JAMESTOWN - Jamestown Community College faculty member Richard J. Rupprecht recently received the 2012 State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Faculty, librarians, and professional service employees who received the SUNY Chancellor's Award were honored with a certificate and cast bronze medallion.
The awards are announced after a SUNY advisory committee reviews nominations from faculty, students, and colleagues throughout the 64-campus system.
Richard J. Rupprecht
"These awards underscore SUNY's appreciation of faculty and staff who serve our campuses and students with absolute excellence," SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher said. "Mr. Rupprecht has demonstrated extraordinary dedication and service to JCC and is highly deserving of this distinction."
Rupprecht, professor of mathematics and director of JCC's aviation program, joined JCC's faculty in 1976.
He earned an associate's degree in electrical technology at JCC and bachelor's and master's degrees in mathematics education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Recipient of the JCC Alumni in Education Award in 2005 and the JCC Faculty Award for Excellence in 1985, Rupprecht is a member of the New York State Mathematics Association of Two-Year Colleges, the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges, and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.
Rupprecht served previously as assistant dean of the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics division, chair of the applied sciences and mathematics division, developmental studies coordinator, and as a member of various academic and administrative committees. Currently, he is a member of the student appeals panel, faculty development fund committee, and college program committee.
A member of the Lucile M. Wright Air Museum and Jamestown Skeet Club boards of directors, Rupprecht also contributes as a volunteer for the Jamestown Audubon Center and Sanctuary.
He sponsors an annual chocolate chip cookie fundraiser for the pediatric cancer research program at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and organizes efforts to assist needy families at Christmas.