Exceptional Staff Members Receive Awards

Mar 29, 2021

Ron Lincoski and Eric Sabo earn Vulcan Staff Awards for their commitment and service to Cal U.

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Ronald Lincoski (left), winner of the Vulcan Exceptional Service Award, and Eric Sabo, recipient of the Vulcan President's Circle Award. 

Meet Cal U’s newest outstanding staff award winners. 

At the spring Faculty-Staff Convocation, interim President Robert Thorn announced Ronald Lincoski, assistant director of trades in the Facilities Management Office, as the winner of the Vulcan Exceptional Service Award and Eric Sabo, senior Windows system engineer for University Technology Services,  as the recipient of the Vulcan President’s Circle Award. 

The Exceptional Service Award recognizes a staff member’s responsiveness to others’ needs, willingness to remove barriers, and caring support for students, families, fellow employees and other community members. 

The President’s Circle Award recognizes outstanding job performance, with an emphasis on collaboration and cooperation, commitment to the University and innovation that improves the quality of service or results in cost savings. 

Nominations for the Fall 2021 staff awards are now open. Visit https://calu.edu/news/announcements/view.asp?ID=24342.

Members of the campus community – faculty, staff and/or students – nominate candidates for the awards. A committee uses a rubric to identify the award recipients anonymously. Awards are presented in the fall and spring semesters. 

For Lincoski, a day’s work means being responsive to those making requests and being professional yet personal with members of his team. 

“It’s been a very challenging year with COVID and the news of the upcoming integration,” Lincoski said. “But through it all, one thing has remained the same, and that is the personnel in Facilities as well as other departments stepping up and doing what was necessary to keep the University operating.” 

Michael Kanalis, director of Facilities Management, noted Lincoski’s history of stellar work at the University. 

“Ron was foreman of our electrical shop when I arrived at Cal U,” Kanalis said. “Since that time, he has always been an individual I could count on to get work done. His work ethic has not changed. He ensures work gets done correctly and in a timely manner. He has the respect of the individuals of the shops that report to him, he’s quick to assist individuals around campus as needed, and he always comes to work with a positive attitude.” 

Sabo continued to help the UTech team manage the University’s remote learning needs and added the responsibility of implementing multi-factor authentication (MFA) to keep accounts more secure. 

“In the 20 years I have worked here, I have been a part of many improvements, advances, and expansions at the University and the University Technology Services Department,” Sabo said. “I am very proud to be a part of this University and to receive this honor.” 

“During the recent MFA rollout, Eric’s calm, thoughtful and meticulous approach helped many faculty and staff through the adoption of this important technology,” said Paul Allison, associate vice president for University Technology Services. “Eric went above and beyond, being accessible to those who needed his help, while at the same time working with technology leadership to assure that the systems were not adversely affected by the introduction of MFA. We are one of only a few PASSHE schools that have achieved staff- and faculty-wide MFA use and we have Eric to thank for his significant part in this effort.”