Meg Atwood and Christine Work Recognized with SUNY’s Highest Honor for Community College Employees

PHOTO: Meg AtwoodMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – SUNY Orange faculty member Meg Atwood has been named a recipient of the 2015 State University of New York’s Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence while Christine Work, director of Institutional Planning, Assessment and Research at the College, has been presented with the Chancellor’s Award for Professional Service.

Both Atwood (right) and Work (below) received their awards during a College gathering on May 14 and were also formally recognized during the College’s annual Commencement ceremony on Thursday evening (May 21). Each received a medallion and certificate signifying the honor. The awards were announced formally by the State University of New York on Monday (June 22).

“The Awards for Excellence recognize SUNY faculty and staff who have gone above and beyond in service to our students, campuses, and communities,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher. “It is a great honor to have the opportunity to thank them publicly, not only for their efforts to raise the bar on their own campuses but for their dedication and service to the entire SUNY system.”

The Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence, the highest honors that can be bestowed upon community college employees by the SUNY system, are presented annually to faculty and staff in six categories: faculty service, librarianship, professional service, scholarship and creative activities, teaching, and classified service.

Atwood, an associate professor who joined the dental hygiene faculty ranks in 1985, just recently concluded her 30th year at the College. She teaches clinical and didactic courses, including Maxillofacial Anatomy and Oral Histology, Oral Health Education and Community Dental Health.

She holds a special interest in public health, which has led to involvement in Community Water Fluoridation (CWF) and other public health initiatives. Atwood is currently serving on the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy Oral Health Leadership Team and is also working with the New York State Department of Health and the Children’s Dental Health Project (CDHP) on CWF promotion and prevention activities.

She is an active member of the American Dental Hygienists Association (ADHA) and the Dental Hygienists Association of the State of New York (DHASNY). On two occasions, Atwood has received the ADHA Advisor Award, and she has been honored numerous times on the state level.

PHOTO: Christine WorkWork was named director of institutional research at SUNY Orange in 2004 following four years as a community health specialist for the Northeast Center for Healthy Communities in Lawrence, Mass. Her staff provides and presents the institutional data necessary to support the College’s planning, budgeting and institutional effectiveness initiatives. She also coordinates the administration of internal and external studies and surveys, and is responsible for sharing the results to various constituencies.

Work is active on many committees and task forces at SUNY Orange. She is co-chair of the College’s strategic planning task force which, in conjunction with the Board of Trustees and College president, is currently finalizing the development of SUNY Orange’s Strategic Plan 2020. The task force has also coordinated recent revisions to the College’s mission, vision and values statements.

From 2012 through 2014, Work co-chaired the steering committee that organized SUNY Orange’s decennial self-study accreditation process with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. She served as the primary contact to MSCHE and was a resource for College administration and faculty members regarding accreditation-related activities and issues.

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