Michelle Massaro Bandla ’93, coordinator of first-year programs, received the SUNY Oswego President’s Award for Excellence in Professional Staff Service and Marcia Burrell of the curriculum and instruction faculty accepted the President’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service. Both campus awards are new this spring.
The awards recognize exceptional service in contributions to the central mission of the college and exemplary models of what it takes to make SUNY Oswego a community of excellence.
Bandla has played a significant role in improving the retention rate of Oswego’s first-year students. She was one of just 10 educators honored as an Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate by the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition at the University of South Carolina.
Bandla has made presentations at the national First Year Experience Conference and National Academic Advisement Association conference and shared her experience with other higher education professionals in a webinar.
An associate professor and chair of curriculum and instruction, Burrell has an extensive record of service to the campus as well as her community, SUNY, national organizations, and students and colleagues in other nations.
She helped establish the college’s first study-abroad course in Africa, in Benin.