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Alfred University honors employees at annual Recognition Reception

Alfred University | 5/15/19

Marty Fuller (left), Jill Crandall (center) and Emrys Westacott.
Marty Fuller (left), Jill Crandall (center) and Emrys Westacott.

Alfred University held its second annual All Employee Recognition Reception on Tuesday (May 14) in Ade Hall, honoring retirees and employees for years of service to the University.


ALFRED, NY – Alfred University held its second annual All Employee Recognition Reception on Tuesday (May 14) in Ade Hall, honoring retirees and employees for years of service to the University.

The University also recognized recipients of three awards. Marty Fuller, bookkeeper in the Business Office, won the Cathy Johnson Service Award; Jill Crandall, associate director of the Career Development Center, received the Saxon Service Award; and Emrys Westacott, professor of philosophy, won the Bob Condrate Lifelong Learner Award.

The Cathy Johnson Service Award recognizes high standards of professionalism; proactive engagement with tasks; and attention to detail and the utmost care for quality in presentation while completing tasks. In offering her name for consideration of the award, nominators said this of Fuller:

“Marty’s customer service skills are exemplary. She is one of the friendliest people I know and she always arrives with a smile on her face and a happy greeting for her co-workers. Marty also has an ability to communicate effectively with all of her co-workers, from the director level to our hourly student worker,” and, “The hard work and consistent effort that Marty shows, builds stronger relationships across the university, detects problem before they start and increases the accuracy of her tasks.” 

The award is named for the late Cathy Johnson, assistant to the Dean of the School of Art and Design, who passed away last November 2017 at the age of 53.

Other nominees for the Cathy Johnson Service Award were: Amanda Azzi, bursar, Office of Student Accounts; Kim Wyant, Human Resources associate; Beth Niles, secretary, Center for Academic Success; Dan Hausman, Tom George, Chris Walsh (ITS) and Zach Lyman,, marketing and communications; Mary Lou Coleman, secretary/bookkeeper ITS; Cathy Mitchell database/gift specialist, University Advancement; and MT Sick, secretary, Student Affairs.

The Saxon Service Award honors fostering a positive attitude; demonstrating initiative and standing out among the Alfred University community; and exemplifying the purple and gold Saxon spirit.

Some of the comments made about Crandall in her nominations:

“Jill is a consummate professional in so many ways it is hard to name them all. She is always prepared,

kind, considerate and willing to collaborate to make any project successful,” and, “Jill is engaged everywhere on campus, she is on many committees and completes projects and tasks on those committees with ease all while teaching a class and counseling students. She is well respected by faculty and staff and that respect is from her high standards of professionalism.”

Other nominees for the Saxon Service Award were: Julie Slack, senior administrative programmer, ITS; Bailey Grillo, secretary, math and science; and Dan Hausman, learning spaces technical specialist, ITS.

Criteria for the Bob Condrate Lifelong Learner Award include: continually seeking further education/professional development to enhance his/her growth; demonstrating a passion for gaining knowledge over a sustained period of time; and proactively shares their knowledge and/or expertise with campus community. The award is named for Bob Condrate, retired professor of spectroscopy in the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Condrate has exemplified lifelong learning by continuing in education, having taken more than 250 credit hours of coursework since his retirement nearly two decades ago.

“(Westacott) reads voraciously. Writes voraciously. Continually inspires students to learn beyond their academic specialty. Offers new courses regularly,” one colleague wrote in nominating Westacott for the honor. Another noted his efforts to shine a spotlight on Alfred University through his work: “Emrys makes Alfred visible. His books have been translated into at least four different languages. He has a national reputation.”

Each of the awards came with a $1,000 prize. The Cathy Johnson Service Award and Bob Condrate Lifelong Learner Award are funded by William Holly, a 1951 Alfred University graduate (B.A., economics); the Saxon Service Award is funded by Alfred University alumnus Jay Yedvab ’56 (B.A., biology).

“I graduated 63 years ago, but never left. This place left an indelible mark on my life,” Yedvab said, addressing the faculty and staff gathered in Ade Hall. “A body without a heart doesn’t function. You are the heart of this institution. Thank you for your years of service.”

The following retirees were honored: Kaaren Reeder, administrative assistant to the dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 10 years of service; Gerald Wynick, scanning electron microscopist, 13 years; Debra Chilson, secretary, Center for Advanced Ceramic Technology; Verna Mullen, technical services assistant, 20 years; Jana Atlas, professor of school psychology, 23 years; Larry Casey, registrar, 24 years; Stephen Crosby, professor of theater, 24 years; Diane Cox, associate professor of sculpture, 27 years; Norm Pollard, dean of students, 27 years; Gordon Atlas, professor of psychology, 29 years; Leigh Wright, technical services assistant, 32 years; Arthur Roberts, custodian, 34 years; Stephen Crandall, director, Herrick Library/dean of libraries, 41 years.

The following employees were recognized for years of service:

Forty-five years: Wayne Higby, director, Alfred Ceramic Art Museum, professor of ceramic art.

Thirty-five years: Richard Walker, supervisor, grounds; William Dibrell, professor of philosophy; Judy Linza, webmaster.

Thirty years: Janet Lynch, executive assistant to vice president of Enrollment Management; Donald Weinhart, technician, print and photo; Cynthia Mullen, director of budget, planning and assessment; Karen Grice, network services specialist; Michele Hluchy, professor of geology; Wallace Leigh, professor of electrical engineering; Joseph Rosiczkowski, associate professor of mechanical engineering; Julie Slack, senior administrative programmer; Albert Baker, machinist; Robert Cornell, maintenance assistant; Xingwu Wang, professor of electrical engineering.

Twenty-five years: James Babcock, director physical plant, New York State College of Ceramics; Mark Smith, librarian, Scholes Library; William Carty, professor of ceramic engineering and materials science; Herbert Giesche, associate professor of ceramic engineering and materials science; Steven Pilgrim, professor of materials science and engineering; Theresa Gunn, associate professor of accountancy.

Twenty years: Kelly Moore, secretary to the director of capital operations; Jeffrey Mulhollen, janitor; Jeffrey Hurlburt, electrician; Charles Barron, janitor; Brian Dodge, director physical plant; Hyojin Lee, research associate; Terry drake, research administrative specialist; Carol Sliski, secretary, student services; J. David Chamberlain, groundskeeper/landscaper; James Whitney, landscape technician; Donna Perkins, supervising janitor; Jeffrey Houy, electrician.

Fifteen years: James Rumfelt, public safety officer; Anne Cornell, director of research/prospects/stewardship; Elizabeth Niles, secretary, Center for Academic Success; Jen Guarasci, secretary, marketing and communications; Deborah Rollins, administrative services assistant, secretary to the director of Scholes Library; William Contino, associate professor of expanded media; Zong Dai, professor of business administration.

Ten years: William Stewart, locksmith; Jessica Faughnan, night auditor, Saxon Inn; Sara Love, assistant director, admissions; Gayle Gebhard, administrative assistant, dean of students; Tiffany Horton, administrative assistant, Inamori School of Engineering dean; Corrie Burdick, assistant professor of education; Timothy Cox, clinical associate professor of English; Robert Reginio, associate professor of English; Shawn Murrey, senior kiln specialist; Corrie Fecteau, art advisor/service learning coordinator; Meghanne Freivald, instructional technical specialist/online coordinator; Brian Sullivan, interim director of libraries.

Five years: Tony Aquilina, associate director of athletics; Victoria Gebel, director of residence life; Tracy Valentine, assistant director of admissions; Elizabeth Moore, Help Desk manager; David Bailey, multi-trades; Della Carl, custodian; Steven Tomm, janitor; Trina Freberg, custodian; Lisa Porter, assistant controller; Bailey Grillo, secretary, math and science; Susan Wood, secretary, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences dean; Cory Perkins, multi-trades; Chelsea Ames, assistant dean, College of Business; Rachelle Remchuk, janitor; Amanda Khodorkovskaya, health and wellness coordinator; Sarah Blood, assistant professor of glass; Ehsan Ghotbi, assistant professor of mechanical engineering; Sarah Cote, clinical assistant professor of English; Rebekkah Palov, research administrative specialist; Betsy Kent, secretary undergraduate scheduling/advising, School of Art and Design; Meghan Dwyer, executive assistant to the provost; Joseph Zanghi, multi-trades

One year: Pamela Costello, custodian; Logan Gee, APEX coordinator; Melissa Gough, secretary education/cite; Stephen Pribble, assistant football coach; Tracy Squires, student services specialist; Jason Barnes, barn assistant, equestrian center; Timothy Heckman, project manager, facilities/capital projects; Pamela Jones, nurse practitioner; Jane Gilliland, executive director student financial services; Shelly Grant, administrative assistant/Summer Workshop, School of Art and Design; Cody Crippen, admissions specialist, external programs; Angie Taylor, head coach, men’s and women’s track and field; Christina Vetter, secretary, renewable/mechanical engineering; Laurie Smith, admissions receptionist/operations associate; John Lewis, director of student activities; Grace Gertzen, custodian; Craig Yanni, head women’s soccer coach; Kimberly Morriseau, financial aid specialist; Brandon Harrison, sports information director; Erin McGaffigan, head women’s lacrosse coach; Mark Riordan, executive director of university relations; Jacob Yale, admissions director; Megan Thomas, information specialist, Phone-a-Thon; Jenny DeSanto, medical office assistant; Jeffrey McDowell, digital content specialist/writer; Samantha Sloan, technician, drawing, painting and photography; Holly Shulman, professor of ceramic engineering; V. Michael Honeycutt, environmental health and safety coordinator; Diana Dalton, coordinator of stewardship and events; Junjun Ding, assistant professor of materials science and engineering; Laura McGough, visiting faculty, School of Art and Design; Dan Lu, assistant professor of renewable energy engineering; Andrew Kless, visiting lecturer of history; Kayleigh Misner, human resources generalist; Zachariah Martin, admissions counselor; Lacey Gosnell, coordinator, residence life; Elena Yee, counselor, Wellness Center; Sarah Broderick, admissions counselor; Glenn DePuy, administrative systems support specialist.