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The Passing of Ms. Uriella Perkins

From the President's Desk

To: The Rensselaer Community
Re: The Passing of Ms. Uriella Perkins

It is with great sadness that I write to inform you of the death of Ms. Uriella Perkins on August 27, 2020. She was 34.

Ms. Perkins was the Manager of Student Employment and began employment with Rensselaer on November 26, 2018. In her position, Ms. Perkins provided leadership for the Institute’s on-campus student employment programs, including coordination of all on-campus student employment opportunities, as well as job development and position promotions activities. She served as the primary information source about the student employment process for current and prospective students and their families, student employment liaisons, and supervisors on campus for both Federal Work Study (FWS) and non-FWS opportunities. Ms. Perkins collaborated with departments across campus to ensure compliance with federal and state regulations, as well as Institute policies.

Prior to serving as Manager of Student Employment at Rensselaer, Ms. Perkins was employed by Northern Rivers Family Services. She also held the position of Recruitment and Retention Specialist for Northeast Parent & Child Society, and various Human Resource positions for a number of local organizations including the Research Foundation of SUNY and the Commission on Economic Opportunity in Troy.

Ms. Perkins was an active member of the Capital Region Human Resource Association Diversity Committee, President/Coordinator of Habitat for Humanity Partnership, and member and Board Secretary of the Capital District Habitat for Humanity. She volunteered for many local organizations, including Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Feed the Children International-Honduras, and Relay for Life.

Ms. Perkins was a graduate of the College of Saint Rose and held an MBA with an advanced certificate in nonprofit management. She also held a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in human resources. Ms. Perkins was a member of Alpha Kappa Delta.

Ms. Perkins is survived by her husband, Marcus Graham, and children Selah and Uzziya. Calling hours will be Thursday, September 3, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Ackley, Ross & Gariepy Funeral Home, 73 West Main St., Cambridge. A graveside funeral service will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday, September 4, at the Evergreen Cemetery in Salem.

Our deepest thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, and colleagues of Ms. Uriella Perkins.