Center for Excellence Honoree: Linda SinkLinda Sink's impact at the university is felt by every student, faculty and staff member who receives a paycheck.
Sink, payroll manager in human resources, has been recognized for her efforts with the university's most prestigious staff honor, the Excellence in Service to Students Award. She was honored at the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Service to Students Ceremony on Oct. 13 in the Recreation Center on the Mount Carmel Campus.
For the past 28 years, Sink has worked tirelessly to help the university's payroll department run smoothly as the small, regional Quinnipiac College expanded into the world-renowned Quinnipiac University.
"I have always felt very fortunate to be in such a wonderful environment with the growth of the school," she said. "It's really been quite incredible because it has had grown so much. It's on the world map."
She said she feels privileged to be part of a university with such a strong sense of community - and feels inclined to treat the students as if they were her own children.
"Linda Sink is the poster child for strong work ethic, loyalty and service to our institution and students," wrote Anna Spragg, associate vice president for human resources, in a letter nominating Sink for the award. "Linda is the backbone of our payroll department. She provides outstanding support and service to our students, their managers and our entire community."
Sink's "work is vital to everyone's well-being and peace of mind, wrote John Meriano, associate vice president for administrative services in his letter nominating Sink for the acclaimed honor.
"There can be no one more caring, more dedicated, more conscientious in carrying out her duties than Linda," Meriano wrote. "She never forgets that there are people on the other end of that paperwork - people who depend on her, and who sometimes need a little of the personal touch that she is so good at providing."
Sink is a very caring individual who strives for accuracy so that paychecks are distributed in a timely and accurate way, said Carol Lawlor, director of payroll and compensation.
"She feels personably responsible for events out of her control that affect someone's pay," Lawlor said. "I have witnessed her offering to personally help students if funds were not available to them so they would not be left without coffee money.... She would give you her last dime, if you needed it."
Sink also provides excellent customer service to the overall university community.
"Linda is an exemplary employee," Lawlor said. "Given the high stress level in the payroll environment, it is important to have fellow workers who are able to work in a fast-paced environment with intelligence, accuracy and to always maintain a caring nature."
Sink is the hardest worker Associate Vice President for Finance Lucille Marottolo, who also nominated Sink for the award, said she knows.
"Linda is meticulous. She is diligent making sure every 't' is crossed and 'i' is dotted," said Marottola. "Linda will stay late, come in early and even come in on weekends to make sure that every single person who is to be paid that payday gets a check."
Sink consistently puts students ahead of herself, said Fred Tarca, chief information and technology officer.
"Linda's instincts are to understand their concerns, and then adopt these concerns as her own. Then she will use all of her knowledge and wisdom to help anyone," Tarca said. "I could only imagine that when the award was conceived, it was written with Linda's profile in mind because there is not a person on campus who is more dedicated to the Quinnipiac values this award wishes to depict."
In addition to Sink, the following individuals will be recognized at the awards dinner: Dwayne Boucaud, associate professor of biomedical sciences in the School of Health Sciences; Lisa Delaney, staff nurse in the Health and Wellness Center; Jill Ferrall, assistant dean for career development, School of Business; Lisa Kaplan, associate professor of biology; and Kathleen Simione, associate professor of accounting in the School of Business.