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Morrisville faculty/staff members honored by SUNY Chancellor

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Three Morrisville State College faculty/staff members were recently honored by the State University of New York and SUNY Chancellor John Ryan.

Receiving the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching are:
Joan Johnson, of West Eaton
Gladys Cleland, of Liverpool

The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching recognizes professors who show outstanding skill in the classroom, scholarship and professional growth, commitment to students and high academic standards.

Receiving the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service is:
Don Smith, of Morrisville

The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service recognizes outstanding job performance by professional staff in administrative positions and those who have transcended the normal definitions of excellence.

Johnson, Cleland and Smith will be recognized at the college’s 95th annual commencement ceremony which will be held May 20 at 1 p.m. on Drake Field. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held indoors in the John W. Stewart Center for Student Activities (STUAC).

"The Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in full-time librarianship, professional service and teaching provide much-deserved university-wide recognition of extraordinary professional achievement," Ryan said. "I commend this year's recipients and the campus presidents, faculty and staff who aid and support them in their success throughout the school year."

Johnson, professor of resort and recreation service management, has been a faculty member at Morrisville State College since 1981.

“Joan’s tenure at Morrisville models a professional and personal commitment to excellence in all that she does,” Dave Rogers, dean of the School of Business, said. “She has been consistently recognized by her students and colleagues for her dedication to their success, the mission of Morrisville State College and to the hospitality industry.”

Throughout her career, Johnson has received numerous awards recognizing her excellence in teaching and commitment to the hospitality industry.

She is the recipient of The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Award for Excellence in Teaching in Learning and is a past recipient of the college’s Distinguished Faculty Award.

Johnson has served on numerous campus committees and in various leadership roles and is revered for her work with the student International Food Service Executives’ Association (IFSEA) Club, a campus organization she founded and advises.

In addition to committee work, Johnson has been involved with the development of programs and coursework at Morrisville State College, served as a scholarship chair, and has been instrumental in implementing campus technology initiatives.

Johnson is also active in the community where she served as president of Madison County Tourism, Inc. Additionally, she served as regional and national president for the National Association of College and University Food Service and international director and branch president of IFSEA.

A member of several professional associations, she also holds several certifications. Among them, she is a registered foodservice manager, a certified food executive with IFSEA, a nationally certified instructor for the American Hotel/Motel Association and is certified by the National Restaurant Association.

Johnson received a Ph.D. from Syracuse University, master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Rochester Institute of Technology, and an associate’s degree from Morrisville State College. She has an honorary doctorate from the National Association of Foodservice Equipment Manufacturers.

Cleland, associate professor of journalism, has been a faculty member at Morrisville State College since 1996. In addition to teaching courses in broadcasting, scriptwriting, advertising, and media law and ethics, she has been advisor of the college’s radio station, WCVM, for the past 10 years. Under her leadership, WCVM has evolved into a student broadcast media venue that encompasses radio, television, and Internet broadcasting.

Throughout her tenure, Cleland has been active on campus, serving as the first female faculty senator, in addition to serving as an active member of faculty governance. She continues to serve on numerous campus committees and regional and national committees relating to academics and the media. Cleland has also received numerous awards from the Student Government Organization (SGO) for student advocacy.

Additionally, she has been involved with course and curriculum development and is currently in the process of developing a bachelor of business administration degree in video journalism at Morrisville, the first in the nation.

“Cleland was the most influential professor I had throughout college,” said Robert Driscoll, a 2001 Morrisville alumnus, who is an associate news producer at CNN in Atlanta. “Her advice is so respected that many of her former students still go to her when they have a question and she is always there to help.”

Cleland has published numerous works in the areas of student development and the effect of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on student media management.

Cleland received master’s degrees from the University of Florida and Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree from State University College at Plattsburgh. She is a currently working toward a doctorate from the University of Phoenix.

Smith, a network engineer in the Technology Services Department, joined the Morrisville State College staff in 1966, initially as a faculty member.

“Don’s professional excellence can best be demonstrated by his unparalleled professional work ethic, his technical foresight, his unremitting commitment to Morrisville State College and to SUNY, his ability to stay current with technology advancements, and his willingness to implement technical change in the pursuit of excellence,” Jean Boland, vice president for information technology services, said.

Smith has been instrumental in implementing technology on campus, including the college’s ThinkPad University program, wireless and cell phone initiatives, and has provided leadership for many other projects.

“Don’s professional achievements in networking, his outstanding technical skills, dedication and extraordinary professional achievement have led to Morrisville’s national reputation as a leader in technology,” Boland said.

Smith’s expertise is also visible in the community and throughout SUNY, where he gives network and wireless installation presentations at various conferences.

Smith received a master’s and bachelor’s degree from Rochester Institute of Technology and an associate’s degree from Alfred State University.

Morrisville State College offers 12 bachelor degrees and a wide variety of associate degrees and options. Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine. The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus also offers programs in business, technologies, liberal arts/education transfer, and nursing to Chenango County area residents and employers.