:From FM News Release
-Montgomery Community College is pleased to announce Rebecca Cozzocrea, Financial Aid Coordinator, and Joseph Marcuccio, Professor of Graphic Arts, have been named to receive the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence.
Rebecca Cozzocrea has been selected to receive Excellence in Professional Service. For nearly 13 years, Rebecca has served as Coordinator of Financial Aid at FM. When she first began her position, procedures in her office included paper mail tracking, looking up PELL awards on paper charts, and hand writing award letters. Under her direction, the office utilized EDExpress software to replace all paper methods. Rebecca has taken a leadership role with dozens of other improvements to keep our Financial Aid Office current including the implementation of both the new PowerCampus integrated computer system and PowerFaids financial aid computer system; working with Administration to create a Financial Aid Advisor position; managing a budget that has increased 70% over the last 12 years; and maintaining a clean internal audit for the last 10 years.
Rebecca takes an active role on-campus as she has served on the College’s Search Committee numerous times, Scholarship Committee, Alumni Steering Committee, TRiO Committee, Reunion Committees, and dozens of others. She has served on the College Senate and currently presents at 12 local high schools on the fundamentals of financial aid.
In our community, Rebecca was a member of the Amsterdam Free Library’s Friends of the Library. She has served as Team Captain for Passionately Pink for the Cure, a Susan G. Komen fundraiser; Scholarship Chair for the local Dollars for Scholars Committee; and was a member of both the Greater Amsterdam School District Board and Bullying Task Force; and is currently a Greater Amsterdam School District PTA member and secretary.
Rebecca earned both a B.S. in Special Education and a M.S. in Education from The College of Saint Rose.
Joseph Marcuccio has been selected to receive Excellence in Teaching. Joe, Professor of Graphic Arts and a professional photographer, has taught at FM for 28 years. Over the years, Joe has designed innovative and creative teaching methods centered on current technology and software available including the most current industry trends. He regularly surveyed the needs and potential of the Visual Communications Technology program through advisory committees and the DACUM (developing a curriculum) process. Through his guidance, new courses in digital photography were introduced along with course title updates and new program sequences. The program has won graphic designs and photography awards and continues to produce students that have a desire to be competitive in their field of study.
Joe consistently keeps his students engaged both in and outside the classroom. He finds it integral to the learning environment to offer hands-on demonstrations and brings guest speakers in to discuss the latest trends. He also organizes class trips to printing plants, museums, and graphic design businesses along with trips to open houses at such institutions as the Sage College of Albany, SUNY IT, and Rochester Institute of Technology as he strongly encourages his students to further their education and to take advantage of transfer opportunities.
Joe enlisted in the United States Navy after graduating Amsterdam High School where he worked as a Navy lithographer at the Navy Publications Service Branch Office in Guantanamo Bay Cuba.
His second assignment landed him on the aircraft carrier USS Independence CV62. Upon completing his tours of duty, Joe attended Rochester Institute of Technology and graduated with a B.S. in Print Management. Joe maintained his status in the Naval Reserve and served aboard other ships and at various naval stations over a 20-year period.
He received his retirement citation from the office of former Governor George Pataki and retired as Lithographer First Class in 1998. Joe later earned a M.S. from University at Albany.
“Becky and Joe have clearly demonstrated extraordinary dedication and service to FM and I congratulate them both on this deserved recognition,” stated FM President Dr. Dustin Swanger. Cozzocrea and Marcuccio will be publicly honored at FM’s Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 17.
Instituted in 1972 by the State University of New York, the Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence are System-level honors conferred to acknowledge and provide system-wide recognition for consistently superior professional achievement and to encourage the ongoing pursuit of excellence.