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Faculty and Staff Honored by Chancellor and Trustees

June 29, 2017

Six faculty and staff members were honored for excellence during the commencement ceremonies at Tompkins Cortland Community College May 25, 2017.

Scott Ochs, professor of criminal justice, received the Chancellor's/Trustees' Award for Excellence in Faculty Service. He was honored for his commitment to excellence in teaching as well as the work he does throughout the College and the surrounding communities. Ochs has served on numerous local boards and youth organizations, including the Homer Central School District Board of Education and the Lime Hollow Nature Center Board while remaining equally committed to serving as chair of the criminal justice department and on various committees at the College.

Photo of President Carl Haynes, Scott Ochs, and Board of Trustees Chair Elizabeth Burns


Darlene Gold, professor of English, received the Chancellor's/Trustees' Award for Excellence in Teaching. She was honored for bringing the “Writing to Learn” initiative to campus, helping faculty better engage students through the use of in-class writing prompts. Gold has won numerous national and international awards for her own writing and is known for establishing positive connections with her students.

Photo of President Carl Haynes, Darlene Gold, and Board of Trustees Chair Elizabeth Burns


Alison Beach, counselor and assistant professor, was awarded the Chancellor's/Trustees' Award for Excellence in Professional Service. She was recognized for her work supporting students in her day-to-day work, where she is a tireless advocate for our students. Beach was also acknowledged for her role in several student initiatives, including the Gay-Straight Student Alliance, the Students of Concern Groups, and the Wellness Council.

Photo of President Carl Haynes, Alison Beach, and Board of Trustees Chair Elizabeth Burns

 

Julie Ray, curriculum assistant, received the Chancellor's/Trustees' Award for Excellence in Classified Service. She was credited for her work in the academic records department, noting her absolute commitment to detail and order. Ray was also recognized for her work across campus, serving on the College Forum, the Health and Safety committee, and other committees.

Photo of President Carl Haynes, Julie Ray, and Board of Trustees Chair Elizabeth Burns

 

Kyle Carr, adjunct instructor of communication and media arts, received the Chancellor’s/Trustees' Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching. He was recognized for his exceeding standards for dedication, whether teaching whatever classes need filling on the course schedule or making himself continuously available for student questions. Carr has also produced numerous promotional videos for the College, which helps the College as a whole while also providing professional experience to be shared with his students.

Photo of President Carl Haynes, Kyle Carr, and Board of Trustees Chair Elizabeth Burns

 

Christine Hendrick, medical office assistant in the College Health Center, was unable to attend commencement, but was still honored with the Faculty Student Association Award for Program Support. As the first person most students encounter when they enter the Health Center, Hendrick has excelled at providing both the warm welcome and professional service to our students and our community.

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