Monday, May 23, 2011

Employees, students receive SUNY’s highest honor

Front row, from left: Matthew Brown, Student Corporation president; Bryan Ingham, assistant professor of mathematics. Back row: Susan McCarthy, associate professor of nursing; Kirsten Hicks, Student Corporation vice president; Chuck Woods, Web services coordinator; and Kathy Bollen, human resources assistant.
At its commencement ceremony on May 21, Finger Lakes Community College recognized two students and four employees who received the 2011 SUNY Chancellor’s Award, the highest honor in the SUNY system. The recipients are as follows:
Susan M. McCarthy of Canandaigua, Ontario County, associate professor of nursing, was honored for excellence in teaching. 
“Susan has very high standards and her students respect that,” said FLCC President Barbara Risser.
McCarthy began teaching at FLCC as an adjunct instructor in 1995 and joined the full-time faculty in 2001. She was recognized for her efforts to continually improve the FLCC nursing program and her extensive involvement in nursing professional associations, such as the National League for Nursing and Sigma Theta Tau, the international nursing honor society.
She has a bachelor’s degree from Molloy College and a master’s from St. John Fisher College.
Bryan M. Ingham of Williamson, Wayne County, recently promoted to associate professor of mathematics, was also honored for excellence in teaching. Ingham, who has taught at FLCC for eight years, was recognized for his skill in teaching mathematics and providing encouragement to his students.
“Even with students who are afraid of math, he is able to get through to them and help them along the way,” Risser said.
Ingham received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from SUNY Fredonia.
Chuck Woods of Ontario, Wayne County, the college Web services coordinator, received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for excellence in professional service.
“It’s a huge job to make our Web site what it is. He does a great deal of work in keeping it up-to-date,” Risser said.
Woods has worked for FLCC since September 2000 and holds a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Plattsburgh.
Kathryn A. Bollen of Canandaigua, Ontario County, a human resources assistant, was honored for excellence in classified service.
“Kathy is one of those unsung heroines. She does her job so well, and people turn to her all the time with questions,” Risser said.
Bollen has worked for FLCC since August 1991 and has a bachelor’s degree from the State University College of New York at Buffalo  (Buffalo State College).
Matthew D. Brown of Liverpool, Onondaga County, is one of two FLCC honorees for student excellence. Brown, the 2010-11 president of the Student Corporation, has been recognized by regional and national organizations for his motivation and presentation skills. As an orientation assistant, he attended nearly all 40 sessions to welcome incoming students in summer 2010 while also serving as an intern for state Assembly Republican Leader Brian Kolb. He graduated May 21 with an associate degree in liberal arts and sciences and will transfer to the Catholic University of America to major in political science.
Kirsten Hicks of Conesus, Livingston County, a SUNY Chancellor’s Award recipient for student excellence, is a 2011 graduate with an associate degree in therapeutic massage and integrated health care. She is an inductee of the National Society of Leadership and Success, served a semester as the Student Corporation vice president and has worked with the FLCC Student Life office to network
with local high schools on projects to inspire younger students to stay in school and reach their potential. Hicks also served as a peer mentor in spring 2011 with Project Success, a program to help low-income, first-generation and academically challenged students.

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