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Each year at this time, Adelphi acknowledges exceptional employees who have gone above and beyond to provide extraordinary service to our University, help advance our core values and show long-standing commitment to our mission. 

In this special edition of Insider News, we recognize four Adelphi staff members receiving the 2021 President's Award for Excellence, one receiving the President's Award for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and all our faculty and staff who have reached the milestone of 10 to 50 years of employment at Adelphi. 

In years past, President Christine M. Riordan, PhD, presented our honorees with awards at a reception with friends and colleagues. With gathering restrictions still in place, we are pleased to share their accomplishments with the Adelphi community here.

As proud Panthers, we invite all to join Dr. Riordan in congratulating this year's honorees on her Facebook page by commenting on, liking and sharing her post. 

Congratulations and thank you to our 2021 honorees. 
Rosemary Bradshaw, Administrative Assistant, Center for International Education: “A constant welcoming beacon for students who are struggling with language barriers, customs or University procedures”

When study abroad was suspended due to the pandemic, Bradshaw dedicated herself to learning the new immigration regulations and helping Adelphi students become global citizens. She is also a voice for Adelphi’s administrative assistants through her work with the Local 153 Executive Committee.
Meenakshi (Meena) Elango, Residence Hall Director and Co-Adviser of the Caribbean Student Union: “Instrumental in diversity, equity and inclusion efforts throughout the Adelphi community

A mentor to young women of color, a leader in making the residence hall experience more inclusive and welcoming, and an advocate for the Caribbean community at Adelphi, Elango has been a change-maker throughout campus—and is now the second recipient of the President’s Award for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
Nicole Gaudino, Executive Director of University Health and Wellness: “A key member of the task force overseeing all aspects of the University’s response to the pandemic”

A healthcare leader who dedicated hundreds of hours to help keep Adelphi students, faculty and staff safe during the pandemic, Gaudino was an indispensable player in keeping Adelphi open when other colleges were forced to send students home. She guided our safe reopening, improved health insurance for our students and fought to ensure that all COVID-related expenses were covered. 
Gina McGovern, Administrative Assistant, Office of Enrollment Management, and Chief Area Representative for Local 153:
“A leader for union staff, a team player in the Office of University Admissions​ and an advocate for international students

Working with undergraduate and graduate students from around the world, McGovern handles myriad international processing work and is unfailingly kind, helpful and resourceful despite an extraordinarily busy schedule.
Anna Zinko, Assistant Dean for Students and Community Engagement, Center for Student Involvement: “Transforming students’ lives at Adelphi University”

During a year when students had to overcome so many challenges, Zinko’s work to engage students in the Adelphi community became more critical than ever. A tireless member of many committees across campus and a leader in social justice initiatives, she continues to make a powerful difference in the student experience at Adelphi.
Celebrating the Dedication of Our Service Milestone Honorees

We thank our long-standing colleagues and honor their enduring commitment to Adelphi. They help keep our Adelphi mission alive, even in challenging years like this one. Here are the names of those who made service milestones of 10 to 50 years of employment at Adelphi. Congratulations on your milestone!
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