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[June 23, 2009]

2009 SUNY Chancellor’s Awards:

Seven Downstate Faculty and Staff Honored for Excellence

SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher has announced the 2008-09 Academic Year recipients of the Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence.

Seven members of the Downstate community were selected to receive awards, which provide SUNY-wide recognition and underscore SUNY’s commitment to sustaining intellectual vibrancy, providing the highest quality of instruction, and serving the public good.

Award categories include Teaching, Faculty Service, Professional Service, Librarianship, Scholarship and Creative Activities, and Classified Service (a new category this year). 

Downstate faculty and staff selected for this year’s Chancellor’s Award include:

Audrée A. Bendo, MD, professor of anesthesiology, residency program director, and vice chair for education, honored for professional service

Marjorie Garrick, University Police, honored for classified service

Betty Jung, RN, nurse-educator, Center for Community Health Promotion and Wellness, honored for classified service

Tatyana V. Pestova, DSc, PhD, assistant professor of microbiology and immunology, honored for scholarship and creative activities

Anthony Pollock, electrician, Facilities Management and Development, honored for classified service

Sheryl M. Zang, EdD, FNP, RN, clinical associate professor of nursing, honored for faculty service

Franklin R. Scalia, PhD, professor of anatomy and cell biology, honored for teaching excellence

Chancellor Zimpher described the honorees as role models within SUNY. “These awards honor excellence in the classroom and within the wonderful communities that host our campuses,” she said. “Congratulations to all of the faculty and staff receiving these awards, and thank you for your continued commitment to educating and mentoring our students.”

Speaking on behalf of the Downstate community, President John LaRosa, MD, thanked the award winners for their contributions to the campus. “You have brought honor to our institution,” he said, “and we are profoundly grateful to you.”

The honorees will receive a certificate and a Chancellor’s Excellence Medallion. Downstate will host an event in the fall to honoree recipients.


SUNY Downstate Medical Center, founded in 1860, was the first medical school in the United States to bring teaching out of the lecture hall and to the patient’s bedside. A center of innovation and excellence in research and clinical service delivery, SUNY Downstate Medical Center comprises a College of Medicine, Colleges of Nursing and Health Related Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, a Graduate Public Health Program, University Hospital of Brooklyn, and an Advanced Biotechnology Park and Biotechnology Incubator.

SUNY Downstate ranks ninth nationally in the number of alumni who are on the faculty of American medical schools. More physicians practicing in New York City have graduated from SUNY Downstate than from any other medical school.