The President’s Distinguished Service Award recognizes the exceptional performance, leadership and service by members of the university staff. The recipients of this award have a record of exemplary performance and distinctive contributions to the operation of an administrative, academic, research or service unit on campus
Lorraine DiPrima has worked tirelessly over her 35 years in business operations within the Division of Student Affairs to modernize campus retail and improve institutional efficiency, saving time and money both for the university and students.
“Lorraine has continuously shown incredible dedication to her department, to our division and to the entire campus,” says Fuller Ming Jr., assistant director for information technology.
Now associate director of Dining Services and previously associate director of the University Book Center, DiPrima has overseen multiple campus-wide initiatives. In the 1990s, she sat on the Student Affairs Computer Coordinating committee, and the advisory committees for the inception of the campus travel card and procurement card for campus use. While at the Book Center, she installed a management system and was the first at the university to accept credit cards. DiPrima is also credited for helping to expand Terrapin Express throughout the campus.
A graduate of SUNY-New Paltz and masters degree recipient from University of Maryland University College, she has provided invaluable insight to campus and the higher-education retail community at large.
“Lorraine exemplifies the long-term dedication and forward-thinking attitude,” says Michael Eismeier, assistant vice chancellor for the University System of Maryland. “She brings a creative mindset to problem solving. Her institutional knowledge of existing processes, mixed with the courage to push for innovation and improvement, are a rare mix.”
Her dedication to helping students has a scope spanning from assisting with academic projects, whether it’s as iSchool class tasked with consulting with a business, to helping 3,000 displaced students when a devastation tornado hit the campus. she finds ways to help.
“I do not exaggerate when I say that this woman never seems to stop or run out of energy,” Ming says.