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The Binghamton University Council/Foundation Awards were established to recognize extraordinary commitment to the campus community. Faculty and staff recipients are selected for their contributions to the strength and vitality of the University. It is one of the excellence awards handed out during a ceremony Oct. 27.
Lloyd M. “Skip” Howe holds a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from SUNY Potsdam and a master of science degree in education from SUNY College at Buffalo. Now retired as associate vice president for student affairs, he served with distinction for more than three decades, including as interim vice president of student affairs. Throughout his career, he was an effective, deliberative leader who was consistently steady, loyal, measured, generous and eminently dependable to friends and colleagues. With unsurpassed dedication, his compassion and caring for students and their families truly stands out. He showed extraordinary sensitivity and attention to students and families in distress, exuding genuine caring and compassion. He prepared the campus to carry on his legacy through the development of materials for parents who are confronting an emergency and a written protocol for staff. He also set a standard for others with his near-perfect attendance at campus demonstrations and in emergency and crisis situations. His calm demeanor and determined effort to resolve or respond in these situations has set a high standard for others to follow. No matter the time or day, his immediate response to any situation was unquestioned. His institutional knowledge made him an invaluable member or chair of many committees, including his work overseeing the Memorial Courtyard, and his accessibility and support of those he supervised set the stage for professional growth. A trustworthy, dependable mentor and administrator, his exceptional insight, judgment and leadership have shaped and will continue to shape the Division of Student Affairs for years to come.
Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Douglas H. Summerville gives far beyond the norm in service to his department and to Binghamton University. Since he earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from Binghamton in 1994 and 1997, respectively, he has become known as one of the finest teachers in the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science, and has contributed immensely to curriculum development within his department. Selected as his department’s Outstanding Faculty Instructor by students in 2008, he has authored a textbook that students praise as a tool that helps them understand difficult concepts, and his open-door policy for students creates a positive learning environment. He organizes tutoring sessions, takes on additional teaching responsibilities, develops and teaches online courses, and volunteers for outreach programs at Broome Community College and with the Science Olympiad for high school students. He also serves as the hub for student advising, working directly with nearly 60 students each semester — three times that of most faculty. His leadership in revamping curriculum for the computer engineering program has been invaluable, and his work on the department’s Undergraduate Studies Committee and in preparing the department’s report for reaccreditation was instrumental in achieving exceptional results. He has assumed responsibility as undergraduate program director for electrical engineering in addition to computer engineering, yet still devotes time to the greater University community as well, including having served as the chair of the Faculty Senate Executive Committee. He is selfless, contributing to the good of the University and students.