NYSTAA Service Award Nominations

Joan Austin Distinguished Service Award

(for members with more than three years of NYSTAA involvement)

The Distinguished Service Award was established to recognize individuals who have made long-term commitments of time and energy to NYSTAA. It recognizes significant and lasting contributions to the organization and advocacy for transfer issues. Recipients may have served the organization as board members, officers, active committee members, NYSTAA/transfer issues advocates across the State, conference presenters, professional leadership, role models for new transfer professionals, or in many other capacities deemed significant to the mission of NYSTAA.

In May 2012, the Distinguished Service Award was renamed in honor of Joan Austin, who passed away on December 2, 2011. Joan touched the lives of many both professionally and personally. Her commitment and dedication to NYSTAA and the field of transfer will not be forgotten.

Distinguished Service Award

New Professional Award

(for members with fewer than three years of NYSTAA involvement)

The New Professional Award was established to recognize the service of new members to NYSTAA. It recognizes the enthusiasm of new members to become involved with the organization and promotes continued service.

New Professional Award

Roger Sullivan Excellence in Transfer Services Award

Added in 2019, the Excellence in Transfer Services Award recognizes a NYSTAA individual and institutional members who have done outstanding work in supporting transfer students within the State of New York. It recognizes those individuals or teams who support student achievement through innovative program development and/or individual student advocacy and service.

In May 2023, the Excellence in Transfer Services Award was named in honor of Roger Sullivan, who passed away on January 4, 2019. Roger was a founding member of NYSTAA, who served as the organization’s first President-Elect as well as the first Conference Committee chair in 1993-1994. Roger served the students of the State University of New York for more than 40 years. He had a strong passion for transfer students, serving many years at the College of Technology at Utica/Rome (now SUNY Poly) and at Oneonta. Roger was best known for his great sense of humor, which he often displayed while giving out service awards at the NYSTAA Conference. He is greatly missed by all who knew him.

Excellence in Transfer Services Award

Emeritus Award

The Emeritus Award was established as a symbol of respect and affection to recognize NYSTAA members who have retired or moved on to new professional positions outside the realm of transfer. Recipients have made significant and long-term contributions to the organization and are respected professionals in their field.

Emeritus Award


Submit applications and/or questions regarding the NYSTAA Service Award Nominations to:

Rebecca Mack | rmack@monroecc.edu
Monroe Community College – Transfer and 2+2 Counselor