Resolution J1069-2013

Honoring Mary M. Lai upon the occasion of her designation as a 2013 Long Island Center for Business and Professional Women Achiever

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  • Apr 17, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Apr 17, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Apr 3, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  honoring  Mary  M. Lai upon the occasion of her
designation as a 2013 Long Island Center for Business  and  Professional
Women Achiever

WHEREAS,  Individuals  who give of their time and energies and serve the
best interests of their communities are an asset beyond remuneration and
cannot be sufficiently extolled; and
  WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to  pay  tribute  to
outstanding  individuals who distinguish themselves through their excep-
tional performance, attaining  unprecedented  success  and  the  highest
level of personal achievement; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to honor Mary
M. Lai upon the occasion of her designation as a 2013 Long Island Center
for Business and Professional Women Achiever; this  auspicious  occasion
will  be  celebrated at the Center's 34th Annual Achievers' Awards Gala,
to be held on Wednesday, May 8, 2013; and
  WHEREAS, For more than thirty-five years, the Long Island  Center  for
Business and Professional Women has been dedicated to advancing women in
business, industry and the professions; and
  WHEREAS,  The  Long  Island Center for Business and Professional Women
celebrates and honors women who are leaders, mentors and who have opened
doors for other women  to  help  foster  their  rise  in  business,  the
professions and in their community; and
  WHEREAS,  A  living legend in higher education finance, Mary M. Lai is
the Treasurer Emerita of Long Island University  (LIU);  she  was  LIU's
first  Chief  Financial Officer and one of the first women in the United
States to rise to that rank; and
  WHEREAS, Mary M. Lai is likely the longest-serving  academic  business
officer  in  America; she is in her 67th year of full-time employment at
LIU and remains an integral part of the University administration, serv-
ing as Treasurer Emerita and senior adviser; and
  WHEREAS, On July 27, 2012, Mary M. Lai was named the Inaugural Recipi-
ent of National Association of College and University Business Officers'
Pathfinder Award which recognizes individuals who have made longstanding
contributions to the business officer profession; and
  WHEREAS, Mary M. Lai helped build the foundation for  the  success  of
the  National  Association  of College and University Business Officers;
she was responsible for the advancement of the business officer  profes-
sion in the United States; and
  WHEREAS,  Mary  M. Lai earned a B.S. in Accounting from LIU's Brooklyn
campus, graduating magna cum laude in 1942; and
  WHEREAS, In 1941, Mary M. Lai married her college sweetheart,  William
T.  "Buck" Lai, a graduate of the LIU Class of 1941; and
  WHEREAS,  This  auspicious  occasion presents a unique opportunity for
this Legislative Body to recognize and pay tribute to Mary M. Lai; and
  WHEREAS, It is the sense of  this  Legislative  Body  that  those  who
enhance  the  well-being and vitality of their profession and community,
and have shown a long and sustained commitment to excellence,  certainly
have  earned  the recognition and applause of all citizens of this great
Empire State; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
honor  Mary  M.  Lai upon the occasion of her designation as a 2013 Long
Island Center for Business and Professional Women Achiever;  and  be  it
further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Mary M. Lai.

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