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June 18, 2013

SUNY chief honors 15 local educators


• David Brower, chair and associate professor of hospitality management and an alumnus, excellence in teaching. He was cited for fostering an a fair and rigorous academic environment and engaging students in a team-centered approach to teaching that uses real-world scenarios.

• Bret Meckel, associate professor of veterinary science technology, excellence in faculty service. He is a veterinarian on campus for the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, director of the International Studies African Wildlife Management Program and has provided leadership for several campus-wide initiatives.

• Julee Miller, assistant professor of culinary arts, excellence in scholarship and creative activities. She has designed courses with baking concentrations, including “Baby Cakes,” a course launched in 2012 in which students learn to operate a retail venture by marketing and baking cakes for the campus community.

• John Padovani, director of residence life, excellence in professional service. During his tenure, the college has benefited from a stable residence life staff because of improved recruitment, training and development. He has served the campus in many leadership roles.

• Lynn Oles, secretary for athletics, excellence in classified service. She has contributed to the success of regional and national athletic events and the annual Athletic Hall of Fame inductions. She also volunteers with on-campus and community groups.

“These extraordinary individuals contribute to student success in so many ways,” college President Candace Vancko in a media release. “They are great representatives of Delhi and SUNY.”

SUNY Cobleskill

Recipients at the State University College of Agriculture and Techology were Edward J. Stander, for excellence in scholarship; Marsha S. Foster for excellence in professional service; and Ann Collins for excellence in classified service.

Debra Thatcher, SUNY Cobleskill’s acting president, said the three employees were worthy of the honor and that “their dedication to student success is outstanding.”

According to the college’s release:

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