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Three Ithaca College Faculty Members Receive Awards of Excellence

Ithaca, NY--Three Ithaca College faculty members have been honored for their outstanding accomplishments in teaching, service, and scholarship. At the annual recognition and awards banquet held on May 15, professor of saxophone Steven Mauk was presented with the Excellence in Teaching Award, associate professor of physical therapy Michael Pagliarulo received the Excellence in Service Award, and associate professor of biology John Confer was given the Excellence in Scholarship Award.

The service and scholarship awards are sponsored by the College; the teaching award is sponsored by the NYSEG Foundation through the Independent College Fund of New York. Candidates are nominated by members of the campus community and reviewed by the Faculty Development Committee. Honorees receive $1,000 and released time from courses.

Steven Mauk
The criteria for the Excellence in Teaching Award include subject mastery, presentation, and the ability to interact successfully with students. In a letter of support, music student Michelle Free '00 wrote, "Dr. Mauk made it clear that his standards were exceedingly high; to study with him meant working harder than most people were willing to work. I accepted his challenge and had one of the best experiences of my life."

Professor of music Michael Galván added, "Dr. Mauk's students have achieved an outstanding record in winning positions in the performing world, in being accepted to prestigious graduate programs, and in entering the faculty ranks. It is not an accident that he is held in high esteem nation- and worldwide as a pedagogue and performer."

Since arriving at Ithaca College in 1975, Mauk has taught a range of courses, including Saxophone Minor Class and Music Theory I. He currently teaches Private Saxophone and Chamber Music.

In addition to his classroom efforts, Mauk has presented more than 500 performances of solo recitals, concertos, chamber music, and jazz ensembles. He is a founding member of the Empire Saxophone Quartet. He has also authored "Saxophone Warm-Ups" and "A Practical Approach to Playing the Saxophone" and is the editor of "The Saxophone Music of Charles Koechlin" and "Developing a Personal Saxophone Sound."

Michael Pagliarulo
The Excellence in Service Award recognizes continued and exceptional contributions to the College, the larger community, and the discipline. In her nominating letter, professor and chair of the physical therapy department Katherine Beissner wrote, "Each year since 1983 Michael has been a delegate to the decision-making body for the New York Physical Therapy Association, and 12 times since 1987 he has been a representative to the American Physical Therapy Association's House of Delegates. He has been an active member and leader of several committees at the state and national levels of the American Physical Therapy Association, earning election to these posts due to his reputation for hard work, sound reasoning, and wise counsel."

The APTA has recognized Pagliarulo's commitment by awarding him with its Outstanding Service Award in 1997 and the Dr. Marilyn Moffat Distinguished Service Award in 1998.

Pagliarulo's service activities at the department level include designing and implementing an annual graduate survey, and he is a member of the Curriculum and Alumni Relations Committees. He has served on numerous committees for the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance as well as for the College, including the Search Committee for the Assistant Dean, the Curriculum Task Force, and the Self-Study Work Group on Governing Board/Organization and Administration, which evaluated the College for accreditation by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. He currently serves on the Web Subgroup of the College's Marketing Committee.

Pagliarulo joined the College faculty in 1980.

John Confer
The Excellence in Scholarship Award recognizes exemplary and creative contributions to knowledge. Chemistry professor Heinz Koch, who supported Confer's nomination, wrote, "Not only does John have a national reputation for his extensive studies of the golden-winged and blue-winged warblers, he motivates the many undergraduates who have worked with him to do scholarly work. He has included them as coauthors on research papers, and he has had them present their work at professional meetings."

A prolific contributor to such journals as "Northeast Wildlife," "The Kingbird," and "Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Science," Confer has also submitted technical publications to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Electric Power Research Institute, and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation. His "Management, Vegetative Structure, and Shrubland Birds on Rights-of-Way," a peer-reviewed manuscript presented to the seventh International Symposium on Environmental Concerns in Rights-of-Way Management earlier this year, may help determine habitat management for hundreds of thousands of acres of utility rights-of-way.

"John's work will answer some very important questions about habitat features that allow golden-winged warblers to maintain longterm coexistence with blue-winged warblers and how utility rights-of-way can best be managed to provide quality habitat for these birds," wrote Randy Dettmers of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Confer joined the College faculty in 1970.