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For Immediate Release: May 24, 2012

Contact: Heather Meaney, (518) 381-1250

Schenectady County Community College Faculty and Staff Earn Prestigious SUNY Chancellor's Awards for Excellence

Schenectady County Community College (SCCC) is pleased to announce that the following members of the College's faculty and staff earned the prestigious SUNY Chancellor's Awards for Excellence. The awards were announced at a faculty and staff awards ceremony at the College. Each recipient received an engraved medallion to be worn at academic ceremonies.

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Betsy Napier

SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Classified Service
Elizabeth Napier, Executive Secretary I
Division of Student Affairs

Elizabeth (Betsy) Napier joined SCCC in 1997 as Account Clerk/Typist in Administration. She was promoted to Bookkeeper in 1999, Payroll Audit Clerk in 2001 and then Executive Secretary I in Student Affairs in 2004.

As Executive Secretary I, Betsy supports the Vice President of Student Affairs who oversees Academic Advisement, Counseling, ADA Transition Services, EOP, Career and Employment Services, Student Activities, and Admissions. She has been instrumental in developing organization systems for the Vice President of Student Affairs who supervises 30 employees by coordinating employee calendars, vacation requests and record retention for student discipline, ex-offenders, and incident reports.

One of Betsy's primary responsibilities is to maintain student immunization and health records. She has worked with the Information Technology Division to help create innovative ways to document and retain immunization records. She meets with students personally as they bring in their documentation, walking them through the immunization process and is compassionate, respectful of others, open minded and tolerant.

Additionally, Betsy has developed connections with health offices at local high schools, as well as with parole and probation officers, to aid and assist students.

Betsy has also volunteered her time, helping to organize events on campus for organizations including the March of Dimes, the American Cancer Society, the American Red Cross, and the American Heart Association.

The criteria for this award include 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.

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Keion M. Clinton

SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching
Keion M. Clinton, Assistant Professor
Division of Math, Science, Technology and Health

Keion M. Clinton has been a faculty member at SCCC since 2007 when he was hired as an Instructor in the Department of Math, Science and Technology. He was promoted to Assistant Professor in 2010.

During Keion's courses in computers, routing, systems analysis, and programming, he relates the subject matter to the lives of his students, incorporating real-world challenges into his lectures and effortlessly making complex subjects understandable. He uses hands-on exercises and dynamically illustrates the programming process through live demonstrations.

He is currently in the process of incorporating games and graphics as a teaching tool in his C++/Unix course, the Programming Fundamentals course, which uses the C# programming language. His student evaluations describe him as enthusiastic and passionate about the subject matter and his students' needs. As one student put it, "This man genuinely teaches the student, not just the content."

Keion has been an important resource for SCCC regarding course revisions and program review. In addition to attending annual CISCO Network Academy and NYS Cyber Security Conferences, he regularly attends a broad range of conferences and workshops in order to stay current in a quickly evolving field and shares that information with his colleagues.

In order to meet the challenge of teaching all the courses in the Computer Networking Systems and Cybersecurity A.A.S. degree program, Keion completed extensive CISCO certification instructor training between semesters. He also served as an external reviewer for the Capital Region BOCES Internet Application Design Component of the Career and Technology Education Program.

Keion also gives of his time outside of the classroom as the Faculty Advisor for the Technology Club and as a member of the Black and Latino Student Alliance. He has served as a mentor in Student affairs and as a tutor for TRIO.

One colleague noted that Keion is always there to help his students, "far beyond contractual obligations." He spends "extraordinary amounts of time" helping individual students with class work, career planning, and advice navigating the professional world of programming. In addition, his colleagues have even commented on his willingness to help them with their own projects.

Keion earned his M.S. degree in Computer Systems and Software Design from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Ala., and his B.A. in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics from Talladega College in Talladega, Ala.

The criteria for this award include skill in teaching. Additionally, consideration is also 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.

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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 over 7,000 students. SCCC offers more than 40 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. To learn more, visit www.sunysccc.edu.

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