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Faculty members receive chancellor, provost awards
October 26, 2015Tweet
CHANCELLOR’S AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING
The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching recognizes superb teaching by full-time instructors at the graduate, undergraduate or professional level.
Associate Professor Lubna Chaudhry shares her passion for social justice and for research with her students, helping them develop the perspective and skills to succeed and become social justice-minded citizens, both locally and globally. She earned her bachelor of arts in English with a minor in history and her master’s degree in English literature from the University of the Punjab in Lahore, Pakistan, and a second master’s degree, this one in applied linguistics/English as a Second Language, from the University of Hawaii-Manoa. She received her PhD in sociocultural studies in education with minors in feminist theory and research and critical theory from the University of California-Davis. Teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate level, she approaches all students and classes with an individualized perspective on what each student needs to excel. Her teaching philosophy is to cultivate an interdisciplinary pedagogy that builds on student strengths and promotes inclusion of diverse viewpoints while facilitating critical engagement with the subject matter that students deem productive and useful as creative citizen-subjects in a global society. She uses a number of teaching techniques, including small-group, in-class exercises, student facilitation of readings, research papers, class presentations and movies, keeping students engaged and holding them accountable. Her standards are high, with students noting that they are challenged at many levels and the class discussions are dynamic, going beyond theory and allowing for active application in the community. Highly committed to students both in and out of the classroom, she is known for her service-oriented and inspiring teaching.
Associate Professor Stephen R. Ortiz is a dedicated teacher and mentor who builds strong relationships with his students, sets high standards for them and commits his time and talent to help them succeed. He received his bachelor’s, master’s degree and PhD, all in history, from the University of Florida and joined the faculty in the Department of History at Binghamton University as an assistant professor in 2010. He was promoted to associate professor in 2012. Prior to joining the faculty at Binghamton, he was an assistant professor at East Stroudsburg University and at Bowling Green State University. His teaching philosophy is to teach with passion and to stress the relevance of history to students’ lives, and his students respond. He is called an extraordinary lecturer, known for his conversational and accessible style, as well as for his ability to convey a large amount of historical information and concepts in a clear and organized fashion – without using notes. He uses visual media to enhance and illustrate his points and often asks questions of students during class. Students respond to his teaching and his ability to provide individual attention, even in larger classes. They call him supportive and encouraging, and refer to workshops he developed to assist graduate students in honing their professional skills, and one who pushes them to think harder and stretch the boundaries of their scholarship. His commitment to student success is paramount and readily apparent to students from the very first session of every class he teaches.
Associate Professor John H. Starks Jr. is a highly respected, true intellectual who is a multi-talented, resourceful presence in the classroom, bringing the classics to life for his students. He received his bachelor of arts in classics and mathematics from Washington and Lee University in 1988, and has master’s in classics-Latin and PhD in classics with historical emphasis from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2004. He joined the faculty at Binghamton University as an assistant professor in the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies in 2007, and was promoted to associate professor in 2014. Perhaps the world’s leading authority on actresses in the ancient Mediterranean, he has had a transformative effect on classics teaching at Binghamton. A perceptive and resourceful curricular planner, he believes successful teaching is founded in motivation and enthusiasm, and seeks to present material that will challenge students at all levels to open their minds to fuller comprehension of human society in various cultures and sub-cultures of the ancient and contemporary worlds. Known as a gifted and engaging teacher of culture, social history and literature, as well as Greek and Latin, he combines his deep knowledge of classics with theater, satire and music to engage students. Students note that his passion for teaching and aiding his students shows through and he cares that students reach their potential, feel challenged and feel prepared to take on other courses. He is a leader in experiential pedagogy and serves as a role model and generous colleague for teachers throughout the country.
PROVOST’S AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING
The Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching recognizes faculty who demonstrate skill in teaching, with consideration also given to sound scholarship, outstanding service to students, and service to the University and to the campus.
David J. Archer, coordinator of the undergraduate minor in education in the Graduate School of Education (GSE), has been teaching at Binghamton University since 2005. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Siena College and his master’s degree from the University at Albany, and taught social studies at Union Endicott High School for 33 years. A longtime basketball coach, he served as the University’s men’s varsity basketball coach from 1983-1991. A true educator at heart, he brings his skill as a coach into the classroom and has been called a Pied Piper to undergraduates, drawing more and more to follow him into courses and into the undergraduate minor program. Friendly, approachable and respectful of students, he is very student-centered in his teaching, requiring students to investigate educational topics of interest to them and to reflect on these topics in light of their own experiences. He inspired the growth of the undergraduate minor which he now coordinates by involving students in its creation and evolution, and he continues to expand the program, increasing the number of students involved and adding curricular offerings. He builds his courses around preparing students to be +leaders in classrooms and in directing their own lives, and developed an internship course to provide avenues for them to put their classroom experience into practice. Students flock to his classes because he motivates them to strive for excellence, spends time getting to know them and creates an open learning environment where they can formulate opinions, challenge notions and bring their learning to life.
Sharon B. Fellows, lecturer and assistant director of the Engineering Design Division in the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science, earned her bachelor’s degree in teacher education and English from the University of New Hampshire, her master’s in education administration and counseling from the University of Maine and a second master’s in teaching curriculum and program design from Goddard College. She is currently a PhD student in higher education at the University of New Hampshire. She joined Binghamton University as an adjunct lecturer in English in 1992, and in 1994 moved to the Design, Technology and Communications program in the Watson School – the precursor to the Engineering Design Division – becoming assistant director in 2000. She is lead instructor for nearly a dozen sections of Engineering Communications, plans all of the classes, teaches some of them and works with the other instructors to ensure consistency across the sections. An exceptional presence in the classroom, she is fully in charge, sets high standards, commits to empowering students – international students in particular – and balances her high expectations with an open-door policy for students to meet with her when needed. She prepares meticulously for class, and uses different, active learning methods to engage all students. Always striving for improvement, she continuously revises lesson plans to stay up to date and embraces new methods of teaching, such as flipping classes and using the new Learning Studio in the Center for Learning and Teaching. An inspiring and devoted teacher, she puts student success first.
Dina M. Layish earned her bachelor’s degree in economics and MBA from Binghamton University, as well as a master’s degree in business from the City University of New York (CUNY) and a PhD in business from Baruch College, CUNY. She taught at Hofstra University, Baruch College and Suffolk University Sawyer School of Management prior to joining Binghamton’s School of Management as a visiting assistant professor in 2001. She has also served as director of the PricewaterhouseCoopers Scholars Program since 2012. Called selfless and extremely dedicated, she offers extended office hours, provides career guidance and helps students connect with alumni. With an unwavering focus on ethical behavior, she teaches some of the most challenging courses in the SOM. As a result, recruiters note how well-prepared our finance students are and the SOM has become a target school for recruiters from major firms such as Goldman Sachs. As the field of finance continues to experience fast-paced innovations, she is able to apprise students of the changes taking place in the finance industry, always using real-world applications in the classroom. She has developed internship experiences for students with companies such as UBS and Jeffries, providing opportunities for students to work on actual company projects and present to the companies, and has involved scholars in community projects that strengthen relationships between the community and school. Her innovations and drive have changed the face of the finance program and she has instilled a sense of confidence and passion for service and ethical behavior in her students.
Angie Pelekidis received her associate degree in individual studies from SUNY Canton, her bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Auburn University, and her master’s degree and PhD in English with a creative writing emphasis from Binghamton University. She has taught courses in the English Department at Binghamton since 2007. An exceptionally talented writer, she brings her organizational skills, self-discipline and creativity to bear when working with students. What makes her a gifted teacher is her willingness to apply the best practices associated with rhetoric and composition pedagogy – small-group work, portfolio evaluation, revision and reflection-centered activities – to first-year writing courses as well as courses in literature, creative writing and professional writing. She is earnestly committed to the University’s Writing Initiative, teaching three sections of WRIT 111 each semester, and known for always giving care and attention to students. Her students earn high marks in a multi-reader portfolio grading system and are also consistently published in the bi-annual publication of student writing, Binghamton Writes. Upbeat, down-to-earth, a hard worker and “wicked” smart, she is a versatile and imaginative teacher who also has a proven track record of excellent teaching of non-traditional, minority, ESL and international learners. She is effective in culturally and socially diverse classrooms because she involves students and engages them in critical reading, writing and thinking. She is a gentle and constructive critic of students’ work, able to create a class atmosphere that is both highly productive and enjoyable, and a teacher who inspires students with her own great love of writing.
PROVOST’S AWARD FOR FACULTY EXCELLENCE IN UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH MENTORING
The Provost’s Award for Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring honors Binghamton University faculty who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment as mentors of Binghamton’s undergraduate students in research, scholarship or creative activities outside of normal course assignments.
Professor of Theatre Anne M. Brady earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Holy Cross College and her master of fine arts in theatre/acting from Brandeis University. She is also certified as a designated Linklater voice teacher. She joined the faculty at Binghamton as an assistant professor in 1998, was promoted to associate professor in 2004, and became a full professor in 2011. As a mentor, she challenges students to move out of their comfort zone, to awaken their curiosity and to experiment in order to begin to realize moments of truth onstage. The most valuable commodity she gives to students is her time, helping them to build and refine each performance or design. Her training structure builds in students the discipline and habits that make for successful actors and directors and without which, all the talent in the world will mean nothing. She regularly takes workshops to further her own artistry as a performer, director and teacher, enabling her to share those experiences with her students and demonstrate to them the value in the pursuit of excellence. She also sets very clear, specific, rigorous standards and goals for students that they must meet to be successful in their work, their performances and their classes, and the enormous amount of time she takes outside of classes and performances to coach students as actors and directors is unparalleled. In a profession that judges people by a one-minute monologue, the kind of work she puts into her students is beyond extraordinary.
PROVOST’S AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING GRADUATE DIRECTOR
This award recognizes the exemplary service that graduate directors provide to their units’ graduate programs.
Mohammad T. Khasawneh received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Jordan University of Science and Technology in Jordan, and his PhD in industrial engineering from Clemson University. He worked for the Ministry of Public Works and Research in Amman-Jordan, taught at Jordan University of Science and Technology and Clemson University, and was a lab manager for Clemson University’s Advanced Technology Systems Laboratory and a research assistant there. He joined Binghamton University in 2003, and is currently professor and graduate director of the Department of Systems Science and Industrial Engineering as well as the Executive Master of Science Program in Health Systems in Manhattan. He also serves as assistant director of the Watson Institute for Systems Science (WISE). The Manhattan program owes its success to the tremendous effort he put in conceptualizing the program, curriculum and location; then marketing the program, recruiting students and processing applications. He has deftly explained to potential students the scope of the Manhattan program’s curriculum, its style and academic challenges as well as job opportunities, so it is fully enrolled and able to sustain itself and expand. He shows the same enthusiasm in his role as graduate director for the Industrial and Systems Engineering program, which is at the vanguard of graduate growth, by traveling to countries including Jordan, India and China to interview potential students. He has set the standard for quick and effective reviews of graduate applications followed by timely admission decisions, and has successfully addressed yield-related challenges and communicated effectively with prospective students.
CHANCELLOR’S AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN FACULTY SERVICE
The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service recognizes individuals whose long history of service to the campus, the State University, the local community or professional societies/organizations sets them apart, as well as those who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership in local or system-wide faculty governance.
Professor Howard G. Brown is a forward-thinking visionary who has dedicated himself to building relationships across disciplines and functions to position Binghamton University as a premier public university. His service contributions are truly distinctive. He joined the faculty at Binghamton University as an assistant professor of history in 1994, and has risen to full professor. Prior to coming to Binghamton, he taught or held visiting or assistant professor positions at the University of Keele in the United Kingdom, Smith College, University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh and Cornell University. He holds two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Saskatchewan, one in education, and a second bachelor of arts. His master’s degree was received in 1986 from York University in Toronto, and his PhD was earned in 1990 from Balliol College at Oxford University. His commitment to the Department of History has included serving as director of graduate studies, vice chair and two terms as chair. In these roles, he has overseen individual programs for hundreds of students, recruited graduate students, restructured the graduate program, managed faculty, overseen hiring and tenure/promotion cases and created a speaker series. His service to the University is unparalleled. A four-term member of the Faculty Senate, he has chaired that body, as well as its Budget Review Committee twice, and the Faculty Senate Executive Committee once. A leading voice for shared University governance on campus, he has helped change the budget process and is known as one who strives to find the best way to move the campus forward.
Associate Professor Kelly Kinney, now associate professor and director of rhetoric and composition at the University of Wyoming, developed a nationally recognized, award-winning writing program at Binghamton that is a model for use throughout the SUNY system and beyond. She joined the faculty at Binghamton University as an assistant professor of English, general literature and rhetoric in 2007, and was promoted to associate professor in 2014. She earned dual bachelor’s degrees in English and political science from Purdue University in 1992, her master’s degree in English rhetoric and composition from the University of Nebraska in 1996, and her PhD in English rhetoric and composition from Ohio University in 2005. Prior to coming to Binghamton, she was a visiting assistant professor at Grand Valley State University and an assistant professional specialist in the University Writing Program at the University of Notre Dame. She believes she has a civic obligation to engage in issues affecting her community and, as director of the Writing Initiative, used her energy to turn around a floundering composition program by giving it direction and coherence in the way students should be taught to think about writing. Her efforts to build the program transcend her department and school, touching all schools and colleges at Binghamton, as well as students who might require additional support to succeed. Her writing outreach extends to the SUNY system, where colleagues commend her service to undergraduate writing that has spawned a culture of writing throughout the system.
Associate Professor Patrick H. Madden works tirelessly to advance the University’s academic environment, support students and build the framework within which academics and industry teams can collaborate in his field. He earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science and mathematics and his master’s degree in computer science from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in 1987 and 1989, respectively. He received his PhD in computer science from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1998, and joined the faculty at Binghamton University as an assistant professor of computer science that year. He was promoted to associate professor of computer science in 2004. He also served as a visiting professor at the University of Kitakyushu in Japan from 2004-2005. His service has included co-chairing the ABET Report Committee for his department’s accreditation, leading and implementing a rubrics-based assessment of the department’s undergraduate program by ABET and serving as faculty advisor to Binghamton’s very active student chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). As advisor, he has coached teams to successful participation in regional and international programming competitions and hackathons, including one team that advanced to the World Programming Competition World Finals. He was also the first Watson School faculty member to travel to India to meet with prospective students and colleagues at partner universities as the school broadens its internationalization and recruitment efforts. He has used his leadership positions as member and chair of the ACM Special Interest Group on Design Automation to raise the profile of the Watson School and Binghamton University.
CHANCELLOR’S AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN LIBRARIANSHIP
The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Librarianship recognizes consistently superior professional achievement in the field of librarianship.
Jill E. Dixon has earned a national reputation in her field and brings a truly collaborative, student-centered focus to her work to ensure the libraries are places where people can come together to learn and share knowledge. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations and history from the University of Delaware and a master of library science from the Indiana University School of Library and Information Science. Prior to joining Binghamton University as an assistant librarian and subject librarian for engineering in 2007, she held several positions in communications, public relations and advertising, including for Special Olympics International. At Binghamton, her responsibilities grew quickly as she assumed additional duties as Science Library coordinator in 2008, and was promoted through the ranks. She was tenured as an associate librarian and promoted to director of public services in 2013. During her tenure at Binghamton, she has made an ongoing impact through collaborations between the libraries and students, in particular in the freshman engineering program, developing research materials for coursework and freeing up instructor time for them to devote to students. She created new, online guides for each engineering program and her work served as the foundation for many curriculum changes in the areas of research. She touches virtually every aspect of the libraries and is a leader in research and instructional services, reader services, access services and branch libraries; she regularly provides guidance and expertise to numerous committees and professional organizations; and she is exceptional as a mentor, trainer and advisor to others.
UNIVERSITY AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION
The University Award for Excellence in International Education was created to recognize Binghamton University faculty and staff for outstanding efforts in support of the University’s longstanding commitment to internationalization.
Seungbae (SB) Park, professor of mechanical engineering, earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in aerospace engineering from Seoul National University in Korea, and his PhD from Purdue University. He joined the faculty at Binghamton as an assistant professor in 2002, after working in industry, was promoted to associate professor in 2007, and to full professor in 2013. His international outreach has benefited colleagues and students and is an integral part of developing international partnerships with universities and industrial partners. He played a critical role in establishing a dual-degree program with Konkuk University in Korea, and has worked to establish both undergraduate and graduate student exchange programs with world-class Korean universities including the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). He is a core steering committee member in the University’s Center for Korean Studies. From a research and scholarship perspective, he established a collaboration with the Korean Air Force Aero Technology Research Center and helped develop opportunities for our faculty there and at Samsung Techwin. He also completed a long and tedious process to create a formal program for Binghamton students – a highly competitive, paid summer internship program at Samsung Techwin’s headquarters in Korea – allowing students to apply engineering and management skills while, learning about another culture. He has also sent several graduate students for international research experiences to Taiwan-based Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE). Finally, his outstanding organizational skills and high energy were vital to the success of a truly memorable alumni event in Korea, attended by dozens of Binghamton University graduates.
CHANCELLOR’S AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN SCHOLARSHIP AND CREATIVE ACTIVITIES
The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities recognizes faculty who consistently engage in, and have established, a solid record of scholarship and creative productivity in addition to their teaching responsibilities.
Robert T. Palmer uses diverse methodological approaches to critically investigate the historical and present role of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) through a contemporary lens, laying the groundwork for establishing ways to improve the academic success among Black males at these institutions. He received his bachelor of science in history/education from Shippensburg University, his master of science in counseling in higher education from West Chester University of Pennsylvania and his PhD in higher education administration from Morgan State University. He joined the faculty at Binghamton as assistant professor of student affairs administration in 2008, and was promoted to associate professor in 2014. His scholarship has provided student affairs practitioners, administrators, policymakers and researchers with meaningful and practical ways to help improve academic success among Black males at HBCUs. Going beyond the traditional boundaries of discipline and field, his research grapples with multidisciplinary research questions, innovative conceptualizing and diverse approaches of inquiry. His publications include 13 books or monographs with several others under contract, nearly 30 book chapters, more than three dozen refereed journal articles and more than a dozen others in respected journals including the Journal of College Student Development and the Education and Urban Society. He serves on a number of editorial boards, and has received numerous awards including the Outstanding Research Award from the American College Personnel Association’s (ACPA) Standing Committee for Men and the ACPA Emerging Scholar Award. His research has helped provide ways in which HBCU officials can work to better support the success of Black males on their campuses.
Lisa M. Savage is internationally recognized for her significant contributions to the understanding of learning and memory processes and is dedicated to the support and mentoring of underrepresented students. She earned her bachelor of arts in psychology with a minor in biology from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, and her PhD in experimental psychology with a minor in neuroscience from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She joined Binghamton University’s Department of Psychology as an assistant professor in 1995, was promoted to associate professor in 2001, and became a full professor in 2009. Her work can be broadly characterized as basic behavioral neuroscience research with translational objectives directed toward understanding normal and abnormal learning and memory processes. She has established a nationally recognized research program into the neurological and behavioral underpinnings of Wernike-Korsakoff’s amnesia, a consequence of long-term alcoholism when chronic alcoholics neglect to eat and consume most of their calories from alcohol. She has accumulated over $1 million in funding, has dozens of publications in prestigious journals including the Journal of Neurochemistry and Behavioral Neuroscience, is an ad hoc reviewer for nearly two dozen journals, and has made more than 60 presentations and invited talks. Her work has been cited over 1,200 times and she holds impressive i10- and h-index scores of 23 and 35, respectively. She is also extremely committed to diversity and has been heavily involved with the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program and the Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program, providing mentoring and research experiences to future scientists.
Adrian Vasiu is a recognized international leader in the field of arithmetic algebraic geometry, also called number theory, whose breakthroughs have helped define the discipline. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Babeş-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, and his PhD in mathematics from Princeton University. Prior to joining the faculty at Binghamton University in 2007, as a visiting assistant professor, he taught at Princeton, the University of California-Berkeley, the University of Utah and the University of Arizona. He also held visiting research positions at the Max-Planck Institute for Mathematics in Germany, and at the Institute for Mathematics at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. He has chosen to work in number theory – an important but complex area of mathematics that is difficult for most to comprehend. Now professor of mathematics, he has continued high-level research with a focus on a long-standing conjecture of the Italian geometer C. Traverso. He and collaborators in France and Germany proved that Traverso’s estimate was not correct in general and then proved the correct substitute, with their results published in the most prestigious mathematics journal, Annals of Mathematics. The methods he developed to solve this conjecture are far reaching. He is in demand at the international level as a visiting scholar, instructor and speaker and has published nearly two dozen papers in prestigious journals. He has also refereed papers for several journals and helped organize three number theory conferences. He is known for bringing the highest level of scholarship and innovation to his profession and for tackling difficult and challenging problems.
CHANCELLOR’S AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN PROFESSIONAL SERVICE
The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service was created to recognize those with extraordinary professional achievement who have repeatedly sought improvement of themselves, their campuses, and, ultimately, the State University of New York, and in doing so, have transcended the normal definitions of excellence.
Called the department’s “superwoman,” Joanne F. Ardune has been administrative assistant for the Department of Economics since 1989. A graduate of SUNY Potsdam with a bachelor’s degree in music, she pursued post-graduate study toward permanent teacher certification at both Potsdam and Syracuse University. Before coming to Binghamton, she taught music in an elementary school in Central Square, N.Y., and also worked in different capacities for the Tri-Cities Opera. The first point of contact for her department, she is also the department’s institutional memory and is known for her attention to detail, seemingly infinite patience and humor. She plays a critical role in nearly everything the department does, including curriculum planning, student advising, management of teaching assistants and the running of the undergraduate program. These responsibilities require a person who is flexible, plans ahead, has a positive attitude, can deal with very different people, is always responsive to new and changing situations, and is able to carry them out with cheer and a helpful attitude. With an explosive growth in economics enrollments, she has been creative in streamlining and improving processes. In particular, she re-engineered the petitioning process to limit the flood of petitions, allowing students to get into courses in a fair way. Due to her extensive knowledge of the undergraduate curriculum, she was also asked to pilot a new prerequisite checking process in Banner. Her encyclopedic knowledge of how the University and the Economics Department work, and her incredible devotion to students makes the answer to every administrative question in the department, “See Joanne.”
Michelle Ponczek, director of course building and academic space management, is universally admired for her expertise, professionalism, and consistent and superbly competent service to her constituents and the University as a whole. She holds a bachelor of arts in design of the environment from the University of Pennsylvania and worked in its facilities department for several years before joining the staff at Binghamton in 1997, as assistant facilities program coordinator. Her creativity, knowledge and ingenuity have led her to excel in her current role as she introduces a level of analytical sophistication and professional, leading-edge expertise to collaboratively arrive at solutions for vexing problems. She rises to challenges, such as the creation of a pharmacy school, by learning all she can about the project and industry standards. She has become an expert in the space requirements for pharmacological research and the exacting requirements for everything the building will need to launch the school. One of a handful of key people who work behind the scenes in unsung roles to make Binghamton University a premier institution, she is dedicated and diplomatic in managing the complex challenges of ensuring adequate academic space is available to meet the University’s needs. She understands the needs of academic programs and individual faculty, enabling her to allocate classroom facilities effectively, thus allowing our faculty to be more effective in the classroom. She might seem to have super-human powers, but only because of her strong work ethic, close attention to detail and ability to meet tight timelines.
CHANCELLOR’S AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN CLASSIFIED SERVICE
The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service recognizes superb performance in fulfilling the job description for the position held, supported by evidence of excellent work and high degrees of reliability, resourcefulness and initiative.
Gina M. Fleming is a graduate of Maine-Endwell High School and holds an associate degree from Cazenovia College. She joined the staff at Binghamton University in 2001, and has worked for all but a few months in the Department of Psychology as secretary to the chair and the department. With the myriad duties and responsibilities in her role in one of the busiest and more complex departments on campus, she has become the embodiment of the department’s heart, energy and spirit. Called the central beam supporting the department, she has a limitless capacity for juggling tasks, meeting deadlines and doing all that she can to save time for faculty, allowing them to devote their time to teaching and research. Not a procrastinator, she completes tasks accurately and quickly, and serves as the guardian of the English language, polishing grammar for everything from memos to personnel cases. Faculty and students have been spoiled by her detail-oriented, efficient and highly effective work, which she does in a friendly, professional manner. She has been called unflappable and a “dream of a secretary,” as well as the first stop in finding a solution or answer to a question. Knowledgeable of all the rules for personnel cases, she sees that the committees adhere to them while maintaining absolute confidentiality at all times. She has an open-door policy for faculty, students and staff; has developed superb professional relationships on campus that enable her to complete many tasks; and always conveys the attitude that she is genuinely happy to be on campus.
A graduate of Poland Central School, Laurie A. Kolosky joined the staff at Binghamton University in 2000 as a Clerk I in the library and has risen to the position of Library Clerk II, serving as senior circulation assistant and library cashier. She helps patrons, trains and oversees student workers and new staff, collects fines and fees, and assigns study carrels. Pleasant, empathetic and courteous, she is especially successful working with students and particularly adept at explaining library policies and procedures to patrons who are delinquent. Her patience with students who are having difficulty returning books or satisfying library obligations is unsurpassed. A team player, she provides excellent customer service and is known for being able to make even bad news bearable. Able to multi-task, she helped develop guidelines for assigning study carrels – a challenging job because there are more applicants than available carrels. She follows the guidelines when assigning carrels, effectively communicating them to the students. She also helps to manage the adaptive technology rooms, creating a welcoming and comfortable environment for students with disabilities who use the rooms. She is enthusiastic about learning new processes. For example, when the Banner student system was implemented in 2000, she quickly adapted to the new protocols for maintaining library records in the system. Again, when a new library system was implemented in 2002, she maintained circulation and cash management procedures in both old and new systems until implementation was complete. She is an asset to the library and the University.
BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY COUNCIL/FOUNDATION AWARD
The Binghamton University Council/Foundation Awards were established to recognize extraordinary commitment to the campus community. Faculty and staff recipients are selected for their contributions to the strength and vitality of the University.
Mary Ann Swain came to Binghamton University in 1993 as provost and vice president for academic affairs. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from DePauw University, and her master’s and doctoral degrees in psychology from the University of Michigan, then served in several administrative roles at the University of Michigan before coming to Binghamton. Currently director of the doctoral program in nursing and interim chair of the Department of Student Affairs Administration, she is known for her leadership with integrity and her dedication to faculty, students and the betterment of Binghamton University. Always willing to take on important responsibilities and duties, she led a number of successful initiatives as provost, including creation of the College of Community and Public Affairs and the Graduate School of Education. With a continuing commitment to the educational mission of the University, she has stepped in to contribute her leadership and expertise to multiple fields in which she can make a difference. She leads by example and gets things done, and, as chair of the University’s Strategic Planning Council while provost, guided Binghamton University to its current level of prominence during tough economic times. Underlying her commitment to excellence is a true passion for teaching. Respected for her intelligence, creativity, insights and ability to build consensus, she exemplifies the very highest ideals of what an educator should be. Fittingly, she has not only provided administrative leadership for student success, but is now educating students who will go on to share the lessons they have learned from her.
Terry Webb holds a bachelor of philosophy degree in history and a master’s degree in counseling from the University of North Dakota. Since his arrival at Binghamton University in 2003, he used his quiet voice of calm and reason, and his ability to provide clarity and inspiration to others to set a standard to emulate. Recently retired, but called irreplaceable, it is hard to imagine another professional with his breadth of knowledge and experience, coupled with his exceptional staff mentoring skills and customer service sensibilities. He has knowledge of building trades, the understanding to distinguish programmatic needs from desires and the interpersonal skills to keep everyone talking through each issue as schedule pressures mount. He can direct the most challenging of projects, whether or not he has any prior experience with the subject matter, and he will excel at the task. He has an unparalleled work ethic; “above and beyond” is his daily order of business. A consummate professional, he is forward-thinking, creative and a true collaborator, always seeking input from colleagues and students and recognizing the value of input from across departments and divisions. It is the unassuming way he mentored staff that stands out for many. He listened well and provided calm, expert counsel to staff whether they were new or mid-career, and was quick to identify strengths and provide support and encouragement to help them succeed. He inspires others to exceed performance expectations and made our campus a better place to live, learn, grow and work.
LOIS B. DEFLEUR FACULTY PRIZE FOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT
The Lois B. DeFleur Prize for Academic Achievement recognizes faculty members who work across disciplines and across boundaries on innovative topics affecting the international community.
M. Stanley Whittingham, distinguished professor of chemistry and of materials science, earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in solid state chemistry from Oxford University, United Kingdom. He joined the faculty at Binghamton as professor and founding director of the Institute for Materials Research in 1988, following nearly 20 years in industry, working for Exxon and then Schlumberger-Doll, where he distinguished himself as an outstanding researcher, manager and international scientist. He is widely acknowledged as the inventor of the modern lithium-ion battery and his work has facilitated battery applications that would have been unthinkable 30 years ago. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the National Alliance for Advanced Transportation Batteries 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award-Technology. His exceptional contributions to Binghamton University include creating the NorthEast Center for Chemical Energy Storage (NECCES) and helping to establish the Smart Energy Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence (TAE). The NECCES is an interdisciplinary research center that provides a focal point on campus and in the world for studying approaches to energy storage including batteries and advanced electrode materials. The center was recognized with the designation as an Energy Frontiers Research Center (EFRC) in 2014, including a $12.8 million, four-year grant from the Department of Energy – the largest research grant ever received by the University in the sciences. The center’s impact goes beyond the grant’s financial benefit, establishing a cornerstone on which to build the Smart Energy TAE. It also brings new research partners to the community, including from top-tier research universities, corporations and national government labs.