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Employee Recognition Council

Purpose: The purpose of the Employee Recognition Council is to design, plan and coordinate all formal employee recognition activities at the College.

Charter Sponsor: President’s Cabinet

Charter Contact: College President

Timeline: Standing

Membership (length of term for members if applicable)

  • Executive Director of Organizational Development - Chair, Standing - David Katz
  • President's Office Representative (appointed by Chair) Standing - Gloria Karol
  • Human Resource Representative (President appointment) Standing - Nancy Wallace
  • Marketing Representative (President appointment) Standing - Candice Parsons
  • Administrative Services Representative (VPAS appointment) 3 year term - Stacey Kenyon (2020)
  • Rome Representative (Associate VP appointment) 3 year term - Jon-David Velletto (2021)
  • Student Affairs Representative (VP appointment) 3 year term - Nicole Benton (2021)
  • Learning & Academic Affairs Representative (VP appointment) 3 year term - Mary Noti (2019)
  • AMVA Representative – elected 3 year term - Janet Visalli (2020)
  • UPSEU Representative – elected 3 year term - Kathleen Kresa (2021)
  • PA Non-Teaching Professional – elected 3 year term - Sharon Zohne (2019)
  • Faculty At-Large – elected 3 year term - Roman Santos (2019)
  • Faculty At-Large – elected 3 year term - Melissa Barlett (2019)
  • At-Large – elected 3 year term - Kate Barefoot (2020)
  • Subgroups formed on an as needed basis


  • Develop criteria, procedures and evaluation rubrics for all awards.
  • Solicit peer nominations from employees and supervisors to create strong candidate pools for all awards.
  • Coordinate the implementation of the Hawks That Soar annual awards program.
  • Coordinate the implementation of the annual Chancellor’s award program. 
  • Coordinate the implementation of the local Excellence annual awards program.
  • Research and make recommendations to the Cabinet regarding best practice employee recognition programs.
  • Make recommendations to the Cabinet regarding recognition programs for retirees and current employees' years of service awards.
  • Seek opportunities for individual and institutional recognition at the local, state and national levels.


  • Make decisions; determine policy; discuss contractual issues


  •  Keep the College mission, with an emphasis on the student experience, front   and center
  •  Consider all employee and affinity groups with regard to inclusivity
  •  The stronger nomination processes are the stronger the impact of the awards
  •  Make the process as pleasant as possible for nominees