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Image: Silvana Monaco, in Physical Facilities at Binghamton, has supported the University via payroll deduction since she joined the staff in 1990.
Silvana Monaco, in Physical Facilities at Binghamton, has supported the University via payroll deduction since she joined the staff in 1990. Image Credit: Jonathan Cohen.

When faculty and staff make gifts to support Binghamton University, they send an important message to alumni and friends that they — who are among those closest to the University and know it from the inside out — believe so strongly in Binghamton’s mission that they are willing to support it through their philanthropy as well as on the job.

That’s a powerful endorsement and one that Silvana Monaco has been making since she joined Binghamton in 1990 as a cleaner in the residence halls.

Since then, Monaco, now a maintenance supervisor, has been contributing some of every paycheck to help fund a scholarship for children of Physical Facilities employees.

Recipients must demonstrate financial need and be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate-degree program at Binghamton.

Monaco simply said she likes to help people, especially those in need.

“That’s the way I was raised,” she said. “That’s why we’re here, to help people.”

Over the years, Monaco has seen the University evolve, with her work supporting that growth and helping to enhance the learning environment for students. Her charitable gifts play a meaningful role in that, too.