DCC Faculty and Staff Receive SUNY Chancellor’s Awards

May 24, 2021 -- Four members of the DCC community have been recognized by the SUNY Board of Trustees with the 2021 Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in their respective areas of work.

Presented annually, the Chancellor’s Awards recognize efforts of SUNY employees from across all 64 campuses for consistently superior professional achievement and encourage the ongoing pursuit of excellence. Awards are given in seven categories: Faculty Service, Librarianship, Professional Service, Scholarship and Creative Activities, Teaching, Adjunct Teaching, and Classified Service.

This year’s recipients were recognized by Acting President Ellen Gambino during DCC’s 2021 commencement ceremonies. “You are role models to your colleagues and our students,” said Gambino. “We thank you for all you do to make Dutchess Community College one of this county’s and SUNY’s greatest assets.”

Link to the presentation of the Chancellor's awards. 

Carolyn Rounds, assistant professor in the Allied Health and Biological Sciences Department, received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Full-time Teaching. Rounds joined the DCC community in 2011 and teaches a broad range of biology courses to both science and non-science majors. In her nomination letter, Acting President Gambino noted: “Ms. Rounds has developed exceptional instructional methods for use in distance learning, and her students note that despite the challenges caused by COVID and the switch to online-remote learning, they didn’t miss out on anything. She goes out of her way to help, including holding office hours in other locations as well as by appointment. She will hold group review sessions outside of class time, and frequents the Open Lab on her own time to check on students’ progress.”

Mary Jane McFarland, adjunct instructor in the Allied Health and Biological Sciences Department, received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching. McFarland has worked at DCC since 2008 and teaches a variety of sciences courses on campus, remotely and in the College’s concurrent program. In nominating McFarland, Gambino cited her ability to supplement her lectures with hands-on experiences and activities. “Applied learning, the utilization of current research and tools in the discipline, and irreproachable organization are hallmarks of Ms. McFarland’s teaching style. She emphasizes her dedication to student success in her teaching philosophy by noting that she teaches the ‘whole student,’ and her well-organized and clearly written syllabi reflect that statement.”

Angela Romano, registrar, was honored with the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service. Romano has been with DCC since 2015 and since then, has transformed the Registrar’s Office, from an office divided to a cohesive and collaborative environment. Gambino noted Romano’s strong leadership and dedication. “Angela continually examines what needs to happen/change in order to provide the best service to our students. Nothing escapes her scrutiny, especially if it will enhance operations.”

Stephen Doland, teaching lab supervisor in the Allied Health and Biological Sciences Department, received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Services. Doland has been part of the DCC community for over 19 years. In her letter of nomination, Gambino highlighted Doland’s incomparable customer services skills. “Always professional, he serves faculty members, students and vendors with the utmost respect and courtesy. His colleagues note that he has an evident passion for his work, which translates into his playing a major role in the success of our students.”