SUNY Chancellor Honors Seven Genesee Faculty and Staff Members with Highest SUNY Award

Seven members of Genesee Community College's faculty and staff will receive the State University of New York' s Chancellor's Award for Excellence this year, the Board of Trustees learned Monday evening.

Seven members of Genesee Community College’s faculty and staff will receive the State University of New York’ s Chancellor’s Award for Excellence this year, the Board of Trustees learned Monday evening. The SUNY Chancellor’s Award is bestowed on faculty and staff members who make significant contributions to their campuses and SUNY, and whose work is marked by high accomplishment and a commitment to excellence. Named as 2011 recipients of the award were:

  • Michelle D. Abdella, Instructor of Mathematics, SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Michelle resides in Batavia, NY.
  • Maureen E. Dugan, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts and Ceramics, SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Maureen (Moi) resides in Penfield, NY.
  • Carla L. Guiste, Reproduction Services Operator, SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service. Carla resides in Oakfield, NY.
  • Kathleen A. Kimber, Professor of Spanish, SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. Kathy resides in Rochester, NY.
  • Rafael Alicea-Maldonado, Professor of Chemistry, SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service. Rafael resides in Buffalo, NY.
  • Donna Rae Sutherland, Associate Director of Marketing Communications, SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service. Donna Rae resides in Batavia, NY.
  • Anita Whitehead, Reference Librarian, SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Librarianship. Anita resides in Geneseo, NY.

This year’s recipients of the SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence bring the total number of faculty and staff honored in the history of the College to 105.
“Our 2011 recipients bring an extraordinary record of accomplishment to our students and our College as a whole,” President Stuart Steiner told trustees. “We extend our congratulations to these faculty and staff members, and our thanks for the significant contributions they make to our success.”
In other business this evening, the Board of Trustees:


  •  Approved nine faculty and staff promotions. Philip T. Pickering, Associate Professor of Mathematics, was named Professor. Promoted to associate professor from assistant professor were Michelle D. Abdella (Mathematics), Marjorie N. Blondell (Nursing), Cheryl A. Corke (Accounting), Patricia J. Kendall-Cargill (Nursing), and Nichola J. Lerczak (Librarian). Promoted to assistant professor from instructor were Candice S. Faulring (Psychology), Pamela Swarts (Digital Art), and Anita Whitehead (Librarian).
  •  Approved by acclamation a resolution of thanks and appreciation to President Stuart Steiner, who is retiring this summer after 44 years of service to Genesee, including 36 years as president. The Board also conferred the honorary title “President Emeritus” to Dr. Steiner upon his retirement.
  • Approved the granting of 598 degrees and certificates to Genesee students, subject to their satisfactory completion of Spring 2011 courses. Nine students are expected to receive the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree; 274 students will receive the Associate in Science (A.S.) degree; 258 students will receive the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree; and 57 students will receive certificates.
  •  Approved authorization for the College to seek proposals from independent architectural and engineering firms for completion of a new Facilities Master Plan. The State University of New York requires campuses to periodically complete master plans, and proposals for state funding for additions or major upgrading to physical facilities must be based on these plans. Genesee last completed a master plan in 2002 and updated it in 2007. The Board anticipates that the new plan will be finished by early 2012.
  • Approved the appointment of 391 residents of the region as members of 27program advisory committees. Advisory committees provide guidance to the College’s career programs and campus centers on community needs, curriculum, internship and employment opportunities, and other issues.
  • Approved the acceptance of a donation of a baby grand piano for use in the College’s arts and theatre programs from former Vice President for Student Services George W. Walker and his wife, Barbara. The piano will be placed in the Arts Center music room, and used by students learning piano skills.
  • Approved the acceptance of a donation of a Nikon Super Cool Scan 4000 from Cheryl Boyer, for use in the College’s photography classes. The equipment enables students to scan slides and negatives.
  • Heard Board Chair Charles R. Ruffino name Trustee Glenn R. Morton as chair of the 2011 Nominating Committee, and Melvin J. Wentland and Laura J. Bohm as Nominating Committee members. The Nominating Committee will recommend a slate of board officers for the 2011-2012 year.
  • Heard Mr. Ruffino request the Buildings and Grounds Committee to develop a plan to refurbish restrooms throughout the Batavia Campus. Mr. Ruffino said he hopes the College can install energy-efficient fixtures in the restrooms, which will ultimately save money. He also said that refurbishing restrooms gives the College the opportunity to adopt up-to-date health and sanitation practices, such as the use of automatic soap dispensers and spigots. Mr. Ruffino asked trustees Melvin J. Wentland and Donna M. Ferry to join the committee.
  • Heard Mr. Ruffino read a letter of resignation from Trustee Kenneth A. Dodd, who plans to leave the Board of Trustees June 30 for health reasons. Mr. Ruffino said he will submit Rev. Dodd’s letter to the Genesee County Legislature, which will appoint a new trustee.
  • Heard President Steiner report that Professor of Chemistry Rafael Alicea-Maldonado will serve as Dean of Math, Science and Career Education following the retirement of current Dean Michael S. Stoll this summer.

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