SUNY Fredonia workers honored for exemplary service

SUNY Fredonia recently paid tribute to employees who keep the campus among the most attractive across the SUNY system at the 12th annual Custodial Services Awards Recognition Luncheon. More than 80 people gathered at the Horizon Room to see nine employees receive Custodial Safety Incentive Awards.

“The work that you do throughout this campus, in every building, on every shift, is critical to the reputation Fredonia has established for its outstanding appearance and cleanliness,” said Karen Porpiglia, interim vice president for Finance and Administration and program emcee. Buildings are clean, safe and well-maintained as a result of their dedication.

Recipients of individual Safety Incentive Awards, based on fall semester building inspections, included: David Tarnowski and Jack Anderson, Proper Chemical Labeling, Administrative Office Complex/Maytum; Elizabeth Kujawa, Kathy Stempkowski and Nancy Pawlak, Proper Lamp Storage, Gregory Hall; Joseph Siragusa, Charles Johnson, Denilson Costa and Bridget Graser, No Chocked Doors, Fenton Hall.

Certificates were presented to all recipients by Anne Podolak, Environmental Health and Safety director; Sarah Laurie, Environmental Safety and Sustainability specialist; Mark Delcamp, assistant director of Custodial Services; and Suzanne Freitas, head janitor.

Recipients of past Outstanding Administrative Services Award for Custodial Service, established in 2003, were also recognized at the luncheon. They included: David Renckens (2003), Mary Abers (2004), Vince Chillemi (2005), Dan Pleszewski (2006), Mary Leckliter (2007), Darlene Miller (2008), Lee Szalkowski, (2009), Randy Goodemote (2010), Sue Smith (2011) and Gladys Lockett (2012).

President Virginia Horvath joined the luncheon and expressed her appreciation for the dedicated services that Custodial Services employees provide to the university.

“I want to reinforce what I hope you already know that many people on this campus recognize and appreciate the work that you do for all of us,” Porpiglia said.