Mike Skowronski, an employer relations coordinator in Niagara University's Office of Career Services, received NU's first Outstanding Employee Award today. Skowronski, a Lewiston resident, was presented with the award by the Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M., Niagara president.
Skowronski, who has worked at NU since June 1992, is the first university employee to be recognized with the quarterly award. Nominations are made by NU employees, students, alumni, parents, or other persons who come in contact with NU employees.
A quote from his supervisor said, "Immediately captivated by his infectious smile and outgoing personality, many people don't see the indomitable work ethic and commitment to helping others that makes Mike Skowronski an exemplary higher education professional. In every way possible, he embodies what it means to be a Niagaran. Through his involvement in many outside organizations Mike leverages Niagara as the school of choice among area recruiters. And he does it all so that students who receive a Niagara University degree can succeed."
His supervisor also had this to say about Skowronski's commitment to the Niagara University community and its Vincentian values: "In addition to his work in the Career Services Office, Mike is committed to Niagara University and its Vincentian values. His involvement in community service activities is extensive and the short list includes working to establish and maintain the Saint Vincent de Paul Store in Niagara Falls, the establishment of the ReNU Niagara Office as an outgrowth of a federal community outreach partnership grant, and the urban ministry certificate program. Regardless of whether you spell it with a capital 'V' or a lowercase 'v,' Mike Skowronski possesses the heart of a Vincentian and, for this reason alone, he deserves to be recognized. But when that heart is combined with the power he brings to the Office of Career Services, I can think of no better candidate for the very first Outstanding Employee Award than Mike Skowronski."
Comments from another nomination stated, "Mike goes above and beyond to make sure every event runs smoothly. He works with students in the office, via email, the gym or anywhere he can assist them in making a smooth transition into the world of work; he is willing to 'coach' them."
Another nomination spoke of Mike's attitude and commitment. "He is committed, always positive, open to feedback and willing to participate in any activity that will help our students. He comes to work at all hours of the day if that is what our students need. He is a joy to work with."
Niagara University would like to congratulate Mike Skowronski on being the first recipient of its Outstanding Employee Award.