Chuck Weeks, SUNY Oswego’s director of residence life and housing, has received the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service.
Starting as a residence hall director in 1967, Weeks has spent more than 40 years working in residence life and housing at Oswego. He now oversees a $20 million-a-year operation that serves Oswego’s nearly 4,000 students residing on campus.
His major accomplishments include:
- developing a 30-year capital facilities renovation and construction program along with financial plans that support more than $100 million in capital investments, resulting in the complete renovation of three residence halls and the approaching construction of a 350-bed residential village, and
- integrating the residential community with the academic community to improve the overall student experience, as seen in the Hart Global Living and Learning Center, the First-Year Residential Experience for freshman in Johnson Hall and special-interest learning communities in other halls.
He has shown adaptability to meet changing circumstances, according to Oswego’s Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Joseph Grant. Weeks has overseen development of specialized living options such as the apartment-like units in Mackin Hall for older students and specialized facilities in residence halls such as the fitness centers and computer labs.
In the early 1990s, said Human Resources Director Marta Santiago, “he embraced the concept of diversifying his residence hall director staff and worked tirelessly to make it happen.” He also he encouraged the delivery of coalition- and community-building workshops in the residence halls, which resulted in a decrease in bias-related incidents.
Elsewhere on campus, Weeks helped to institute and develop Oswego’s Employee Assistance Program, represented the college’s professional staff on Faculty Assembly and served on or chaired countless committees.
Those writing in support of his nomination consistently commented on his effective interpersonal communications, remarking upon his “warm sense of humor and wit” and his “zeal and humanity” and describing him as “available and supportive” and “a wonderful listener.”
Beyond Oswego, Weeks has contributed to his profession as a long-time leader in the SUNY Residence Life and Housing Administrators Association and the College Student Personnel Association of New York State. One colleague at another campus called him “a superb professional role model and a true giant of our housing profession.”
In the wider community, Weeks served on the board of directors of the County of Oswego Council on Alcoholism for 10 years as well as on the board of the Oswego United Way. He initiated a college partnership with the alcoholism council to provide educational services relating to alcohol use to Oswego’s students. He twice served as president of the Oswego Lions Club.
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(Posted: Apr 30, 2008)