SUNY Chancellor Award Winners

L-r: Joanne White, Gary Moore, Christopher Tomasi, Cyril (Skip) Merrick, and President Dr. John M. AndersonFour members of Alfred State College's staff were honored with the SUNY (State University of New York) Chancellor's Award for Excellence this spring.  Those so honored were Gary Moore, Geneseo, staff associate, Athletics, Excellence in Professional Service; Cyril (Skip) Merrick, Belmont, associate professor and chair, Automotive Trades Department, Excellence in Faculty Service; Christopher Tomasi, Cuba, associate professor, Mechanical Engineering Technology Department, Excellence in Teaching; and new this year, the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Classified Service, Joanne White, Wellsville,secretary, Student Life.

Recipients were honored at the college's annual recognition luncheon held at the end of the spring semester.

The four are among more than 100 classroom teachers, librarians, professional and classified service employees in the SUNY system cited for excellence in the performance of their duties.

Announcement of the winners was made by SUNY officials who 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.

The Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service recognizes a member of the professional staff who has provided outstanding service to Alfred State College and demonstrates excellence in professional activities beyond the job description.

Among Moore's accomplishments, he was especially cited for being a "dedicated athlete, employee, coach, and college and community citizen.  He has left his mark on countless student athletes and is one of the College's (and SUNY's) best ambassadors.  He has become a role model for others in his profession and has built a nationally recognized and respected track and field program at Alfred State College." Moore was also cited for "his pursuit of excellence, his exceptionally high standards, and his consistently superior professional achievement."

The Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service recognizes an academic faculty member who has provided outstanding and sustained service to the Alfred State College campus, the University, the community, disciplinary and professional organizations or within faculty governance.  The award also requires that the faculty member has distinguished him or herself through outstanding service at the state, national, or international level. 

Merrick, who joined the faculty in 1980, was cited for quickly becoming "known for his commitment, ingenuity, and energy in developing service opportunities that benefited the college, the students, and the community. Skip's service to the campus is as varied and extensive as that he provides to his community."

The Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching 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.

Tomasi was cited for performing "superbly in the classroom at the undergraduate level, consistent with SUNY's commitment to providing the highest quality of education to students.  He consistently demonstrates the highest level of teaching expertise in the highly technical mechanical engineering technology program.  His teaching philosophy places extreme importance on the responsibilities and influences of teaching faculty. He endeavors to inspire the students to perform at levels much higher than required to meet current standards. His ability to remain current and to exceed industry standards in course delivery demonstrates his passion for teaching."

The Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Classified Service 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.

White was cited for her "outgoing, generous, and hardworking nature.  She helps new employees [of the Student Life Office] become assimilated to their surroundings by making introductions to other members of the community, preparing their work space, and answering questions.  She is a fountain of knowledge and continues to be an effective guide" as the new employees become more comfortable in their roles. "It is obvious JoAnne loves what she does.  She serves as a role model for every member of the Alfred State community."