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Fisher Honors Staff Award Winners


Fisher Honors Staff Award Winners

On Thursday, April 24, over 160 staff members from the St. John Fisher College community attended the 4th Annual Staff Appreciation Awards Ceremony to honor six staff members for exemplary performance.

Each year, the Staff Recognition Committee honors staff members nominated by their peers. The winners of the awards were announced by past recipients and committee members. Kate Torok and Amanda Nasso served as the 2014 committee co-chairs.

Freshman “Rookie of the Year” Award

Given to the employee who: has been employed for three years or less; "hit the ground running," making a positive and immediate impact on the community; shows imagination, creativity, and innovation; and easily adapted to Fisher culture. 

This year’s winner was Kelly Sudol, Assistant Director of Institutional Research and Assessment.

Her nominators noted that she “quickly gained an understanding of the Fisher culture and has made a positive and significant impact on the College in a short period of time. She has demonstrated commitment, creativity, and ingenuity, and is ever mindful of how she can contribute to different projects.”

They also applauded her analytical thinking and technical expertise that has been useful when it comes to assisting in providing critical data and information for the College’s Long Range Planning and Budget committee, with regard to student retention and attrition. Additionally, she was praised for her collection and analysis of data at the departmental level to facilitate decisions being made about staffing needs and academic program offerings.

Cardinal Award

Presented to the employee who: fosters positive attitude; bridges lines across departments; demonstrates initiative; and exemplifies the Fisher spirit.

The Cardinal Award recipient was Terri Travaglini, Assistant Dean of Students and Residential Life.

Travaglini was nominated by several people on campus who said her work with the HEOP Office, Safety and Security, and Lackmann Dining Services defined what it means to bridge lines across departments. Her collaboration with the Residence Assistants to ensure a sense of community within the residence halls was also praised, including her “Golden Lanyard” program which she started to help new students to the College.

In addition, she was called a “role model and a mentor for incoming staff members in the Office of Residential Life.”

Good Samaritan Award

Recognizes an employee who: gives of their own time to make a difference in others’ lives; provides outreach to the Fisher community or the greater community; serve as a role model for others; and actively participates on campus/community committees and events.

The Good Samaritan Award was presented to Juana Vega, Assistant Director, Office of Multicultural Affairs & Diversity Programs.

Vega’s nominator referred to her as a “role model here at Fisher and in the Rochester community by giving of her own time participating in campus and community events, and serving on various committees on and off campus.”

Vega serves as advisor to the Latino Student Union and Students of Multicultural Affairs, and has served on committees for Fisher Cares and the Wellness Fair, co-chairs the Diversity Coalition, and is a Campus Conduct Committee member. In addition, she is a College Bound Mentor, mentoring high school seniors from low-income families who are academically qualified and who are hopeful to be the first in their families to attend College.

Off campus, she volunteers at the Puerto Rican Festival where she coordinates the Miss Puerto Rico Pageant. She also acts as a Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute counselor, serves as a counselor for the Western New York Region Core of Cadets Regiment, volunteers with the Borinquen Dance Theater, and is a community activist for FoodLink and the Pittsford Food Cupboard.

Students’ Choice Award

Presented to the employee who: takes a “student first” approach and daily actions and efforts are consistently aligned with the Fisher student in mind; consistently looks out for the well-being of each student and demonstrates student advocacy; is proactive in fostering and promoting the success of students; and genuinely cares about the students, reaching out to those in need.

The Students’ Choice Award was presented to Brittany Broderick, AOD and Health Education Specialist in the College’s Wellness Center.

The student who nominated her said that Broderick is “dedicated to promoting the success of students and spends time getting to know students around campus and is involved with various clubs and events.”

Broderick is a key player in the drug and alcohol awareness week, the National Day Without Stigma, and the Great American Smoke Out, and helps students who are struggling with drug, alcohol and addiction issues. In addition, she continually works toward making an awareness campaign or program that will improve the Fisher experience for all students.

Lifelong Learner Award

Presented to an employee who: continually seeks further education and professional development to enhance his/her growth; proactively shares knowledge gained with campus community; pursues networking opportunities (i.e. committee/board work); consistently maintains a high-level job performance.

The Lifelong Learner Award was presented to Jennifer Pluretti, Director of Advisement and Candidate Support in the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education.

Pluretti ensures that students aspiring to become teachers receive advisement and support throughout the program. As an advisor, she contributes to student success by helping students plan a course of study, guiding them to achieve their goals and become successful educators. In addition, she assists teacher candidates in their preparation and development as educators by coordinating referrals and providing important feedback about their progress throughout the program.

She holds both a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Education, recently completed her dissertation for a doctoral degree, and taught in the Rochester City School District for several years.

Her nominator also mentioned her involvement in the Teddi Dance for Love and the Teacher Education Student Association (TESA) Scholastic Book Fair.

Basilian Award

Each year, the members of the Staff Recognition Committee evaluate all of the nominees from the other award categories to determine if a particular nominee meets the qualifications of the Basilian Award. This award recognizes a staff member whose hard work, dedication, and achievements have surpassed the criteria of the other awards. The award is given to a nominee who works to make Fisher a better place by not only being genuine, creative, and enthusiastic, but also by being an advocate for the Fisher community as a whole.

This year’s recipient was Richard Hansis of the Facilities Department.

Hansis was nominated by a co-worker for his quick action when she found herself in danger. As soon as he sensed the danger, he ran to help her, getting injured himself in the process. The committee awarded him for his heroic efforts in sacrificing his own safety allowed his co-worker to find safety.

The additional nominees who received honorable mention were:

  • Kristin Anderson, Coordinator of Institutional Assessment and Accreditation
  • Cara Angie, Senior Administrative Assistant for the Office of Academic Affairs
  • Amanda Burns, Administrative Assistant to the Dean, School of Business
  • Angie Conciardo, Kearney Receptionist
  • Steve Cook, Director of Administrative Services
  • Kara Crosson, Residence Director
  • Norreen DeMay, Administrative Assistant to the Dean, School of Business
  • Dave DiCaro, Director of Campus Safety and Security
  • Andrea DiGiorgio, Experiential Educational Coordinator, Wegmans School of Pharmacy
  • Elizabeth Dorscheid, Assistant Director of the Fisher Fund
  • Cherie Evans, Associate Registrar
  • Jim Grant, Athletic Training
  • Beth Jeffries, Assistant Director of Career Services
  • Chris Keffer, Counselor/Coordinator of Adult Transfer Services
  • Dan Kinsman, Director of Network Services
  • Marie Longyear, Assistant Director of Financial Aid
  • Carolyn Martin, Assistant to the Dean, Wegmans School of Nursing
  • Mary McGowan, Executive Assistant, Office of Enrollment Management/Institutional Advancement
  • Katie Moore, Financial Aid Assistant
  • JoAnne Robinson, Kearney Faculty Secretary
  • Tom Rodgers, Director, Office of Campus Life
  • Steve Salluzzo, Director of Auxiliary Services
  • Maya Temperley, Director of Corporate Funding and Government Relations
  • Teah Terrance, Assistant Director of Campus Life
  • Sally Vaughan, Director of Community Service
  • Lynn Wernert, Office Manager, Facilities Services

Staff Recognition 2014

From L to R: Richard Hansis, Terri Travaglini, Brittany Broderick, President Bain, Jennifer Pluretti, Juana Vega, Kelly Sudol.

Staff Recognition 2014

2014 Staff Recognition Nominees.



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