Seven From DCC Receive SUNY Chancellor's Awards

 September 11, 2012 –Susan Howes Conrad, associate professor of Geology, and Marta Newkirk, assistant dean of Student Services, have been awarded 2012 SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence. Five DCC students also were selected to receive the award.

In presenting the faculty and staff awards on behalf of State University of New York Chancellor Nancy Zimpher, DCC President Dr. D. David Conklin said, “Both Susan and Marta are dedicated and hard-working members of the DCC community, and I congratulate each of these deserving individuals on this great honor.”
Conrad received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. She joined DCC’s full-time faculty in 2000 following seven years as an adjunct instructor. Conrad has served in leadership roles at the College as chairperson of DCC’s Women’s Activities Committee and the Professional Staff Development Committee, and as vice-chair and member-at-large of the Professional Staff Organization.  She also serves on the steering committee for “Math and Science Matter …. Especially for Young Women,” a program for girls in grades 5-8 .
Newkirk was awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service. She has been a member of the College’s professional staff since 2000, and serves as assistant dean of Student Services. She is responsible for coordinating and implementing student services that support the academic mission of the college and collaborating with members of the faculty and administration on behalf of students. She is an active member of the DCC Curriculum Committee and in the past has served on the Professional Staff Organization Executive Board. Newkirk also is a board member of the Mid-Hudson Association of Women in Higher Education, on the Poughkeepsie Day Nursery board of directors and is involved with the Women’s Leadership Fund of the United Way.
The Chancellor's Awards for Excellence were established in the early 1970s to provide system-wide recognition and reward the State University's faculty and professional staff for superb performance and achievement. The awards acknowledge SUNY's fundamental mission of instruction, research and service.
Five DCC students received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. Barbara Cady of Poughquag, Jesse Fuerst of Pleasant Valley, Emma Hogan of Pleasant Valley, Naria McGee of Germantown and Lindsay Panko of Hopewell Junction were among the 257 students from 64 SUNY campuses presented with the honor. The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence was created 15 years ago to recognize students who have best demonstrated, and been recognized for, the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts or career achievement.