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Hudson Valley Community College Faculty Honored with President's Award for Excellence in Teaching Photos Available

CONTACT: Eric Bryant or Janine Kava (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, May 14, 2004

Three members of the Hudson Valley Community College faculty have been recognized with the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Instituted in 1985 by then President Joseph J. Bulmer, the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching honors those who exemplify the best in teaching. Recipients are nominated from among the faculty of Hudson Valley Community College and the Capital District Educational Opportunity Center.

This year's honorees are Scott Hathaway of Troy; David Soldini of East Greenbush and Carol Wilber of Scotia.

Scott Hathaway
Scott Hathaway

Hathawayis an assistant professor in the English, Modern Languages and English as a Second Language Department. A faculty member since 1993, he was praised for his creative approach in the classroom and his willingness to revise and improve his teaching strategies to best serve students. He teaches a variety of courses at the college including Composition, Public Speaking and Media and Culture. "Always willing to listen," was a nearly unanimous comment from those recommending him.

Hathaway is the advisor for the college's chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international academic honorary society for students at two-year colleges. He received his associate's degree from Hudson Valley Community College and his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University at Albany.

David Soldini
David Soldini

Soldiniis an assistant professor in the Business Administration Department and a practicing attorney. He has been teaching at the college since 1995 and became a full-time faculty member the following year. He teaches Business Law courses.

"Approachable, friendly and professional" were attributes mentioned by those who nominated Soldini. He was praised for his ability to make the law and his courses' content accessible and "easy to digest," according to one student who nominated him.

Soldini received his bachelor's degree from the University at Albany and his law degree from Brooklyn Law School.

Wilber is an associate professor at the Educational Opportunity Center (EOC). She teaches the Adult Basic Education and developmental reading courses, which prepare students to pursue a General Education Diploma. These courses often are comprised of students with various levels of reading ability, and because of the rolling enrollment at the EOC, students are continuously entering and leaving her classroom as they develop competency.

Carol Wilber
Carol Wilber

Wilberwas praised for creating a nurturing atmosphere among her disparate students and also fostering an atmosphere where students build confidence in their abilities. She was praised for her innovation and as well as her dedication toward finding new "best practices" in the classroom.

Wilber has been teaching at the Educational Opportunity Center since 1990, and received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Russell Sage College.

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.