Seven Genesee Faculty and Staff Honored with SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence

Seven members of Genesee Community College’s faculty and staff have been honored this year with the prestigious State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence, the Board of Trustees learned Monday evening. These awards recognize extraordinary accomplishment and service to the State University of New York.

Recognized this year:
  • Maryanne C. Arena, Batavia, Director of Fine and Performing Arts, SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service.
  • Marilyn C. Dickinson, Batavia, Academic Assistant to Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, first-ever SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service.
  • Cindy Francis, Batavia, Collection Development Librarian, SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Librarianship.
  • Barry J. Garigen, LeRoy, Professor of Criminal Justice, SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service.
  • Kathy L. Palumbo, Corfu, Director of the Nursing Program, SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.
  • Barbara A. Shine, Corfu, Assistant Professor of Business, SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities.
  • Roberta L. Taggart, Batavia, Assistant Professor of Human Services, SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Four of the seven awardees are graduates of Genesee Community College: Marilyn Dickinson (1970), Cindy Francis (1976), Barry Garigen (1973), and Barbara Shine (1970).

These 2009 awards bring the total number of Chancellor’s Awards bestowed on current and former Genesee Community College faculty and staff to 94. The number of SUNY Chancellor’s Award recipients is a reflection of the outstanding caliber of Genesee’s faculty and staff, according to Dr. Melvin J. Wentland, Chair of the Board of Trustees Personnel Committee.
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