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Morrisville State College 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 Nancy Zimpher.

Receiving the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching is:
Roxana Pisiak, of Clinton, NY

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.

“Roxana complements her considerable talent in the classroom with an outstanding level of service to the department, school and college,” Paul Griffin, associate provost and dean of the college’s School of Liberal Arts, said.

Receiving the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service is:
Jean Boland, of Canastota, NY

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.

“Jean is a well respected leader who inspires her staff, makes presentations to advise about innovation and focuses on providing students and the college community with leading edge advancements,” Dr. Ray Cross, president of Morrisville State College, said.

Receiving the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service is:

Mary Ellen Fearon, of Munnsville, NY

The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service recognizes outstanding job performance by a member of the classified staff whose professionalism, dedication and commitment have exceeded the normal definitions of excellence and who has made significant contributions to better the campus.

“Mary Ellen performs her job with such professionalism that most people would never realize the magnitude of her responsibilities,” Terry Nunn, associate director of Physical Plant, said.

Pisiak, Boland and Fearon will be recognized at the college’s 98th annual commencement ceremony which will be held May 16 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).

Pisiak, professor of humanities, has worked at Morrisville State College for 24 years. A portion of those were spent as co-advisor of Phi Theta Kappa, the national junior college honor society, while she was also actively involved as a member of the campus judicial board.

Throughout her career, Pisiak has helped develop numerous courses and has also been involved in various aspects of curriculum development,. She is a past recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award, was named Student Government Organization Advisor of the Year and served on and chaired many committees. Her essays have been published in several books.

Outside of the classroom, Pisiak is active in her community as co-organizer and discussion leader of the Morrisville Public Library Annual Book Talk Series and is a former member and chair of the Executive Board of Directors of The Children’s Center at Morrisville State College.

Pisiak received a Ph.D. in English/American Studies from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, a master of arts degree in English and comparative literatures from Columbia University in New York City, and bachelor of arts degree in English from Boston University.

Boland, vice president for information technology services, has been at Morrisville State College since 1993.

Boland’s leadership and vision have brought innovative technology to enhance the academic experience for students and Morrisville State College and she has presented Morrisville’s innovative technology at many national and international conferences.

Boland was instrumental in implementing technology including the RayLink wireless project that brought Morrisville State College national recognition as “America’s Most-Wired College,” by Yahoo! Internet Life Magazine, comprehensively replacing land-line phones in residence halls with a Nextel cell phone for each resident student, and most recently deploying a new campus-wide wireless network, Meru 802.11n, the fastest wireless solution of its kind in the world.

Throughout her career, Boland has served on numerous committees. She was selected and serves as a member of the Sprint-Nextel Corporation Higher Education Advisory Board and also serves on the Association for Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education (ACUTA) higher education advisory panel. She is a past member of the Chancellor’s Advisory Council on Education Technology for the State University of New York (SUNY).

She was also asked to present at both the Educational Computing and Wireless Communication for the 21 Century Conference for all of higher education in the United Kingdom, held in London, UK and was a keynote speaker at the 2nd Europe, Middle East and Africa ThinkPad University Fly-In in Dubai, UAE .

Boland earned a master’s degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a bachelor degree in computer and information technology from Colgate University.

Prior to working at Morrisville, she worked for well-known companies in the computer and electronics industry, including Hewlett-Packard and General Electric, where she received the Impact Award in Information Technology.

Fearon, head janitor in the Physical Plant Department, has worked at the college for 32 years.

Fearon’s knowledge and professionalism earned her many accolades on campus.

She is best known for her work planning and setting up campus events, most notably the college’s commencement and orientation and for always performing her duties with the best interests of the college and students in mind and advocating for her staff.

Fearon was also in charge of maintaining all buildings on campus, including residence halls, was responsible for setting up conferencing and special events and performed a myriad of administrative duties.

She will be among staff retiring this year who will receive special recognition for her years of service to the college.

Morrisville State College offers more than 75 bachelor and associate degrees including a new bachelor of technology degree in criminal justice, a bachelor of business administration degree in business administration and an associate degree in renewable energy technology.

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.