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FIT Staff Member From Union City, NJ, Receives New York State Award for Excellence in Classified Service

Aladino Rodriguez of Union City, NJ, assistant coordinator in the Office of International Programs at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City, has been honored with a Chancellorís Award for Excellence in the Classified Service from the State University of New York (SUNY).

The Chancellorís Award for Excellence in the Classified Service recognizes superior performance and extraordinary achievement by Classified Service employees.  This award demonstrates SUNYís commitment to individuals who are outstanding in their service to students and the community at large.

Rodriguez joined FIT in 2002 and became a member of the Office of International Programs in 2003.  He sought ways to streamline the study abroad application process and created creative technological programs that resulted in increased study abroad enrollment.  Rodriguezís responsibilities include coordinating department web communications and study abroad programs, acting as database manager, and assisting with communications and customer service for the Office of International Programs.  He communicates with approximately 22 international institutions and coordinates more than 500 online study abroad applications each semester.

Rodriguezís capabilities led to his selection as a Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship Program panelist from a nationwide group of study abroad advisors, faculty, and administrators.  In this capacity, he reviewed more than 75 scholarship applications for study abroad funding provided by the U.S. Department of State.  Rodriguez speaks Arabic and Spanish in addition to English and taught Arabic for two semesters through FITís Muslim Students Association.

Prior to his academic career, Rodriguez worked in database management and information analysis in the finance industry.  Born in the Bronx and raised in Yonkers, NY, he has studied at FIT and the New School for Social Research.

FIT, a leader in career-oriented education, is a selective college of art and design, business and technology of the State University of New York (SUNY), with 46 majors leading to the AAS, BFA, BS, MA, MFA, and MPS degrees.  The college serves more than 10,000 students and offers courses in a wide range of fields.  Visit www.fitnyc.edu.

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