Monroe Community College 2007 Award Recipients

Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching

Patricia Kuby

Kuby developed the College’s first Honors Statistics course, one of the department’s more popular courses since its launch last year. To make sure students truly grasp the material, Kuby incorporates a great deal of writing into the math curriculum – a teaching style that earned her a faculty award in 2005.

“Without that, all you know is that they can add, subtract and work through some steps, but you don’t know if they understand what they just did and what it’s telling them,” explains the associate professor. “Writing brings everything full circle.”

Kuby also engages students by using innovative teaching tools such as clickers and a variety of multimedia presentations that allow students to actively participate from their first day in class. Her methods have earned student praise for keeping them interested and involved during class.

A well-respected speaker at mathematics and statistics conferences, Kuby is the coauthor of two leading national statistics textbooks and the sole author of instructors’ manuals for both. She belongs to several professional organizations, often assumes leadership roles in the department, chairs many subcommittees and helped create the annual Mathematics Awards ceremony. Kuby has also partnered with the College’s Honors Marketing course to produce more than 100 pages of recommendations for the Office and Computer Program Department.

Kuby, whose engineer father “always broke things up into steps to work through problems,” says the encouraging teachers in the math departments at her high school and at MCC (where she graduated in 1973) led her to the job she loves.

Married for 33 years, she lives in Webster, has two children and one grandson, and enjoys jogging, snow and water skiing, and biking

Patricia Kuby

Anne Ranczuch

Ranczuch, an associate professor in the Business Administration/Economics Department and recipient of the 2008 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, led a service learning project in which students received tax training through the United Way’s CASH program. They then became civically engaged by preparing taxes and offering financial advice to low-income Rochester residents.

“I met a couple of ladies who worked for the CASH program at a social gathering… and we began to chat about it,” recalls Ranczuch. “And I thought, ‘This is a great service learning project. It’s become a fabulously popular program.”

Ranczuch, who created other service learning projects in conjunction with nonprofit agencies such as Alternatives for Battered Women, teaches a variety of courses in accounting, marketing, economics and business. This past spring she helped introduce a three-credit Service Learning Business Seminar course. Now serving as Service Learning Faculty Mentor, she estimates that she has mentored roughly 25 colleagues over the last three years. Ranczuch has presented her pioneering work at national conferences and regularly attends workshops on student advisement, diversity, technology and classroom management skills. She has also tutored many international students who have been faced with the challenges of overcoming a language barrier. According to her colleagues, Ranczuch’s approach to teaching “shows a true personal dedication” evident in the relationships she maintains long after graduation.

A Penfield resident, Ranczuch is married and has a grown daughter. Her hobbies include reading, aerobic exercise, golf and travel.


Annhe Ranczuch

Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service

Robert Bertram

As associate dean and director of Computing Services, Bertram has a strong knowledge of current technological needs and future trends that keep the College competitive and running smoothly. “The faster that we can develop these new courses and new programs, the better it is for our students and the better it is for the community,” he says.

Nomination letters portray Bertram, who manages a 17-person staff, as a “visionary” and an effective leader of “quiet strength.” His duties include computer operations, technical support, web development, and programming and development. He determines equipment needs, negotiates equipment leases and makes major equipment purchases such as mainframe computers, mid-range servers and production printers.

Colleagues say Bertram helped provide “calm and level-headed” leadership during the highly successful, multi-year conversion to MCC’s Banner administrative software system – a complex transition that saw nearly continuous services to students, faculty and staff. He continues to chair the Banner Management Committee.

Bertram says one of the best parts of his job is creating ways to make other people’s jobs easier. Several years ago he spearheaded an electronic program for faculty to use when developing a new curriculum, a change that sped up the process drastically.

To keep on top of the industry, he attends conferences and reads trade journals in the evenings at home. “That’s just part of the job,” he says. “I have to constantly think about what’s coming down the road and which direction we need to take.”

Bertram is married, has two children and lives in Penfield. He plays golf in his spare time.


Robert Bertram
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