Tuesday, June 14, 2011 - 4:58pm

JCC faculty members Gregory Rabb and Karen Weyant received the 2011 SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence.

Rabb received the award for excellence in teaching while Ms. Weyant was honored for excellence in scholarship and creative activities.

Faculty, librarians, and professional service employees who received the SUNY Chancellor's Award were honored with a certificate and cast bronze medallion. The awards are announced after a SUNY advisory committee reviews nominations from faculty, students, and colleagues throughout the 64-campus system.

Rabb, associate professor of political science, has been a member of the JCC faculty since 1986. He earned a juris doctorate at the State University of New York at Buffalo, a master's degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a bachelor's degree at Canisius College.

Rabb, who is also JCC's global education coordinator, received the JCC Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1987. He was assistant dean of business and social sciences at JCC from 2002-2007. Since 2009 he has served as a national mentor for high school and middle school teachers through the College Board.

A founding member of the SUNY Institute for European Union in Studies and Situations, Rabb has coordinated EU model simulations as well as online simulations for students since 1988. He has authored material for several professional publications on online and classroom simulations.

Rabb is president of the Jamestown City Council and a member of the Jamestown Local Development Corporation and Jamestown Board of Public Utilities. He is a former member of the Chautauqua County Planning Board, New York State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and the New York State HIV Prevention Planning Group.

Ms. Weyant, assistant professor of English, joined JCC's faculty in 2001. She earned a master's degree at Clarion University and a bachelor's degree at the University of Pittsburgh. A member of JCC's Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, Ms. Weyant also serves as interim director of the college's Advancement Program in Learning for Underprepared Students.

Ms. Weyant's poems have been published in over 20 publications. One of her poems was selected as a finalist in 2009 for the Muriel Craft Bailey Memorial Poetry Award contest sponsored by The Comstock Review.

The New York Foundation for the Arts granted Ms. Weyant a poetry fellowship in 2007. Pennsylvania English published her chapbook, Advice for Women on the Graveyard Shift, in 2007. Her chapbook, Stealing Dust, was published in 2009.

Ms. Weyant serves on the Literary Arts Friends board of directors at Chautauqua Institution and conducts the organization's annual prose and poetry contests. She also participated in Chautauqua's Poetry Project and in workshops conducted by regional and national poets.

Since 1998 Ms. Weyant has made presentations to professional and academic organizations. She is a member of the Academy of American Poets, National Council of Teachers of English, New York College Learning Skills Association, and the Teachers and Writers Collaborative.



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