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Faculty, Staff Honored with Chancellor's Award

PLATTSBURGH, NY __ Four faculty and one staff member at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh have been selected to receive the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence.

Dr. Robert Christopherson, professor of economics and finance, and JoEllen Miano, associate professor of music, will receive the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Dr. Timothy Mihuc, associate professor of earth and environmental science, is the recipient of the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activity.

Dr. Raymond Guydosh, associate professor of hotel, restaurant and tourism management, is the recipient of the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service.

Rose Anderson, director of alumni affairs and executive director of the Plattsburgh Alumni Association, is the recipient of the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service.

The recipients will be honored during the President's Opening Day Welcome prior to the start of the fall semester in late August.
Christopherson joined the faculty in 1990 and was promoted to associate professor in 2000 and full professor in 2005. He received two bachelor degrees, one in economics and the other in psychology, and a master's degree from Central Michigan University. He earned his doctorate at Wayne State University.

"Dr. Christopherson is known as a caring, dedicated and highly effective teacher, highly regarded by his students," said President John Ettling.

Christopherson has also been active in scholarly and research activities, writing numerous articles that were published in scholarly journals. He has served on numerous search committees and other campus committees as well as worked with such off campus organizations as the UFirst Credit Union, a volunteer basketball coach, the Girl Scouts, Rotary and others.

"An outstanding and highly effective teacher, engaged in scholarly activities and providing a valued service to the College and off campus, Dr. Christopherson is deserving of the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching," said Ettling.
Miano came to SUNY Plattsburgh in 1994. She received her bachelor's degree in music from Boston University and her master's from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

"Ms. Miano is a talented and gifted teacher who brings passion for her discipline of music to her students, the campus and the larger community," said Ettling.

Miano also gives generously of her time off campus as a musical director/leader within the community. She is the director of the Champlain Valley Oratorio Society, Hill and Hollow Festival Singers and other groups in the North Country. She recently completed the development of the Meadowmount Certificate Program, which will bring these internationally recognized students to campus from the Meadowmount School of Music.

"Excellence and expanding opportunities for students of all ages and backgrounds are hallmarks of Ms. Miano's teaching style. She is a creative and enormously effective individual whose quest for excellence is contagious with all whom she comes into contact with in the classroom, the auditorium or other setting for musical performances or productions," said Ettling. 
Mihuc joined the faculty of SUNY Plattsburgh in 1999 as an assistant professor in the Center of Earth and Environmental Science and coordinator of the Lake Champlain Research Institute (LCRI). He was promoted to associate professor in 2002. He received his bachelor's degree from Oral Roberts University and master's degree from Oklahoma State University. He earned his doctorate from Idaho State University.

"Dr. Mihuc, as coordinator of the Lake Champlain Research Institute, has led the institute as it has become a dynamic major research player within the Adirondack-Champlain Basin." said Ettling.

The research at LCRI, led by Mihuc, is cutting edge and collaborative between faculty and students, interdisciplinary and intra-institution. Since his arrival, he has recruited more than 50 associates for the LCRI with faculty from several SUNY campuses including Albany, Binghamton, Potsdam, Cortland, and non-SUNY institutions such as University of Vermont, Paul Smith's College, Green Mountain College, St. Michael's College and Clarkson, as well as numerous state and federal agencies in New York, Vermont and Canada.

"Inclusive, generous, supportive, these are words his associates and students use to describe Dr. Mihuc. It is fitting that he be honored with this award as his career and on-going contributions to our campus, the broader research and educational community continue to grow and expand," said Ettling.
Guydosh has been a member of the SUNY Plattsburgh faculty for some 30 years. He received his undergraduate degree from the Carnegie Institute of Technology and his master's degree from the University of Maryland. He received a second master's degree from the Tipper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University where he also earned his doctorate degree.

"Dr. Guydosh is a dedicated and committed faculty leader on our campus and beyond. His record of service is truly remarkable," said Ettling.

He is currently the chair of the Faculty Senate. His record also includes service as department chair in two different departments, management and marketing and hotel, restaurant and tourism management; coordinator of international business; departmental representative and vice chair of the Faculty Senate; SUNY University Faculty Senator; and a member of the University's Faculty Senate Executive Committee.

"Dr. Guydosh is one of those unique individuals for whom this Chancellor's Award is designed to honor. He is a dedicated faculty member who gives tirelessly of himself professionally through his exemplary service on and off the campus. His career speaks to the core values and criteria of this recognition," said Ettling.
Anderson joined the alumni affairs staff in 1986 and became its director in 1997. She received her bachelor's degree from SUNY Plattsburgh in 1995.

As director, Anderson created the Student Ambassador Program, a cadre of talented students from across the campus who serve as guides for visitors, faculty and professional candidates who come to campus and alumni guests. She also established the Plattsburgh Alumni Career Exploration Network, which brings together a network of mentors and contacts for other alumni and current students.

Anderson also helped to create the new Center for Student/Alumni Professional Development. This center, which just opened, provides another pathway to link current students with successful alumni to help prepare them for future careers.

"Ms. Anderson is an energetic and resourceful professional who continually seeks to enhance the work of others. She is tirelessly engaged with alumni from across the country," said Ettling.

The Plattsburgh Alumni Association represents some 40,000 former students and graduates of SUNY Plattsburgh.

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