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Morrisville State College Recognizes Distinguished Faculty/Staff

MORRISVILLE— Two Morrisville State College faculty/staff members have been recognized by their colleagues for their years of distinguished service.

Receiving the Morrisville State College Distinguished Faculty Award is Dr. Robert Dushay, of DeWitt, NY.

Receiving the Morrisville State College Distinguished Librarian Award is John Schuster, of Morrisville, NY.

They will receive their awards during the college’s 98th commencement on May 16 at 1 p.m. on Drake Field.

The awards are presented to faculty/staff who display professional growth, personal and professional achievement, and have provided outstanding service to the college.

Dushay, associate professor of social science, has worked at the college for eight years.

Throughout that time, he has served in numerous capacities on-campus, including as advisor of the Gaming Guild, a student recreation group he created and WebCT coordinator for the college.

An active participant in Faculty Congress, he served on various committees and was instrumental in developing courses and programs.

In the classroom, he surrounds students with technology and engages in research to stay current in the field.

“He is dedicated to the profession, reliable, enthusiastic and has clearly distinguished himself as a special,  unique and distinguished member of the Morrisville faculty,” Alan Levinson, associate professor of social science, said.

Dushay holds a PhD. in psychology, a master of philosophy and master of arts in social psychology, all from Columbia University and an Artium Baccalarius (A.B.) degree in psychology from Cornell University.

Schuster, senior assistant librarian, has worked at the college nearly five years.

During that time, he has encouraged students in academic and cultural life on campus.

“He embodies the value-added coaching spirit that distinguishes Morrisville State College faculty and staff from those at other colleges,” Kit Engel, dietetic technician student, said.

Throughout his career, Schuster has been recognized for his outstanding service, receiving the Librarian of the Year Award from the European Council of International Schools and the college’s Liberal Arts Department Friend of the Liberal Arts Award in 2007 and 2008.

Prior to working at Morrisville State College, he spent 15 years working for information management software developers.

Schuster is active on the Morrisville State College campus, participating in and organizing events such as the international film festival and international student dinner. He serves on various committees and has been invited to speak at prestigious councils and events.

Schuster holds master’s degrees in information resource management and library science from Syracuse University School of Information Studies and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from The State University of New York at Buffalo.

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.