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Hudson Valley's Dr. Linda Adamchak Wins State University's Highest Teaching Honor

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085 or Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8071

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, May 18, 2001

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Dr. Linda Adamchak of Delmar, an assistant professor of biology at Hudson Valley Community College, was recently presented with the State University of New York's highest teaching honor, the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Six Hudson Valley students nominated Dr. Adamchak for the Chancellor's Award, calling her the "epitome of teaching excellence" and saying she regularly goes above and beyond the call of duty. One student spoke of her "willingness to come in on her day off to catch class up last spring semester, when the class fell two weeks behind due to inclement weather." Another student said, "She always held open labs other than at the required time, allowing us extra assisted study time."

"Dr. Linda Adamchak provides Hudson Valley Community College's students with the tools they need to succeed in life," said John Buono, president of the college. "She's a tough-but-fair instructor, and she knows how important it is to generate interest among her students. She uses humor, energy and everyday common examples on a daily basis, drawing students into learning."

Dr. Adamchak earned a Ph.D. from Western States Chiropractic College in 1988. While she does not currently maintain a private practice, Dr. Adamchak maintains a chiropractic license. She was recently selected by Benjamin Cummings Publishing to edit artwork for an Anatomy and Physiology textbook. She has been honored with the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching, and twice has been listed in "Who's Who Among American Teachers."

Instituted in 1972 by the State University of New York, the Chancellor's Award recognizes exceptional contributions to the University by dedicated professionals. No higher honor can be accorded a faculty member or administrator. Hudson Valley has had 69 recipients.

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 Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, Hudson Valley has an enrollment of more than 9,000 students each year, and is know as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining.