Chancellor’s Award Recipients Announced


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Jamestown Community College

Five Jamestown Community College faculty and staff members were awarded the 2017 State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence recently.

Faculty, librarians, and professional service employees who received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award were honored with a certificate and cast bronze medallion. The awards were announced after a SUNY advisory committee reviewed nominations from faculty, students, and colleagues throughout the 64-campus system.

“The strength and impact of SUNY is powered by expert faculty and staff from throughout our 64-campus university system, and the 361 individuals receiving this year’s Chancellor’s Award for Excellence are the best among the best,” said Chancellor Nancy Zimpher. “They are at the top of their game in providing their institution and students with the highest quality of instruction, professionalism, and support.”

Cindy Hinz, associate professor of business at the Cattaraugus County Campus, and Catherine Iannello, associate professor of human services, received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Hinz, an Olean resident, joined JCC’s faculty in 2005. She earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in business administration at St. Bonaventure University and did additional graduate work at SUNY Institute of Technology.

Hinz serves as coordinator of the business program on the Cattaraugus County Campus and is a member of numerous college-wide academic committees. She is also JCC’s faculty representative to the Regional Community College Council.

She is a former analyst for Witco Corporation and The Rehabilitation Center and is a former adjunct professor at St. Bonaventure University.

Hinz is president of the Olean Food Pantry and past president of United Way of Cattaraugus County. She also serves in various leadership roles for community and religious organizations.

Prior to joining JCC’s faculty in 2003, Iannello was an adjunct instructor at the University of Buffalo School of Social Work. After service in the U.S. Peace Corps, she was assistant executive director of the Center for Women, Children, and Families and a legislative analyst of social welfare policy for the Legislative Research Commission in Kentucky.

Iannello, who lives in Jamestown, earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Buffalo and a master’s degree at the University of Kentucky.
She is a delegate to the Faculty Council of Community Colleges and contributes to several college-wide committees.

Iannello is president of the CC Ring Elementary School PTA and is a member of the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County allocation panel and Family Services of Chautauqua County.

Kathryn Fox received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service. She joined JCC’s Center for Continuing Education staff in 1986 after graduating from Jamestown Business College.

As senior continuing education assistant, Fox develops and maintains registration and reporting processes for youth and adult courses and programs. Her critical thinking and problem solving skills have contributed to the continuous improvement of office procedures, reporting tools, and customer service.

Fox, who lives in Falconer, creates handcrafted materials to benefit those served by numerous community organizations.

Darwin Eckstrom of Jamestown and Pamela Stoleson of Sugar Grove, PA received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching.
Eckstrom has taught music at JCC’s Jamestown Campus since 1989 and served as the music department coordinator in 2004. He developed JCC’s rock ensembles program and has helped support the growth of the college’s music program through donated time, experience, and equipment.

Eckstrom, who owns Germaine & Pappalardo Music Shoppe in Jamestown, is the music director at the Salvation Army in Jamestown and a National Association of Band and Instrument Repair Technicians clinician. He is a former flight medic and paramedic.

During mission trips in the U.S. and Europe, Eckstrom, a 1985 JCC alumnus, has helped establish music programs in churches and organizations. He also provides music lessons to local disadvantaged youth.

Stoleson, who earned an associate’s degree at New Mexico State University, a bachelor’s degree at Western New Mexico Univrsity and a master’s degree at California State University-Fulleron, has taught biology courses at JCC’s Jamestown Campus and North County Center since 2006.

She is a freelance indexer and editor for Oxford University Press, Krieger Press, and the USDA Forest Service.

Stoleson has also served as an educator, biological technician, and research team member for several environmental, conservation, and educational organizations.

She has volunteered for JCC’s STEM program for elementary and middle school students, the Penn State Master Gardener program, Warren Library Association Friends, Future of Agriculture Task Force, and other organizations.