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Faculty and Staff Honored

June 11, 2013

Nine faculty and staff members were honored for excellence during the commencement ceremonies at Tompkins Cortland Community College May 23, 2013.

Anna Regula, assistant professor of reading and study skills, received the Chancellor's/Trustees' Award for Excellence in Teaching. She was honored for her dedication to teaching, her passion for her students, and her commitment to innovation, which led to the development of the Synergy peer and staff tutoring program, which supports students in developmental classes. Regula joined the College in 2004.

Robin Hinchcliff, associate professor of English speakers of other languages, also received the Chancellor's/Trustees' Award for Excellence in Teaching. She was honored for her tireless work with international students and U.S.-born students whose first language is not English. She was cited for her support of students and faculty who identify ESL students in their classes. Hinchcliff joined the College in 1997.

Ron Starmer, professor of English, was awarded the Chancellor's/Trustees' Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. He has an impressive record of scholarship and creative activity; many of his works have been published, he serves as the advisor to the Writers’ Guild, and he is a long-time promoter of the publication “Re-Visions,” a collection of student, staff, and faculty writing. Starmer joined the faculty in 1993 and was previously honored with a Chancellor’s/Trustees’ Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2007.

Susan Stafford, assistant professor of hotel and restaurant management, was awarded the Chancellor's/Trustees' Award for Excellence in Faculty Service. She was cited for her dedication to teaching and her commitment to professional development, both for herself and her students. Stafford has helped develop multiple academic programs at the College and has shown a passion for expanding her students’ experience, including developing relevant student abroad trips. She has been at the College since 2003 and was previously honored with a Trustees’ Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching in 2007.

Seth Thompson, director of multicultural services, received the Chancellor's/Trustees' Award for Excellence in Professional Service. Thompson was recognized for his dedication to the success of his students, as well as his passion for working with faculty and staff on a variety of committees and issues. A peer mentoring program run through his office was highlighted as a prime example of the College’s commitment to innovative approaches to achieving student success. Thompson started at the College in 2006.

Alexis Dengel, coordinator of the Pace and Pathways programs, also received the Chancellor's/Trustees' Award for Excellence in Professional Service. She was recognized for being a tireless advocate for students in her programs, providing a personal level of support that is essential to their success. Dengel started at the College in 2004.

Kathleen Boyd, secretary in the academic records office, received the Chancellor's/Trustees' Award for Excellence in Classified Service. She was credited with her dedication to student service, as well as her attention to detail and organization. Boyd started at the College in 2004.

Patricia Schaffer, adjunct instructor of nursing, received the Trustees' Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching. She was recognized for exceeding standards in a creative and innovative fashion. Her commitment to student success and the development of the teaching craft were also cited in the recognition.

Matt Kiechle, assistant director for health education, was honored as the Faculty Student Association Award for Employee Excellence. His work in creating the successful Options program was acknowledged in his award.