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Morrisville State College faculty/staff members honored by SUNY Chancellor

MORRISVILLE, N.Y.--Two Morrisville State College faculty/staff members, Dr. Walid Shayya and Marsha Cornelius, were recently honored by the State University of New York and SUNY Chancellor John Ryan.

Walid Shayya, of Manlius, was awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, which recognizes professors who show outstanding skill in the classroom, scholarship and professional growth, commitment to students and high academic standards.

“Walid is an outstanding individual,” Dr. Christopher Nyberg, dean of the School of Agriculture and Natural Resources, said. “He functions at the highest level of teaching while conducting research and preparing grants. His efforts have resulted in unique, positive opportunities for the college, and his service to students and this institution is exceptional.”

Shayya, a professor of natural resources engineering, has been a faculty member at Morrisville State College since 2000.

He received a B.Sc. in agriculture and M.Sc. in irrigation from American University of Beruit and a Ph.D. in agricultural engineering from Michigan State University.

Shayya was previously lauded by the Technology Alliance of Central New York, who named him College Technology Educator of the Year in 2005. He has also received two Teaching Awards of Merit from the National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture and a Distinguished Service Award from the College of Agriculture at Sultan Qaboos University. He is also a member of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers and National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture.

Marsha Cornelius was awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service, recognizing outstanding job performance by professional staff in administrative positions and those who have transcended the normal definitions of excellence.

Cornelius, of Norwich, joined Morrisville State College’s Norwich Campus in 1997, and presently works as an academic counselor. Her duties also include curriculum development, financial aid assistance, semester schedule development, orientation operation and special event planning.

In addition, Cornelius also serves as advisor to Phi Theta Kappa, the college’s honor society, and serves on the Norwich Campus Scholarship Committee and the Liberty Partnership Advisory Committee.

She is a member of the National Academic Advising Association and the Central New York Continuing Education Association.

“I am thrilled that Marsha Cornelius is being recognized,” Dr. Ted Nichols, dean of the Norwich Campus, said. “Her thorough dedication to Morrisville State College, the Norwich Campus, and its students is evident. She is a caring, committed educator and forceful student advocate.”

Cornelius received an associate degree from Morrisville State College and bachelor and master degrees from Binghamton University. She is currently studying to obtain an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Phoenix.

“Walid Shayya and Marsha Cornelius are excellent examples of the dedicated, hard-working faculty and staff at Morrisville State College,” Dr. Ray Cross, Morrisville State College president, said. “Their exemplary commitment to the college and its students is worthy of this honor, and I am proud to recognize them publicly during commencement.”

The college’s 96th annual commencement ceremony will be held at the college May 19 at 1 p.m. on Drake Field.

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Morrisville State College offers more than 70 bachelor and associate degrees. 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, computer technology, office administration, liberal arts/education transfer, early childhood and nursing to Chenango County area residents and employers.