Faculty and Staff Receive Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence

Alfred State President John M. Anderson, Cole, Sammons, Stevens, and Ellis

Pictured here are the 2012 recipients, l-r: Alfred State President John M. Anderson, Cole, Sammons, Stevens, and Ellis.

Alfred State faculty and staff were recently honored with Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching, Faculty Service, Professional Service, and Classified Service. Norm Ellis of Hornell, NY, received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching; Jeffrey Stevens of Wellsville, NY, received the award in Faculty Service; Gregory Sammons was honored with the Professional Service award; and Sue Cole of Canisteo, NY, was presented with the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service. Each received a certificate and a medallion.

Ellis, associate professor in building trades, receives “the highest possible performance reviews from students and colleagues,” noted Dr. John M. Anderson, president of Alfred State, and embodies Alfred State’s experiential approach to education. One-on-one instruction, hands-on education, and intense lab work characterize Ellis’s classroom. Students note his instruction as “challenging and exciting.” He is also adviser to the New York State Skills USA club and helped found the Alfred State Habitat for Humanity Club.

An associate professor in electrical trades, Stevens is “an excellent teacher, superbly skilled, and distinguished among his colleagues,” Anderson remarked. Held in high regard by students, faculty, and administration, Stevens continually devotes his time and creativity to the college and community. He has been nationally recognized for his leadership of students in designing and installing the first solar-powered irrigation system at the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, DC. His students respect him both in and out of the classroom, seeing his dedication and influence.

As chief of the University Police department, Sammons has become integral to student leadership and student civic engagement. He has led his department to departmental accreditation with the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, developed curriculum for campus emergency preparedness and trained personnel, produced a training video that was shared with other SUNY units, and facilitated grants that allowed Alfred State to acquire new emergency sirens. His record shows “active and varied participation as a campus and university citizen,” Anderson stated.

Sue Cole is, in the words of Anderson, “the epitome of excellence in classified service.” Organized at the front line of the dean’s office for the School of Arts and Sciences, she is often put on the spot by students, faculty, and parents, but utilizes her knowledge and experiences to assist rather than shuffle individuals to other offices. Students recognize her commitment of “an ideal combination of compassion and firmness,” and she is admired for her excellence and service. Cole also serves on numerous campus committees, including Honors Convocation and Clerical Professional Development.