Coordinator for Veteran and Military Services Mindy Boenning Receives Excellence in Professional Service Award
By Hope Ferguson, senior writer, Office of Communications and Government Relations
June 16, 2014
Mindy Boenning, at left, of Watertown, was selected as a recipient of the Empire State College Foundation Award for Excellence in Professional Service.
Boenning, coordinator for military and veteran services, works from the college’s Fort Drum location. Boenning is described by Dean Nikki Shrimpton as a “consummate professional [who] works tirelessly to serve our students and mentors alike.” Boenning’s professional duties include student services, recruitment and retention, academic support and community outreach. One colleague noted, “Mindy is consistently outstanding at performing the broad range of duties associated with this unique and multifaceted position.”
Boenning is described by colleagues as a leader and a problem-solver. Working with military and veteran students, Boenning must navigate complex military systems to ensure that students move smoothly from their first contact with the college through graduation. She advocates for students, but also is willing to be forthcoming when a student’s case cannot be supported. In addition, she supplies creative advice and assistance to mentors who might be dealing with complex student issues, serving as a valuable resource to students and faculty alike.
In her job, Boenning needs to be adaptable and flexible. One of her duties has been to assure success of a number of eight-week classroom-based courses and study groups offered at the Army’s request. These include Arabic classes for soldiers preparing to deploy to Iraq and developmental math and English courses for soldiers preparing to take eligibility tests for certain military occupations. She also has played an important role in arranging classes for soldiers in the Warrior in Transition (Wounded Warrior) Unit.
Boenning also has offered service to the college as the Central New York alternate on the Student Affairs Committee and her regular work organizing the Student Academic Conference. A number of students wrote letters of support for her nomination for the award.
About the Foundation Award for Excellence in Professional Service
The award for Excellence in Professional Service recognizes superb performance in fulfilling the duties in the job description, demonstrated flexibility and adaptability to institutional needs and excellence in the areas of innovative leadership, decision-making and problem-solving.