[box]Brittany Vogel with President John L. Lahey.[/box]

Brittany Vogel, of North Haven, has a knack for identifying and solving issues before they become problems.

As the events coordinator for facilities, Vogel, who earned both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree fromQuinnipiac University, is involved with coordinating the operations of nearly every event hosted on the University’s three campuses.

For her tireless efforts, she has been recognized with the university’s most prestigious staff honor, the Center for Excellence in Service to Students Award.

“Brittany’s attention to detail is nothing short of spectacular,” said Heidi Erickson, senior associate director of admissions. “When working with Brittany, I feel like my event is not only the most important she is working on, but the only event taking place – and I know that is not the case.”

She manages multiple events simultaneously with precision.

“Leading up to events, Brittany has a sense of all the events that are taking place on and around that time,” Erickson said. “From room set-ups, ventilation, food placement to traffic flow, Brittany has thought about all of it. More importantly she’s thought about what the experience of people attending that event should and will be.”

Erickson, a past Center for Excellence honoree and organizer of many of admission’s most prominent events, said Vogel goes above and beyond what is expected of her.

“I couldn’t do my job without her,” she said.

Vogel said the award is particularly poignant because she was nominated by her peers.

“It’s an unbelievable honor,” she said. “One thing I love about this job is having the opportunity to collaborate with such a wide cross-section of the University. It’s a privilege to have a hand in every event that takes place at Quinnipiac – and, more importantly, work with so many talented individuals.”

JoLynn Kennedy, assistant director of facilities and event management, said it’s difficult to find an event with which Vogel is not involved.

“She’s here for open houses, parents weekend, SPB concerts, athletic events, Greek Life philanthropies, orientations, conferences, student programs, major lectures, grand openings, fundraisers, walks, runs and more,” Kennedy said. “Brittany tends to every detail – asking the students if they need an extension cord to play music for their bake sale or recommending a different date if there’s a competing bake sale on that day.”

It’s not unusual for Vogel to begin meeting with organizers a year before their event, or for her to guide them through the entire process.

“The list of events that she has worked on goes on and on and on, more than 3,000 times over,” Kennedy said. “She is organized, trust-worthy, detailed, professional, hard-working committed – and a Bobcat through and through.”

Vogel benefits the entire University, Kennedy said.

“The University truly is a better place because of her and her work,” she said. “And our department is one of the luckiest on campus because she’s one of our own. She’s a gem, pure and simple.”

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