ILR School awards staff and faculty for excellence and recognizes staff years of service

Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR) staff recognized for years of service.


Pamela Staub, administrative assistant at the School of Industrial and Labor Relations, was recognized for 35 years of service at the ILR School’s annual Employee Recognition Ceremony May 8 in Ives Hall. Also recognized were 18 staff members celebrating a 5th-year anniversary (5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years) of Cornell service; four faculty members receiving ILR Resident Faculty Awards; and three staff members receiving Employee Recognition Awards.

Kevin Hallock, the Kenneth F. Kahn ’69 Dean of ILR, recognized Adam Litwin, associate professor of labor relations, law and history, with the MacIntyre Award for Exemplary Teaching.

Rachel Alkes and Verónica Martínez-Matsuda, both assistant professors of labor relations, law and history, received the Robert N. Stern Award for Teaching and Mentoring. Jordan Harris, ILR graduate student, was recognized with the General Mills Award for Exemplary Graduate Teaching.

Claire Concepcion and David Yantorno, in Ithaca, and Katherine Solis-Fonte, in the New York City ILR office, received Employee Recognition Awards. Noting that these awards are given to people who go beyond expectations and are based on multiple nominating letters, Hallock said that Concepcion is known for being attentive, professional, consistent and timely. Her nominators appreciated her work ethic and “clear and direct approach,” calling her flexible and efficient, with kindness and respect for all.

Yantorno, an advertising, marketing and communications expert, has helped the school adopt new digital technologies that improve communication and collaboration, brought down costs, is unfailing and goes well beyond his job description. He is “a colleague with whom we all want to work,” said Hallock.

Solis-Fonte is approachable and cooperative, optimistic and gracious, friendly and professional, according to her nominators. She is “generous with her time, and is always willing to help her co-workers” – and “does it all with grace, good spirit and kindness,” they say.

Celebrating 5-year service anniversaries were Lisa Csencsits, Norma Gunn, and Elona Pira; 10 years: John Barry, Lori Biechele, Rodney Bouchey, Gloria Loehle, Melissa Manning, Katrina Nobles, and Jennifer Weidner; 15 years: Christine Cotton and Lorie Sellen-Gross; 20 years: Brigid Beachler, Jasminy Joe, Joanne Kenyon, Anu Lyons, and Larisa Vygran; and 25 years: Alice Torres.