For Immediate Release – October 15, 2003



GENESEO, N.Y. – Five SUNY Geneseo faculty and staff members have been named recipients of 2003 SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence. Assistant Professor Anthony Yanxiang Gu, in the Jones School of Business, received a Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, and Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching were awarded to Associate Professor of English Rachel Hall, Associate Professor of History Michael Oberg, and Assistant Professor of Psychology Monica Schneider. Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation Marilyn Moore received a Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service.

A faculty member at the college since 1999, Anthony Gu has compiled a record of research and publication that is remarkable both for quantity and quality. At the time of his nomination for the award, Gu had 23 publications in peer-reviewed journals, with 11 more papers in various stages of readiness for publication. Several of his papers have appeared in top-tier journals, including the Journal of Financial Research and the Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, attesting to the high level of his work. Gu has also attained an international reputation through his numerous conference presentations in Canada, Europe and Asia, and his research on Chinese financial markets.

In addition to his scholarly work, Gu assisted with a successful grant proposal to the U.S. Department of Education to fund a Center for International Business at Geneseo.

Rachel Hall came to Geneseo in 1993 as assistant professor of English, and was promoted to associate professor in 2000. She has taught a variety of creative writing courses at all levels, in addition to other writing and literature courses for the English department. Since 1998 she has served as the director of writing for the department, and director of the Writing Learning Center, which serves all students at the college.

During this time, she has also published her own work — primarily short stories, several of which have won awards — and has completed large portions of a novel. She has run many writing workshops for the community, and is an active citizen of the college, the department and the community.

Michael Oberg has a reputation among both students and faculty as an excellent instructor at all levels of coursework. He has taught 16 different courses in his four and a half years at Geneseo, and many of these courses are new offerings that he has created.

At Geneseo, Oberg has established himself as one of the finest teachers in the history department, with a special ability to engage students actively in both large and small classes. A productive scholar, Oberg has had seven articles, seven encyclopedia articles and 27 book reviews published, and has presented 11 papers at conferences. He has had two books published, one by Cornell University Press, and has had a third book accepted for publication, also by Cornell.

Oberg has also gained a reputation as a leading scholar in the interaction of Native American societies and colonial America and the United States.

The Geneseo nominating committee found numerous reasons to nominate Monica Schneider for a Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, and found her to be among the most outstanding teachers at the college.

Since joining the faculty in 1995, Schneider has combined outstanding teaching, superb scholarship, and active involvement in campus life. She has centered her professional career on issues of diversity, and her teaching, research and service is not only to be on the cutting edge of her discipline, but outstanding in that they deal directly with many of the most enduring issues confronting American society.

In addition to the time she spends teaching, Schneider has supervised more than 60 department interns and teaching assistants, directed honors theses, and published several papers, with several more manuscripts under review or in preparation. She is also active in the area of undergraduate research: except for one paper, all of the conference papers she has presented since her arrival at Geneseo include students as co-authors.

Marilyn Moore’s appointment as director of intercollegiate athletics and recreation heralded a renaissance in Geneseo athletics. "Her mentoring of the college’s coaching staff has created a team of leaders who are not only effective coaches with winning seasons, but also educators who are very mindful of Geneseo’s mission as a public liberal arts college," said Geneseo President Christopher C. Dahl. "As a result, in the four years that she has been the director of athletics, Geneseo has received numerous awards that acknowledge our students not only as athletes, but as scholars."

Under Moore’s leadership, Geneseo was awarded the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Commissioner’s Cup for overall athletic program performance in the conference for the 2002-03 year, winning eight out of 20 championships. In addition, Geneseo teams won seven SUNYAC championships in 2001-02; student athletes have qualified to compete in nine NCAA championship events; four Geneseo athletes have received the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence; two students have earned two NCAA post graduate scholarships; and fifteen Geneseo student-athletes have been recognized 31 times as all-Americans. She has also increased opportunities for non-varsity athletes to take part in sports activities and competition by dramatically expanding the college’s intramural program.

Moore joined Geneseo’s professional staff in 1980. In 2000, Moore received the National Administrator of the Year Award in NCAA Division III from the National Association for Collegiate Women Administrators.

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