Four win prestigious Chancellor's Awards

Harrison YangTwo 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 Dr. Harrison Yang, professor of curriculum and instruction, and the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities to Dr. Ding Zhang, professor of management.

Robert Hageny of Campus Technology Services has won the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service, and Kristine Bushey 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 (at left) “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 recognitions for his teaching and scholarly contributions, including the SUNY Oswego President’s Award for Teaching Excellence. He has served the Society of International Chinese in Educational Technology in several capacities, including president, and is editor of the Journal of Educational Technology Development and Exchange. He received his doctorate in vocational-technical education leadership from Florida International University.

Ding ZhangZhang “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.”

He 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. Scholars ranging from economists to game theorists cite his publications. One paper he co-authored in Transportation Research is listed by Elsevier Publishers as one of the top 10 papers for number of citations in the history of that journal.

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. He earned his doctorate in industrial engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and came to Oswego to teach in 1997.

He is also is principal of the Central New York Chinese School in Manlius.

As advanced technology operations manager, 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.

Robert Hageny“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.”

Faculty supporting his nomination echoed the sentiments of students who supported Yang’s, citing his “rare ability to combine competence with empathy for the ‘newbie.’ . . . he is patient, and always friendly,” helping to instill confidence in using teaching and learning technologies.

Hageny holds two bachelor’s degrees, an MBA from SUNY Oswego and numerous technological certifications.

Christine BusheyBushey has been assistant to the dean of students for more than 20 years and was nominated by him, Dr. James Scharfenberger, as well as Kathleen Evans, 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.”

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(Posted: May 01, 2009)