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October 6, 1998
Doretta Royer 315 464-4833

Health Science Center Awards 23 Individuals and McLane Northeast for Outstanding Service

The Fall Faculty Convocation traditionally marks the beginning of each new academic year. It provides the opportunity to publicly honor outstanding individuals who have given generously of their time, talents, skills, and knowledge, and who by their actions and accomplishments have benefited the lives of others.

The following individuals and businesses will be receive awards during Convocation exercises:

SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor Award
Elinor J. Spring-Mills, Ph.D., of Jamesville is a professor in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology and Urology at the Health Science Center’s College of Medicine. Dr. Spring Mills is recognized for her superb teaching in anatomy and cell biology, continued scholarship and professional growth in teaching, and service to teaching at the local, regional and national levels.

Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching
Steve K. Landas, M.D., of Manlius is an associate professor of Pathology in the Center’s College of Medicine and director of Surgical Pathology at University Hospital. Dr. Landas was cited as being a superb role model for medical students, residents in pathology, residents in surgery, fellows in surgical pathology and community-based pathologists through central New York.

Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service
Anthony S. Kurec, M.S., D.L.M., of Chittenango is a clinical associate professor of Medical Technology for the Center’s College of Health Professions and an administrator for Pathology Marketing and University Pathologists Laboratories, Department of Pathology. Kurec was recognized for his dedication to his profession and for his continued study.

Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Librarianship
James A. Capodagli, M.L.S., of Clay is an associate librarian for the Health Sciences Library. Capodagli was recognized for his innovative approach to library science and for his dedication to meeting the needs of library patrons.

President’s Award for Excellence and Leadership in Research
Richard L. Cross, Ph.D., of the Onondaga Hill area is professor and chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the College of Medicine. Dr. Cross was recognized for his energy, persistence and creativity which have resulted in what one of his colleagues calls an “extraordinarily successful trail of research” marked by independent and collaborative discovery.

President’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service
Harriet B. Rolen Mark, M.A., M.T.(ASCP), of Constantia is professor and chair of the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences and associate dean in the College of Health Professions. She was recognized for her “Leader Grower” style of leadership, which fosters the development of her faculty by gently guiding them into activities that promote professional growth.

President’s Award for Advancement of Affirmative Action
Tommie L. Bryant, of Baldwinsville is principal laboratory animal caretaker for the Health Science Center’s Department of Laboratory Animal Resources. Bryant was recognized for his dedication to the goals of affirmative action, for regularly attending state and national affirmative action conferences to enhance his knowledge, and for actively participating in committees and events which serve to break down the barriers of discrimination, injustice, and racism.

President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching

  • Jorge A. Grimes, Ed.D., R.N., A.N.P., of Marietta is associate professor and chair of the Graduate Nursing Program in the Health Science Center’s College of Nursing. Dr. Grimes was recognized as being a highly innovative teacher whose techniques are memorable, effective and valued by students.
  • Linda E. Miller, Ph.D., I.(ASCP)S.I. of Syracuse’s east side, is an associate professor in the Department of Clinical Laboratory Science at the Center’s College of Health Professions. Dr. Miller was cited for contributing immeasurably to the excellence of the Medical Technology program at the Health Science Center by her course development in immunology and textbook on laboratory immunology (used in medical technology programs throughout the country.)
  • Allen E. Silverstone, Ph.D., of Fayetteville is professor in the Department of Microbiology/Immunology in the Center’s College of Graduate Studies. Dr. Silverstone was recognized for dramatically improving the structure of the graduate program in the Department of Microbiology/Immunology and the participation by the faculty. He was also cited for his strong commitment to the Health Science Center’s mission to increase diversity on campus.
  • Gregory A. Threatte, M.D., of Manlius is an associate professor of pathology in the Center’s College of Medicine. Dr. Threatte was recognized for his dynamism as a speaker, the effort he puts into class preparations and for his special skill at making seemingly complex and difficult material easy to understand.
  • Roy D. F. Gill, M.D., of Johnson City, is clinical professor of medicine for the Center’s College of Medicine, Clinical Campus at Binghamton. Dr. Gill was recognized for his efforts to ensure a quality educational experience for both students and medical residents.

President’s Award for Voluntary Faculty Service

  • David H. Dube, M.D., CMD of Westvale, is clinical assistant professor of medicine for the Health Science Center’s College of Medicine. Dr. Dube was recognized as being a naturally gifted teacher, noted for working tirelesly to remain current with his subject matter and to perfect his presentations.
  • (Note: the following four individuals are physicians with the Health Services Association of Central New York, Adult Medicine Division. In addition, they hold appointments with the Health Science Center’s College of Medicine. They are: Peter J. Cronkright, M.D., of Baldwinsville, clinical assistant professor of medicine, College of Medicine, Chris R. LaBounty, M.D., clinical assistanr professor of medicine, College of Medicine, Judith A. Setla, M.D., Richard W. Weiskopf, M.D. These four physicians were cited for their exemplary leadership roles as voluntary faculty and for creating for students and medical residents a valuable learning environment, for their excellent teaching and for offering students and residents exposure to managed care and “real world medicine.”
  • Diane J. Virnoche, R.T.(R) of Solvay is a clinical instructor of medical radiography in the Center’s College of Health Professions. She was cited for her patience and technical skills, her compassion for patients and students alike, and her ability to walk the line between remaining available and allowing students to learn by doing.
  • Priscilla S. Worral, Ph.D., R.N. of Skaneateles is adjunct assistant professor in the Health Science Center’s College of Nursing. She was cited for her dedication in furthering research in the College of Nursing. Under her mentorship, College of Nursing students have demonstrated an increased enthusiasm for research. Her students leave the advanced nursing program with a working knowledge of outcomes research and its importance in health care today.
  • Nicholas J. Stamato, M.D. of Binghamton is a clinical associate professor in the College of Medicine, Clinical Campus at Binghamton. Dr. Stamato was cited for being a patient, well-structured teacher who genuinely cares for his students on both a personal and professional level.

President’s Award for Distinguished Service
Ellen T. Cook Jacobsen, M.D., of Cazenovia is professor emeritus in the Departments of Medicine and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Health Science Center. Dr. Jacobsen was recognized for her history of dedication to patients, Health Science Center students, and the community at large that spans nearly 50 years. She was also recognized for her excellent reputation as a teacher, clinician, advisor to students and administrators, and for being a catalyst for many activities and programs at the Health Science Center during a period of exceptional growth and change.

President’s Award for Excellence in Philanthropic Service, Corporate Division
This award was given on behalf of the hundreds of people who represent McLane Northeast, a distributor of goods to the convenience store industry, located in Baldwinsville. The people at McLane/Northeast were recognized for supporting a number of Health Science Cetner fund-raising projects, most particularly the Central New York Children’s Miracle Network. Howard E. Quoss, division president of McLane/Northeast was recognized for serving as the motivating force behind the Company’s dedication toward improving the quality of life in Central New York.

President’s Award for Excellence in Philanthropic Service, Individual Dodie and Dean P. Vlassis of Fayetteville were recognized for their long-standing commitment and involvement with the Health Science Center Foundation at Syracuse, Inc. The Vlassis’ were particularly recognized for initiating the Foundation’s Vendor Appreciation Program which has become instrumental in developing partnerships between the Health Science Cetner and its vendors.

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