Feb. 16, 2010

SUNY Geneseo Launches Awards Program to Recognize Distinguished Alumni Educators

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GENESEO, N.Y. - The State University of New York at Geneseo is launching an awards program to recognize outstanding Geneseo alumni educators who have made a profound impact on individual students, schools and communities.

Three of the college's alumni will be honored through the Geneseo Distinguished Educator Awards Program, an annual undertaking by the Ella Cline Shear School of Education. The school is inviting administrators to nominate up to two education professionals per school who have made significant contributions both in and out of the classroom. Nominees must be a SUNY Geneseo alumna or alumnus who received an undergraduate or graduate degree from the college. He or she must work or have worked as a teacher, guidance counselor, school psychologist, librarian, administrator or staff member who impacts the daily lives and educational experiences of K-12 students. Retired educators are eligible, and awards also may be conferred posthumously.

Nominations for this year's program are to be postmarked by March 23 and must come from a superintendent, principal, vice principal, dean or department chair. A copy of the application is available to download at go.geneseo.edu/educatorawards.

A panel of education professionals and faculty from the School of Education will select the award winners based upon their professional achievements since graduating from the college. The three winners will be honored during alumni weekend in July at a complimentary champagne reception, which all nominees will be invited to attend.

"These awards will honor Geneseo alumni in the field of education who have gone way above and beyond in their commitment to superior educational practices," said Osman Alawiye, dean of Geneseo's School of Education. "Recipients of this award not only teach and serve, they inspire young people to achieve more. They represent the legions of extraordinary teachers and professionals all over the world who shape our society through the education of today's students."

Questions about the program can be directed to educatorawards@geneseo.edu.

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