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ECC professor Mary Beth Orrange earns SUNYs highest honor

BY: Metro Source Staff | January 10, 2013

Erie Community College is proud to announce that Mary Beth Orrange, professor in the college’s math department since 1981, has earned Distinguished Service Professorship status by the State University of New York Board of Trustees.

Orrange was one of eight faculty members across the state to earn SUNY distinguished status, the highest faculty honor bestowed through the state university system. Since the program’s inception in 1963, SUNY has appointed 950 faculty to distinguished ranks.

According to ECC President Jack Quinn, Orrange’s appointment is just another testament to her commitment to education.

“Mary Beth Orrange’s numerous accomplishments exemplify not only her indispensability to our institution and region but to the SUNY community as a whole,” said Quinn. “Her efforts are an inspiration to anyone who wants to make a different within their job, field or community.”

During Orrange’s 31 years at ECC, she’s instructed thousands of students amid a vast array of contribution to the college and high education. Among those accomplishments noted by SUNY’s Board of Trustees include her involvement in ECC matters such as implementation of the Title III Grant, which improved placement testing, student support services, early alert, web-based student information and other retention activities from 2005 to 2010, redesigning assessment methods for the college’s math department and her work as ECC’s Middle States coordinator for the past two years. Orrange’s unwavering commitment has further enhanced the college’s commitment to institutional planning and assessment and has now placed her in the most exclusive of SUNY company.

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