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Sullivan of Albany Wins President's Award for Excellence in Teaching

CONTACT: Lisa Roche (518) 629-8063 or Eric Bryant (518) 629-8071

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, May 16, 2001

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Kathryn Sullivan of Albany, an instructor in the Criminal Justice department at Hudson Valley Community College, was recently recognized by the college with the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Sullivan's nomination was supported by many colleagues and students.

Sullivan teaches "Introduction to Criminal Justice" and "Correctional Services" courses at Hudson Valley. Faculty and staff alike note her ability to "bring new, exciting and innovative theories and teaching modalities into the classroom." Students describe Sullivan as "the epitome of a teacher: supportive, compassionate, caring, committed and always available to help."

Sullivan first worked at the college 1982, and has been a full-time faculty member since 1988.

She began her education in the City University of New York system (College of Staten Island, John Jay College of Criminal Justice) and finished her undergraduate courses at the University of South Florida. She completed her graduate work at Northeastern University with a concentration in Criminology and Administration.

Sullivan's professional and academic focus is gender, race and class as they relate to issues of justice and Restorative Justice. Her participation at academic conferences and writing revolves around these areas, and she integrates these concepts in her course syllabus, where appropriate. She is also one of the Commissioners on the Albany County Conditional Release Commission.

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 9,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.