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For Immediate Release: June 19, 2013

Contact: Heather Meaney, (518) 381-1250

SCCC Faculty and Staff Earn

SUNY Chancellor's Awards for


Schenectady County Community College is pleased to announce that four members of the College's faculty and staff have been chosen to receive the prestigious SUNY Chancellor's Awards for Excellence. The Chancellor's Awards were created 40 years ago to honor the distinguished performance of SUNY's teaching faculty, librarians and members of the professional services. The SUNY Advisory Committee on Awards makes recommendations and reviews the nominations submitted by campus Presidents throughout the 64-campus system. Recipients receive cast bronze medallions to be worn at commencements, honors convocations and other ceremonies.

Sandra M. Boynton (Sandy), Professor in the Division of Liberal Arts, received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Since she began teaching at SCCC in 1990, Sandy has taught an array of literature and drama courses and developed the following courses: History of Western Theatre, Basic Acting, Theatre in London, Theatre Internship, Rehearsal & Production I, II and III. In 2004, she earned a National Endowment for the Humanities grant and since 2007 she has spent her spring break vacations taking students to the American Shakespeare Center (ASC) in Staunton, Virginia. Sandy sponsored her students at the regional Kennedy Center American College competition in 2009, 2010 and 2011. One of SCCC's students was a finalist in 2010. Sandy has been the one-person driver and catalyst of the drama program at SCCC for the past 21 years. She has also directed hundreds of students in 45 shows during her 23 years at SCCC. Sandy holds an M.A. in Theatre from the University at Albany and a B.A. in English from St. Lawrence University. The criteria for this award include skill in teaching. Additionally, consideration is given to sound scholarship (usually demonstrated through publications or artistic productions), outstanding service to students, as well as service to the University and to the campus.

Darcy Murphy, Information Processing Specialist II in the Division of Math, Science, Technology and Health, received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Classified Service. Darcy joined SCCC in April 1999 as an Information Processing Specialist I in the Admissions Office. In 2002, she was promoted to Senior Typist in the Math, Science and Technology Department (now the Division of Math, Science, Technology and Health). She was then promoted to Information Processing Specialist II in 2005. Darcy possesses a myriad of skills, including a positive attitude, professionalism and attention to detail. She is dedicated and regularly works with other members to her fullest capacity and more. She has been instrumental in assisting adjuncts, as well. In addition to her job duties, Darcy also serves on the Campus Safety Council. The criteria for this award includes outstanding achievement, skill and commitment to excellence in fulfilling the job description for the position held, excellence in activities beyond the scope of the job description and creativity and flexibility in performing his or her position to meet campus needs.

Robyn M. Posson, Counselor II in the Division of Student Affairs, received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service. Robyn first joined SCCC in the mid-1990s and served as an Academic Advisor, Tutor Coordinator and Admissions/Academic Advisor until being named Counselor I in the Division of Student Affairs in 2004. She was promoted to Counselor II in 2006. She has been instrumental in the coordination of Honors Convocation and Commencement, served on the Liberty Partnerships Program Board, co-advises the Restart Club and is an adjunct teaching psychology and health professions classes. Robyn is also a New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), a Distance Credentialed Counselor (DCC) and beyond her service to the College community, she is a noteworthy professional in the field of counseling and higher education. Robyn has been granted a sabbatical for next semester to conduct research related to bullying. Robyn holds an M.S. in Education in Counseling from the College of Saint Rose and a B.A. in English/Psychology from the University at Albany. The criteria for this award includes candidates repeatedly seeking improvement of themselves, their campuses and ultimately the State University and, in doing so, transcending the normal definitions of excellence. At all position levels, nominees shall be those individuals who can serve as professional role models for a University system in the pursuit of excellence both within the position description and beyond it.

Brett Wery, Professor in the School of Music, received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. Brett joined SCCC in 1992 as Assistant Professor and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1998, followed by Professor in 2001. He has created numerous commissioned compositions for professional and school ensembles throughout the region. He has performed with the: Albany Symphony, Albany Pro Musica, Capital Region Wind Ensemble, Schenectady Symphony Orchestra, and the Vermont, Catskill and Utica Symphonies. Also, Brett has conducted the: Binnekill Chamber Orchestra, SCCC Wind Ensemble, Capital Region Wind Ensemble, and the Youth Orchestra Wind Ensemble of Saratoga Springs. He is an accomplished professor, musical performer, composer and conductor and is in constant demand by prestigious schools, institutes and orchestras. Brett holds a B.M. in Clarinet Performance from the North Carolina School of the Arts and an M.A. in Instrumental Conducting/Saxophone Performance from the University of Denver, Lamont School of Music. The criteria for this award includes a record of excellence in creative activity appropriate for the specific field or discipline, such as exhibitions, shows, performances, productions, and stage work; or a record demonstrating evidence of critical reviews, grants, inclusion of works in permanent collections, retrospectives, and other forms of external recognition and acclaim.

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About SCCC: One of the 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, the nation's largest comprehensive system of higher education, Schenectady County Community College in upstate New York enrolls more than 7,000 students. SCCC offers 46 career degree, transfer degree and certificate programs. The College opened its doors for classes in 1969 and continues to provide affordable comprehensive higher education and adult educational opportunities in response to local educational needs.

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