Two from DCC Receive SUNY Chancellor's Awards

September 13, 2011 – Dr. Leah Akins, Department Head of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Technologies, and Bridgette Anderson, Associate Dean of Administration for campus facilities management, have been awarded 2011 SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence.

In presenting the awards on behalf of State University of New York Chancellor Nancy Zimpher, DCC President Dr. D. David Conklin said, “Both of these outstanding professionals exemplify the hard work, commitment and innovative thinking that makes DCC one of the finest community colleges in the state. They both are very deserving of this honor.”

Akins received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. She began her career at DCC in 1990 as an adjunct and joined the full-time faculty in January 1997. She is an active member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), and her professional activities presently are focused on curriculum to support the awareness and development of sustainable systems and retention of students in engineering and technology. Akins has served in leadership roles at the College as the chairperson of DCC’s Assessment Committee and as a faculty representative for the SUNY Chancellor’s Group of 200 that helped develop the 2010 SUNY Strategic Plan. Dr. Akins also is active in the community, most notably as the Treasurer of the Hudson Valley FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO® League Executive Committee.

Anderson was awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service. She has served for more than 12 years as the Associate Dean of Administration in charge of campus facilities management and is responsible for the operation of 13 buildings on the main campus and the DCC South extension site. She was integral in the renovation of the College’s Bowne Hall, which included the installation of a geothermal heating and cooling system that eliminated the need for fossil fuels in the building and cut energy costs by 30%, compared to a traditional system. In addition, Anderson was key in implementing the SUNY NY Alert system on campus, which enhances emergency communication with students faculty and staff. Also, she oversaw the installation of defibrillators throughout campus and the training necessary for their use.

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. Awards are presented in five categories: Faculty Service, Librarianship, Professional Service, Scholarship and Creative Activities and Teaching.