Three secretarial/clerical employees honored by SUNY?Fredonia

Dawn Hunt, Lois Valentine and Tammy Bankoski recently received awards for their service.

The Barbara Saletta Meritorious Service Awards, given annually to recognize a secretarial or clerical employee with an outstanding service attitude, were presented to Hunt, Secretary I in the Department of Biology, and to Valentine, Calculations Clerk II in University Services.

Ms. Hunt worked in the Research Foundation and the Purchasing Department. For the past four years, she has served as the Department of Biology’s head secretary. Hunt also assists with work on the Health Professions Advising Committee.

“Dawn is a treasure to the biology department, its faculty, staff and students and the university,” said Department Chair Patricia Astry. “She is my strong right arm and this department would not have the same level of productivity or positive spirit without her.”

Valentine worked in the mailroom previously. As Property Control’s Calculations Clerk, Valentine updates the property control system to account for state property and sets up the inventory schedules. She even handles the campus electronic recycling of old discarded electronics.

“Lois never says no when asked to add ‘just one more’ task to her list of responsibilities,” said Student Account’s Mary Jo Rusch. “Lois makes her coworkers and SUNY Fredonia a top priority each and every day.”

The Poummit Secretarial Award in Memory of Janet Marks, a former secretary to the president of SUNY Fredonia, was presented to Bankoski, Secretary I in the Department of Communication. Prior to coming to SUNY Fredonia, Ms. Bankoski worked as assistant to the director of housing at Chautauqua Opportunities and as an office assistant at Jamestown Community College in Dunkirk.

“This woman never stops!” said Department Chairperson Kathleen McDonough, “She is always thinking about and working on ways to make our department run smoother and get more done. She is the first person people on and off campus encounter when contacting our department, and her exceptionally courteous, effective interactions with them have the practical consequence of establishing positive relationships from the very beginning.”

Hunt, Valentine, and Bankoski each received a framed certificate and monetary award.