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Clifton Park 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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Dr. Jeffrey Thompson of Clifton Park, an instructor in the Biology 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.

Thompson has been a faculty member at the college since 1996. Nominators for the Biology faculty member noted his "patience and natural teaching ability, his marvelous sense of humor… and his sincere commitment to all of his students."

"Dr. Thompson is a fine addition to an already distinguished Biology faculty," said President John Buono. "He gives his students the confidence to believe in their potential."

Thompson received his bachelor's degree from State University College at Plattsburgh and his doctorate in veterinary medicine from Cornell University.

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.