Faculty and Staff Honored for Service at Annual Employee Recognition Reception

By Colby Gallagher

Published on June 18, 2019

2019 End of Year Reception

Faculty and staff were honored at the annual Employee Recognition Reception at USciences on June 6, 2019.

Every year, the University comes together after the spring semester is over to celebrate the years of service by employees. Ranging from five to thirty-five years of service, faculty and staff were recognized by President Paul Katz, MD. Two employees were also honored with the President’s Special Achievement Award and the Student Advocacy Award.

The 2018-19 recipient of the Present’s Special Achievement Award was Anne Vaccara, benefits specialist in the human resources department.  The award is given to a member who has demonstrated superior performance on a consistent and sustained basis and whose achievements in the past year have been significant. Vaccara has been with the University for 15 years in a variety of roles.

“Benefits can be complicated and challenging work especially with integration into a new system, but Anne’s steady hand keeps the ship afloat and we do not know what we would do without her,” said the nomination letter. Faculty members also noted Vaccara’s kindness, attention to detail, and timeliness.

The Student Advocacy Award is given to an employee who has made a significant impact on the success and well-being of the students.

“The student experience is created not by one moment or individual, but by the multitude of interactions, lessons, and discoveries a student has while at USciences,” said Ross Radish JD, vice president of student affairs and dean of students.

Elisbetta Fasella, PhD, associate professor of chemistry, was nominated by her first-year students for her support in and out of the classroom.

“I’ve never had a professor who was as invested in each and every one of his or her student’s success as much as her,” read one letter. “Dr. Fasella wants us to succeed so much that it makes you want to too. She has so much passion for what she does, it makes you want to find that specific thing you’re just as passionate about too.”

Employee Service Honorees:

5 YEARS OF SERVICE

Jonathan Barnes  

Adele Breen-Franklin

Domenick DiStefano

Nabila Enam

Joann Florio

Edward Gallagher

Jean-Francois Jasmin

Jamie Jenkins

Marnee Klein

Laura Klimitas  

James Pettus  

Myteesha Reynolds

Gauri Saxena

Barbara Siebert  

Scott Sisson

Jesse Swartz

Laura Waite

10 YEARS OF SERVICE

Nancy Annunziato

Julie Becker

Brian Colfer

Mario Favacchia

Charles McEwen

Rodney Murray  

Katherine Nay

Karen Rayner

Jason Wallach

15 YEARS OF SERVICE

Angela Buchanico  

Joseph Canaday

Marc Caserio

Jesse Phillips

Ross Radish  

Anne Vaccara

20 YEARS OF SERVICE

Beatrice Bolger

Deborah Zayon

25 YEARS OF SERVICE

Anne Le

30 YEARS OF SERVICE

Lorraine Cella

John Masciantonio

Dwayne Shaw

35 YEARS OF SERVICE

Leslie Bowman  

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