lewis
  • Shanmugavelayut Sundaram
  • Frederic Beaudry
  • Steve Byrne
  • Kevin Curtin
  • Robert Freeland
  • Robin Mazejka
  • Laura Grove
  • Anthony Wren
  • Christopher Tolbert
  • Jason Warner
  • Grzegorz Pac
  • Dawn Pedersen-Hunt
  • Bridgit Buono
  • Susan Hendee

15 Years of Service

  • Michael Stone
  • David Greene
  • Jason Lockner
  • Kimberly Baker
  • Amanda Criss
  • Jodi Bailey
  • Kevin Gagne
  • Angus Powers
  • Lynn Petrillo
  • Joseph Petrillo
  • Jeffrey Sluyter-Beltrao
  • Susan Weit
  • Kristen Vargason
  • Amy Jacobson
  • Marty Fuller
  • Sheila Decker
  • Rhonda Bradford
  • Justin Grigg
  • Wendy Marvin
  • Stephanie McMahon
  • Sangjoon Lee
  • Danielle Gagne
  • Melissa Ryan
  • Robert Stein

20 Years of Service

  • Terri Outman
  • Lena McDermott
  • Robert Rankl
  • Lynn O'Connell
  • Sharon  McConnell
  • Jean Cardinale
  • Kerry Kautzman
  • Nadine Shardlow
  • David Snyder
  • Janine Mosher
  • Mary McAllister
  • Herbert Schmidt
  • Shawn Forshee
  • Adrian   Morling
  • Kelly Williams
  • Jalal Baghdadchi
  • Cheryld Emmons
  • Mark Whitehouse

25 Years of Service

  • Jeffrey Houy
  • Louie Perry
  • Jeffery Nisbet
  • Andrew Eldridge
  • Deborah Ohara
  • Beth Ann Dobie
  • Heather Yanda
  • Barbara Condrate
  • Pamela Bradford
  • Andrew Deutsch
  • Sandra  Singer
  • Debra Campbell
  • Daniel Napolitano

30 Years of Service

  • Susan Morehouse
  • Kristen Karl
  • Kimberly O'Rourke
  • Slawomir Zdzieszynski
  • Alexis Clare
  • Joseph Scheer

35 Years of Service

  • Robert Bitting
  • James Thiebaud
  • John Gill

50 Years of Service

  • Louis Lichtman
  • William LaCourse
  • Gary Ostrower
Retiree Years of Service Recognition for the period of 7/1/19-6/30/21
Name Title Years of Service
Barbara Lattanzi

Assoc Prof Interctv Media Design

13
Melanie Auman Assistant Director Residence Life

13

Thomas Vogt Multi-trades 14
Ron Latham

Multi-Trade Painter/BusDriver

18
Dean Perry

Co-EH&S Coordinator

19
Karen Porter Secretary, Director of Residence Life 20
Chuck Barron Janitor 21
Ervilla Crandall Assistant Director, Financial Aid 23
Robyn Goodman  Professor, Communication Studies 24
Mark Klingesmith New Media & Electronic Arts Technician 26
Frank DiRaimondo Admin Asst, Provost 26
Mark Smith Digital Projects/Collection Management Librarian 27
Bill Carty Professor Ceramic Engineering & Material Sciences 27
Luanne Crosby Professor, Voice & Chorus 28
Amy Rummel Professor of Marketing 29
Theresa Woodworth Lead Desk Clerk at the Saxon Inn 29
Susan Goetschius Director Communications/Government Relations 29
Patricia Sweeney Secretary, English/Communication Studies 30
Wallace Leigh Professor Electrical Engineering 31
Peer Bode Professor Video Art 32
Alastair Cormack Professor Ceramic Engineering 34
Rick Walker Supervisor, Grounds 36
Otto Muller Professor Geology 37
Nancy Furlong Professor Psychology 38
Kim Wyant HR Assistant/Benefits Administrator 39
Bonnie Dungan Director Summer & Family Programs 39
Colleen Harvey Secretary, Director of Athletics 43
Cathy Schnurle Secretary, Financial Aid 45

Cathy Johnson Service Award

Portrait of Corey
Donor for Award: Gerar Edizel, et al.

Award Criteria

  • Abide by the high standards of professionalism
  • Demonstrate proactive engagement with tasks lying ahead
  • Complete tasks with attention to detail and the utmost care for quality in presentation

Winner: Corey Fecteau- Art Advisor/Service Learning Coordinator in the Career Development Center

Comments About Corey

  • Corey has an eagle eye for detail. She looks at resumes and CVs and always seems to have a fresh eye for each one. When I sent her mine, she picked the subtle connections and details that others did not. When we worked with the students' resumes Corey saw the little things first and was generous and quick to find the best solutions. Corey's ability to finalize and polish and present is remarkable and it shows in her work with others and the presentations she puts together.”
  • “Corey Fecteau has brought honor to Alfred University through her hard work and her high achievements for others.  Her willingness to approach all she encounters as individuals who aim to develop and accomplish life goals with integrity, places her in the highest order of guides and those who inspire.”
  • “Corey is part of the pulse of excellence that keeps AU humane, caring, and professional. She is thoughtful, polished, and astute. Working with her is a bright spot in my days at AU - I trust her, the work she does, and that when she says something will happen, it does.”
  • “I truly wish we could clone Corey Fecteau.  Her concern for others, her respect for the hopes and plans of many, and her recognition and nurturing of potential are all qualities that will win the day in any individual's attempts or an organization's development.  It is hard to imagine Alfred University without her gentle and well constructed efforts.”
  • “I have worked with her and seen her interact with students both in organized professional workshops, individually, and over e-mail (carrying on her advising and support work helping students with resumes and cover letter even over break when students are off campus). Every single interaction had been professional, courteous, helpful, and most importantly caring. I have also worked with her in her capacity as a Service Learning Coordinator, and all of her interactions with colleagues, students, and outside organizations have been excellent, her demeanor is always professional, her communications are clear, she delivers on all aspects of the work she commits to on deadline or usual before.”

Honorable Mention Nominees For Cathy Johnson Award

  • Billie Burns- Admin Asst Graduate Programs- School of Art and Design
  • Janet Lynch- Executive Assistant- Enrollment Management 
  • Kim O’Rourke- Office Manager- The Wellness Center
  • Jason Warner- Senior Accountant/Tax Specialist- Business Office 
  • Caitlin Brown- Communications Coordinator for the Arts- School of Art and Design
  • Sharon McConnell MS ’86- Director, Fosdick-Nelson Gallery- School of Art and Design 
  • Shawn Murrey- Senior Kiln Specialist- Ceramic Art 

Saxon Service Award

Dan Napolitano
Donor for Award: Jay Yedvab '57

Award Criteria

  • Fosters a positive attitude
  • Demonstrates initiative and stands out among the AU community
  • Exemplifies the purple and gold Saxon spirit

Winner: Dan Napolitano- Associate Dean, Founding Director of Art Force 5 School of Art and Design

Comments About Dan

  • “Dan is the most important person in the School of Art and Design. He inhabits many roles in addition to Assistant Dean. He is the most vociferous cheerleader for our students and staff -- he remembers to greet everyone each day, knows all of the students by name and keeps an eye on who needs extra attention due to family crisis or work related challenges. Where Dan really stood out this year is his relentless upbeat attitude. He was the first to organize faculty and staff for organizational meetings when the Covid crisis first hit the campus. Instead of freezing and waiting for bad news to overwhelm us he immediately helped us to focus on the welfare of the students, how to reach out to them and to recognize that we are a strong community. Throughout this semester he has, everyday, striven to keep us looking down the road to the next semester, to the next academic year. He does not claim to answers for us but he keeps us engaged in a positive and creative way. It is clear that he loves our university and is always thinking of how to improve and get to the next day.”
  • “On top of his very busy full time job, Dan's passion, Art Force 5 has brought Alfred University national recognition. He has written and won grants to fund the project. Dan not only stands out among our community, but he helps our community to stand out. Dan works hard to connect our internal communities so we can all do better together. Dan has done a great job connecting SOAD  with Admissions, Student Affairs,  Athletics and more, helping to dissolve some outdated barriers. Dan thinks about the well-being of others first. He worries about how he can do more to help the underrepresented.”
  • “Dan volunteers a great deal of his time outside of work hours to lead his program Art Force 5 which travels around the country to promote awareness of diversity, community engagement and the long terms goals of equality. His program has been pivotal in the development of associated students who are encouraged to help develop programming and to take the initiative in community outreach.”
  • “Dan has provided strength and unity amongst the student, faculty, and staff prior to covid and now in covid. He has led and helped create a community environment at AU in the SOAD that admire, respect, and try to uphold in my classroom and with my colleagues”.

Honorable Mention Nominees For Saxon Award

  • Dan Hausman- Learning Spaces Technical Specialist- ITS
  • Valerie Daciw- Employer Relations Coordinator- CDC
  • Janet Marble- Alumni Engagement Officer- University Advancement 
  • Tom George- Manager of Network Services- ITS

 

Bob Condrate Lifelong Learner Award

Chase
Donor for Award: Anonymous

Award Criteria

  • Continually seeks further education/professional development to enhance his/her growth
  • Demonstrates a passion for gaining knowledge over a sustained period of time
  • Proactively shares their knowledge and/or expertise with campus community

Winner: Chase Angier- Performing Arts Division Chair & Professor of Dance

Comments About Chase

  • “Chase has participated in many opportunities and development outside of the Alfred campus, including her inclusion on NY State Arts Boards, participation in annual national dance conferences. Last summer she developed and co-curated an international performance festival in Prague, the Prague Quadrennial, which brought together professional artists, dancers and performers along with students to develop new site-specific works for public performances. This event was a huge success with tens of thousands of viewers on an international scale. This past semester, Chase presented her experience at a Bergen Forum. These opportunities also feed directly into her classroom - where she invites guest artists to speak with her students and develops new curricula based on content and collaboration from her various conferences, residencies and collaborations. She has developed an exciting visiting dance program, which connects Alfred to a larger dance and performance community. Her efforts make her course content and professional practice relevant, fresh and exciting.”
  • “Her voluntary inclusion on national and international boards and panels is a testament to her passion for continuing to learn. The Prague Quadrennial was a project she helped design and implement. It was tireless work of grant-writing, international Zoom conferences, website development, advertising, etc. Anyone who puts that much work into a project above and beyond their already-extensive teaching and administrative duties sure shows passion and determination and grit! Her visiting artist and dance series has been an ongoing and exciting experience - both for the Alfred community and her students. Chase's efforts to bring these individual dancers and dance groups has also fed her creative practice, where she has developed many new works in the past 10 years from her extensive community.”

Honorable Mention Nominees For Bob Condrate Lifelong Learner Award

  • Tracy Valentine MBA ’20 - Assistant Director of Admissions- Enrollment Management 
  • Beth Johnson- Associate Professor of Psychology- Psychology

Cathy Johnson Service Award

Dan
Donor for Award: Gerar Edizel, et al.

Award Criteria

  • Abide by the high standards of professionalism
  • Demonstrate proactive engagement with tasks lying ahead
  • Complete tasks with attention to detail and the utmost care for quality in presentation

Winner: Dan Hausman- Learning Spaces Technical Specialist

Comments About Dan

  • Dan is always able and willing to help when needed, and during this pandemic, he has been a critical team player.  He is always available to assist with tech issues in the classroom.
  • Dan is always available to help with anything needed in the classroom to make the instruction easier for faculty/staff.  He has also been willing to meet with me outside of class to learn the technology, and make sure that I am ready to deliver course materials in person, as well as electronically considering the remote instruction accommodations we have at the University currently.
  • Dan is always willing to help, always has a positive attitude, and always wants the best for everyone.  I appreciate him, especially during this crazy and stressful time.
  • We would not be able to provide the hybrid, remote instruction that we have been able to without Dan!
  • Dan has been so helpful on campus, and is more than deserving of this award!

Honorable Mention Nominees For Cathy Johnson Award

  • Brenda Baker- ‘18 Student Accounts Rep- Student Service Center
  • Caitlin Brown- Communications Coordinator for the Arts- School of Art and Design
  • Kim O’Rourke- Office Manager- Wellness Center
  • Shannon Yocum, Nicole Munkwitz, & Emilie Carney- Secretary/Tech Specialist/Assistant Dean
  • Valerie Ewald- Procurement Associate- Procurement
  • Rebekkah Palov- Research Admin Specialist- Expanded Media
  • Laura Grove- Graduate & Faculty Secretary- School of Engineering
  • Amanda Criss- Assistant Interlibrary Loan Manager- Herrick Library
  • Deb Ohara- Secretary- Social Sciences
  • Adrian Morling- Manager of Admin Programming- ITS
  • Tom George- Manager of Network Services- ITS

Saxon Service Award

Adrian
Donor for Award: Jay Yedvab '57

Award Criteria

  • Fosters a positive attitude
  • Demonstrates initiative and stands out among the AU community
  • Exemplifies the purple and gold Saxon spirit

Winner: Adrian Morling- Manager Administrative Programming

Comments About Adrian

  • Adrian's Leadership is an integral part of ITS and the University as a whole.   Adrian's use of humor and analogy's to explain a situation are second to none. Most admirable to me is his ability to say the thing that everyone is thinking but not brave enough to say out loud.  I'm sure anyone who has ever been in a difficult meeting Adrian would agree he's not shy about sharing opinions.
  • The task that Adrian took on this year with the entire Covid testing program on top of his many duties within the ITS department should deem him more than worthy of the Saxon Service award.
  • Adrian enjoyed working more closely and getting to know our students in a different capacity than his permanent role. He volunteered to take all of this on in an effort to help out the institution where his skills could benefit us. He has a can do attitude, which really came through. He also put in many extra hours to do this role.
  • Adrian voluntarily took on a major role this year to coordinate COVID testing. As far as I know, he did not receive anything extra for doing this. Every week, all year, he worked at the testing site 2 to 3 days a week. He held regular meetings with the testing team. He managed the testing email account, managed data, coordinated with the Wellness Center,  and reported back to those needed.
  • I feel like Adrian's efforts within the Covid-19 taskforce and testing protocol had the most impact in our ability to stay on campus this academic year.
  • Adrian was clearly a stand out this year in helping out institution successfully complete the year. He will probably not be happy to know I nominated him because he probably doesn’t want to be recognized, but he certainly deserves it.

Honorable Mention Nominees For Saxon Award

  • Kassie McCarn ’16, MS ’18 - Academic Success Coach/Interim Asst Dean 
  • Valerie Daciw- Employer Relations Coordinator - Career Development Center
  • Debra Campbell - Mailroom Clerk- Procurement Services 
  • Zhongbei (Daisy) Wu - Visiting Professor of Music and Director of the Confucius Institute

Bob Condrate Lifelong Learner Award

Kayleigh
Donor for Award: Anonymous

Award Criteria

  • Continually seeks further education/professional development to enhance his/her growth
  • Demonstrates a passion for gaining knowledge over a sustained period of time
  • Proactively shares their knowledge and/or expertise with campus community

Winner: Kayleigh Jones- Sr. Human Resources Generalist/Payroll Supervisor

Comments About Kayleigh

  • Kayleigh, even through the challenges of the past 12-months, studied for and passed her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) exam! Her perseverance putting in the time and commitment to study for the exam is commendable.  Kayleigh pursued this certification, not as a condition of employment, but of her own accord to obtain a personal goal she set for herself.
  • Kayleigh started her career at Alfred University in the fall of 2017, after obtaining her masters of professional studies in Human Resources and Employment Relations that summer.  She worked full-time while pursuing her graduate degree, passionate about her career and continuously looking to better herself, her knowledge, and her education. Sitting for and obtaining her Professional in Human Resources certification was a goal she expressed having since she obtained her Masters. She has also demonstrated a commitment to her profession. With the certification, she must seek continuous professional development as a condition of maintaining her certification.
  • Kayleigh has spearheaded a series of trainings over the past couple of years.  The Human Resources Annual Training series featured a topic of significance each month from September through May, offering two sessions per month to reach the greatest audience possible. New Employee Supervisor Trainings, consisting of a nine part series, was also introduced and the sessions have continued to run using Zoom technology over the past year. Kayleigh's enthusiasm for what she does, and desire to share the knowledge she has gained is evident in her presentations and commitment to the trainings (regardless of the number of participants).
  • Kayleigh's accomplishments have had a far-reaching impact on the University. The trainings alone have imparted greater knowledge on the employees within the organization. By proactively seeking to obtain her PHR certification, she has shown an even greater level of dedication and investment to herself and the organization. Kayleigh has either led or participated with her team in the review and selection of platforms  to advance the human resources operation, from conception to implementation and training. Solutions such as JazzHR (hiring platform) and Plan Source (benefits open enrollment platform) would not have been possible without Kayleigh's efforts, especially on training side. She continues to play a prominent role exploring other solutions to advance the human resource and payroll services as we continue to move the institution forward.
  • In addition to Kayleigh's eagerness to constantly better herself through various educational opportunities, she does so with a constant positive attitude.  She brings enthusiasm to the workplace and for anyone who interacts with her, that positive energy is infectious.  She is incredibly responsible to the needs of the campus community and goes out of her way to help.  Whether she is training a group of individuals or offering a individualized session, she is fully focused and committed.

Honorable Mention Nominees For Bob Condrate Lifelong Learner Award

  • Kathleen Hillman- ‘20 Administrative Assistant to the Dean- College of Business 
  • Adrian Morling- Manager Administrative Programming- ITS
Employee Recognition Committee Members
Name Title
Kayleigh Jones Sr. Human Resources Generalist/Payroll Supervisor
Cori Carlin Research Account Specialist
Alice Hallaran Associate Director of Residence Life
Robert Maiden Professor of Psychology
Katarina Riesing Associate Professor of Foundations
Jeff Scharl Assistant Director of Admissions
Shannon Yocum Secretary to the Divisions of Envs/Geol/Biol/Phys/Astr