Jack F. Quinn Jr. has just a couple days left before retirement to clean out his office and say goodbyes to staff. His last official act as president of Erie Community College came on Wednesday at a lunchtime ceremony in the board room of the City Campus.
Quinn honored Cory Stoczynski, a part-time clerk in the college's transportation office, with a President's Recognition Award. Stoczynski has a mild form of autism known as Asperger's syndrome, which in his case is marked by a peculiar way of speaking, a remarkable memory for names and numbers, and an intense focus on routines. It also makes him prone to awkward social interactions.
At ECC, he is considered one of the best workers "of all time," Quinn said.
The outgoing president then called Stoczynski to the lectern.
"We invited you here because we've got something for you," he said.
"Me?" Stoczynski responded, to a roar of laughter from about 40 college staff and Stoczynski's parents, Bob and Colleen, sister Kristen, and grandmother Loretta. The occasion included pizza and cake.
Quinn nodded yes and handed him the certificate, tucked inside a diploma cover.
Stoczynski, 28, couldn't have been prouder.
"I don't know what to tell you, but I'm very thrilled," he said. "I don't know what else to say, but I'm so touched to my heart."
He then thanked, among others, Quinn and Shannon Munch, an administrative assistant in the office of the dean of students.
Stoczynski lives in Lancaster and works three days per week at the college, where he's well known for his computer wizardry, booming voice and unfailing willingness to work hard. He graduated from Lancaster High School and receives assistance through the state Office for People with Developmental Disabilities and through People Inc. The agencies helped him land an internship at ECC in 2013, and that turned into a regular job.
He's responsible for doing much of the data entry for the college's transportation office, including logging student bus passes by student identification numbers.
Tasks that would take most people two hours Stoczynski will complete "in 20 minutes – and no mistakes," said Munch. "He's a great worker. And he's a huge part of all of our lives."
Quinn said Stoczynski also volunteers at college orientation sessions and at the annual commencement ceremony.
"He's like a jack of all trades. Anything you ask this young man to do for the college he does, with a smile and with a thank you," said Quinn.
Bob Stoczynski said his son is introverted and doesn't have a large social network, but he truly enjoys his work at ECC and working with his campus colleagues.
"People don't know how to take him when they first meet him," he said. "Once you get to know him, he's a great kid. I'm proud to have him as a son."
Outside of work, Cory Stoczynski is a second-level black belt in tae kwan do and plays drums.
Quinn's tenure as ECC's 10th president concludes on Friday. He said he was going out on a "high note" with the celebration for Stoczynski.
"Of all the duties I've had to do here, budgets and audits and dormitories and funding, what a way for me to go, to leave this place with this kind of memory," said Quinn. "He's a model for our students. He's a model for our staff. He's the best."