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Three From Hudson Valley Community College Receive President's Award for Excellence in Teaching

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, May 13, 2005

Three faculty members from Hudson Valley Community College 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 Joseph Forget of Waterford; Ann Geisendorfer of Guilderland and Elizabeth Riccio of Glenmont. They were honored at the college's 21st annual Faculty Honors Convocation on Thursday, May 12, in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center auditorium.

Forget, an associate professor in the Educational Opportunity Center's Culinary Training program, was described by nominators as a devoted, resourceful and innovative teacher.

"Joe is a committed educator who is clearly devoted to his discipline, his students, and the EOC. In addition to his teaching duties, he enlists students in community outreach efforts," said EOC Executive Director Dr. Lucille Marion.

These have included participation in feeding the homeless, the 2004 and 2005 annual Black and Puerto Rican Caucus, the annual Girl Scout Cookie Cuisine contest, and the Gingerbread competition at the Albany Institute of History and Art. Nominators said that Forget's sense of humor and creativity fuel a quality learning experience for his students. He has been at the Educational Opportunity Center since 1989. Forget received an associate's degree from Fulton Montgomery Community College.

Ann Geisendorfer, the chairperson of the Criminal Justice Department, received multiple letters of support highlighting her teaching ability and her dedication to her students and the college. Geisendorfer, who has been teaching at the college since 1993, was the driving force behind the establishment of the college's Forensic Science Studies program, which began in Fall of 2003. Nominators mentioned her ability to effectively deal with a diverse student population in one of the college's largest degree programs.

Geisendorfer, who also oversees the Labor Studies, and Civil and Public Service programs, has a bachelor's and master's degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and a law degree from Albany Law School.

Dr. Elizabeth Riccio, D.D.S.,a professor in the Dental Hygiene department, was cited for her dedication, knowledge and responsiveness to student's individual needs. Department chair Judith Romano said Riccio's, "performance as an educator and student mentor are consistently above and beyond the expectations of the department." Nominators also mentioned her cheerful, supportive teaching style.

In addition to her classroom obligations, Riccio works to support the Dental Hygiene students outside the classroom. She coordinates the National Dental Hygiene exam and conducts comprehensive review classes for students prior to the exam. She received her bachelor's degree from St. Lawrence University and her D.D.S. from the University of Buffalo.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 60 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 12,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has nearly 60,000 alumni.