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Excellence Awards to be presented Oct. 25

Twenty-three people will be honored Wednesday, Oct. 25, during the University’s annual Excellence Awards Dinner.

The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching
The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching recognizes superior teaching in full-time instructors at the graduate, undergraduate or professional level.



Nael Abu-Ghazaleh, associate professor of computer science in the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science, received his doctorate from the University of Cincinnati.
A member of the faculty since 1998, he constantly updates his lessons with examples drawn from recent commercial and research activities. His research is supported by significant federal funding and focuses on a nationally recognized program in mobile computing and networking, sensor networks, parallel and distributed systems and high-performance computing. In the classroom, undergraduate and graduate students point to his ease in illuminating tough concepts with analogies and examples. He asks students to define their own research projects, including designing and conducting the experiments and reporting on them, to obtain the experience and skills they will need later. He has contributed to more than a dozen books, journals and other periodicals in the field, and has been invited to present at more than 45 refereed international conferences.



Sungdai Cho received his doctorate from the University of Hawaii and joined the University in 2000 as an assistant professor. At that time, he comprised the entire Korean Program within the Department of German, Russian and East Asian Languages (GREAL).
Today, he is an associate professor, and enrollment in the program has swiftly grown, in large measure due to the grants he has secured, which have enabled the program to add a minor and a faculty position in Korean literature. He developed an online program to accompany his book on elementary Korean. Author of two textbooks used at 30 universities, he was invited to write a third, on Korean linguistics, because his research and teaching are at the forefront of the profession. His service to the University includes serving as interim chair of GREAL in spring 2001 and spring 2005.



Wulf Kansteiner, associate professor of history and Judaic studies, received his doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles, and began his service at the University in 1999.
His course on the Holocaust is regularly the first class to close out during registration, despite its 250-seat capacity. A mentor to undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of History, he was critical to preparing its graduate program report for external evaluators in 2005. Moreover, he helped refocus the graduate-level examination process to make it more responsive to student needs and more streamlined to student learning and time-to-degree. Since 2004, he has served as graduate director and vice chair of the department, and has been instrumental in attracting students to the program. The author of two books and 16 published journal articles or book chapters, many of which have been published in German translations, he promotes work habits and skills that will serve students well in graduate school and the job market.



Lindsay Lake Morgan received her master’s degree from Binghamton and her doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin. She began her service at the University in 1988.
An assistant professor in the Decker School of Nursing, she has taught seven undergraduate, 19 master’s and five doctoral courses -- sometimes three or four in a semester -- all while working with students in independent studies. A clinical practitioner until 2003, she is able to provide actual examples for teaching. Her scholarship and experience have earned her respect not only from students, but also for the research and grant activities in her field, which continue to be focused on vulnerable populations, especially the health issues of rural elders. A former director of the O’Connor Office of Rural Health Studies in the Decker School, she involves students in her research and scholarship. She is highly sought after to contribute chapters and monographs that address rural and gerontological health-care issues and has presented her research at health-care conferences as well as in journals.



Neil Christian Pages is an assistant professor in the Department of German, Russian and East Asian Languages (GREAL) who began his service at the University in 1999.
He has contributed to the German Program, the Comparative Literature Department and to furthering international education at Binghamton. As faculty associate with Binghamton’s Center for Research in Translation (CRIT) and the Translation Research and Instruction Program (TRIP), he has taught a greater range of courses in language, literature and culture than any other member of the department. He keeps pace with the latest methods in teaching and learning and plays an active role in workshops led by the Institute for Student Centered Learning and in departmental workshops and team-taught courses. Along with 10 published articles and numerous translations, he has two book manuscripts in progress, has co-edited a collection of essays and presented papers at more than 20 conferences. He received his doctorate from New York University.



Beverly Rainforth is a professor of special education in the School of Education and a nationally recognized expert on educating students with severe disabilities.
She is also a leader in the field of educational teams, which builds on the concept of professional workplace collaboration. From the time she began her service at the University in 1986, she has helped lead the school’s program by introducing experimental courses to the curriculum, including a course in autism spectrum disorders. A teacher in the special education master’s program, she has focused on individualized education, inclusive education, teacher change and professional collaboration. She also introduced the first doctoral-level course on special-education policy issues. Her teaching and scholarship extend into non-traditional teaching venues where practitioners have the benefit of her insight on improving special education in their facilities. She is sought for technical assistance and student and program evaluations by school districts in a dozen states and has spoken at dozens of conferences. She received her doctorate from the University of Illinois, Champaign.



Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service
The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service recognizes individuals whose long history of service to the campus, State University, local community or professional societies/organizations sets them apart as well as those who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership in local or system-wide faculty governance.



Leslie C. Lander is an associate professor in the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science. Since joining the Department of Computer Science in 1984,
he has amassed an outstanding record of leadership and service to Binghamton, the SUNY system and the region. In addition to his service on the University’s Faculty Senate, there is not a committee in his department he has not chaired. He has served as graduate director for its doctoral program since 1995. His two-year effort as principal editor and document organizer of the self-study for the Watson School’s Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology visit was critical to the success of the school’s doctoral program. His pioneering efforts with EngiNet, the Watson School’s online distance education program, are significant factors in its high ranking among the country’s top online engineering degree programs. As mentor for Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence projects, he helps area businesses stay competitive. He received his doctorate from the University of Liverpool.



Stephen A. Lisman received a doctorate from Rutgers University and began his service at Binghamton in 1973 as a member of the Department of Psychology.
A full professor, he has been director of the Psychological Clinic since its founding in 1976 and also served as director of clinical training from 1995 to 2000. The clinic, which received the 2004 Award for Program Excellence from the American Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy, conducts research, trains students and has built links with the community. A 1988 recipient of the Graduate School’s University Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching, he has served on numerous University-wide committees. A consultant and reviewer for the New York State Health Research Council and the American Psychological Association, he is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Psychopathology & Behavioral Assessment. His research on alcohol and behavior interactions in social drinkers has been published in leading journals.



Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities
The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities recognizes faculty who consistently engage in and have established a solid record of scholarship and creative productivity in addition to their teaching.



Thomas L. Dublin, professor of history, received his doctorate from Columbia University and joined Binghamton’s faculty in 1988.
He also serves as co-director of the University’s Center for the Historical Study of Women and Gender and the Center for the Teaching of American History. His research and publications on the deindustrialization of the Mid-Atlantic have received international attention. His monograph, The Face of Decline: The Pennsylvania Anthracite Region in the Twentieth Century, compares the forces that contributed to that region’s harsh economic conditions with the decline of western Europe coal basins. His work on women and social movements in the U.S. was published as an online journal and comprehensive database, Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000. The recipient of a 2000 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching; the Bancroft Prize, one of the most distinguished awards in the field of history; a Guggenheim fellowship; and a senior research fellowship at Oxford University, he has published extensively in journals and is the author or co-author of eight books.



Kanad Ghose, professor and chair of the Department of Computer Science, began his service at the University in 1987. His research in high-performance computing and computer architecture has resulted in several breakthrough designs in parallel systems,
processor design, task scheduling and optical networking. In several of these, he and his students partnered with scientists from IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Intel and BAE Systems. His continuing work on lowering the power consumed with modern microprocessors is valued by the technical community. The importance of his research is underscored by grants and equipment from BAE, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the National Science Foundation, among others, to a research team he established and which is at the leading edge of massively parallel computer processing architectures. He received a New York State Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research (NYSTAR) Technology Transfer Incentive award. His body of published work includes nine publications in major journals and 65 conference publications. He received his doctorate from Iowa State University.



Mark F. Lenzenweger, professor in the Department of Psychology, received his doctorate from Yeshiva University and has been at Binghamton since 2001.
Considered an authority in experimental psychopathology with an emphasis on schizophrenia and the latent liability for schizophrenia, his work has been widely acclaimed and supported with federal funding. His Longitudinal Study of Personality Disorders (LSPD) was the first study of its kind to be funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. His work on LSPD has helped to overturn almost a century of debate suggesting that personality disorders were stable, enduring and inflexible. He has published in psychology and psychiatry journals and, in the past five years alone, has published 34 articles and three books, with a fourth in progress. Among his honors are the Distinguished Investigator Award, presented by the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, the First Independent Research Support and Transition Award from the National Institute of Mental Health and two outstanding educator awards presented by Cornell University. He has also been awarded Fellow Status by the American Psychological Society and the American Psychopathological Association.



Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service
The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service was created to recognize those with extraordinary professional achievement who have repeatedly sought improvement of themselves, their campuses and ultimately, the State University of New York, and in doing so, have transcended the normal definitions of excellence.



Elizabeth Carter began her service at the University in 2001, when she was named director of the Discovery Program. In 2002, she was also named co-director of the Center for Learning and Teaching.
Both the program and the center are successful, in large part, because of her efforts working with staff and faculty to make Binghamton a student-centered campus. Among her initiatives are workshops for faculty and graduate students in pedagogy. She oversees a Discovery curriculum that includes courses informed by student-centered pedagogy as well as internships and service-learning opportunities. She is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Psychology and the Department of Human Development, and is also recognized as one of the leaders in curriculum reform on campus and throughout SUNY. A member of the Provost’s Council, the Vice President for Student Affairs’ Council and the Student Services Director’s team, she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Binghamton, and is pursuing a doctorate in human development, child and family studies at Syracuse University.



Frances L. Goldman is assistant to the director of the Asian and Asian American Studies Program (AAASP) and served as its acting associate director from 2003 to 2005.
Her organizational, budgetary and networking skills are credited with increasing the number of majors and minors within AAASP. She is the creator and editor of the AAASP newsletter. From the time she began her service at the University in 1982, she has held numerous positions of responsibility. Elected to multiple terms as vice president for professionals, United University Professions (UUP), she serves on several statewide UUP committees. She is a former chair of the Professional Employees Council. A member of the Harpur College Council, she has been an adjunct professor in the former School of Education and Human Development, the Department of Political Science and the Women’s Studies program. She is treasurer of the Tri-Cities Opera Company and past chair of the Opera Guild. She received her bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from Binghamton.



University Award for Excellence in Classified Service
The University Award for Excellence in Classified Service was created to recognize superb performance in fulfilling the job description for the position held, supported by evidence of excellent work and high degrees of reliability, resourcefulness and initiative.



Annette M. Burnett began her service at the University in 1991 as a member of the technical services team in the Glenn G. Bartle Library. In 2000, she joined the Anderson Center for the Arts.
As theatrical venue coordinator there, she is the first point of contact with anyone requesting use of the facilities, which host more than 175 events attended by more than 100,000 people annually. All requests for equipment and other needs go through her. In addition to the superb customer service required for orchestrating a complex schedule of events and rehearsals, she maintains and produces relevant reports on events for both internal and external use and tracks computerized historical donation database files. She can be counted on to help at the box office, create Anderson Center display cases with flair or lend her talents to assist colleagues to ensure the seamless staging of events at the region’s premier cultural center.



Michael E. Colwell has been at Binghamton since 1997, when he started as a cleaner. In 2000, he became a sign painter, although the many campus constituents who have worked with him refer to him as an artist.
He drafts, lays out and paints letters and designs to make signs that usually begin with an idea from the campus client. His signs can include graphs, charts, maps, diagrams, posters and illustrations, with an emphasis on artistry that includes fabricating silk screens and cutting screen stencils by hand. Each job presents a challenge, whether it is helping to create hundreds of signs for the Empire State Games, welcoming parents and potential students for a campus tour or shepherding alumni at Homecoming. His integrity, work ethic, attention to detail and customer-relations skills have earned him the respect of those with whom he works.



Binghamton University Council/Foundation Awards
The Binghamton University Council/Foundation Awards were established to recognize extraordinary commitment to the campus community. Faculty/staff and student recipients are selected for their contributions to the strength and vitality of the University.

Margaret L. Kelly is the director of special events in the Office of the President, a position she has held since she started at Binghamton in 2000. Her commitment allows the University to be seen in the best possible light, not only on campus but in the community. She is responsible for producing annual faculty and staff events ranging from the welcome reception for new employees to the Excellence Awards reception. Her organizational effectiveness has been apparent during special events as diverse as the dedication of the Events Center and a visit by the former president of the Republic of Turkey. The scheduling, coordinating, networking, negotiating, budgeting and supervising that are required for these events is never apparent because each one appears seamless thanks to her. She received a bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music and completed graduate studies at the Royal College of Music, London.

Francine Montemurro began her service at Binghamton in 1997, when she was hired as director of the Office of Affirmative Action, a position she held until 2001, and also as University ombudsman, whose office she continues to guide. Ombudsman is a difficult job and one to which she brings wisdom and fairness. A JD graduate of the Syracuse University College of Law who received her bachelor’s degree from Binghamton, she uses her knowledge of the law, the University’s policies and procedures and human nature to resolve questions and problems. She was a partner on a Department of Justice grant in 2004 and led the team that developed the student Bill of Rights. She has worked with the Discovery Program and the Center for Learning and Teaching to provide training for graduate students, and she has taught courses for the Scholars Program and the First-Year Experience. A certified state mediator, she is often called upon outside of normal work hours to serve the campus community.

Jennifer B. Schorr, special assistant to the provost, came to Binghamton University in 1991 as a member of the adjunct faculty in the School of Management. In 1992, she was hired as a degree audit reporting system (DARS) encoder, and was named assistant registrar a year later, becoming registrar in 1998. During this time, she was integral to the implementation, operation and success of DARS and led the Oracle Student Suite campus-wide project. Since she assumed her current position in 2005, she has been instrumental in several initiatives, including serving as chair of the equity and welfare subcommittee of the NCAA Institutional Self-Study as part of the University’s successful effort to achieve NCAA Division I status. She serves on the enterprise data committee and on the operations group committee and she chairs the new student orientation team and the student retention task force. She holds an MBA from Binghamton. She is a board member of the United Health Services Foundation and the Binghamton Philharmonic.


Alumni Association Awards

The Edward Weisband Distinguished Alumni Award for Public Service or Contributions to Public Affairs recognizes one alumnus or alumna each year whose life, work, career and contributions exemplify the highest standards of public service and deepest dedication to public affairs and sustenance of the common good at home and abroad.

David K. Tanenhaus ’74 received a bachelor of arts degree in rhetoric and modern literature from Binghamton and a master’s of social work degree from Marywood College. Since 1987, when he was named executive director of the Binghamton Housing Authority (BHA), he has distinguished himself as an innovator in public housing and service to its residents. In 1989, the BHA/Boys and Girls Club of Binghamton was selected as one of five across the country to establish a pilot club within public housing. Within seven years, the club had a new facility. It recently received recognition as one of the 50 best programs in public housing nationwide. In 1994, he led the effort to establish a resident credit union, the first of its kind in the U.S. His efforts have resulted in a neighborhood computer lab, a neighborhood network center that includes a lab for job training classes and other educational services, day care and elder care services and a more secure community. His leadership has improved residents’ quality of life.

The Glenn G. Bartle Distinguished Alumnus Award recognizes and honors a graduate who has distinguished himself or herself since graduating from the University and serves as a memorial to Dr. Glenn G. Bartle, first president of Harpur College. The award honors alumni who have served Binghamton University through the Alumni Association and the Foundation while also serving their communities, their careers and their country.

Joseph M. Bress ’66 received a bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University and is vice president, labor relations, at the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (AMTRAK) in Washington, D.C. He has also been the president of the board of directors of the Binghamton University Alumni Association since 2003. Under his leadership, the association has seen the implementation of a strategic plan that expanded the depth and breadth of association services to alumni. The organization has also engaged an increasing number of Binghamton graduates to promote the University. As the association’s representative on the board of the Binghamton Foundation, his contributions to deliberations about issues critical to the University make it clear that his mission is to further the outstanding reputation of the association and the University. He serves as a mentor for new members to the boards of both the association and the foundation, sharing with them his commitment to the best interests of University alumni.

The Special Recognition Award recognizes and honors both graduates and friends of Binghamton University for their efforts to enhance the University through the Alumni Association.

Ellen H. Badger ’74 earned a bachelor of arts degree in English literature from Binghamton and began her career with the University as assistant director of admissions, a position she held from 1974 to 1986. Currently, she is director of the Office of International Student and Scholar Services. She was also chair of the Dr. Israel J. Rosefsky Language and Culture Scholarship Fund Committee from its inception in 1988 through May 2006. Under her leadership, the fund awarded scholarships to 220 students who studied foreign language and culture. A past recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service, she has also served in several leadership capacities for NAFSA: Association of International Educators, including membership on its board of directors. In 2005, she received the organization’s Region X James O’Driscoll Distinguished Service Award.

The Admissions Volunteer Recognition Award recognizes and honors a graduate who has served Binghamton University as an outstanding volunteer in an admissions capacity.

Gil Dickoff ’83, ’84 received a bachelor of arts degree in history and a master’s degree in business administration from the University. He is an extraordinary ambassador for Binghamton. For more than a decade, he has been assisting the Office of Undergraduate Admissions in fulfilling its mission to expand recruiting efforts outside New York state. A resident of Connecticut, which ranks third in the number of students it sends to Binghamton, he has supported recruiting goals not only through monetary donations, but also through gifts of time and hospitality. He has hosted receptions for alumni as well as for prospective students and their parents at his home. In addition to representing Binghamton at college fairs, he corresponds with students of achievement in the Nutmeg State to tell them about why the University should be their first choice.

The Distinguished Service Award is given in recognition of a person whose life and significant achievements serve as examples of the University’s aspirations for its students.

Dr. Douglas R. Kerr is a diplomate, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. He graduated from Cornell University Medical College and completed a fellowship in sports medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. With a full-time private practice at Orthopedic Associates in Binghamton, he has also been on the sidelines at University sports events for more than 22 years. He volunteers as the Athletics Department team physician. An athlete who played football and lacrosse while an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania, he is also available for consultation at the University’s sports-medicine center. The University community is fortunate to be able to call upon the skills and expertise of this dedicated physician.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08