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Four From Hudson Valley Community College Receive President's Award for Excellence in Teaching
Recipients from Wynantskill, Slingerlands, Clifton Park and Troy

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Four 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 Carolyn Antonucci of Wynantskill, Sushmita Chatterji of Slingerlands, Linda Desnoyers of Clifton Park and Sandra Wimmer of Troy. They were honored at the college's 24th annual Faculty Honors Convocation on Thursday, May 8, in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center auditorium.

Antonucci, a professor in the college's Nursing program, has been a member of the faculty for 30 years. She teaches senior and freshman students in both clinical and classroom settings and specializes in psychiatric nursing. She also serves as an advisor to the Nursing Club.

Antonucci was nominated by students and colleagues in the Nursing department. "To me, Mrs. Antonucci is the epitome of all that a teacher should be, and my life is richer for our association," said one student in her nomination letter.

Sushmita Chatterji is a professor in the English, Modern Languages and English as a Second Language department. She teaches English and English as a Second Language courses and previously served as a reading specialist in the college's Learning Assistance Center. Chatterji was recognized not only for the impact she has on students but also for the positive effect she has on fellow faculty members. Outside the classroom, she is active on campus and also serves as the college's delegate to the SUNY Faculty Council of Community Colleges.

"Sushmita is an inspiring teacher and a model colleague," wrote fellow faculty member Ellen Laird. "The college and the department are stronger for her work here."

Linda Desnoyers is the coordinator and associate professor for the college's Echocardiography program. She has been a full-time faculty member since 1993 and was instrumental in the development of the Echocardiography program. As lead instructor, she oversees academic advisement, classroom and clinical instruction for the program.

"Linda is extremely dedicated to Hudson Valley Community College," said faculty member Sheila Hughes. "I feel both honored and lucky to have her beside me."

Sandra Wimmer has been a faculty member in the Physical Education department for 20 years. She was actively involved in the development of the 2+2 transfer agreement with the Sage Colleges, which allows students to complete a bachelor's degree in physical education.

"Sandy shows great enthusiasm and passion for teaching. She is always putting her students' success and needs first," said faculty member Colleen Ferris. "Her excitement toward her profession is contagious and she sets the bar high for her students."

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.