For Immediate Release óJuly 2, 2009
David Irwin
Media Relations Manager
(585) 245-5516

SUNY Chancellor Recognizes Geneseo Faculty and Staff With Awards for Excellence

GENESEO, N.Y. -- Four professors and two professional staff members from the State University of New York at Geneseo are among the recipients of Chancellorís Awards for Excellence for the 2008-09 academic year.The awards are SUNY system-level honors conferred to acknowledge and provide system-wide recognition for consistently superior professional achievement and to encourage the ongoing pursuit of excellence.

Receiving Chancellorís Awards for Excellence in Teaching are Thomas Greenfield, professor of English, and Kathleen Mapes, associate professor of history.Lynette Bosch, professor art history, received the Chancellorís Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities.Johnnie J. Ferrell, associate professor of theatre and technical director in Geneseoís School of the Arts, received the Chancellorís Award for Excellence in Faculty Service.Charles (Chip) Matthews, director of College Union and Activities, received the Chancellorís Award for Excellence in Professional Service.Receiving the Chancellorís Award for Classified Service was Laureen Sherner, secretary in the collegeís Office of Career Services.

ďIt is a great pleasure to present these awards to these remarkable members of the SUNY community from schools across the state,Ē said Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher.ďThank you to all of the faculty and staff receiving these awards and thank you for your continued commitment to educating and mentoring our students.Ē


Thomas Greenfield served as dean of the college for 11 years before taking a full-time professorial appointment in the English department six years ago.He also teaches courses in the School of the Arts and mentors numerous students from all over campus.He is an accomplished acoustic guitarist and songwriter and lends his services to student organizations and colleges for entertainment or fundraising purposes.Greenfield has written two major books on American drama and media and numerous scholarly articles.Greenfield resides in Avon, N.Y.

Kathleen Mapes teaches an array of courses at Geneseo from first-year writing to sophomore seminars to upper-level research classes.Students praise her ability to integrate high expectations and rigorous requirements with a personable teaching approach that supports students as individuals and encourages them to discover their fullest potential.†† Mapes is a recognized specialist in the history of rural America, with strong interests in labor and immigration history.Mapes resides in Brighton, N.Y.


Lynette Bosch is a nationally recognized scholar in three disparate fields of art history:Spanish Renaissance, Italian Renaissance and Contemporary Latin American art.In the past 26 years, she has compiled a distinguished record of major publications, including five books and numerous peer-reviewed articles in English and Spanish.Bosch has received numerous grants and awards as well as many prestigious research fellowship and visiting professorships.She has made presentations throughout North America and in Europe.She has had curatorial oversight of some 20 exhibitions and editorial responsibilities for the exhibition catalogues. ††Bosch resides in Rochester, N.Y. .


Johnnie Ferrell goes above and beyond the call of duty in managing the technical workload of the numerous productions in the School of the Arts.In addition to his teaching responsibilities in stagecraft, technical theatre and lighting and sound design, he provides direct support of student designers.He also manages an array of faculty-directed and student-directed theatre productions, community-produced theatre productions, dance concerts and musical theatre revues.Ferrell is active in the U.S. Institute of Theatre Technology.Ferrell resides in Avon, N.Y.


Charles (Chip) Matthews began his work in the College Union as assistant director in 2001 and rose to director in 2005.He has transformed a 30-year-old building into an aesthetically pleasing facility that buzzes with activity throughout the day and night as a major center of campus life.He has significantly raised student interest in the use of the College Union.Matthews also is responsible for developing and implementing Geneseo Late Knight, an array of social alternatives for students on Friday and Saturday nights; the Knight Spot, a non-alcoholic on-campus dance club; and MOSAIC (Multicultural Organizational Space for Activities, Inclusion and Collaboration), a unique space and resource room for Geneseoís thriving multicultural student organizations.He also is responsible for developing the collegesís first comprehensive performing arts calendar.Matthews resides in Silver Springs, N.Y.


Laureen Sherner has been a SUNY Geneseo employee for her entire working career, which spans more than 40 years.She has been a secretary I in the collegeís Office of Career Services, which entails multiple clerical duties as well as purchasing and travel coordination.She collaborates closely with a professional staff member on the supervision of student office employees and the management of an on-campus recruiting program.She regularly participates in campus and off-campus professional development activities.Sherner resides in Leicester, N.Y.