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



Membership (length of term for members, if applicable)

  • Member of the President's Office appointed by the President (Standing) Chair: David Katz
  • Member of the President's Office appointed by Chair (Standing) Recorder: Gloria Karol
  • Member of Human Resources appointed by the President (Standing): Nancy Wallace
  • Member of the Office of Marketing and Communications appointed by the President (Standing): Candice Parsons
  • Member of Administrative Services appointed by Vice President for Administrative Services (2020): Stacey Kenyon
  • Member of Rome Campus appointed by Dean of Rome Campus (2021): Jon-David Velletto 
  • Member of Student Affairs Representative appointed by Vice President for Student Affairs (2021): Nicole Benton
  • Member of Learning and Academic Affairs Representative appointed by the Vice President of Learning and Academic Affairs (2019): Mary Noti
  • Member of AMVA elected (2020): Janet Visalli 
  • Member of UPSEU Union elected (2021): Kathleen Kresa
  • Member of PA Non-Teaching Professional elected (2019): Sharon Zohne
  • Faculty At Large elected (2019): Roman Santos
  • Faculty At Large elected (2019): Melissa Barlett

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.

Does Not

  • Make decisions
  • Determine policy
  • Discuss contractual issues

Guiding Points

  • 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.