The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence are system-level honors conferred to acknowledge and provide SUNY-wide recognition for consistently superior professional achievement and to encourage the ongoing pursuit of excellence.
“It is an honor to recognize excellent work across the SUNY system,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “Congratulations to all of this year’s recipients.”
Excellence in Professional Service
Katharine Dutton ’03 M’10
A 20-year employee of SUNY Oswego’s Campus Technology Services, Katharine Dutton ’03 M’10, learning support specialist, recently managed a change in the college’s learning management system from Angel to Blackboard Learn, a nine-month transition involving training more than 500 faculty and migrating more than 900 courses. She distinguished herself in support of Open SUNY, the system’s effort to offer seamless access to courses, degrees and professors across its 64 campuses.She is a member of several college-wide committees in her field as well as the Alcohol and Other Drugs Prevention Committee.
For more than 33 years, Elizabeth Oberst, associate vice president of alumni relations and stewardship, has led SUNY Oswego’s efforts to engage what are now more than 85,000 alumni. Oberst’s innovations include programs such as Alumni-in-Residence, Alumni Sharing Knowledge, Welcoming Torchlight and New York City Career Connections. She has served as publisher of OSWEGO alumni magazine since 2000, and for 25 years has nurtured Reunion, which annually draws more than 1,000 alumni to campus. Her newer achievements have included establishing a formal stewardship program to recognize and support donors.
Kathleen Okoniewski Pagano ’74
In 1972, then a first-generation college student, Kathleen Okoniewski Pagano ’74 started working for the financial aid office at SUNY Oswego. Since her graduation and employment here 42 years ago, she has modeled a students-first ethic as associate director of financial aid. She has served on several college-wide committees and has been active in the statewide activities of the SUNY Financial Aid Professionals and the New York State Financial Aid Administrators Association.
Excellence in Classified Service
Angela Galvin, senior secretary and office manager for the SUNY Oswego Division of Extended Learning, has been an invaluable resource for the SUNY Oswego campus for over 34 years. She has stepped up to take on additional duties when staff is unavailable, including those of the high school programs coordinator on two occasions, and has improved the program administratively. She has been building captain of Go Pink for the Cure, coordinated donations to the Newman Center’s annual yard sale and managed collections for the division’s “basket of caring” for the State Employees Federated Appeal/United Way drive.