Ann Magers, office coordinator in Niagara University's College of Arts & Sciences
, was presented with NU's Outstanding Employee Award on Nov. 6 by the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., president.
Magers began working at Niagara University in September 2008 in the religious studies department. She joined the dean's office in the College of Arts & Sciences in 2010.
"As a longtime chairperson of the psychology department, I had a lot of opportunities to work with Ann on student and departmental-related matters after she joined the dean's office," said Dr. Peter Butera, dean of the college and Magers' supervisor. "During that time, Ann impressed me with her professionalism, knowledge of the job, and responsiveness to my questions and requests. When I became dean of the College of Arts & Sciences in the summer of 2016, I had the opportunity to interact and work with Ann on a daily basis, and that both reinforced and expanded my previous views of Ann's ability to perform a variety of tasks. Here in our office, Ann has to respond to the needs and concerns of all members of our college, including over 1,200 students, 92 full-time faculty members, staff and administrators. Add to that the countless phone calls from students and their parents (which, at times, need to be handled with the utmost patience and care), and you get a sense of the wide range of responsibilities that Ann is asked to perform on a daily basis. Some days, I might add, can be a bit chaotic and unpredictable. In spite of this, I remain impressed by the positive outlook and spirit that Ann brings to work every day, her level of kindness and empathy for our students and co-workers, and her ability to get the job done and anticipate the tasks that need to planned for and taken care of. During my two years as dean, I have learned first-hand that Ann Magers is a key part of the fabric that makes our office, and the College of Arts & Sciences, a special place to work and call home."
Colleagues campuswide have acknowledged Magers for her hard work, dedication, upbeat personality, and sincere willingness to help, by any means, to get a job done.
One colleague recalled when Magers took the time to assist her as she was transitioning into a new position: "When I first started my position two years ago, Ann was always willing to help me with any questions I had in regard to my job duties. During busy times, she would take the time to speak to me and always had a friendly attitude with students, employees, staff and faculty members. I have seen and heard this time and time again since I have been employed at Niagara University."
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.