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STEP Program Associate Director Recognized by APACS Inc.

June 21, 2017

On June 15, 2017, Cecelia M. Russo, Associate Director of the Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) at St. John’s University, received the President’s Award at the Association of Program Administrators for CSTEP and STEP’s (APACS) Annual Meeting/Conference. It was held at the Marriott Hotel in Albany, New York.  

According to the plaque Cecelia received this award, “In grateful appreciation for your unwavering leadership, extraordinary dedication and service to APACS. Your support and commitment to serve your colleagues and advance the mission of APACS and STEP and CSTEP is highly valued.”

In reflecting on her past 30 years of service to STEP Cecelia said, “I have worked with the Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) since its inception in 1987. I was the original teacher of English for the 7-12 graders.

It has been very rewarding to be part of a program sponsored by the University and the New York State Education Department that assists students from ethnic backgrounds, who have been historically underrepresented in the fields of STEP and the license professions, to achieve academically.

Being honored with the President’s Award from my peers in CSTEP/STEP from over 100 colleges and universities throughout New York State is humbling.” 

According to the APACS website, the Association of Program Administrators for CSTEP and STEP (APACS) was formed in 1997 by STEP and CSTEP professionals to support, advance and meet the issues of promoting and advocating the philosophy of equity, access and excellence in education throughout New York State.

André Mc Kenzie, Ed.D., Vice Provost for Academic Support Services and Faculty Development noted that, “This award rightly recognizes the dedication and commitment that Cecelia has consistently shown to APACS over the years. Her leadership within the organization has helped it become a leading force in promoting and advocating the philosophy of equality, access, and excellence in education throughout New York State.”

Congratulations to Cecelia M. Russo on receiving a well-deserved award!