2022 Awards Reception & Banquet

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News Release

For Immediate Release

Contact:  Donna Mihalik, (585) 303-5359 cell

                  New York Community College Trustees

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SUNY Community Colleges Receive Innovation Award

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – Four community colleges in New York State have been honored for their resourceful approaches to student success with an Innovation Award from New York Community College Trustees (NYCCT):  SUNY Genesee, Rockland Community College, SUNY Ulster, and SUNY Westchester. 

They are among nine other individuals and organizations across the state singled out for significant contributions on behalf of New York’s community colleges. 

The Innovation Award was created this year to recognize community colleges that demonstrated new ways to help students succeed, especially in today’s continuously challenging environment for higher education.  Requirements of the award included demonstrating significant improvements in student success due to the innovation and its ability to be replicated by other colleges. 

·        SUNY Genesee in Batavia, for its adaptation of a chatbot feature that is regularly engaging and assisting both prospective and current students. 

·        Rockland Community College in Suffern, for establishing a new Division of Economic Mobility and Workforce Innovation that directly connects educational credentials and training to the needs of regional businesses, industries, and institutions.

·        SUNY Ulster in Stone Ridge, for establishing a President’s Challenge Scholarship in 2016, connecting middle schoolers with mentoring and financial support to attend community college, that now has a President’s Scholars program in all nine Ulster County public school districts.

·        SUNY Westchester in Valhalla, for reimagining how to place students in critical beginning classes to make them more successful by using research to develop a self-directed placement system.

Trustees receiving outstanding service awards from NYCCT

·        Retired community college trustees Betsy May Stern, SUNY Westchester, and Helen G. Ullrich, SUNY Orange, have been awarded the Alice Holloway Young Award for Distinguished Service  for their continuing involvement and significant achievements after completing their terms of service.

·        Trustees David N. Favro, Board chair at Clinton Community College, and Joan W. Wolfgang (posthumous), previous Board chair at Niagara County Community College and a leader at the state and national level, are both recipients of the Donald M. Mawhinney Jr. Trustee Leadership Award for their inspired vision and outstanding professional contributions to the goals of their colleges.

Community members receiving exceptional service awards:

·        Harry Phillips III has received the Friend of Community Colleges Award, the highest accolade that NYCCT awards to a non-trustee, for his work at SUNY Westchester over an extended period that has significantly advanced the cause of community college education in New York.

·        Robert R. Weiner has received the Benefactor Vision for Tomorrow Award for fostering the growth of innovative programs at SUNY Westchester, including a unique cybersecurity center and curriculum.

·        The Edward J. Pawenski Business/Industry Partnership Award has been awarded to Rockland Paramedic Services for its unique partnership with Rockland Community College in developing programs to train essential paramedics to fill the shortage of these first-responders in the region.

·        Distinguished Alumni Awards have been given to two graduates of Onondaga Community College -- Hassina Adams for her civic contributions in improving the lives of immigrants and refugees, and Dr. Daryll C. Dykes, for his lifetime of professional contributions in the field of Public Health and Preventative Medicine.

Awards were presented at NYCCT’s 68th annual conference in Saratoga Springs this fall.

New York Community College Trustees (NYCCT) is a voluntary nonprofit consortium representing the appointed board members who govern the 30 community colleges in the State University of New York (SUNY) system.  NYCCT exists to strengthen the professional development, governance, and policy-making skills of trustees, supported through education, advocacy, and communication among trustees, for the success of the state’s community college students.


Anne M. Bushnell Memorial Award for Special Achievement

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Alice Holloway Young Award for Distinguished Service by a Retired Trustee

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Donald M. Mawhinney, Jr., Trustee Leadership Award



Marvin A. Rapp Award for Distinguished Trustee Service




Friend of Community Colleges Award


Benefactor Vision for Tomorrow Award


Edward J. Pawenski Business/Industry Partnership Award


Distinguished Alumni Award - Civic / Professional



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