Distinguished Support Staff Service Award
September, October, November 2008
"An excellent example." "A calming force." "A pleasure to work with." "His people skills shine." The nomination of MCC's latest Support Staff Service Award Recipient Dan Bamburoski is filled with abundant praise.
According to Bamburoski, it's always nice to be recognized by your peers. It's the limelight he's not used to.
He began his MCC career 19 years ago as a senior operator in Computing. The SUNY Utica alumnus who earned a degree in management with a minor in data processing, eventually became a programmer and was promoted to senior programmer. Today as a programmer analyst, Bamburoski spends most of his workday writing programs that meet the needs of the controller’s office.
While his primary responsibilities revolve around the finance piece of Banner, he has done work with Banner's human resources and student services functions as well. His efforts and versatile talents have not gone unnoticed. According to Brian Legg, assistant controller, "Dan's enthusiasm to finish a task completely is complimented by his willingness to research problems, go that extra step and offer alternative solutions."
Bamburoski, who grew up with 7 brothers and sisters, admits his own work ethic was undoubtedly influenced by his father's example. "My dad worked three jobs," he says. "I think that probably rubbed off."
In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf or softball and spending time with his family. Bamburoski and his wife of 20 years Mary Ellen have two sons, 11-year-old Luke and 9-year-old John. When asked about his proudest accomplishment, Bamburoski smiles. "My boys are growing up to be really good kids," he says.
When MCC’s newest support staff award recipient Sheila Manns is asked what her job entails, she responds with an extensive list. There is a database to maintain as well as seminars and conferences to coordinate. There is correspondence to take care of and marketing materials to help put out. She organizes, strategizes and works as a team player. She also deals with people from all walks of life. As secretary for the Homeland Security Management Institute (HSMI), Manns keeps the office running. “I do a little of everything,” she said with a laugh. “Taking your job seriously doesn’t mean you can’t have fun doing it.”
Her attitude is infectious. “She excels in motivating people,” said John Perrone, director, HSMI. “She is the consummate professional. She respects the opinions of others and always displays a high degree of tact and diplomacy. She truly exemplifies an individual who displays the highest standards of professional and ethical conduct.”
Before coming to MCC in 2005, Manns worked at Kodak for more than 10 years, building an extensive background in administrative work. After taking early retirement, she eventually returned to the workforce as a department chair assistant at Rochester Institute of Technology.
Beyond her duties at HSMI, Manns owns Charming Grace, an etiquette and charm business that provides programs – from writing a resume to basic table manners – to a variety of different age groups. She is also very active in education ministry at her church and delights in her 1-year-old grandson, Zyaire.
Manns was surprised by the award. She was also very humbled and honored. “I was a little on cloud nine for a few days,” she said.
As honored as she was, Manns is proudest of a different accomplishment. “Having and raising my two beautiful daughters, Shenani and Shayla,” she said.
The people and places Janet Dalke holds dear are not simply tucked away in her heart. Chances are they can be found somewhere in the photo montage that adorns her office cabinets. Colleagues and family members are mixed into this colorful blend of happy memories. Dalke points out the pond flowers in her back yard as well as a recent kayaking trip. Her daughters Lisa, a music therapist living in Denver, and Tracy, a neonatal intensive care unit nurse, smile broadly in a snapshot taken a few months back.
Dalke, the most recent recipient of MCC’s Support Staff Award, has been a Secretary II in the Health and Physical Education Department for the past eight years. This is where she tackles budgets, answers student questions, orients new faculty members and helps address the daily issues of managing classrooms, programs, courses and a wide assortment of equipment and facilities. This is where she puts her friendly and professional attitude to work.
“Janet has been a wonderful addition to our department,” wrote Craig Rand, who was department chair at the time of this nomination. “She is outgoing and always goes above and beyond to help both our faculty and our students. She is always involved in the goings-on within the building, is an active participant in wellness and fitness activities and social service activities. She’s the glue that provides the strength to the best department on campus.”
Dalke began at MCC 16 years ago. Her first position was in the college’s Admissions Office. She also worked in Registration and Records and held a 10-month position as secretary in the Mathematics Department before settling into her current role. According to Dalke, learning so much about assorted college processes through her past positions has been enormously valuable in helping students, parents and faculty now.
She keeps busy. Two new departmental programs added since she began in Health and Physical Education have significantly increased her workload. For her, the job is a good fit. “I guess I’m pretty good at juggling,” she says, “but I’m also very lucky because I have the support, cooperation and trust of the people I work with. They have given me the autonomy to do my best and I’m extremely appreciative of that.”
Anne Flatley, current department chair, stops momentarily at Dalke’s desk to flip through a small stack of messages. “I would not be able to do this job without her,” she says, “She keeps me sane.”
In her spare time, Dalke enjoys kayaking, biking, gardening and listening to NPR on the way to work. She loves Thai food. She and husband Doug are also avid travelers.