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Stillwater Resident Earns State University's Highest Faculty Honor

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8071

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, May 16, 2002

Image of Mary HerltMary Herlt of Stillwater, a faculty member of the Biology department at Hudson Valley Community College for more than 30 years, was recently honored with the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Instituted in 1972 by the State University of New York, the Chancellor's Award recognizes exceptional contributions to the university by dedicated professionals. No higher honor can be accorded a faculty member or administrator. Since its inception, 73 faculty and staff members from Hudson Valley Community College have been given the Chancellor's Award.

Herlt joined the Biology faculty at Hudson Valley Community College in 1967. During her tenure at the college, she has taught the full range of biology courses and has been involved the design and updating of much of the curriculum. "She was my mentor," said Dr. Sally Bauer, the department chairperson for Biology, Chemistry and Physics. "Mary was always sharing information and helping fellow faculty members become better teachers."

In her nomination for the award, Herlt was called a "tough but fair" educator, and a teacher who combines traditional classroom methods with current technology. "She treats every student as an individual and allows time in lab for each student to talk and learn by her side," said one colleague.

Herlt received her bachelor's degree from Ladycliff College and her master's from Fordham University.

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.