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Chancellor’s Award of Excellence in Classified Service
October 17, 2011Tweet
Excellence in Classified Service recognizes superb performance in fulfilling the job description for the position held, supported by evidence of excellent work and high degrees of reliability, resourcefulness and initiative.
Marjorie H. Pratt, secretary to the chair of the Department of Mathematical Sciences, began as a stenographer in that department 30 years ago. She has completed 48 credits toward an associate’s degree at Broome Community College and taken several math courses at Binghamton University. She does an incredible amount of work with truly exceptional accuracy and efficiency, in a congenial, professional and nurse-friendly” manner. Her dedication, professionalism, discretion, reliability and competence stand out, as does her ability to accomplish tasks quickly and accurately. Her passion for her work is apparent, even when she has had to assume additional responsibilities such as handling course packs and overseeing some of the department’s fiscal matters. She views her work as a privilege to enhance the reputation of the University and the department while serving the public, and has easily adapted to new technology as the programs required for technical typing Ń specifically, mathematical typesetting Ń have changed over the years. Her skills in this area, so critical to the faculty in mathematical sciences, are unmatched. Called a department treasure, even graduate students seek her out for advice in typing their dissertations and frequently mention her in their acknowledgements. Additionally, in preparing documents for faculty and others, she reads for grammatical and typographical errors and meaning, often clarifying exams, research papers and memoranda—and all this even as the department’s computer network uses an operating system different from the rest of the University. Her fluency in both operating systems enables her to transition smoothly from one to the other.
Debbie J. Standard, School of Management dean’s secretary, holds an associate’s degree from Broome Community College, including a study-abroad experience in Ecuador. She has worked at Binghamton University for 26 years, the last four in her current position. A doer and facilitator, she is known for her attention to detail, using her organizational skills and creative flair to solve problems. Her duties include coordinating faculty recruiting and tenure and promotion decisions; coordinating the primary events and receptions for the school, including the Briloff Lecture Series, the TIAA-CREF speaker series and the Excellence Awards for Research and Teaching; and the myriad activities that come with managing a busy dean’s calendar and office. Called awesome, professional and one who truly cares, she is courteous and helpful to everyone, whether visitor, faculty member, student or fellow staff member, and maintains a sense of confidence and calm at all times. Her work ethic and positive attitude have made a significant impact within the dean’s office, in particular when preparing for AASCB accreditation and managing personnel case correspondence when her organizational and time management skills have eased the workload for others. Those who interact with her appreciate her knowledge of how the school and University operate, what processes are needed to accomplish certain tasks, and her willingness to obtain additional information on those rare occasions when she doesn’t have all the answers at her fingertips. She exerts extra time and effort to assure high standards, setting an example for all to emulate—and always with a smile.
Linda M. Zanrucha, a graduate of the Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School in Rhode Island, serves as graduate and undergraduate secretary in the Department of Sociology. The center of gravity and only constant amid a swirl of transitions in the principal executive and administration in the department, she is invaluable, providing institutional memory and an unquestioned work ethic, keeping the department up to date with changes to admission processes and other programs such as Oracle, Banner and BU Brain. She handles routine requests with aplomb, is sensitive to student issues and exhibits kindness and a willingness to help all. For example, she assisted the department chair in devising a graduate student database, which she continually updates, to help track and reduce time to degree for the more than 120 graduate students in the large department. She is also in charge of course building and registering students each semester and she coordinates preliminary PhD exams and dissertation defenses. Her attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines are key to her success, yet she is always on the lookout for opportunities to improve her skills. Her wealth of knowledge is an asset, and her ability to think on her feet, to find creative solutions to nagging problems, to lead by virtue of know-how and force of personality, and to do it all with cheerfulness and grace sets her apart. Both graduate and undergraduate students alike find in her a strong support system and her collegial, efficient manner has made her a central pillar of support for the entire department.