Genesee Community College's Ruth Andes Named SUNY Distinguished Service Professor

Dr. Andes One of Only Three Community College Professors Holding TOP SUNY Honor

Dr. Ruth E. Andes, Professor of Sociology at Genesee Community College, has been named one of only three Distinguished Service Professors among community college faculty in the State University of New York, President Stuart Steiner reported to the Board of Trustees Monday evening. The honor was recently conferred on Dr. Andes by the SUNY Board of Trustees.

The rank of Distinguished Service Professor is conferred only upon a select few SUNY faculty members in recognition of extraordinary academic service and accomplishment. 

Dr. Andes has been a member of Genesee’s faculty for 36 years. Her appointment as Distinguished Service Professor is not her first SUNY honor. Dr. Andes was the College’s first-ever recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1973, and was among the first group of SUNY faculty recognized with this honor. More recently, she was also among the first SUNY faculty members recognized with the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service. In addition to serving as a member of the faculty, Dr. Andes is currently serving as Acting Assistant Dean of Assessment and Special Projects, and is providing leadership in the development of new academic and administrative initiatives at Genesee. She is also serving as Chairperson of the College’s Middle States Commission on Accreditation Steering Committee, which is conducting a self-study of the College in anticipation of the College’s reaccreditation review scheduled for next year.

Dr. Andes is a resident of Elba. She holds a B.A. degree from SUNY at Buffalo; a M.A. degree from Southern Illinois University; and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Hawaii.

“The State University’s recognition of Ruth Andes is an honor for both her and for Genesee,” Dr. Steiner said. “Ruth is an exceptional teacher and the success of many of our graduates is a continuing tribute to her work in the classroom over the years. Just as important, Ruth has served as a mentor and guide to many faculty members over the years, and her positive influence on Genesee is present in their work every single day.”

Dr. Andes has a long record of community service as well. Last October the Genesee County Mental Health Association presented her with the Constance E. Miller Commitment to Excellence Award in recognition of her longstanding service on behalf of individuals affected by mental illness.

Five other members of Genesee’s faculty and staff have recently been named recipients of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence, Dr. Steiner also announced this evening. They include:

  • Christine Belongia, Instructor of Teacher Education, and Maureen Leupold, Assistant Professor of Biology, recipients of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Ms. Belongia and Ms. Leupold received the honor to recognize their outstanding skill in the classroom.

  • Jerry Kozlowski, Dean of The BEST Center and Campus Centers, recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service. Mr. Kozlowski received the honor in recognition of his leadership and outreach activities.

  • Donna Blake, Professor of Human Services, recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service. She received the award in recognition of her contributions to Genesee’s faculty and the wider community. Professor Blake retired at the conclusion of the Spring 2006 semester

  • Marie Iglesias-Cardinale, Associate Professor of English, recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. Ms. Iglesias-Cardinale, a published poet, received the honor to recognize her creative activities outside the classroom.  

Dr. Steiner also noted that Gloria Warren, Employee Payroll Clerk, will receive the President’s Distinguished Service Award this year, in recognition of her service to the College and her willingness to work far beyond the call of duty.