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June 5, 2006

Dr. Richard R. Iversen Receives Chancellor's Award

President Dr. Jonathan Gibralter, Provost Dr. Hubert Keen, Dr. Diane Smith, Lucille Wesnofske, Dr. Richard Iversen.
President Dr. Jonathan Gibralter, Provost Dr. Hubert Keen,
Dr. Diane Smith, Lucille Wesnofske, Dr. Richard Iversen.

Dr. Jonathan C. Gibralter, president of Farmingdale State University of New York, is proud to announce that Dr. Richard R. Iversen, Professor of Ornamental Horticulture at Farmingdale State, is a 2006 recipient of the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Iversen is acknowledged as a superb teacher by students and colleagues alike. He encourages students to reach beyond their own perceived limitations. Teaching by example, he works cooperatively with all students including those individuals who are academically challenged individuals.

Dr. Iversen teaches General Horticulture, Ornamental Horticulture and Herbaceous Plants at Farmingdale State. A resident of Astoria, he is the curator of the four-acre teaching gardens and greenhouse complex on campus. He designed and supervised the installation of a new Tropical Garden, annual displays, ornamental grass borders, the Loretta Chiarenza Memorial Rock Garden and the Joan Bisset Memorial Garden. Dr. Iversen has been a member of the Farmingdale Horticulture Committee since 1996, a committee which, among other initiatives, raises money for the gardens through the annual Garden Party.

Dr. Iversen earned his Ph.D. in Floriculture and Ornamental Horticulture at Cornell University. He earned a M.S. in Horticulture at Rutgers University and his B.A in Biology/Secondary Education at Queens College. He has been a member of numerous professional organizations in his field including Perennial Plant Association since 1990 for which he was a convention speaker. Dr. Iversen is also a member American Association of Botanical Gardens & Arboreta since 1990.

"The Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in full-time librarianship, professional service and teaching provide much-deserved University-wide recognition of extraordinary professional achievement," said SUNY Chancellor John R. Ryan. "I commend this year's recipients and the campus presidents, faculty and staff who aid and support them in their success throughout the school year."

The Chancellor's Award is a prestigious award within the SUNY system and is awarded only to those candidates who have a record of consistently superior performance and a long commitment to the SUNY system. At Farmingdale State, fifty-three professors have received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.