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View a complete listing of Chancellor's Award Recipients at Hudson Valley Community College.

Five faculty and staff members from Hudson Valley Community College have been named recipients of the prestigious SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence for 2006.

Instituted in 1972 by the State University of New York, the Chancellor's Award recognizes exceptional contributions to the university by dedicated professionals. Since its inception, 93 faculty and staff members from Hudson Valley Community College have received the Chancellor's Award.

This year's recipients were honored at the college's 22nd annual Faculty Honors Convocation on Thursday, May 11, in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center auditorium.

The recipients are Associate Professor Thomas Lail of Valatie; Associate Professor Robert Matthews of Wynantskill; Nursing Department Chairperson Dicey O'Malley of Clifton Park; College Registrar Kathleen Petley of Averill Park and Associate Professor Doris Schoonmaker of Albany.

Receiving the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching were:

Thomas Lail
Thomas Lail

Thomas Lail, a member of the college's Fine Arts faculty. Lail was responsible for helping to create the associate degree program in Fine Arts at the college in the late 1990s. Since 2003, he also has been responsible for securing numerous transfer agreements with several of the nation's most prestigious art schools, including the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Savannah College of Art and Design, Montserrat College of Art and Purchase College. Lail, who has been teaching studio art at the college since 1993, was noted for being an outstanding role model and a supportive instructor with high standards. As a working artist, Lail has exhibited his work around the country and is currently part of a show in Trnava, Slovakia. In 2001 and 2002, he and fellow faculty member Tara Fracalossi led a summer study abroad course in Italy.

Lail has a master of fine arts degree from the University at Albany and a bachelor's degree from The College of Saint Rose.

Doris Schoonmaker
Doris Schoonmaker

Doris Schoonmaker, a member of the Mathematics and Engineering Science Department. Support for Schoonmaker's Chancellor's Award nomination centered on her ability and willingness to help students no matter what level of mathematics they were attempting to master. Early in her 25-year career at Hudson Valley, Schoonmaker understood that success was often based on a student's self-confidence in the subject matter. Seeing some of her students falling behind because they lacked the prerequisite knowledge, she developed the curriculum for a new course titled, Arithmetic, in order to assist weaker students get to the next level. Schoonmaker is known by students and colleagues for her ability to tailor lessons to a variety of student learning styles and she was the first member of the college's math faculty to teach online. Students nominating her for the Chancellor's Award noted her ability to respond to questions quickly, patiently and enthusiastically, in the office or online via e-mail.

She has a bachelor's degree from SUNY Oneonta and a master's degree from the University at Albany. She previously received the college's President's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Receiving the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service are:

Dr. Dicey O'Malley
Dr. Dicey O'Malley

Dr. Dicey O'Malley, chairperson of the Nursing Department for the past 13 years. During that time, graduates of the program have consistently scored higher than national and state averages on licensure exams. Through hard work and outstanding leadership, she has played a key role in making Hudson Valley one of the most respected nursing programs in the state. Working with Albany Medical Center, O'Malley has created a "Grow Your Own" program, allowing medical center employees to enter the field of nursing. She has facilitated transfer agreements for students who wish to continue their education at the baccalaureate level and has been active in getting nursing students involved in a variety of community service opportunities, including two recent disaster drills coordinated by Rensselaer County.

O'Malley received her doctorate from the University at Albany. She also holds degrees from the University at Buffalo and Rockland Community College.

Kathleen Petley
Kathleen Petley

Kathleen Petley, the Hudson Valley Community College registrar. Nominators praised Petley's ability to oversee the numerous tasks involved in the registration process and also make the office more efficient and student-centered. Petley oversaw the transition to a new administrative software system for the college during the past three years and has been actively involved in the State University's Registrar's Association. She was named college registrar in 2002 and has been employed at the college since 1987.

She is a graduate of Binghamton University and received her master's degree in educational administration and policy studies from the University at Albany.

Receiving the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Librarianship is:

Robert G. Matthews
Robert G. Matthews

Robert G. Matthews, an associate professor and faculty librarian in the Dwight Marvin Library. Matthews joined the library's staff full-time in 1997 and was immediately involved in helping to move the library to higher level of student service. As coordinator of library instruction, he has helped to fine tune library instruction for students based upon their individual curriculum needs. Matthews also has instituted one-on-one research assistance for students, by appointment or during "drop-in" hours. He also helped establish and currently chairs "Voices: A Library Lecture Series," which brings speakers to campus each semester.

Matthews received his master's degree in library science from the University at Albany and his bachelor's degree from Siena College.

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.