Genesee Community College Honors

At an Award's Reception at President Stuart Steiner's home in Batavia, NY, Genesee Community College proudly recognized five new recipients of the 2004 State University of New York Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in the areas of Faculty Service, Scholarship and Creative Activities, Teaching, and Professional Service. The state-wide awards program annually recognizes the accomplishments, dedication and commitment of New York State's most distinguished faculty and staff within the SUNY system. The criteria for selection are exacting and designed to ensure that only those individuals who have consistently demonstrated exceptional achievement receive the award. Genesee Community College faculty and staff who are recipients of this year's State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Excellence include:

SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service:Dr. Ruth E. Andes, Genesee's Professor in Sociology and Assistant Dean for Assessment and Special Projects, throughout her 34 years of service to Genesee Community College, Dr. Andes has maintained an outstanding commitment to issues of the College, the community, SUNY, and her own discipline of sociology and human services. She has brought exceptional analytical and interpersonal skills to her work resulting in a long history of high regard by faculty, staff, administration, and students. She has led the College's Middles States Accreditation process and assessment initiatives while maintaining significant teaching responsibilities.

Ironically, this is Dr. Andes second Chancellor's Award. In 1972, she was awarded one of the first SUNY Chancellor Awards for Excellence in Teaching. This year's Excellence in Faculty Service Award is a new SUNY category to the Chancellor's Award recognition program and Dr. Andes is one of the first recipients. Dr. Andes received her Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii in 1986, her M.S. in Sociology from Southern Illinois University, and her B.A. from SUNY University at Buffalo. She resides in Elba, NY.

SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching:Ms. Kathleen Kimber, Assistant Professor of Spanish, began working for Genesee Community College in 1997 and has continuously been a positive asset to the College's language programs. As the sole full-time faculty member for foreign languages at Genesee, Ms. Kimber has initiated and completed important curricula revisions. She was also a major contributor to the College's successful Title III grant writing efforts that resulted in funds for the state-of-the-art language lab. Ms. Kimber is a student-centered teacher who practices a variety of teaching methods to provide valuable learning experiences to her students. She earned her M.A. in Hispanic Literature from Indiana University and her B.A. from SUNY Potsdam. She resides in Rochester, NY.

Ms. Patricia Pierson Schwartz, Instructor of Sociology, has been working for Genesee Community College since 2000. She has worked hard to create a learning environment that fosters the success of each of her students by utilizing a variety of teaching methods that accommodate different learning styles. She has been one of the College's leaders in developing courses for online teaching and has undertaken several special projects including the development of The Genesee Institute and training for the First Year Experience course. Ms. Pierson Schwartz holds an M.A. in Sociology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in Interpersonal Communications in Human Services from Ohio University. She resides in Williamsville, NY.

SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities:Ms. Ann Reid, Assistant Professor of Music, has been with Genesee Community College since 1996. During her term of service her creative work has been both broad in scope and deep in significance to the College and the community. She has actively pursued further studies in music and teaching methodology to encourage music students at all levels. Her involvement in both regional and national activities is a testimony to the efforts of an established and innovative musician who continues to explore new avenues of professional growth and development. As a result, she has brought unique perspectives to the classroom providing students with a richer educational experience. Ms. Reid earned her M.A from California State University in Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Music from Boston University. She resides in Blasdell, NY.

SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service:Ms. Tanya Lane-Martin, Director of Admissions, began her tenure at Genesee Community College in 1997 as a technical assistant in the Admissions office and she was quickly promoted to Director of Admissions in 1998. With dedication and enthusiasm for her work evidenced daily, Ms. Lane-Martin works closely not only with her staff of admissions counselors, but also with innumerable students, families, high school guidance counselors and college colleagues. Through initiatives she helped develop, the College has improved and refined its recruitment efforts through the use of technology, such as the Internet and the College's website. Service to students remains the uppermost concern in her everyday activities. Ms. Lane-Martin earned her M.S. in Public Administration from SUNY Brockport and her B.A. in Communications Research and Theory from Alfred University. She resides in Warsaw.

"The State University of New York is indeed fortunate to have some of the nation's most accomplished educators and professional staff," said SUNY Chancellor Robert L. King at a recent awards ceremony this summer in Albany. "Our recognition of their achievements, dedication and commitment is celebrated and publicly acknowledged annually through the Chancellor's Awards for Excellence. These recipients personify professional excellence and serve as role models for the entire University."

The ceremony also honored Raymond J. Strzelecki, Genesee's Building Maintenance Supervisor with the annual President's Distinguished Service Award. Strzelecki joined the College staff in September, 1991 as a Building Maintenance Mechanic and was promoted to Building Maintenance Supervisor in December, 2002. He has performed his duties in an outstanding, commendable manner, frequently found going above and beyond what is expected with an ever-present smile and a "can-do" attitude. His expertise and knowledge of Genesee's mechanical systems were instrumental during the process of completing the new Conable Technology Building in time for the important dedication ceremony.

Please note: A group photograph of the 2004 SUNY Chancellor Awardees and the winner of the President's Distinguished Service Award taken with President Steiner at his home is available at: left to right: Ms. Ann Reid, Assistant Professor of Music; Dr. Ruth E. Andes, Professor in Sociology and Assistant Dean for Assessment and Special Projects; Mr. Raymond J. Strzelecki, Building Maintenance Supervisor, who won this year's President's Distinguished Service Award; Dr. Stuart Steiner, President of Genesee Community College; Ms. Tanya Lane-Martin, Director of Admissions; Ms. Patricia Pierson Schwartz, Instructor of Sociology; and Ms. Kathleen Kimber, Assistant Professor of Spanish.