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Hudson Valley's Dr. Mary Gillespie Wins State University's Highest Teaching Honor

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

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, May 21, 2001

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Dr. Mary Gillespie of Saratoga Springs, an associate professor of human services 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.

Dr. Gillespie joined the faculty at Hudson Valley in 1988, and she currently teaches human services and chemical dependency counseling courses. A skilled and talented teacher, Dr. Gillespie is comfortable working with students in the classroom, on the Web and in her office. She was one of Hudson Valley's first instructors to offer online classes.

"One of Dr. Mary Gillespie's biggest attributes as a Hudson Valley Community College instructor is her willingness to try different teaching techniques in an effort to accommodate the differing needs of today's students," said John Buono, president of the college. "While she uses traditional lectures, she supplements them with discussions, psychodramas, real-life examples, films, CD-ROM programs and guest speakers. She makes a sincere attempt to reach every student."

Dr. Gillespie earned an M.E.D. in Physical Education/Recreation from Springfield College in 1978. She completed her doctorate work in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University in 1997. She has been honored with the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching, and has been listed in "Who's Who Among American Teachers" four times.

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.