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Three College Employees Receive Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence

DATE: 06-01-2012

Cayuga Community College’s Robert Frame, Director of Theatre Operations, Patricia S. Gridley, Professor of Early Childhood, and Carol A. MacKenzie, Principal Stenographer of the Foundation Office, each received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence for the 2011-2012 year. 

The award is granted to State University of New York faculty, professional staff, and classified staff members who have demonstrated excellence in teaching, librarianship, scholarly and creative activities, professional service and classified service; recipients are nominated by their colleagues and students. Frame, Gridley, and MacKenzie were recognized by College President Dr. Daniel P. Larson during the formal Commencement Ceremony on May 20 in Spartan Hall on the Auburn Campus.

Robert Frame of Skaneateles received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service. Joining the college in 1979, Frame has developed an award-winning theater program through Harlequin Productions, the College drama club. Aside from teaching several classes at the College, he also manages and serves as the resident lighting and sound director of the 424-seat Irene A. Bisgrove Community Theatre.

Frame obtained a Bachelor of Art’s degree in Technical Theatre from SUNY Oswego in 1977. He serves as president of the Theatre Association of New York State, and is actively involved with the Auburn Players Community Theatre, the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Skaneateles Summer Theatre, Auburn Public Theatre, and Harms Theatre Festival.

Patricia S. Gridley of Skaneateles received the Chancellor’s award for Excellence in Faculty Service. She has been teaching early childhood courses for the past 15 years and helped coordinate the Teacher Preparation program at the College. It was under her direction that the A.A.S. degree in Early Childhood was awarded accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Gridley also helped establish articulation agreements with several four-year institutions to enable Cayuga students to easily transfer their credits into those programs.

Gridley obtained a Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Education in Early Childhood Education from the University of South Carolina as well as a Doctor of Philosophy in Elementary Education in 1980. Being an active member of numerous campus committees and community organizations, she works to find service learning opportunities for students such as a travel study program with the Seminole Tribe of Florida. She also dedicates her time to internship placements and the Early Childhood Club.

“Dr. Gridley's passion for her students, and the field of education, has been my personal inspiration,” said former student Nicole DeTomaso.

Carol McKenzie of Weedsport received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service. She joined the College staff in 1996 as the executive director’s administrative assistant with the Cayuga Community College Foundation. Her current duties as Principle Stenographer include managing the office, recording minutes for Foundation board and committee meetings, maintaining the donor database, working closely with the development associate in the planning, organizing and implementing of special events, administering student scholarships and commencement awards and so much more.

McKenzie obtained an A.A.S. in Secretarial Science from Cayuga Community College in 1974. She has received the College’s Educational Support Professionals Excellence Award twice, in 2006 and in 2009, as well as the ACC/CCC Alumni Award in 2010 and the College’s Above and Beyond Award in 2011.

The Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence are presented annually to faculty and staff. The honor provides system wide recognition for consistently superior professional achievement and encourages the ongoing pursuit of excellence. Through these awards, SUNY publicly proclaims its pride in the accomplishment and personal dedication of its instructional faculty, librarians, and staff across its 64 campuses and System Administration.

Individuals selected for this honor are role models within the SUNY community. In acknowledgment of their selection, recipients are recognized in the college catalogue by the addition of the phrase "State University Chancellor's Award for Excellence in [category].” A certificate and a Chancellor’s Excellence Medallion are also bestowed upon each honoree to commemorate selection.