Business Department, Alfred State College, and April Lawrence, Arkport, a member of the college’s secretarial staff, Office of the Vice President for Administration and Enrollment, were honored recently with the SUNY (State University of New York) Chancellor's Award for Excellence this spring. Presentation was made at the college's annual recognition luncheon held at the end of the spring semester.
Damrath and Lawrence are among more than 100 classroom teachers, librarians, and professional service employees in the SUNY system cited for excellence in the performance of their duties.
Announcement of the winners was made this spring by SUNY Chancellor Dr. Nancy L. Zimpher. The chancellor noted that the selection of recipients follows the recommendation by the SUNY Advisory Committee on Awards. The committee reviews nominations from the faculty, students, and colleagues of the recipients throughout the 64-campus system.
Each winner receives a cast bronze medallion, suitable to be worn at academic ceremonies, and an inscribed certificate.
Damrath won the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching which has as its primary criterion mastery of teaching techniques and superb skill in teaching. Candidates must evidence flexible and adaptive instruction that takes student needs and interests into consideration in order to maximize student learning. Scholarship, professional growth, and service are also components of the award.
Damrath’s citation read, in part, “has consistently demonstrated superb skill in teaching.” His “mastery of teaching, dedication to students, adherence to the highest academic standards, and continued professional achievements are reflected” in his selection for this honor.
“Associate Professor Damrath’s teaching philosophy places extreme importance on the responsibilities and influences of teaching faculty. He endeavors to inspire the student to perform at levels much higher than required to meet current standards. His value added philosophy in each course makes him a highly proved member of the academic faculty at Alfred State College. Joe effectively teaches a broad spectrum of students, and he is exacting in his ability to address their various backgrounds; he understands that students need guidance in academics as well as within the current society where they live and work. Professor Damrath also demonstrates his dedication to the success and well-being of each student in his care by scheduling abundant time for students and advisees to meet with him at their convenience. He possesses mastery of subject matter as evidenced by his earned degrees, his continuous scholar and professional growth.”
Lawrence won the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service which was established to give SUNY-wide recognition for superior performance and extraordinary achievement by employees in the Classified Service. These awards demonstrate SUNY’s commitment to individuals who provide superior service to its students and the community at large.
Lawrence’s citation read, in part: “April regularly exemplifies excellence in the way she goes about her daily responsibilities. She not only has professional training in secretarial science but it comes naturally to her and she continues to develop and enhance her skills. She routinely looks at office operations and finds areas where she can streamline procedures. Without being asked, she has taken over the departmental budget planning and monitoring, completing certain reports, updating publications and organizing various projects. April has developed and implemented many college-wide initiatives. From student-oriented projects, to community service as well as projects to support other staff members, April is always scanning the horizon to see where she can help. A number of initiatives that April developed long ago are either still in use or have been a springboard for current procedures. April excels beyond the scope of her job description. Her breadth of experience gives her many opportunities to reach outside the parameters of her job. April is always willing to fill in for other offices when they are short handed and is quick to mentor new employees. April’s support for the College is always evident and customer service skills are exemplary. When handling the most difficult person she typically resolves or at least diffuses the situation. If the problem is outside our division, rather than simply pass it along she stays with the family until she is sure they have the answer they need.”
Members of the faculty and staff at Alfred State College were honored recently for their years of service at the college. Those honored for 30 years included Cherylene Furlong, supervising janitor, Facilities Services; Lawrence Perkins, Andover, plumber/steamfitter, Facilities Services; Neil Benedict, Wellsville, associate vice president of student life; Linda Jessup, Alfred Station, keyboard specialist, Library Services; Kathleen Bayus, Alfred Station, secretary I, Communications; Counseling Services. Honorees received a certificate and college watch to commemorate the occasion.
Members of the faculty and staff at Alfred State College were honored recently for their years of service at the college. Those ASC employees honored for 25 years included Andrew Bayus, Alfred Station, director of college housing, Residential and Business Operations; Patricia Lewis-Brownell, Wellsville, secretary I, Student Services; Larry Drumm, motor equipment mechanic, Facilities Services; Roger Elias, Bolivar, maintenance assistant, Facilities Services; Electrical Engineering Technology. Honorees received a college chair and a certificate to commemorate the occasion.
Members of the faculty and staff at Alfred State College were honored recently for their years of service at the college. Those employees honored for 20 years included Social and Behavioral Sciences. Honorees received a college clock and a certificate to commemorate the occasion.
Members of the faculty and staff at Alfred State College were honored recently for their years of service at the college. Those employees honored for 10 years included Casey Gross, associate dean for judicial affairs; Physical and Health Sciences; and Randall Woodworth, cleaner, Facilities Services. Honorees received a certificate and a college umbrella.
Alfred State College President Dr. John M. Anderson recently honored two members of the college faculty with the President’s “Innovation Award” to acknowledge innovative thinking and problem solving. Honored for their “creative approaches to their respective disciplines,” Jeffrey Johnston, assistant professor, health information technology) experiencing a downward enrollment trend and predicted that she could revitalize it. The program has steadily grown, and currently boasts an enrollment of 175 online students.”
Several Alfred State College faculty and staff members were honored recently as recipients of the Pioneer Award which recognizes those members of the organization who demonstrate the following characteristics: commitment to the mission and goals of the college, meaningful and measurable positive impact on the college, role modeling, and a high level of performance.
The award carries with it prize money of $225 for each recipient. This year’s winners included Student Records & Financial Services.
Piotrowski’s nomination read, in part: “Tim expressed interest in the pilot program, Faculty in Residence (FIR) in Burdick Hall, and from that point took the lead in forming this position into the asset it is today. In conjunction with the FIR program, a new Living and Learning Community was also formed in Burdick Hall. Tim ‘hit the ground running’ by, not only meeting, but exceeding the goals set for the program, including student retention, engaging students in their residence hall community, and helping students to become better acquainted with faculty outside of the classroom setting.”
Coombs’ nomination noted, in part: “Lisa is responsible for the two largest departments on campus. She accomplishes seemingly impossible assignments in time, under budget, and with a smile. Lisa works well with faculty, concerned parents, and confused students. She juggles her responsibilities with ease, spent hours overseeing the renovation of the commuter lounge in SDC, and organizes the Composition 1503 final examination from start to finish; every year our efficiency increased because of her incredible organizational and problem solving skills. Lisa maintains confidentiality, treats everyone with respect, and is especially patient and understanding with students in difficulty.
Cline’s nomination read, in part: “Glen is very thorough and meticulous in his responsibilities. He takes his responsibilities very seriously and is not often far from his work. Most recently this was evidenced in a trip to a coffee shop where he met a man who removes silos. Alfred State had recently had an estimate for $170,000 to remove old silos from the college farm. After speaking with this man, Glen was able to get the silos removed for less than $30,000, saving the college nearly $150,000. This is not the first time Glen’s diligence saved the college time, money, or both, but it may be the first time a cup of coffee saved the college $150,000!”
Petrilli’s nomination read, in part: “Chris is a very dedicated employee and supervisor. She is always positive and always seeking the very best for the college whether it be in choosing good employees, encouraging those under her, or finding better ways and equipment to do the job. Chris has put in many years of wonderful service. She treats her employees fairly and is a true role model.”
Conklin’s nomination read, in part: “Sue has been a valuable asset to the Student Records & Financial Services Office since November 2000. She works exceptionally well with students and her peers. She is always helpful and willing to assist students and parents no matter how busy she is. Sue is always calm and patient even during crazy busy registration time! She goes the extra mile to help the person she is waiting on and as well as her co-workers. Because of her wealth of knowledge and years of experience she has become the department’s go-to-person. Sue is always sure to tell her co-workers that they do a good job which in turn promotes a positive atmosphere. There is always a smile on her face which goes great with her sense of humor. It is her dedication not only to the college but to her co-workers all over campus that she deserves this Pioneer Award.”
Alfred State College’s WINS Club (Women in Non-traditional Studies--though membership is open to all students) recently conducted its spring fund raiser to donate money for perishable items to area food pantries and to a nonprofit organization that connects caring communities to the world's poorest villages to create self-sufficiency and pride. Four checks totaling $240 were sent to the Alfred Station Food Pantry, the Salvation Army in Wellsville, Steuben Rural Ministry, and to Both Your Hands in Alden. Pictured from l-r: David Knoop, Fort Plain, architectural technology 2011 graduate and club co-vice president; Joy Carlson,RA, AIA, professor and club adviser, Alfred State College Computer Imaging and Architectural Engineering Technology Department; and Melanie Anderson, North Tonawanda, architectural technology senior and president.
Alfred State College recently announced promotions for faculty and staff. Included among those receiving promotions in the Division of Academic Affairs and their new titles: In the School of Applied Technology: John Williams, Alfred, dean, School of Management and Engineering Technology.
Included among those receiving promotions and their new titles are, in the President’s Office: Hollie Hall, executive assistant to the president, and Jayne Swanson, Belfast, associate vice president for Academic Affairs.
Included among those receiving promotions in the Division of Administration and Enrollment and their new titles are, in the area of Facilities Services: Kurt Boxhorn, Belmont, plant utility engineer II; Steve Scott, Andover, janitor; Cameron Densmore, Wellsville, laborer; Priscilla Cusson, Hornell, janitor; Bruce Jamison, Canisteo, maintenance supervisor I; John Kaffitz, Wellsville, laborer; Cheryl Post, janitor; Ted Steffey, plant utility engineer I; Jeff Ordway, Andover, plant utility engineer I; Lawrence Fox, Whitesville, general mechanic; Lawrence Perkins, Andover, supervisor of grounds; William Greene, Andover, grounds worker; Steve Perkins, plant utility engineer I; Roger Elias, Bolivar, general mechanic; Barry Young, Hornell, maintenance assistant; Janice Slocum, Wellsville, janitor; Kyle Winans, Andover, plumber & steamfitter; Greg Cole, SUNY campus worker 1; Marlene Bartoo, cleaner; Edward Abbott, Hornell, SUNY campus worker 1; and Will Mlott, Canisteo, general mechanic.
Included among those receiving promotions in the Division of Administration and Enrollment and their new titles are, in the Admissions Department: Elizabeth Weber, secretary 1, and Julie Barber, admissions assistant. Promotions in the Division of Student Affairs, Barbara Brockway, Dansville, secretary II; and in the Division of Academic Affairs: Deb Tomm, Alfred Station, keyboard specialist II.
Retirees of Alfred State College were honored recently at the school's annual recognition luncheon. Faculty and staff members who retired this year include Susan Drake, Canisteo, keyboard specialist, Culinary Arts Department; Dale Angood, Wellsville, instructional support specialist, School of Management and Engineering Technology; Rodney Alexander, Arkport, plumber/steamfitter, Facilities Services; Sandra Wells, janitor; Michael Crandall, Almond, painter, Facilities Services; Carolyn Pratt, Hornell, cleaner, Facilities Services; Donald Kane, university police officer I, UP; Madeline Parini, Hornell, laborer, Maintenance and Operations; Jack Harvey, Almond, plant utility engineer I, Facilities Services; Richard Perkins, Andover, grounds supervisor, Maintenance and Operations; James Schieder, Hornell, electrician, Maintenance and Operations; Betty Washburn, Almond, senior mail and supply clerk, Mailroom; Roxanne Halsey, cleaner, Facilities Services; Tom Dawson, Addison, senior staff assistant, Technology Services; Cyril Merrick, Belmont, associate professor and chair, Automotive Trades; Edward Derowitsch, Andover, associate professor, Electrician and Computer Technician; Dennis Prutsman, Troupsburg, professor, Building Trades; Arlyn Smith, Wellsville, professor, Electrician and Computer Technician; David Aylor, Angelica, associate professor, Building Trades; Dr. Richard Kellogg, Alfred, professor, Social and Behavioral Sciences; Kathleen Feldman, Almond, director, Athletics; Joseph Foreman, Hornell, professor, Social and Behavioral Sciences; Darryl Huels, senior counselor, Counseling Services; Judith Grant, Andover, director, Health Services; Daniel Platania, Wellsville, associate professor, Business; Mary Ann Weber, Andover, personnel associate, Human Resources; Mary Ann Condon, Hornell, professor, Physical and Health Sciences; and Charles Andrus, Andover, plant utility engineer I, Facilities Services. All retirees received a certificate and an engraved pewter plate to commemorate their time at the college.