Two Professors, Librarian, Student Involvement Clerk Cited for Excellence in their Respective Fields

PHOTO: Karen Reid with SUNY Orange studentsMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- Four SUNY Orange employees, including two professors, a librarian and a student involvement staff member, have received the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence.

The Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence, the highest honor 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.

SUNY Orange’s honorees included Laura Angerame, business professor, teaching excellence; Pamela Rice-Woytowick, architectural technology professor, teaching excellence; Andrew Heiz, librarian, excellence in librarianship; and Karen Reid (center in photo at right), clerk in the College’s Center for Student Involvement, excellence in classified service.

All four received their awards during a College employee recognition gathering on May 12 and will also be formally recognized during the College’s annual Commencement ceremony on Thursday evening (May 19). Each received a medallion and certificate signifying the honor.

The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching recognizes consistently superior teaching at the graduate, undergraduate, or professional level in keeping with SUNY’s commitment to providing its students with instruction of the highest quality. The primary criterion is 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 State University and to the campus.

PHOTO: Laura AngerameAngerame (left) joined the SUNY Orange faculty in 1999. She serves as the co-advisor to the Newburgh Business Club and teaches an array of courses within the College’s business curriculum, including Personal Finance, Business Math, Introduction to Business, Business and Society, Business Statistics, Business Communications, Principles of Management, Principles of Marketing, and Career Planning.

She is a member of American Association of University Women, American Production and Inventory Control Society and the National Business Education Association. She has participated on a number of committees at the College, including chairing the Developmental Education Committee and serving on the Middle States Self-Study and Strategic Planning steering committees.

A 1998 graduate of SUNY Orange, Rice-Woytowick (right) has served as a faculty member at the College since 2007. She teaches courses in Architectural Graphics, Advanced Architectural Graphics and Architectural Design. She serves as advisor to the student architecture club and has led student trips to SUNY Alfred, Boston, New York, Pennsylvania and Colorado.

PHOTO: Pam Rice-WoytowickShe is also quite active in community projects. She has submitted designs for train stations, waterfronts and sustainable bus stops in local communities, and has mentored her students through designs of homes for the Middletown Habitat for Humanity. She also offers public lectures on architecture and will be running architectural design and 3D printing camps for high school students this summer.

The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Librarianship recognizes consistently superior professional achievement in the field of librarianship. Nominees for the award must have demonstrated extraordinary performance in the following areas: skill in librarianship, service to the university and to the profession, and scholarship and continuing professional growth.

As the principal reference and electronic services librarian at the College’s Middletown campus library, Heiz oversees the library’s Information Commons, which serves as the technological hub of the library’s research resource area. He has coordinated significant hardware and software updates that have helped the libraries on both SUNY Orange campuses greatly enhance the student learning experience.

PHOTO: Andy HeizHeiz (left), who joined the SUNY Orange staff in 2008, works with faculty members to hold demonstrations on how to use library databases for research, assists students with research projects, and leads information literacy instructional seminars for classes in a wide range of academic disciplines.

The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in the Classified Service was established by SUNY to provide system-wide recognition for superior performance and extraordinary achievement by employees in the classified service. The award demonstrates SUNY’s commitment to individuals who provide superior service to its students and the community at large.

For the past 27 years, Reid has been a senior clerk in the Center for Student Involvement (formerly Student Activities Office) at the College. She plans and implements student activities, supports the student-run clubs, and advises the student Board of Activities on the Middletown campus.

She has served on several College committees throughout her years at the College and twice chaired the SUNY Orange Safety and Security Committee, becoming the first classified service employee ever to chair a College governance committee.

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