Martha Krupa, coordinator of tutorial services in Niagara University’s Office of Academic Support, was presented with NU’s Outstanding Employee Award today by the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., president.
Krupa, a Lockport resident, began working at Niagara as an adjunct professor in 2001. She was hired as a full-time writing coordinator in 2009 and, in 2012, the position transitioned to her current one as coordinator of tutorial services.
A quote from Krupa’s supervisor, Diane Stoelting, lauded her Vincentian values: “Martha has a servant heart and she lives the Vincentian mission in her work each and every day. She is generous with her time and creatively responds to the needs of the students who she teaches in critical literacy each semester, the students who she tutors in writing throughout the year, as well as responding to the needs of her Writing Center tutors, who she diligently and thoroughly trains each semester.”
In describing the collaborative nature of Krupa’s work, Stoelting added, “Martha collaborates with other departments on campus to proactively address the writing needs of students by leading workshops on research/documentation-related topics each semester as well as holding special sessions in the library, along with her Writing Center tutors right before finals week in order to assist students with writing assignments.”
Another nomination for Krupa stated, “Martha’s cheerful demeanor and caring attention to her students help them feel respected and capable. As one of our colleagues once remarked, ‘Martha loves life!’ She has a smile for everyone, especially her students.”
A Purple Pat received by Krupa praised her dedication to student learning and her positive attitude: “Martha Krupa is a fantastic employee! She is super knowledgeable, willing to drop everything in order to put others’ needs in front of her own and is ALWAYS positive when doing so. I am very lucky that the overlap of our departments offer numerous opportunities in which to collaborate. She is an absolute delight to work with. The NU community is lucky to have her.”
Nominations for the Outstanding Employee Award are made by NU employees, students, alumni, parents, or other persons who come in contact with university employees. Honorees are eligible to receive gift certificates to area amenities, movie passes, two days off during the next quarter, NU athletics tickets and a universal parking tag that can be used in any non-handicapped parking spot on campus.