Niagara University Outstanding Employee Award winner Tammy Bruno, left, is congratulated by the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., president of NU, and Dr. Chandra Foote, dean of the university's College of Education.

Tammy Bruno, assistant dean for retention, student support and graduate programs in Niagara University’s College of Education, was presented with NU’s Outstanding Employee Award on Oct. 20 by the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., president.

Bruno, a Niagara Falls resident, began working at Niagara in September 2007.

“In the course of one year, Tammy has taken on two distinct roles in the College of Education,” noted Dr. Chandra Foote, dean of the College of Education. “She is responsible for coordinating our efforts to meet graduate enrollment targets. This year, we had a 10 percent increase in our graduate recruitment goal and we started the semester at 96 percent enrollment related to this target. Considering the (comparatively low) results being achieved by our public and private competitors, this is an incredible accomplishment.”

Dr. Foote also commended Bruno’s commitment to Niagara’s Catholic and Vincentian mission, stating, “Tammy is the first one in each morning and the last to leave each evening. She learns the names and needs of each student and works with colleagues across campus to make sure that we offer the best possible experiences. She pushes all of us to excellence in service.”

Bruno has also been the recipient of several Purple Pats from her colleagues at Niagara University.

“Tammy Bruno is the embodiment of service,” one read. “Her attitude, work ethic and follow-through make her a critical link in the College of Education and NU.”

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.

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