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Four from Purchase College Receive SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence

Date Released: 6/19/2007

Four Purchase College faculty members received the 2007 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence. The four were among 236 State University of New York faculty and staff who were honored with the award.

The Purchase College winners will be honored at Convocation on September 12 where they will receive a Chancellor’s Excellence Medallion and a certificate.

Ronnie Halperin received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service, which recognizes superior service contributions by teaching faculty. Dr. Halperin is an associate professor of psychology in the School of Natural and Social Sciences, teaching courses in Physiological Psychology, Experimental Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Drugs and Behavior, Psychobiology of Mental Disorders, Behavior Statistics and Introduction to Psychology. She conducts research at a residential treatment center for boys in which she looks at outcomes as they are related to various approaches to treatment as well as to child characteristics. She also has a scholarly interest in the psychobiology of mental disorders. She holds a B.S. from City College of New York, and a Ph.D. from the City University of New York. She is Presiding Faculty Officer of the College Senate.

Eric Wildrick received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service which recognizes performance excellence both within and beyond the position. Mr. Wildrick is a Sculpture/3-D Media Technical Specialist in the School of Art+Design and is also a part-time lecturer in the School of Liberal Studies and Continuing Education. He holds a B.F.A. from the Kansas City Art Institute and a M.F.A. from SUNY New Paltz.

Lenora Champagne received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, which recognizes the work of those who actively engage in scholarly and creative pursuits in addition to their teaching responsibilities. Dr. Champagne is an associate professor of drama studies in the School of Humanities and a member of the interdisciplinary women’s studies faculty. She is a recipient of the 1999 Richard Rodgers Award, with composer Daniel Levy, and was a 1998 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Playwriting. A native of the French Louisiana countryside with a doctorate in performance studies from New York University, she frequently writes about the dramas of women and men who live away from cities, in a more direct relationship to nature. She holds a M.A. from New York University and a B.A. from Louisiana State University.

Geoffrey Field received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, which recognizes those who consistently demonstrate superior teaching at the graduate, undergraduate or professional level. Dr. Field is a professor of European history in the School of Humanities, specializing in the 20th century. His major areas of research and publication are British and German political and social history, European racism and World War II. He holds a B.A. and M.A. from St. Catherine's College, Oxford University, and a Ph.D. from Columbia University.

The Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence recognize the consistently superior professional achievement of SUNY faculty and staff, while encouraging the ongoing pursuit of excellence. Individuals nominated for these awards must meet eligibility criteria and be individuals of achievement, committed to SUNY and its students, respected by the campus community and worthy of emulation by colleagues and students on the home campus and across SUNY.