Eight From DCC Receive SUNY Chancellor's Awards

September 25, 2014 – Three Dutchess Community College professionals and five students have been awarded 2014 State University of New York Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence, which provide system-wide recognition of superb performance and achievement.

Sally Toomey Weglinski, assistant director of Academic Services and Testing, Dr. Kathleen Hanlon O’Connell, instructor of Exercise Science and Dr. Wendy Joyce, a math and science adjunct instructor, received the awards at the beginning of the fall semester.

DCC President Dr. Pamela Edington remarked, “Our SUNY Chancellor’s Award recipients are highly accomplished, as well as outstanding examples of the excellent work being done at DCC. We’re proud of their achievements and greatly appreciate all they do to enrich our campus community.”

Weglinski was awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service. She came to DCC as a math tutor in 1992 before being promoted to her current position in 1998. She initiated Reclaim My Math, a review option for students who wish to place in higher-level math courses, and was instrumental in DCC’s Office of Academic Services and Testing being selected for the 2013 Frank L. Christ Outstanding Learning Center Award for two-year colleges.

O’Connell received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. She initiated a webpage for Exercise Science and Wellness faculty members to share best practices and also is a certified peer reviewer of online courses. O’Connell gave a presentation called “Savvy Strategies: Dealing with Cyber-bullying in Online Discussions” at the 12 Annual Massachusetts Community College Conference on Teaching, Learning and Students Development.

Joyce earned the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching. She has taught math for the past 16 years and chemistry for the past seven years,  in addition to assisting with the College's annual Math and Science Matters...Especially for Young Women initiative.

Five DCC students received the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. Angelika Juerss, Rosia Kittel, Yoshinori Tsuji, Joshua Wright and Keara Wright were among the 274 students from 64 SUNY campuses presented with the honor.