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Four Jefferson Faculty and Staff Bestowed SUNY Chancellor's Awards for Excellence

Jefferson Community College is pleased to announce that four members of the College’s faculty and staff were honored as recipients of the 2015 State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence. The Chancellor’s Awards recognize extraordinary achievement and encourage the continuation of excellence.  Jack N. Donato of Watertown, associate professor of computer science, received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching; Timothy F. Grosse of Watertown, associate professor of mathematics, received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service; William L. McMahon of Carthage, lab technician in the lab science department, received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service; and, Robyn M. Rhyner of Sackets Harbor, assistant director of financial aid, received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service.  Chancellor’s Award honorees were bestowed their medallions by Jefferson president Carole A. McCoy at the College’s Recognition Celebration held on May 1, 2015.

Jack Donato began teaching at Jefferson as an adjunct instructor in 1990 and that same year joined the full-time computer science faculty. He teaches a broad range of coursework for three degree programs in a field that is given to fast-paced change.  Jack instructs in the traditional classroom environment, online and in combination hybrid formats. He adapts his teaching style to reach students at all ability levels and utilizes a variety of teaching techniques that also make the most use of technology to provide his students with the best learning experience. Students find Jack engaging, knowledgeable, and committed to their success. Outside of the classroom, Jack contributes to the life of the campus through curriculum development, five-year program review committees, College governance and student activities.  He is a leader on campus, serving as a department chair and also recently as president of the College’s Faculty Student Association. Jack holds an associate of applied science degree from Jefferson Community College; a bachelor in science degree from the SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome and a master’s of science in education from SUNY Potsdam

Timothy Grosse first joined Jefferson in 1997 as an adjunct instructor and full-time learning skills specialist in math before becoming a member of Jefferson’s full-time faculty in 2004. Throughout his Jefferson tenure, Tim has taken an active role in faculty mentoring and leadership, student co-curricular activities, curriculum development and assessment, and campus governance.  He has served in numerous leadership positions including department chair, Honor’s Program Coordinator, member of the President’s Advisory Council, and College Senate President. Currently, he is serving as the champion of a Title III grant initiative to assist faculty with the development of flexible format classes and course redesign.  Tim’s contributions and service to education reach far beyond the classroom and campus. Among his activities, Tim has served as faculty advisor to Phi Theta Kappa, the Science Fiction Club, Student Government, FAR Outing Club and served as president of the NYS Mathematics Association of Two Year Colleges.  Tim holds a bachelor in arts from SUNY Oswego and a master’s of science degree in education from SUNY Potsdam.

William McMahon joined the Math/Science Division in 2003 and his work as laboratory technician in the lab science department ensures the best learning environment for Jefferson students.  Responsible for four science laboratory classrooms, Bill ensures that supplies are available and stored properly, and he often assists in the lab classroom and on lab field trips, interacting with individual students to supplement instruction. He collaborates regularly with colleagues in the purchasing, facilities and instructional technology departments which also contributes to the consistent operation of each lab.  Bill’s work with the Chemical Hygiene and Safety Committee, the Campus Safety Committee and the Emergency Response Team contributes greatly to the development of protocols and practices that ensure student and staff safety. In addition, Bill’s participation in campus events such as National Chemistry Week and Super Science Saturday clearly demonstrates his commitment to science education and students. Bill holds an associate in science degree from Jefferson and an associate of applied science degree from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry Ranger School at Wanakena.

During her 15-year tenure with Jefferson, Robyn Rhyner, has assisted thousands of students and their families with making college a reality by helping them navigate through the maze of financial aid options and regulations. She manages the direct student loan program, verifying and monitoring student loan eligibility, ensuring student completion of entrance and exit counseling, and resolving default issues. Her purposeful efforts to improve student financial literacy by developing online resources, as well as by meeting one-on-one with students at admissions and new student days have benefitted many who are struggling with difficult financial circumstances.  Additionally, Robyn leads the Freshman Scholarship review, the emergency loan program and is the College’s liaison for the financial aid consortium agreement program. Robyn is an active member of the NYS Financial Aid Administrators Association and the SUNY Financial Aid Professionals and remains committed to continued development of her expertise in a student service environment known for constant change. Robyn earned an associate in arts degree from Jefferson Community College, and a bachelor of arts degree and master of science degree, both from SUNY Oswego.

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 90 Awards for Excellence have been bestowed upon members of the Jefferson Community College faculty and staff. 

Pictured above:  College president Carole A. McCoy (far left) and JCC Board of Trustees member David J. Clark (far right) with (left to right):  Robyn M. Rhyner, assistant director of financial aid, recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service; Timothy F. Grosse of Watertown, associate professor of mathematics, recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service; Jack N. Donato of Watertown, associate professor of computer science, recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching; and William L. McMahon of Carthage, lab technician in the lab science department, recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service.