Three at SUNY Cobleskill Receive Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence

Chancellor’s Awards presented to Dr. Edward J. Stander for Excellence in Scholarship; Marsha S. Foster for Excellence in Professional Service; and Ann Collins for Excellence in Classified Service.


SUNY Cobleskill held a luncheon ceremony to honor its faculty and staff who received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence, the State University’s most prestigious honor.   Dr. Ed Stander, Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, has been named recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship.  Marsha S. Foster, Director for the U.S. Department of Education Title III Grant, is a recipient of the  Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service.  Ann Collins, Secretary 2 for Academic Affairs, is the College’s first-ever recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service.


“The three recipients of Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence are among Cobleskill’s elite and are very worthy recipients,” said Debra Thatcher, Acting President of the College. “Their dedication to student success is outstanding.” 


Dr. Ed Stander, Excellence in Scholarship


Dr. Stander’s work includes extensive geologic mapping in nearby Thatcher Park as well as contributions to several Canadian studies that have established him as a world authority on ice/dam interactions. Those studies have led to engineering solutions now being applied by design engineers around the world.  Dr. Stander is also recognized for his clear insight into the types of data necessary to collect along with his ability to design equipment capable of collecting and measuring those data in a way that facilitates analysis.


On campus, he oversees the work of two students who are using SUNY Cobleskill’s observatory to determine the ecliptic geometry of several binary stars, which will enable them to calculate the distance in light years to those stars.  Students describe Dr. Stander as an interesting, inspiring and enthusiastic teacher and mentor whose own passion for science intrigues and fascinates them.  As a leader who inspires by example, he is highly motivating and supportive of them and their work. 


In addition to his teaching and research, Dr. Stander has been awarded more than $1 million in grants. His mentoring of a non-traditional student at SUNY Cobleskill earned the College a $10,000 endowment for the Department of Natural Sciences as an expression of the student’s gratitude for Dr. Stander’s time and friendship.


Marsha Foster, Excellence in Professional Service


Marsha Foster, as Title III Grant Director, has helped shape how the College can better meet the needs of its students.  Her grant application, designed to improve retention and engagement of students, resulted in an award of $1.96 million in funds on behalf of SUNY Cobleskill from the U.S. Department of Education. Garnering praise as an individual who embraces new technology and innovation, she has overseen the development of academic assessment plans across all program areas, and was instrumental in promoting professional development for faculty and staff.  Her efforts have resulted in the use of several new software tools.  Foster previously initiated a Health Challenge Program to provide nutrition, health education, fitness and food management skills to members of the SUNY Cobleskill and the Cobleskill-Richmondville School District communities.


Foster is a proven leader who not only participates in many gender and cultural diversity studies and programs, but also speaks in professional venues to bring attention to issues such as gender equity, understanding and preventing sexual harassment, and Foundations for College Success Assessment.  She participates in a number of professional organizations nationally and within SUNY and New York State, and is actively involved with the Boy Scouts of America organization. 


Ann Collins, Excellence in Classified Service


In her twenty eight years at the College, Ann Collins has demonstrated skill, professionalism, a strong work ethic and loyalty, which led to her advancing to her current role as Secretary 2 in the Provost’s Office.  Collins’ extensive knowledge of policies and procedures and a solid understanding of how academics intertwine with other College services make her an outstanding resource for faculty, staff and students.   Beyond her administrative role, she makes time to serve as an advisor to students, volunteers to help with many campus events, and, as a local resident, helps to maintain a connection between the College and the community.

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2013 Chancellor's Award Winners

Chancellor's Award Recipients: Marsha Foster, Dr. Ed Stander, Ann Collins