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|Greece Resident, MCC Professor Receives National Award for Teaching Excellence (01/09/2013)
Artist, Monroe Community College professor, Yankees fan and jazz lover Kathleen Farrell (Greece) was recently named an inaugural recipient of the John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Award. The award is given by the League for Innovation in the Community College in recognition of her leadership and teaching.
“I’ve always looked at the gallery as a teaching space,” she said. “This is a place where our students can see the art – for many of them this is the first time they’ve actually stood in front of a painting or sculpture. But beyond that, they often get to meet the exhibiting artists. They have an opportunity to speak with them, to ask questions and, hopefully, to discover something about their own creative potential. That’s huge.”
According to Farrell, coaxing her students out of their comfort zone is simply part of her role as a teacher. “For years, I’ve taken a group of students to New York City to visit the art museums and experience the diversity there. I’ve taken students to London, Montreal, Spain, Italy and Paris, too,” she said. “And I tell them, go, explore, it’s a huge and interesting world out there so soak it up, have at it.”
The John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Award is the most recent of several honors Farrell has earned throughout her MCC career. In 1996, she was awarded the prestigious State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service. In 2001 she received the NISOD Excellence Award for Teaching. In 2002, she was the recipient of the State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Scholarship and Creative Activities.
When asked what makes her good at what she does, Farrell responded with a grin. “I love my job,” she said. “There’s no substitute for that.”
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