College of Human Ecology faculty and staff gathered for their annual Service Awards and Staff Recognition Ceremony Oct. 10 to honor staff who had achieved milestone years of service and recognize those designated for their exceptional contributions to the college in the past year.
This year, 30 employees received milestone certificates. As a group, the honorees have provided 525 collective years of service to Cornell.
Additionally, 10 staff members were recognized for service above and beyond their roles, providing exceptional contributions and helping advance the mission of the College of Human Ecology. These individuals were nominated for the College of Human Ecology Staff Recognition Award, and included Brenda Daniels, Tatyana Fabrikant, Eric Maroney, Jessica Potter, Vicki Sill, Lorna Ewart, Peter Farley, Ketlyne Nazon-Batrony, Randi Rainbow and Vicky Simon.
Of these nominees, two employees were award recipients: Vicki Simon in the exempt staff category, and Ketlyne Nazon-Batrony in the non-exempt category.
Vicky Simon is the manager of the Human Nutritional Chemistry Laboratory, where she regularly juggles 10 or more research projects at any given point in time. She was recognized for her ability to find creative solutions, her unwavering approach to her work and the guidance she provides to undergraduate students. According to one colleague, Simon is the “most stable, trustworthy, thoughtful, considerate, patient and entirely unflappable person” that colleague ever worked with.
Ketlyne Nazon-Batrony is a 30-year employee with Cornell Cooperative Extension in New York City. She is a supervising community educator and a strong mentor who leads by example. This year, Nazon-Batrony was instrumental in helping the program secure a host agency for a research project, which resulted in over 30 parents participating in an eight-month project. Her colleagues share that she is an inspiration to all, with her success coming from her dedication and selfless compassion for those who work with community partners and participants.
Lucy Pola is the assistant director for human resources in the College of Human Ecology.