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Last updated Tuesday, August 27, 2019 A Publication of the Office for Institutional Advancement

10 Faculty, Staff Win Chancellor’s Award for Excellence

Dr. Jill O'Sullivan
Dr. Jill O'Sullivan
Dr. Maureen Tsokris
Dr. Maureen Tsokris
Professor Kathleen Hecht
Professor Kathleen Hecht

It happens every year, and this year is no exception: SUNY has once again conferred its Chancellor’s Award for Excellence on members of the FSC community. Last year there were five winners. This year the number has doubled. In this issue, we present three of them. Keep watching Campus Times for highlights of the seven other winners, who include Dr. Lori Goodstone, Professor Lou Scala, Professor Kim Wild, Darleyne E. Mayers, Lauren Romer, Cynthia F. Thomas, Officer Luis Llano.

Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities
Dr. Jill O’Sullivan, Computer Systems Department Chair and Associate Professor
Dr. O’Sullivan joined the full-time faculty in 2007, and teaches courses in computer systems and business management. She is focused on increasing the number of courses in the Computer Systems Department that represent cutting-edge practices in information systems and technology. The author of six books in her field, she was praised by the Selection Committee as one whose “scholarly abilities and creative activities complement her classroom instruction and serve to solidify her reputation as an outstanding scholar and teacher.”

Excellence in Faculty Service
Dr. Maureen Tsokris, Dental Hygiene Department Chair and Full Professor 
Dr. Tsokris began her FSC career in 1986 as a part-time clinical supervisor, and in 2013 became chair of the department. In addition to those duties, she is an academic advisor and mentor, and has been responsible for student placement in the dental hygiene field. A colleague, Professor Janet Gruber, said of Dr. Tsokris: “She has been a wonderful role model and mentor for me as a faculty member, for other faculty members, for students, and those who have graduated.” Dr. Tsokris said of her passion for service: “Service can be a conduit for sharing and creative collaboration, brainstorming ideas, experiencing new things, and the acquisition of new knowledge.”

Excellence in Adjunct Teaching
Kathleen Hecht, Adjunct Professor, Biology Department
Professor Hecht joined the College in 1979 and is the longest-serving adjunct in the Biology Department. Dr. Sarah Gross, department chair, said of her: “She truly cares for her students’ academic success, and particularly excels in teaching laboratory courses.” A former student also praised Professor Hecht: “Professor Hecht not only changed my attitude toward biology, she made it enjoyable. Her lectures were informative and insightful. I found her to be one of the finest professors I have had the opportunity to learn from.”

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