Two SUNY Oswego faculty members in business and education, a technology operations professional and an administrative assistant will receive 2009 Chancellor's Awards for Excellence.
The Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching goes to Harrison Yang, professor of curriculum and instruction, and the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities to Ding Zhang, professor of management.
Robert Hageny '86, '99, M '06 of Campus Technology Services has won the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service, and Kristine Hyovalti Bushey '72 in the office of the dean of students receives Oswego's first Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Classified Service, a newly established honor.
The awards will be presented officially at Oswego's December commencement ceremony.
Yang "is legendary among colleagues and students alike for his boundless energy, limitless patience and ever-present good humor," wrote college President Deborah F. Stanley as she endorsed his nomination for the award. "He sets a fine example for other teaching faculty, drawing out the very best from his students."
A technological innovator, Yang came to Oswego in 1997 to help establish avenues for graduate students to become expert in using technology in teaching. His colleagues supporting his nomination wrote that "he is able to help even the most apprehensive students to gain competence and confidence as they prepare to use technology to support student learning in their own K-12 classrooms."
Yang has received numerous awards and recognition for his teaching and scholarly contributions, including the SUNY Oswego President's Award for Teaching Excellence.
Ding Zhang "has a reputation as a world-class scholar and as an expert in transportation science and supply chain management," President Stanley wrote. "He inspires students by serving as a role model for high achievement through persistence and hard work."
Zhang has published 25 articles in top competitive journals such as Transportation Science and the Journal of Optimization Theory and Its Applications. He has co-authored one book and contributed chapters to others.
Zhang previously received both the Oswego President's and Provost's Awards for Scholarly and Creative Activity. He has received major grants from the National Science Foundation of China.
As advanced technology operations manager, Robert Hageny manages day-to-day operations of advanced technology classrooms on campus. Over his nearly 10 years on campus, he has supervised the expansion of these facilities from five to 90.
"Mr. Hageny's approach to customer service facilitated the expansion of faculty use of advanced technology classroom environments and thereby fueled progressive curricular change that kept pace with advances in technology," the nominating committee wrote, adding that he "always receives accolades for his professionalism and rapport with students and faculty."
Kristine Bushey has been assistant to the dean of students for more than 20 years and was nominated by him, James Scharfenberger, as well as Kathleen Smits Evans '84, assistant vice president for student affairs, and Robert Casper, director of career services.
"She is well organized, intellectually engaged and exceptionally good-humored" as she participates in the division of student affairs' committees and work teams, they wrote. "She devotes her professional experience to helping students and families resolve issues and connect with appropriate resources across college divisions and in the community."
-- Julie Harrison Blissert
The SUNY Chancellors award recipients are, from the top: Harrison Yang, Ding Zhang, Robert Hageny '86, '99, M '06 and Kristine Hyovalti Bushey '72.
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