Photo caption: North Country Community College President Steve Tyrell presents SUNY Chancellor’s Awards to Mary Smutz.
SARANAC LAKE – Three North Country Community College employees were saluted for their commitment to the college and its students at the college’s 50th Commencement on Saturday, May 12.
Larry McFaddin of Lake Placid was recognized with the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service. Steven Brewer of Saranac Lake received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching, and Mary Smutz of Brushton was named the recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service.
The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service is given to individuals who provide superior service to its students and the community at large.
Mary Smutz started at NCCC as a microcomputer operator in 2004 and was promoted to senior account clerk in 2008.
“She is recognized by her peers as an exceptional employee who demonstrates consistency and creativity, reliability, attendance, judgement and work attitude,” Tyrell said. “Overall, Mary is known for being innovative and for going above and beyond the call of duty to support her peers at the college. Mary is a role model to all our employees for her commitment and work ethic.”
“Mary works at our Malone campus, and she’s someone we can call on to help solve a problem, even if it’s outside her own job responsibilities. She’s always pleasant, helpful and steps up to lead when needed, even in the face of crisis.”
Two other previously announced award recipients were recognized at commencement: Chloe Nott and Victoria Smith, who received the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence at a ceremony in April.
Photo caption: North Country Community College President Steve Tyrell presents SUNY Chancellor’s Awards to Steven Brewer.
Steven Brewer, the recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Adjunct Teaching, has been an adjunct instructor at the college since 1988, teaching U.S. history, world history and business law. Over the past 29 years he’s taught an estimated 2,500 students.
An attorney who’s worked for the state Adirondack Park Agency, Department of Environmental Conservation and the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, Brewer has provided his students with a unique perspective in the classroom using innovative and experiential teaching techniques.
“Steven encourages his students to think out of the box and at times encourages them to argue a position that’s opposite their own – something we could use more of today,” Tyrell said. “Steven, like so many of our other instructors, gives a large amount of individualized attention to his students so they are successful in and outside the classroom.”
Brewer has a bachelor’s degree from Siena College and a juris doctorate from Albany Law School. In addition to his professional work, he’s served as a captain in the U.S. Army and a youth hockey coach in the region since 1992.
Photo caption: North Country Community College President Steve Tyrell presents SUNY Chancellor’s Awards to Larry McFaddin.
The Faculty Service award recognizes the consistently superior teaching accomplishments of faculty both inside and outside of the classroom. McFaddin has been with the college since the fall of 1981. He’s coached men’s and women’s soccer, leading the men’s team to more than 200 victories, and over the years has served as a physical education instructor, enrollment coordinator, student government association advisor, and student services coordinator.
“As an assistant professor, Larry chaired the NCCC association for many years, still chairs the advisement committee today, spearheaded a SUNY-recognized award-winning athletic mentoring program, co-chaired our 50th anniversary committee and created and continues to chair the Sports and Events Management program,” said NCCC President Dr. Steve Tyrell. “Outside the college, he’s participated in community and regional events, helped run Saranac Lake Winter Carnival events with his students, local sporting events, and he’s organized and operated soccer tournaments and camps in Lake Placid.”
McFaddin wasn’t able to attend commencement, the first one he’s missed since he started with the college, because his son was graduating from Rochester Institute of Technology the same day. He was presented with is award at the college’s Community Leaders Day on April 27.
About North Country Community College: As the only public college located in the Adirondack Park, North Country Community College provides educational, cultural and recreational programming to a 3,500 square mile service area with a population of 90,000. The college maintains three campuses in Saranac Lake, Malone and Ticonderoga, New York; an extensive high school-based academic partnership; and online course offerings. For more information, visit www.nccc.edu.