Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a series of profiles of 2014 Student Employee of the Year nominees. The winner will be announced at a luncheon Thursday, April 17
What do the Clery Act Daily Crime Log; major overhaul of the campus safety office filing system; the 2012 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report; the Keuka College Emergency Management Plan; and the 2013 Campus Safety Annual Activity Report have in common?
All were projects worked on by senior Karina Cochran, a Cortland resident and sociology major and psychology minor who works in the Office of Campus Safety.
“The Clery Act Daily Crime Log and the overhaul of the filing system were worked on by Cochran and other student workers,” said Pat Kasnick, director of campus safety, who nominated Cochran for the Student Employee of the Year Award, “while the last three documents were produced only by Karina.”
Throughout all of these projects, Ksanick said Cochran “worked tirelessly to accomplish the work assigned to her—including the many rewrites and editing made necessary by my ongoing changes,” said Kasnick. “She always produced her assignments in a timely manner and was amenable to phone calls in order to provide more information or clarification. When it was necessary she took it upon herself to adjust her work hours in order to accommodate timelines set by me.”
Kasnick said the 2013 Campus Safety Annual Activity Report attests to the quality of Cochran’s work and exemplifies her attention to detail and perfectionist nature.
“This report may be viewed by any interested person and portions of it are, in fact, posted on the campus safety web page as required by federal law for purposes of viewing by the public,” said Kasnick. “Necessarily, they must reflect the professional standards expected by Keuka College and NMS Security.”
A 30-year veteran in government service, Kasnick has managed and supervised numerous administrative and clerical staff.
“If I were to conduct an annual performance evaluation on Karina, I would not hesitate to place her at the very top of the rating scale,” Kasnick said. “Karina showed herself to be a quick learner and she often took it upon herself to find solutions to some vexing formatting problems. She did not hesitate to make contact with me when there were questions or problems that cropped up during report preparation.
Added Kasnick: “Campus safety will greatly miss Karina’s knowledge, skills and abilities when she graduates later this year. If I had a full-time permanent position to offer her today I would not hesitate to hire her on the spot.”