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Every year, Adelphi honors four exceptional employees with the President's Award for Excellence . These recipients have gone above and beyond their roles to provide a truly extraordinary level of service to the University.

In the past, President Christine M. Riordan presented the honorees with their awards before an audience of their friends and colleagues in the Adelphi University Performing Arts Center. The ceremony was followed by a reception with food, drink and lots of congratulations for the winners.

This year, of course, is different. But as  Adelphi Insider News  has reported, our community has been nothing but resourceful and creative in coming up with ways to continue teaching, learning and celebrating one another from a distance.

In this special edition ,  we honor the recipients of the 2020 President's Award for Excellence , the inaugural winner of the President's Award for Diversity and Inclusion , and the members of our faculty and staff who have hit service milestones of 10 to 50 years of employment at Adelphi.

Let's join President Christine M. Riordan in congratulating this year's winners on her Facebook page . Like, comment and share her post to show our Panther pride and how the Adelphi community supports one another.
Stephanie Espina, Director of Undergraduate Admissions: “ The first to roll up her sleeves and the last to take credit”

Espina has played a key part in enrolling four consecutive first-year classes that set Adelphi records. She has introduced admissions events in Spanish and broadened Adelphi's profile nationally and internationally. She credits her team and the supportive atmosphere at Adelphi for her achievements.
Bernadette Fitzpatrick, Administrative Assistant: “ An indispensable asset to Adelphi and the College of Nursing and Public Health”

Thanks to her administrative support, our faculty members and students can focus on training—or becoming—future nurses.
Samantha Bassford, Residence Hall Director: “Building an inclusive community in Waldo Hall”

Bassford goes above and beyond her role of managing a residence hall by working to ensure that students on the autism spectrum successfully navigate residential life and have a positive experience.
Patricia Veigl, Administrative Assistant, Alice Brown Early Learning Center:  “Instrumental in establishing the ELC as a model program for early education”

In addition to supporting the teaching staff, Veigl's welcoming attitude brightens the lives of Adelphi's littlest students and their families.
Raysa Amador, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures:  “My students are my inspiration and my soul.”  ​

Through her classes, the student groups she advises, and the activities she organizes, Dr. Amador, the first winner of the President's Award for Diversity and Inclusion, has dedicated her 40 years at Adelphi to broadening students' knowledge of language and culture and enriching campus life through multicultural events and advocacy.
Service Milestone Honorees—Congratulations!

Every year, we honor the members of our community who have hit the service milestones of 10 to 50 years of employment at Adelphi.
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