Urszula Zalewski, a member of the Career Center staff for six years, was honored with the Distinguished Service Award for Outreach Efforts at Stony Brook’s 28th Annual Student Affairs and Enrollment and Retention Management Convocation.
One of four staff members to receive the award, Zalewski has made her mark throughout the campus community and beyond. As the Career and Volunteer Programs Coordinator, Zalewski works with non-profit organizations to help connect them with students interested in gaining experience, while making a difference at the same time. Despite a busy daily schedule, Zalewski has enthusiastically counseled students, while working endlessly in making sure the needs of non-profit organizations are met.
“There have also been times that Urszula has visited our programs so that she has a visual and conceptual idea of what our organization does,” said Daniel Dern, Assistant Human Resource Manager at YAI/National Institute for People with Disabilities. “This is different than any other career center I have ever worked with, and it shows the initiative and caring she has for the students that she services.”
According to Marianna Savoca, Director of the Career Center, the following is a result of Zalewski’s efforts: 100,000+ volunteer hours completed by SB students since 2004, 200+ agency partnerships developed, 50+ student organization partnerships developed, $250,000 in scholarship grants raised for community service action, $400,000 in grants raised for community service action, membership in the prestigious U.S. President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, and several hundred students participating in service each year.
Zalewski is the second member of the Career Center staff to win the award. In 2007 Andrea Lipack received the honor for her work in employer relations.
With great modesty, Zalewski said, “I am honored to receive the Distinguished Service Award for Outreach Efforts. During my professional career at Stony Brook University, I have had the opportunity to collaborate with many amazing students, great faculty, staff, and dedicated employers; these experiences have made my work so much easier. Being a part of the Career Center team has been incredible and I would like to thank my colleagues for their continuing support.”