Our Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence Winners


James Carey is presented his SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence by OCC President Dr. Casey Crabill.

Eleven OCC employees were presented SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence at commencement. The awards provide system-wide recognition for consistently superior professional achievement and to encourage the ongoing pursuit of excellence. These programs underscore SUNY’s commitment to sustaining intellectual vibrancy, advancing the boundaries of knowledge, providing the highest quality of instruction, and serving the public good. Through these awards, SUNY publicly proclaims its pride in the accomplishment and personal dedication of its instructional faculty, librarians and staff across its campuses. The 2016-17 recipients are:

  • Wendy Lynne Allen, Excellence in Professional Service
  • Laura Bailey, Excellence in Adjunct Teaching
  • James Carey, Excellence in Teaching
  • Sarah Collins, J.D., Excellence in Professional Service
  • Patrick DeFazio, Excellence in Teaching
  • Elizabeth Hauswirth, Excellence in Classified Service
  • Roger Mirabito, Excellence in Professional Service
  • John T. Ryan, Excellence in Faculty Service
  • Garth Tyszka, Excellence in Teaching
  • Denise Valdes, Excellence in Teaching
  • Larry Weiskirch, Ph.D., Excellence in Faculty Service

“The faculty and staff honored with the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence are the best of our best, having ensured student success as they educate and mentor students with innovative approaches to academic instruction, infuse curricula with applied learning opportunities, adapt best practices from throughout SUNY, and much more,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher. “It is an honor to recognize their excellent work. Congratulations to all of this year’s recipients.”

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