Tiffany Ryan, administrative assistant in Niagara University's Office of Alumni Engagement, is presented with the Outstanding Employee Award by the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., NU president. Tiffany Ryan is pictured with Father Maher and members of the Office of Alumni Engagement. Tiffany Ryan is pictured with Father Maher and members of the Office of Alumni Engagement.

Tiffany Ryan, administrative assistant in Niagara University’s Office of Alumni Engagement, was presented with NU’s Outstanding Employee Award today by the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., president.

Ryan, a Lewiston resident, began working at Niagara in October 2012.

Christine O’Hara, executive director of alumni engagement, noted that Ryan plays a critical role in supporting the day-to-day needs of the seven-member team, in addition to assisting as needed across the university’s entire institutional advancement sector.

“Tiffany demonstrates a positive attitude in all that she does,” O’Hara said. “She is the first person that our alumni speak to on the phone. Tiffany handles those calls with the professionalism, kindness and respect that is needed. I receive compliments all the time about the great service Tiffany has provided.

“In addition, Tiffany works with many sectors across campus and has built a great rapport with all of them. Whether she is working on something with the President’s Office, a faculty member, ComDoc, or anywhere else, Tiffany handles it with courtesy and professionalism.”

O’Hara also referenced Ryan’s Vincentian values in her nomination.

“Tiffany demonstrates the Vincentian values in her service to Niagara. She will go above and beyond to take care of the needs of others, including alumni, students, staff or faculty. You will never hear ‘no’ from Tiffany Ryan. She is the first to notice if someone is having a bad day, and has an intuitive way of making you feel better.”

Ryan has also been recognized through Purple Pats for her assistance in making various events and projects successful, including the President’s Dinner.

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.