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CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, May 17, 2007

Four faculty and staff members from Hudson Valley Community College have been named recipients of the prestigious State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Excellence for 2007.

Instituted in 1972, the Chancellor's Award recognizes exceptional contributions to the university by dedicated professionals. Since its inception, 100 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 23rd annual Faculty Honors Convocation on Thursday, May 10, in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center auditorium.

The recipients are Associate Professor Laura Ann Mastrangelo of Averill Park; Associate Professor Mark D. Tenney of Albany; Director of Distance Learning Susan Gallagher of Troy; and Director of Student Development Dr. Kathleen Sweener of Troy.


Dr. Laura Ann Mastrangelo
Dr. Laura Ann Mastrangelo
Dr. Mark D. Tenney
Dr. Mark D. Tenney
Susan Gallagher
Susan Gallagher
Dr. Kathleen Sweener
Dr. Kathleen Sweener

The 2007 Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching recipients are:

Dr. Laura Ann Mastrangelo, a member of the college's Biology faculty. Mastrangelo, who spent three years as a post-doctoral research fellow at the University at Albany and Albany Medical College, has been on the Hudson Valley faculty since 1994. She currently teaches Anatomy and Physiology, Genetics, and Molecular DNA Techniques at Hudson Valley. Mastrangelo was integral to the creation of the college's Biotechnology associate's degree program. She is considered a pioneer in integrating online teaching materials into the classroom. In 2002, she and her colleagues in the Biology, Chemistry and Physics Department created an online Anatomy and Physiology course in which online lecture components were paired with on-campus lab sessions.

Mastrangelo is active in the college's Academic Senate and has served as its secretary. Her research interests include the mechanisms of inflammation. Mastrangelo has a doctorate in physiology and cell biology from Albany Medical College and she received her bachelor's degree in biology from Siena College.

Dr. Mark D. Tenney, a member of the Mathematics and Engineering Science Department. Tenney has the distinction of teaching the college's first-ever distance learning course in mathematics back in 1993, and he has been active in the distance learning program since its inception. He currently teaches Calculus I, Calculus II and Calculus III at the college.

His research interests include the foundations of mathematics, proof theory and the logic and philosophy of mathematics.

He has a bachelor's degree from The College of Saint Rose and a master's degree from the University at Albany. He received an inter-disciplinary doctorate in mathematics and rhetoric from UAlbany. Tenney previously received the college's President's Award for Excellence in Teaching and the President's Award for Excellence in Professional Service.

The Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service recipients are:

Susan Gallagher, director of distance learning since 1998. The college's distance learning program had 30 students and three course sections when Gallagher arrived. During the past nine years, its growth has been explosive: today, 119 faculty members teach more than 4,000 online students through the college, which offers a dozen associate's degrees and certificates online. Gallagher has helped shepherd the growth of the program, which has accounted for much of the college's growing enrollment. She trains faculty members interested in teaching online, assists students who call the distance learning help desk and oversees a staff of instructional technology professionals.

Gallagher was recently appointed to represent community colleges on the SUNY Chancellor's Advisory Board for Faculty Access to Technology. She is one of the founding members of a consortium of distance learning directors at colleges and universities statewide.

Prior to arriving at Hudson Valley, Gallagher worked for 16 years at New York Network, SUNY's statewide television production and transmission facility. Gallagher received her master's degree in instructional technology from the University at Albany. She also holds a bachelor's degree in communications and mass media from SUNY Plattsburgh.

Dr. Kathleen Sweener, the director of student development. Sweener is responsible for oversight of the college's counseling center and its academic transfer counseling services. That dual role, overseeing both transfer counseling and personal counseling, spotlights Sweener's administrative and professional high standards.

Sweener was hired in 1988 as a referral/intervention specialist, helping the college with substance abuse prevention. She has served in her current role since 2000. Under her leadership, the center has increased the effectiveness of the college's transfer fair, and also strengthened personal counseling services by making them more proactive.

Active in the community, she serves on the board of the Hudson Mohawk Recovery Center and was a representative for Rensselaer County's Local Conditional Release Program from 1989-1995. She is an advisor to the college's student chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for students in two-year colleges.

She is a graduate of the University at Albany, where she received her doctoral degree in school psychology. She received her master's degree in applied psychology from Long Island University and her bachelor's degree from Siena College.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 associate's degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and also sponsors 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 more than 60,000 alumni.