Public Safety’s Award Recipients Help Keep Campus Safe


2013 Public Safety Award Recipients

On Thursday, February 21, 2013 over 50 people gathered in Low Library for Public Safety's annual Promotion, Awards, and Recognition Ceremony.

Kenneth Finnegan, Director of Investigation and Technology Projects, welcomed attendees and introduced the outstanding team members whose dedication and service help make Columbia's campus safe.  Finnigan was joined by Robert Kasdin, Columbia's Senior Executive Vice President, Joseph Ienuso, Executive Vice President of Columbia University Facilities, Jewelnel Davis, University Chaplain and Associate Provost, and representatives from the local NYPD precincts. 

 This year's recipients are:


Sergeant: Clinton Allen

Director: Peter Phalon

Perfect Attendance Awards

1 Year:   Adam Alhassan, Security Officer

               John Biggs, Sergeant

               Noel Cole, Security Officer

               Patrick Danville, Assistant Director

               Bidemi Fasoye, Security Officer

               John Gerrish, Director

               Passley Hutchinson, Security Officer

               Ricardo Morales, Manager

               Lewis Murray, Security Officer

               Victor Seale, Sergeant

               Lauren Staake, Manager

               Bryan Violetto, Fire Safety Officer

               Yiling Tang, Director

2 Years:  Adeyemi Adegoke, Security Officer

                Pericles Almanzar, Security Officer

                Emmanuel Asante, Security Officer

                Gil E Lugo, Security Officer

                Wilmer Martinez, Security Officer

                James McShane, Vice President

                Matthew Meneely,Administrative Coordinator

                Anthony Trabucco, Assistant Manager

                Robert Williams, Security Officer

3 Years:  Cameron Walker-Miller, Project Coordinator                               

5 Years:  Laurie Edwards, Security Officer

                Delano Steele, Captain

6 Years:  Patrick Oakley, Sergeant

9 Years:  Jaime Rodriguez, Security Officer

12 Years:  Michael Layne, Security Officer

Exceptional Service Award: Asha Bacchus, Manager

Ricardo Morales - Crime Prevention Award: Bidemi Fasoye, Security Officer

28 awards were given out for perfect attendance, highlighted by Security Officers Jaime Rodriguez, who has held a perfect attendance for 9 years, and Michael Layne, who has not missed a day of work for 12 years and counting!

Francisco Burgos, Superintendent, and Hector Gorritz, Resident Manager of Facilities Residential Operations, were honored for their outstanding dedication and service for helping make Columbia a safer campus.  Burgos and Gorritz recently helped stop a robbery in the community by alerting Public Safety and other authorities.

Jim McShane, vice president for Public Safety, said, "Each person has adhered to Public Safety's principles of pride, professionalism, and service and has gone above the call of duty to make our campus safer.  I am proud of this year's group and look forward to many more successes."

Francisco Burgos and Hector Gorritz were honored for helping to stop a robbery in the community