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Three Clinton Faculty / Staff Recognized for Excellence


Monday, June 15, 2015


Jarrod Cone Debra Nelson Saundra Stortz


Three Clinton Community College faculty and staff members received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence for 2015: Jarrod Cone, Saundra Stortz, and Debra Nelson. The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence is a State University of New York system-wide honor, providing recognition for consistently superior professional achievement and encouraging the ongoing pursuit of excellence. Through these awards, SUNY publicly proclaims its pride in the accomplishment and personal dedication of its instructional faculty, librarians, and staff across its 64 campuses and system administration.


Jarrod Cone, Assistant Professor of Psychology, received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service. This award recognizes faculty who show excellence in service by performing service contributions within the college community as well as service beyond the college community. The campus selection committee stated the following in its recommendation, “Jarrod exemplifies the ideals of leadership and service that this award seeks to recognize. In the three and a half years that Jarrod has been employed at Clinton, he has consistently given of his time to serve the members of the College community and beyond.”


Saundra Stortz, Adjunct Professor in the music department, received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching. This award recognizes adjunct faculty who perform superbly and maintain instructional policies that adapt readily to student needs, interests and problems. Beginning in 1996, Saundra has consistently demonstrated excellence as a teacher at Clinton. She is energetic, demanding, and creative in the classroom. Saundra’s philosophy of teaching balances high standards with creating an environment that values experience and learning. She is focused on helping students reach their academic goals by creating well-structured and understandable lectures with clear objectives.


Debra Nelson, Typist in Academic Affairs, received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service. During the seven years Debra has been employed at Clinton Community College, she has proudly served on several college committees. Debra has excelled in her position, demonstrating flexibility, creativity and exemplary customer service while contributing to the excellence at Clinton.


Clinton Community College Interim President Frederick Smith was pleased to present Jarrod, Saundra, and Debra with their awards. “I continue to be impressed by the people at Clinton. It is an honor to have these colleagues recognized for their outstanding work and commitment to the college.”


The Chancellor’s Award recipients were recognized during the College’s Spring Commencement ceremony, held on May 15.