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Portraits of Distinguished Teaching, Service Professors Elwess, Heroux to be Unveiled

The portraits of SUNY Plattsburgh’s newest Distinguished Professorship award recipients will be unveiled at a ceremony Monday, Oct. 24 at 4 p.m. in Feinberg Library.

The likenesses of Dr. Nancy Elwess, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor in biological sciences, and Dr. Lise Heroux, SUNY Distinguished Service Professor in marketing and entrepreneurship, will join those of the 37 other professors and librarians who have been named to the distinguished ranks since the awards were created by SUNY in 1985. 

Formal Remarks

The pair will be feted with remarks by President John Ettling, Dr. James Liszka, provost and vice president for academic affairs, and Dr. Wendy Gordon, presiding officer of the faculty and history professor.

Elwess, who joined the SUNY Plattsburgh faculty of biological sciences in 1998 as an assistant professor, was promoted to full professor in 2009. Her research routinely includes her students, giving them a leg up for future work in graduate school or in industry.

Engages Students in Research

During her tenure at Plattsburgh, she has mentored more than 110 undergraduate research students who have in turn given more than 130 presentations at regional, national and international levels. Many of her students have co-authored peer-reviewed articles with her. And of her students, 17 are SUNY Chancellor Award for Student Excellence recipients.  Elwess will be introduced by friend and frequent research partner, Sandra Latourelle, adjunct professor in biological sciences.

Heroux joined the faculty in the School of Business and Economics in 1987 as an assistant professor in marketing and entrepreneurship. Promoted first to associate professor in 1996 and full professor in 2002, Heroux’s service to the college, region and national and international communities led to her being nominated for the service professorship distinction.

Canada-U.S. Marketing Expert

Considered one of North America’s foremost experts on Canada-U.S. comparative research studies in marketing, Heroux is often invited to speak on her expertise to organizations such as the Small Business Development Center, Border Business Neighbors Group, the Plattsburgh-North Country and Saranac Lake chambers of commerce and the Kiwanis and Rotary clubs.

Heroux will be introduced by friend and fellow Distinguished Service Professor in Marketing and Entrepreneurship recipient, Dr. Nancy Church, retired professor of marketing and entrepreneurship in the School of Business and Economics.

A reception will follow the unveiling in the lobby of Feinberg Library. 

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