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For Immediate Release:
Office of Public Relations
Fairleigh Dickinson University
1000 River Road
Teaneck, NJ 07666
285 Madison Avenue
Madison, NJ 07940
Michele Vaccaro Received a Pillars of FDU Award
Presented at Convocation 2001 CeremoniesTeaneck, NJ (October 8, 2001)—At Fairleigh Dickinson University’s annual Academic Convocation, held October 3 on the Teaneck-Hackensack Campus, the university community celebrated the opening of the academic year and honored distinguished faculty and outstanding staff members.
At this year’s ceremony, Bergenfield resident Michele Vaccaro was one of four recipients of the University’s Pillars of Fairleigh Dickinson University Award. This award is given annually to recognize exceptional individuals within the university who, over time, have made extraordinary contributions to the character and quality of the institution, its community and culture.
Through increasingly challenging positions over the last 14 years, she has energetically contributed to the improvement of the University’s academic and social welfare. In her position as Coordinator for Adult and Part-time Student Services and MBA on the Teaneck-Hackensack Campus, she has been available to offer help and advice to students. Whether it is for a student unsure of what courses to take, a student faced with a tragic personal situation or a student trying to learn English, she is always available to give assistance. The same willingness to help applies to her relations with faculty and staff.
She serves in a leadership position with the Professional Administrative Senate and as a representative to the Campus Council. She is a member of numerous committees and special events, including her role in coordinating commencement ceremonies. Her hard work and enthusiasm have motivated students to make a difference in the community and she has led many charitable ventures for local hospitals and worthy organizations such as Tomorrow’s Children’s Fund.
In presenting the award, Richard Bronson, Provost of the Teaneck-Hackensack campus, said "It is a great pleasure to present this award to Michele. For her, helping students is not simply a job; it is, as she says, her life. For her many valued contributions to university life, she is indeed a worthy recipient of the Pillars of Fairleigh Dickinson Award."