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Albany Resident Earns Academic Honor at Hudson Valley Community College

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8071

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, May 21, 2001

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Maria Markovics of Albany, an instructor in the Human Services department at Hudson Valley Community College, was recently awarded the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching at the college. The award is annually given to faculty members who exhibit exceptional dedication and creativity in teaching.

Markovics has been a faculty member at the college since 1990. She was noted for her commitment to the students in the Human Services department and her exceptional teaching ability.

"Maria has had a lifelong commitment to bettering those around her," said President John Buono. "Her knowledge, patience and concern for her students shows in their accomplishments."

Markovics is co-advisor of the Human Services Club and was co-founder of the United Tenants of Albany. She was recognized last year by the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce as one of the top "100 Women of the Century."

Markovics received her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Michigan.

Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 50 degree and certification programs in four academic divisions: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Business; as well as programs run through the Educational Opportunity Center offering certification programs in workforce and academic preparation. 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 worker retraining.