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Bardequez Honored With SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, June 5, 2003

Beverly Bardequez of Albany, the assistant enrollment services officer at the Educational Opportunity Center, recently was honored with the State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service.

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, 78 faculty and staff members from Hudson Valley Community College have been given the Chancellor's Award.

Bardequez has come full circle in her career at the Educational Opportunity Center, which is a unit of Hudson Valley Community College. A graduate of the EOC's Business Office Training program, she was employed at the New York State Department of Health before returning to the EOC in 1988 as an admissions counselor/recruiter. Bardequez's outreach work was crucial in opening the doors of education, especially to those in the corrections system. In 1998, she was appointed assistant enrollment services officer.

"Beverly's positive attitude is a trademark for her and is one of the first things that students and potential students notice," said Dr. Lucille Marion, executive director of the Capital District EOC. "In her outreach efforts, she projects a warm, caring and welcoming image for the center."

Active in the community, Bardequez has served on the board of directors for Hudson Mohawk Recovery Center and the advisory board for the Albany County Head Start Program. In 2001, she was recognized by the New York State Department of Corrections for her work at the Mount McGregor Correctional Facility and the Washington County Correctional Facility. Bardequez also was honored in 2002 by Essence magazine for her outreach work in the corrections system.

Bardequez received her bachelor's degree from the University at Albany.

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 11,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.