JCC employees receive Chancellor’s Award for Excellence for 2013

Four Jamestown Community College employees were awarded the 2013 State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor’s Award for Excellence.

Those honored received a certificate and cast bronze medallion. The awards were announced after a SUNY advisory committee reviewed nominations from faculty, students, and colleagues throughout the 64-campus system.

“SUNY employs an exemplary body of faculty and staff across the state and the annual presentation of these awards underscores our deep appreciation for those who serve SUNY campuses, students, and communities with the highest levels of distinction,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher.

Nancy Bryant and Dr. Mary Kay Szwejbka received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Bryant, a chemistry professor on JCC’s Cattaraugus County Campus since 1987, also serves as chair of the college’s assessment committee and as a member of several program advisory committees. She earned a bachelor’s degree at Northern Illinois University, a master’s degree at the University of Utah, and a certificate of advanced study in educational administration at the State University of New York College at Brockport. Some of her memberships include: the American Chemical Society’s Penn-York section, the Scio Memorial Library board of directors and the Assessment Network of New York.

Szwejbka, an education professor at JCC since 2002, directs the teacher education transfer program and co-chairs the college’s quality initiative and individual studies degree task forces. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at SUNY Fredonia and a doctorate at the University at Buffalo. She taught in public and parochial schools and through the Chautauqua County School Boards Association. She also served as executive director of the United Way of Northern Chautauqua. Her current community involvement includes membership on the Fredonia Opera House board of directors and the Chautauqua County Board of Ethics.

Sociology professor John Hearn received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. He received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1996. A member of JCC’s faculty since 1981, Hearn earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth and a master’s degree at the University of Connecticut. Hearn, coauthored “Shade It Black: Death and After in Iraq” with Jessica Goodell in 2011. His writings have also been printed in The Washington Post, The Buffalo News, Religion and Politics, and Epoch, a literary magazine published by Cornell University.

Cynthia Horton McKane, recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Librarianship, has been a reference librarian and assistant professor at JCC since 2008. She serves on several college-wide committees and the honors program task force. She received an associate’s degree from JCC, a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Plattsburgh, and a masters of library science degree from the University at Buffalo. She is a member of the American Library Association and Library Instruction Alliance. She has presented various professional development and continuing education programs as well as events involving student and community participation.