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SUNY Chancellor Recognizes UAlbany Faculty and Staff Excellence

ALBANY, N.Y. (July 3, 2012) -- Thirteen University at Albany faculty and staff are among the recipients of the 2011-2012 Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence. Presented annually to SUNY faculty and staff, the Chancellor’s Awards encompass six categories: faculty service, librarianship, professional service, scholarship and creative activities, teaching, and classified service.

2012 Chancellor's Award Recipients

The 2012 Chancellor's Awardees are pictured from left to right: (standing) Melissa Samuels, JoAnne Carson, Michael Jaromin, UAlbany President George Philip, Denise Heiserman, Susan Gauss and Jane Kessler; (seated) Glenn Deane, Martin Hildebrand, Iris Berger and Odette Fung. Not pictured are Karyn Loscocco, Gerald Burke, and Istvan Kecskes. (Photo by Mark Schmidt)

“These awards underscore SUNY’s appreciation of faculty and staff who serve our campuses and students with absolute excellence,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “Each of this year’s 289 honorees demonstrate extraordinary dedication and service and are highly deserving of this distinction.”

The honor provides system-wide recognition for consistently superior professional achievement and encourages the ongoing pursuit of excellence. Through these awards, SUNY publicly proclaims its pride in the accomplishments and personal dedication of its instructional faculty, librarians, and staff across its 64 campuses and system administration.

Honorees at the UAlbany campus include:

Excellence in Faculty Service

  •  Karyn Loscocco, Sociology
  • Excellence in Librarianship

  •  Gerald Burke, University Libraries
  •  Jane Kessler, University Libraries
  • Excellence in Professional Service

  • Odette Fung, Information Technology Services
  • Michael Jaromin, Student Success
  • Melissa Samuels, Alumni Relations
  • Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities

  • Iris Berger, History
  • JoAnne Carson, Art
  • Istvan Kecskes, Educational Theory and Practice
  • Excellence in Teaching

  • Glenn Deane, Sociology
  • Susan Gauss, History
  • Martin Hildebrand, Mathematics and Statistics
  • Excellence in Classified Service

  • Denise Heiserman, Human Resources
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