Four SUNY Cobleskill faculty and staff members have been recognized with 2016-2017 Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence for their outstanding contributions to the College, their professional fields, and the broader community.

The annual awards honor consistently superior professional achievement throughout the SUNY system and encourage the ongoing pursuit of excellence. The awards will be presented during SUNY Cobleskill’s 99th Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 13 on the SUNY Cobleskill campus.

“I am incredibly proud of this year’s award recipients,” said SUNY Cobleskill President Marion Terenzio. “Each of them exemplifies the dedication to excellence and student success that makes SUNY Cobleskill a destination for applied learning as well as a great place to work. I congratulate them and I applaud Chancellor Zimpher for recognizing their accomplishments.”

“The many faculty and staff honored with the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence are the best of our best, having ensured student success as they educate and mentor students with innovative approaches to academic instruction, infuse curricula with applied learning opportunities, adapt best practices from throughout SUNY, and much more,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher. “It is an honor to recognize the excellent work of Kathy Johnson, Leigh Ann Christain, Lynda McMaster-Schuyler, and Cindy Handy at SUNY Cobleskill and that of their colleagues across SUNY. Congratulations to all of this year’s recipients.”

Associate Professor Leigh Ann Christain was recognized with the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. As a writer, Christain has received critical acclaim for her work, including the Neil Shepard Prize for Poetry by the Green Mountain Review and recognition from the prestigious Lambda Literary Organization for her book Tall as You Are Between Them. As an educator, she has earned an outstanding reputation both locally and abroad for her collaborative and collegial style.

Cindy Handy received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service. Throughout nearly 40 years at SUNY Cobleskill, Handy has exceled in her position as secretary to the Department of Sport & Exercise as well as serving as a positive and proactive role model for staff and students alike. Beyond her job as secretary, Handy serves as President of CSEA Local 616, regularly volunteers to help with campus events, and acts as an invaluable source of support, guidance, and information for the entire campus community.

Associate Professor Kathy Johnson was honored with the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service. Johnson is an accomplished professor of English and writing, an inspiration to students and colleagues, and an active member of the campus community. In her 29 years with SUNY Cobleskill, Johnson has served as director of the Center for Academic Support and Excellence, advised the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Lambda Gamma Chapter, and served on the Educational Opportunity Program Advisory Committee, as interim Chair of the Liberal Studies Department, and as a Master Faculty Advisor.

Professor Lynda McMaster-Schuyler received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 22 years at SUNY Cobleskill, McMaster-Schuyler’s leadership skills and dedication to teaching have made significant contributions to the College and its students. In addition to developing the Pre-Veterinary Club at SUNY Cobleskill, she has mentored numerous students destined for veterinary school. Her innovative and engaging teaching techniques have consistently prepared students to become leaders in the field of natural science.


(Header photo, from left: Associate Professor Leigh Ann Christain, Cindy Handy, Professor Lynda McMaster-Schuyler, SUNY Cobleskill President Dr. Marion A. Terenzio, Associate Professor Kathy Johnson)