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Four from CCC to Receive Chancellor’s Award for Excellence

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Plattsburgh, New York …Four members of the faculty and staff at Clinton Community College (CCC) will receive the 2009-2010 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence during the Spring Graduation ceremony on May 14, 2010. They are Lynn Fowler, professor in science, Donna Dixon, admissions advisor/athletic program specialist, Jennifer Waite, associate professor in human services and Jennifer Szalkowski, typist in the Processing Center. 

Dr. Lynn Fowler will receive the 2009-2010 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Fowler joined Clinton Community College, in 2001, as an Associate Professor of Science and was promoted to Professor in 2006.

Dr. Fowler received her Ph.D. in Toxicology/Pharmacology from the University of London, U.K. and a Bachelor of Science, with honors, in Biochemistry from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. She then moved to the USA, and continued her research as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the W. Alton Jones Cell Science Center, Lake Placid, and as a Research Associate at Trudeau Institute, Saranac Lake, NY. She adds to her resume industry experience at both Upstate Biotechnology Inc. and Argonex Pharmaceuticals Inc. in the areas of immunology, functional antigenics and vaccine development. Dr. Fowler continues to be active in research within her field and has published a number of articles in scholarly journals.

Dr Fowler currently serves as Science Department Chair and teaches biotechnology, forensic science, chemistry and applied chemistry. During her time at CCC she was one of the first faculty to develop an online science course (forensic science), as well as developing other on campus science and other courses, including cardio-kickboxing.  In 2009 she successfully developed and gained SUNY approval for CCC’s newest A.A.S. program in Environmental Technology. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Dr Fowler has been active in a number of college committees including serving as Chair of the Curriculum committee, Science Coordinator and Science College Advanced Placement liaison.

She is a member of a number of professional organizations, including the National Science Teachers Association and the International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts, as well as serving as an advisory board member and manuscript reviewer for the Journal of College Science Teaching and a peer reviewer for the NYS Board of Regents Institutional Accreditation. In 2002, she was one of four selected to attend the Bio-Link Summer Fellowship for the North Eastern Region to create biotechnology curricula and teaching materials and has continued to serve an active role in this research group. In recent years she has successfully gained certification in several areas of Cleanroom Operations, HVAC Systems and Laboratory Design as well as Safety Cabinet Technology through The Eagleson Institute. With this experience she hopes to develop an A.A.S. program/certificate in Cleanroom Operations in addition to providing professional workforce training in safety and cleanroom protocols for pharmaceutical and semi-conductor employers/employees which will be provided in the new CCC cleanroom facility.

Donna Dixon will receive the 2009-2010 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service. Dixon began her career at Clinton Community College, in 1995. She is the Admissions Advisor/Athletic Program Specialist for the Student Services Department. She is the Women’s Basketball Coach, Women’s Soccer Coach, an instructor, and has responsibility for the recruitment and supervision of the athletes. 

In addition to her regular job duties, Dixon has organized a variety of successful fundraisers over the years to benefit organizations such as the Fitzpatrick Cancer Center, the Foundation at CVPH, Breast Cancer Awareness, and the National Kidney Foundation, to name a few. She was named Mountain Valley Conference Soccer Coach of the Year, and led the CCC Cougar’s to eight NCJAA Region III post season appearances with a record of 137-40-8 in ten seasons. 

Dixon earned a Bachelor of Arts from SUNY Plattsburgh in Health and Recreational Services. She is a member of the New England Association for College Admissions Counseling, The SUNY College Admissions Professionals and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. Dixon was the named to the Athlete’s Hall of Fame at SUNY Plattsburgh in 2004.

Jennifer Waite will receive the 2009-2010 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service. Waite is an Associate Professor of Human Services at CCC. She began her career at CCC in 2003. She is the Program Coordinator/Department Chair for Human Services and was Division Coordinator for the History and Social Sciences Department from 2004-2007. In 2007, she served as Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs. She has served on a number of college committees, including the General Education Committee, Assessment Committee and the United Way Committee. Under Waite’s leadership the Human Services Program received national accreditation, one of only three in New York State to receive this distinction.

To benefit her students, Waite created a Future Human Services Professionals Association. She arranges for, and travels with, students to professional conferences. She created the Cazenovia Program, in collaboration with Cazenovia College, where Clinton is a satellite campus offering graduates with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Human Services the opportunity to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services. Eleven students are currently enrolled in the program, now in its sixth semester.

Waite has a Masters in Social Work from Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York. She holds a Masters in Education from St. Lawrence University, Canton, New York, and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Cortland State University, Cortland, New York.  

Jennifer Szalkowski will receive the 2009-2010 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Services.  Szalkowski is a 1982 graduate of Clinton Community College and returned to Clinton in December 1983 accepting the position of Typist in the Processing Center. In 1989, Jennifer transferred into a position that had dual responsibilities in both the College Relations and Foundation Offices. She later worked in the Office of Vice President of Student Services for two years before moving into her current roles in the Processing Center and Controller’s Office.

She is always seeking opportunities to improve and enhance the work that she provides to the campus community.  She handles a variety of projects with flexibility, ease and accuracy.  She is known as the “go-to” person for proofreading and problem-solving.  She often takes on assignments outside of her regular job responsibilities such as graphic design projects. 

She has worked on multiple committees including the Presidential Inauguration, Academic Standing, 40th Anniversary, Professional Development, Employee Recognition, College Foundation Special Events, and the Ronald B. Stafford Center Dedication to name a few.

She was the recipient of the CCC Recognition Award, Meritorious Service Award, Dedicated Service Award and the Above and Beyond Award. She has received letters of recommendation that attest to the respect and appreciation she is shown for her work in the Processing Center and Controller’s Office by faculty and staff. They recognize her great work ethic and a willingness to get a job done. 

"As SUNY campuses celebrate the achievements of students and faculty for this academic year, I will have the pleasure of formally naming the recipients of this year's Chancellor's Award for Excellence," said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. "These awards are given each year to faculty members who demonstrate extraordinary dedication to their students and an exceptional commitment to excellence."

"Congratulations to all of this year's honorees, including Lynn Fowler, Donna Dixon, Jennifer Waite, and Jennifer Szalkowski at Clinton Community College." 

The Chancellor's Awards for Excellence are System-level honors conferred to acknowledge and 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 professional staff across its campuses. The awards provide SUNY-wide recognition in five categories:  Faculty Service, Librarianship, Professional Service, Scholarship and Creative Activities, and Teaching.  

Individuals selected for this honor are role models within the SUNY community. In acknowledgment of their selection, recipients are given recognition for the particular award received in the college catalogue by the addition of the phrase "State University Chancellor's Award for Excellence in …” A certificate and a Chancellor’s Excellence Medallion are also bestowed to commemorate selection. In addition, campuses are encouraged to supplement these commemoratives as appropriate to campus resources. Frequently, those selected are honored by their campuses during commencement, at academic convocations, or at special events hosted in honor of their selection.