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Six Jefferson Community College Faculty/Staff Receive 2016 SUNY Chancellor's Awards for Excellence

(left to right): Deborah A. Steinberg, Sharon Zaffarano, Thomas N. Moran, Carole A. McCoy, Stacy E. Pratt, Barbara D. Romano and Carleen S. Huxley

Jefferson Community College is pleased to announce that six members of the College’s faculty and staff were honored as recipients of the 2016 State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence. The Chancellor’s Awards recognize extraordinary achievement and encourage the continuation of excellence. Carleen S. Huxley of Watertown, assistant librarian, received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Librarianship; Thomas N. Moran of Evans Mills, network manager, received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service; Stacy E. Pratt of Sackets Harbor, associate professor of English, received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching; Barbara D. Romano of Dexter, adjunct instructor of biology, received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching;  Deborah A. Steinberg of Calcium, associate professor of psychology received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service and, Sharon Zaffarano of Gouverneur, building maintenance mechanic, received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service.  Chancellor’s Award honorees were bestowed their medallions by Jefferson President Carole A. McCoy at the College’s Recognition Celebration held on May 6, 2016.

Since joining Jefferson’s library staff in 2008, Carleen S. Huxley has implemented new technologies to assist students with information literacy and to aid in the delivery of library instruction for faculty.  On campus she has served on the social cultural, Middle States general education and Center for Professional Excellence committees.  Carleen is a member of the SUNY Library Association, American Library Association, and the national and local chapters of American College and Research Libraries. She frequently presents to her peers across the state and volunteers locally with Literacy of Northern New York.  Huxley holds a bachelor’s of building arts in architectural history from Savannah College of Art and Design and a master’s in library and information Science from the University of Oklahoma.

Thomas N. Moran joined Jefferson in 2000 and is the driving force behind Jefferson’s network operating systems responsible for reliable data delivery across a variety of platforms, to every office, department and classroom at Jefferson Community College.  Tom was instrumental in the implementation of the College’s first wireless network and the integration of that network into Jefferson’s residential halls.  Tom has served on College’s commencement committee, safety committee and serves currently on the executive committee of the SUNY Computer Officers Association. In the community, he is captain of the Evans Mills Volunteer Fire Department and coaches youth soccer camps. Tom holds an associate of applied science degree in electrical technology from Morrisville State College.

Dr. Stacy E. Pratt joined the full-time faculty at Jefferson in 2009 and was promoted to the rank of assistant professor in 2013.  She teaches a broad range of English courses and is innovative and dynamic, often drawing upon her own professional development experiences to bring a global perspective to her classroom instruction.  On campus, she served as chair of the academic affairs committee and was involved with several English department events including the Black River Review, North Country Writers Festival and National Novel Writing Month.  Dr. Pratt is also the faculty advisor for BASIC (Brothers and Sisters in Christ) student group. She holds a bachelor’s in English and a minor in journalism from Northeastern State University, a master’s degree in English from University of Arkansas, and a doctorate in creative writing from University of Southern Mississippi.

Jefferson alumna Barbara D. Romano has been a dedicated and outstanding adjunct instructor of biology for the past 22 years.  She has taught laboratory sections of Human Biology, General Biology, Principles of Biology and Microbiology, as well as served as a laboratory assistant and biology tutor. Her passion for the field and teaching is evident in the quality of her instruction and in her dedication to student success.  One of Barbara’s greatest attributes is her ability to connect with students at all levels and learning abilities. Whether teaching non-science majors or upper level labs, students steadily rate Barbara at the highest levels. Romano holds an associate’s in mathematics and science from Jefferson and a bachelor’s in biology from SUNY Geneseo.

Deborah A. Steinberg first came to Jefferson in 1997 and during her 19-year tenure has proved to be a master teacher and leader on campus. Deborah has chaired the social sciences department, served on several committees including Middle States, general education and academic council, and is a positive role model and mentor to faculty. Among her colleagues, she is regarded as an authority and a leader in the area of general education and assessment.  In addition, Deborah served as faculty advisor to student government and the early childhood club. In the community, Deborah is involved with the Community Action Planning Council and PIVOT. She holds a bachelor’s in art history / art studio and a master’s in curriculum planning both from SUNY Albany.  Deborah also earned her master’s in human development and master’s in art education both from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Sharon Zaffarano first came to Jefferson in 1989 as a part of the College’s custodial team. Now, after 27 years of service, the past six serving as building maintenance manager, Sharon is known for her tireless work ethic, commitment to excellence and outstanding customer service.  Sharon carries out a variety of duties and specialized tasks demonstrating time and again her adaptability to the ever changing needs of her department and the entire campus.  Sharon’s reputation for providing excellent service to the campus in maintenance of facilities is matched only by her engaging personality and pride in Jefferson Community College.

Each year, the State University of New York recognizes outstanding members of the faculty and staff across the entire 64-campus university system with prestigious Chancellor's Awards for Excellence.  Over the years, a total of 88 Awards for Excellence have been bestowed upon members of the Jefferson Community College faculty and staff.