SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran selected two faculty members as the recipients of the 2016 Meritorious Service Award.
Elizabeth A. Brown, an associate professor who teaches in the Criminal Investigation program, and Janet Parcell-Mitchell, an assistant professor who teaches in the Health and Fitness Promotion program, both received their awards at the college’s recent Recognition Day Ceremony.
Brown was selected for her commitment to enriching the academic experience for students. She is the curriculum coordinator for the Criminal Investigation program, chair of the Strategic Planning Committee and the faculty athletic representative at the college. She also is the outgoing presiding officer of the faculty assembly, or the governing body for SUNY Canton academics.
“Liz has been invaluable to the college, and is someone who is highly respected for their diplomacy and willingness to make sure every voice is heard,” Szafran said. “In addition to her service, teaching requirements, and advising duties, she has completed her doctorate and published a book, which has become a popular teaching aid in her field.”
Parcell-Mitchell was recognized for the growth in the Health and Fitness Promotion program, which has more than tripled in size since she began her faculty appointment. Szafran also noted that she has helped employees and the community become healthier through the college’s Roo Watcher’s weight loss program and student-led exercise sessions.
“Janet volunteers to do whatever it takes to improve this campus for students, faculty and staff,” Szafran said. “She is truly an unsung hero on our campus as she takes on additional duties and works to provide the best education and service possible.”
The President’s Meritorious Service award is bestowed annually to members of the college’s faculty or staff who have performed significantly above and beyond normal job expectations. It is given at the discretion of the president and is widely considered one of the top honors at SUNY Canton.
About SUNY Canton
SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.