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SUNY Chancellor Honors Excellence Among Cayuga Community College Faculty and Staff

DATE: 06-14-2011

Albany – Two Cayuga Community College employees—Paul A. Richardson of Camillus and Diane Salvati of Skaneateles —were among the 296 State University of New York faculty and staff members who received the 2010-11 Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence from SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher.

"These awards underscore SUNY’s appreciation of faculty and staff who advance the boundaries of knowledge, provide the highest quality of instruction, and serve SUNY and its campuses with distinction,” Chancellor Zimpher said. “Each of this year’s recipients has demonstrated extraordinary dedication to our students and a commitment to excellence. Congratulations to all 296 honorees." 

Paul A. Richardson, an associate professor of math, received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. He started his tenure with Cayuga in 1996 as a math specialist and became a full-time instructor in 2000, working his way to assistant professor in 2004 and then to associate professor in 2010.  Among the courses he teaches are intermediate algebra, trigonometry, pre-calculus, calculus, and statistics.

Richardson attributes his affinity for teaching to childhood lessons on the importance of helping others that he learned from his parents and from his experiences as a Boy Scout. “I hope that my students gain a deep appreciation and understanding of mathematics and how concepts are connected to each other,” he said. “Mathematics is something that should be enjoyed, not feared.

“I have always measured myself by the success of my students,” Richardson said. “And over the years I’ve spent at Cayuga, many of them have made me very proud. I consider myself very fortunate to be part of this wonderful educational institution.”

Richardson earned an associate’s degree in mathematics at Onondaga Community College, a bachelor’s and master’s degree in mathematics at SUNY Potsdam, and additional graduate credits at SUNY Cortland, Rochester Institute of Technology, and the University of St. Thomas.

Diane Salvati, senior typist, received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service. She joined Cayuga in April 2001 as a part-time typist in the Academic Support Center and was promoted to a full-time position as a senior typist in September 2002. In 2007, she moved into her current position as a senior typist in the Student Development Office.

In this role, she is responsible for assisting the director of student activities with a range of projects, including planning events, assisting with budget requests, and providing administrative support. She also manages the College Facility Reservation system for internal and external groups who want to rent rooms. She is also vice president of the Educational Support Professionals (ESP) group and serves on the ESP Clerical Development Fund Committee.

“I enjoy helping students and my coworkers, and I also enjoy working on the computer and creating spreadsheets, databases, and presentations” Salvati said, adding that she was pleasantly surprised to learn about her Chancellor’s Award. “This award really means a lot to me.”

Before coming to Cayuga, Salvati worked as a computer aide at Auburn High School and as a technical specialist at Welch Allyn, where she received a patent for her work on a 50 watt arc lamp. She earned an associate’s degree in computer information systems and in liberal arts:  math/science from Cayuga Community College.

A complete listing of this year’s honorees is available online.


About the Awards

The Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence are presented annually to faculty and staff in six categories: Faculty Service, Librarianship, Professional Service, Scholarship and Creative Activities, Teaching, and Classified Service.

The honor provides systemwide recognition for consistently superior professional achievement and encourages the ongoing pursuit of excellence. Through these awards, SUNY publicly proclaims its pride in the accomplishment and personal dedication of its instructional faculty, librarians, and staff across its 64 campuses and System Administration.

Individuals selected for this honor are role models within the SUNY community. In acknowledgment of their selection, recipients are recognized in the college catalogue by the addition of the phrase "State University Chancellor's Award for Excellence in [category].” A certificate and a Chancellor’s Excellence Medallion are also bestowed upon each honoree to commemorate selection. Recipients are honored by their respective campuses during commencement exercises, at academic convocations, or other special events hosted in their honor.

Additional information about the award program for Faculty Service, Librarianship, Professional Service, Scholarship and Creative Activities, and Teaching is available here. Additional information about the Classified Service program is available here.

About the State University of New York

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