For Immediate Release—Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Mary E. McCrank
Media Relations Officer
(585) 245-5516

SUNY Geneseo Recognizes Employees
 with Pride Award for Advancing College Mission

GENESEO, N.Y.—The State University of New York at Geneseo has recognized three longtime staff members with its annual Pride Award for their commitment to advancing the college's goals and mission.

This year's recipients are: Kathy Ackerman of Leicester, secretary in the School of Business; Sandy Argentieri of Livonia, director of student accounts; and Tom Matthews of Geneseo, director of leadership education, development and training in the Center for Community.

The Geneseo Pride Award recognizes significant contributions of non-teaching, full-time or part-time employees in advancing the goals and mission of SUNY Geneseo. The program promotes Geneseo's shared values of excellence, innovation, community, diversity, integrity and tradition. Award winners received a framed certificate, a check for $200 and a glass-engraved paperweight.

Ackerman has worked at the college for 35 years. She was nominated for going above and beyond her job description to efficiently answer questions, solve problems and proactively assist the faculty, staff and students in business programs. Ackerman was instrumental in compiling reports for the business school during its accreditation process by The Association To Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International.

Argentieri has worked at Geneseo for 16 years. She was nominated for constantly seeking new ways to serve the students. Argentieri has streamlined many processes and procedures, and recently led an effort to create an online billing system to simplify bill paying for students and parents. Last fall, she led the college's most successful State Employees Federated Appeal campaign to date.

Matthews has worked at the college for 39 years. He runs two award-winning programs: the Geneseo Opportunities for Leadership Development (GOLD) program and Livingston CARES (Community Action Relief Efforts). The GOLD program, which offers leadership development to thousands of students each year, represents Geneseo's values of excellence, innovation, diversity, and commitment to community. Matthews also has been instrumental in the collaborative program of Livingston CARES, which includes the college, area churches, local government and community members. Last year, this program won a national award for its support in helping Hurricane Katrina relief efforts in Harrison County, Miss.