MCC Outstanding Faculty Advisors
John Striebich, associate professor of business administration, was awarded the Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award for more than his work advising current MCC students. The honor also acknowledges the extra time Striebich takes to speak to high school students—as well as their teachers, administrators, and parents—long before they walk through MCC’s doors.
“It seems these days so many students have no idea what they want to do,” he said. “I’m here to help them figure it out.”
To better serve his Business Administration students, Striebich is constantly doing research to keep up with current trends, including which jobs are “hot,” which positions have good starting salaries, and which areas of the country have job openings in a student’s chosen field. And during presentations at Rochester area high schools, he fills a need for high school teachers and administrators who don’t have time to talk with students about their career goals.
“I bridge the gap,” he said.
Striebich is married with two sons. A Penfield resident, he enjoys playing in volleyball and softball leagues, reading, and vegetable gardening.
Jacqueline Slifkin, adjunct instructor of business law and a counselor at the Advisement Center, never wants to see students a second time.
“My best scenario is, after students visit the Advisement Center once, they have no need to come back.”
For Slifkin, recipient of the Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Advisor Award, it’s all about student empowerment. Many students ask a lot of questions, but just as many don’t. And it’s the important, face-to-face meetings Slifkin has with both types that help them understand which classes to take, how to decide on a career, and even how to find their way around campus.
“I get satisfaction when students say, ‘I came in feeling scared, but I feel better now,’” she said.
A professor of business law for six years with five years’ prior experience as a practicing attorney, Slifkin finds the one-on-one assistance she can provide in the Advisement Center a nice complement to her job in the classroom.
“It’s an opportunity to work with students in a different way,” she says.
When she isn’t wearing one of her MCC hats, Slifkin, who lives in Fairport with her husband and two daughters, 10 and 13, enjoys dance, figure skating, and reading.