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Sodergren of Delmar 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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Deanne Sodergren of Delmar, an instructor in the Mathematics and Science department at Hudson Valley Community College, was recently recognized by the college with the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Sodergren's nomination was supported by many colleagues and students. Her colleagues describe her as "the hallmark of a great educator," one with "her finger on the pulse of education." Describing her as a "steady light," her supervisor commends her for her commitment to her students, to her department and to the college. Her students note her positive attitude, her challenging yet encouraging manner and her accessibility. One student writes, "Professor Sodergren is the best math teacher I have ever had. For the first time I actually understand algebra."

At Hudson Valley Community College, students benefit from easy access to dedicated faculty, small class sizes, and excellent laboratory and computer facilities. Hudson Valley's Mathematics and Science and Engineering Science programs also offer a variety of flexible class options, including evening classes. Students in the program have transferred to such prestigious colleges as Cornell University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, MIT, Rochester Institute of Technology, Union College and Clarkson University.

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.