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June 28, 2011

SUNY Chancellor Honors Excellence Among Empire State College Faculty and Staff

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(Saratoga Springs, N.Y. – June 28, 2011) – Five SUNY Empire State College faculty and staff were among 296 employees systemwide honored with the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence for the academic year 2010-2011 by SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher.

Professor Karen Garner, of the college’s Northeast Center, and Professor Yvonne C. Murphy, of the Central New York Center, were recipients of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. Professor Elaine Handley, of the Northeast Center, was a recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Craig Lamb, director of academic support services for the college, received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service; and Carol Ouellette, a calculations clerk 1 in the Business Services/Accounts Payable office, received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service.

Karen Garner

Karen Garner, of Queensbury, is a recipient of the award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. Garner has been at SUNY Empire State College since 2005. She teaches a variety of history and women’s studies courses, including those focused on U.S. political, social and environmental history; modern China and Japan; and U.S., European and Middle Eastern women's history. She has been recognized with a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship at Vilnius University in Lithuania in 2003, and research grants from the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture at Duke University. She was also the 2001 recipient of the Susan H. Turben Award for Excellence in Scholarship from the Empire State College Foundation.

Garner attended the University of Texas at Austin and received her Ph.D. in history in 1995. She is the author of two books and several journal articles.

Yvonne Murphy

Yvonne Murphy, of Syracuse, received a Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. She is a widely published poet and presents scholarship in the areas of creative writing, interdisciplinary studies, visual arts and visual culture, literary theory, culture of the book, literature, popular culture and creativity studies. Murphy recently published a book of poems, “Aviaries.” In the past she was Carolina Wren Press’s 2009 poetry contest winner. Additionally, her poem “Prisoner” appears in Stone Canoe, a Syracuse University Press publication.

She has a Ph.D. in creative writing and literature, an M. A. in American Literature and a B.A. in English Literature: Creative Writing. She also has worked as an editor, publications writer, journalist, library clerk, storyteller, researcher and writer and artist-in residence in public schools, community organizations, hospitals and art museums. She mentors in the Arts area of study, offering individualized studies to undergraduate and graduate students both face-to-face and at a distance.

Murphy has been with the college since 2000.

The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities was developed by faculty for faculty, and distinguishes individuals who have demonstrated a record of sustained scholarship in the sciences, humanities and professional studies or consistent creative productivity in the fine and performing arts.

Of Garner’s and Murphy’s award, Zimpher said, “This award was developed by faculty for faculty, and only those who have demonstrated a record of sustained scholarship in the sciences, humanities and professional studies or consistent creative productivity in the fine and performing arts receive this distinction.”

Elaine Handley

Handley, of Middle Grove, has been a mentor at the college for 19 years, offering courses in writing, literature and the humanities. She is currently collaborating with Northeast Center colleagues in a number of studies including “War Stories: Reading and Writing About the Impact of War, Wellness: Body. Mind and Spirit” and “Living the Writing Life.”

According to Zimpher, “Only university faculty members who have consistently demonstrated superb skill in teaching receive this award.”

The recognition reflects Handley’s “mastery of teaching, dedication to students, adherence to the highest academic standards and continued professional achievement” and “underscores the respect and esteem of your colleagues, students and campus leadership for your professional accomplishments,” according to Zimpher’s letter to Handley.

“I feel extremely lucky to be able to work with both students and colleagues in such a collaborative and creative learning community that allows each of us to explore our potential,” Handley said.

She holds a Doctor of Arts degree from SUNY Albany, a Master of Letters from Middlebury, a Master of Education from Leslie College and a Master of Arts and bachelor’s degrees from SUC Fredonia.

In 2002 she received the college’s Excellence in Mentoring Award. She has also been a NYC Council on the Arts grant recipient, and two chapbooks of poetry, written in collaboration won the Adirondack Center for Writing Poetry Awards in 2005 and 2006.

Craig Lamb

Craig Lamb, of Saratoga Springs, was recognized with a Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service.

“I am humbled and honored to have received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service,” said Lamb. “This award is shared with the Center for Distance Learning, my fellow directors of academic support and the academic support team, and the many dedicated faculty, professionals, staff and students throughout the institution.”

Lamb has been with the college since March 2005. He started in Center for Distance Learnings’s Office of Academic Review as an assessment specialist and moved into CDL's director of academic support position in January 2007.

Carol Ouellette

Carol Ouellette, of Gansevoort, was recognized with a Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service. She is a vital part of the business office; respected in the community as the “go-to” person who will “go above and beyond” for colleagues, employees or vendors. Professional and cheerful, she handles an exceptional volume of work and yet is always willing to assist others with tasks or problems. Ouellette is described by her colleagues as focused, flexible and receptive to new technologies, has made several suggestions that have improved work flow and efficiency and conserved resources, produces accurate results and completes time-sensitive projects on time.

Known for her devotion to her job and hard work, Ouellette is appreciated by her colleagues for her unselfishness and willingness to consider the overall welfare of the college as a high priority in her daily decisions.

About SUNY Empire State College

Celebrating its 40th anniversary throughout 2011, SUNY Empire State College was established in 1971 to offer adult learners the opportunity to earn associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the State University of New York. Students learn through independent studies, online courses, seminars and residencies. Learners also may earn credit for prior college-level learning from work and life experience.

The college serves more than 20,000 students worldwide at 35 locations in New York state and online. Its 60,000 alumni are active in their communities as entrepreneurs, politicians, business professionals, artists, not-for-profit agency employees, teachers, veterans and active military, union members and more.

For additional information, visit www.esc.edu. For more on the 40th anniversary, please follow this link.

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