Business Professor Lucinda Fleming, Biology Professor Monty Vacura Cited for Teaching Excellence

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – SUNY Orange professors Lucinda Fleming and Monty Vacura have earned one of the highest honors presented to community college faculty within the State University of New York with the recent announcement that they will receive the 2010 Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence.

The Chancellor’s Award is presented annually to those faculty members who have excelled within the classroom. Fleming and Vacura will receive the medal that signifies a Chancellor’s Award recipient during SUNY Orange’s 60th Commencement Ceremony, scheduled for 10 a.m., Saturday, May 22.

PHOTO: Lucinda Fleming“As SUNY campuses celebrate the achievements of students and faculty for this academic year, I have the pleasure of formally naming the recipients of this year’s Chancellor’s Award for Excellence,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “These awards are given each year to faculty members who demonstrate extraordinary dedication to their students and an exceptional commitment to excellence. Congratulations to all of this year’s honorees, including Lucinda Fleming and Monty Vacura at SUNY Orange.”

Since joining the SUNY Orange faculty in 2001, Fleming (right) has been a valued member of the College’s Business Department. She currently serves as assistant chair of the department after having served for several years as chair of the Business Management Department before the College merged it with the Accounting Department. At one point in her nine years at SUNY Orange, Fleming has taught nearly every business, marketing or management course in the College’s curriculum.

She has helped integrate online learning into the College’s curriculum and has developed many online and hybrid business courses. She completed the proposal for a business management degree program currently being offered at SUNY Orange’s new Newburgh Campus and she works closely with those high school faculty who teach business courses through SUNY Orange’s Community College in the High School (CCHS) program.

PHOTO: Monty VacuraVacura (left) began his tenure at SUNY Orange in 2003 and teaches many of the College’s introductory biology courses, bringing him into contact with a wide variety of students. He has developed online field labs for the department’s Study of Biological Habitat course. He recently completed a comprehensive catalog of all plants—on campus and in the College’s greenhouses—at SUNY Orange.

His commitment to field experiences for his students can be seen daily in the College’s Educational Gardens, a cooperative outdoor garden project between Cornell Cooperative Extension and SUNY Orange that is located adjacent to Hudson Hall on the Middletown campus. In addition, Vacura has been a key member of the team designing a new greenhouse project at the College, and has volunteered on projects and hikes with the Orange County Land Trust.

By virtue of receiving this year’s Chancellor’s Award, Vacura and Fleming follow recent colleagues who also were cited for teaching excellence: Jean Halpern and Thomas Stack in 2009, Dr. Karen Stephens and Stephen Winter in 2008, and Joan Siegel in 2007.

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