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Morrisville State College Faculty/Staff Members Honored by SUNY Chancellor

MORRISVILLE, N.Y.– Two Morrisville State College faculty/staff members were recently honored by the State University of New York and interim SUNY Chancellor Dr. John B. Clark.

Receiving the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching is:
Wayne Hausknecht, of Eaton

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.

“Wayne has brought so much to Morrisville State College through his exemplary commitment to his students and his love for teaching,” Chris Cring, dean of the School of Science and Technology, said.

“This is truly an honor,” Hausknecht said. “I consider my greatest accomplishment is that I am a teacher. I enjoy taking my experiences and bringing them into the classroom for my students.”

Receiving the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service is:
Jerome “Jay” Caretti, of Morrisville

“Jerome’s teaching approach is to be part of students’ lives and he is very effective bringing learning into the classroom and community,” Cring said.

“My goal in life has always been to be a teacher,” Caretti said. “To be recognized for my efforts is very rewarding.”

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.

Hausknecht and Caretti will be recognized at the college’s 97th annual commencement ceremony which will be held May 17 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 professional service and teaching provide much-deserved university-wide recognition of extraordinary professional achievement," Clark 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."

Hausknecht, an assistant professor of wood products technology, has worked at Morrisville State College since 1985 holding positions including interim vice president for academics, interim dean of the School of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and department chair of both Agricultural Engineering and Wood Products Technology departments.

His love for teaching brought him back to the classroom after serving as Dean of the former School of Math, Science and Engineering Technology and is evident in his work at Morrisville State College where he has served on numerous campus committees and in various leadership roles.

Throughout his career, Hausknecht has been involved with developing programs and coursework, including the associate degree in residential construction, and is revered for his work in assisting with securing funding and implementing an annual house-building project for the residential construction program.

His years of knowledge working in the wood technology field and environmental and forestry agencies have forged important partnerships with industry and have brought valuable expertise to his classroom, where he has been recognized with numerous awards for his excellence in teaching and commitment to industry.

Accolades include: Honorary Member of the Morrisville College Alumni (1998); New York State Council on Vocational Education Award by Individual Region #8 for “Outstanding Contribution by an Individual in the Public Sector;” National Association of Colleges of Teachers of Agriculture “Teaching Award of Merit;” and the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development’s “Excellence Award in Teaching.”

Hausknecht has been active in the community where he obtained a Tech Prep Grant to develop a canoe building program involving 10 high schools across New York state.

His past accomplishments include working as a consultant, researching technical problems pertaining to drying and machining E. grandis, a type of Eucalyptus, which resulted in the building of the largest sawmill in the southern hemisphere and made a significant impact in saving the Amazon rainforest.

Additionally, he has taught courses on quality control in furniture and lumber manufacturing in Northeastern Brazil and developed and taught a joint training program for technology teachers in the State of Bahia.

Hausknecht received an associate degree in forestry from Paul Smith’s College, a bachelor degree in forest management from North Carolina State University, and a master’s degree in wood science technology from the University of Massachusetts.

Caretti, instructional support associate in the Electrical Engineering Technology Department, has worked at Morrisville State College since 1982. During his tenure, he advised the Electronics Club, served as faculty counselor for the Electrical Engineering Technology Club and has developed and taught an array of courses.

Known for his efforts in improving the college’s observatory, Caretti also assisted the Physics Department in restoring the Schelter telescope, a 100-year-old telescope owned by Morrisville State College.

His technical expertise has led to the design and construction of numerous electronic trainers, chassis and components for laboratory demonstrations.

Active in the community, Caretti has lectured on various subjects in astronomy and has given presentations on robotics. At one time, he served as the Codes Enforcement Officer for the Village of Morrisville.

Caretti earned an associate degree in electrical engineering technology from Morrisville State College and a bachelor degree in computer engineering technology from SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome.

Morrisville State College offers more than 75 bachelor and 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 was 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 offers associate degree programs in accounting, business, computer systems technology, office administration, liberal arts transfer, nursing, early childhood, criminal justice and human services to south central New York residents and employers. Students may also apply coursework to other associate or bachelor degrees at the main campus.