On Dec. 13, the Office of the President celebrated those men and women whose generous work ethic and longstanding dedication shape Fordham’s life and character every day.
Five employees received the 1841 Award Medal for Service of 20 or 40 years. Together, they represented more than 100 years of University service. They are:
Fernando Castillo, Facilities Services at Lincoln Center: Castillo began his Fordham career as a mechanic and was promoted to engineer. A native of the Philippines, Castillo works on the second shift at the Lincoln Center campus, where he frequently handles heating and cooling operations for after-hour events.
Anita Bisecco, Custodial Services at Rose Hill: Recognized by her supervisors for exceptional work and a polite disposition, Bisecco had worked in custodial services cross-campus—from Dealy Hall to the William D. Walsh Family Library, to her present position in the Administration Building.
Nathan Bahny, Quinn Library staff: Bahny has bar-coded books and periodicals, maintained hundreds of library stacks, and now helps run the library’s online Reserve system. His encyclopedic knowledge of just about everything on reserve in the Quinn collection makes him a favorite among faculty and staff.
Anthony “Tony” Romeo, Facilities Services at Rose Hill: A 40-year employee, Romeo ran the Rose Hill Gas Station when it was in existence. Since the station’s closure, Romeo has worn several other hats in facilities, including serving as a shop steward for the facilities workers, acting as their advocate and ensuring everyone receives a fair shake.
Debra L. Rivera, Fordham Law School: Rivera works in the Office of Faculty Support, where she provides administrative support to tenured, tenure-track and visiting professors. Among her duties are providing teaching support, and editing articles and books. Rivera is also a Fordham alumna; she holds a master’s degree in political science from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.