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Hoff-Haynes Honored With SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence

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

Susan Hoff-Haynes of Troy, a faculty member at the Educational Opportunity Center since 1987, recently was 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, 78 faculty and staff members from Hudson Valley Community College have been given the Chancellor's Award.

During her tenure, Hoff-Haynes, a professor of academics at the Educational Opportunity Center, has taught a wide range of courses from Adult Basic Education to College Preparation. The EOC is a unit of Hudson Valley Community College. Because of the EOC's rolling admissions policy, her classroom is constantly a mix of new or established students, each with varying levels of academic ability. In nominating Hoff-Haynes for the SUNY Chancellor's Award, colleagues noted her ability to present material to students with a variety of learning styles and ability levels.

"Ms. Hoff-Haynes is one of the most generous instructors I have ever had the pleasure of working with. She spends countless hours working with students after or before class and always adjusts her schedule to meet the needs of her students," said Amy Dow, coordinator of academic programs at the Capital District EOC.

Hoff-Haynes previously was recognized with a Hudson Valley Community College Excellence in Teaching Award and two EOC Merit Awards.

Active in the community, Hoff-Haynes has held numerous board positions for the Albany United Methodist Society and the Troy High School Parent Teacher Association. She also served as volunteer director of Skye Farm Camps, an adult special needs camp in the Adirondacks.

Hoff-Haynes received her bachelor's degree from Lawrence University and her master's degree in education from the University of Vermont.

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.