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Melanie Bleich Receives Chancellor's Award

Contact: Marilyn Shapiro, (518) 273-1900 Ext. 2226

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, May 10, 2001

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Melanie Bleich of Clifton Park is the recipient of the 2001 State University Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. She was cited for her dedication and twenty-year commitment to adult education at the Hudson Valley Community College Faculty Honors Convocation on May 10.

Bleich is a Professor of Academics at the Capital District Educational Opportunity Center (CDEOC). She has been employed at the CDEOC since 1979, where she has taught a wide range of courses from Adult Basic Education to College Preparation. She initiated and developed the EOC's English for Speakers of Other Languages Program. She has previously been recognized with President's Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Capital District Educational Opportunity Center's (CDEOC) Merit Award.

Melanie considers herself "fortunate" to be part of a group of many caring individuals at the EOC. "Each day I go a job that I love, teach students that I genuinely care about, and work with a staff of people who make a difference in the lives of thousands of foreign-born and disadvantaged students."

Bleich also has been active in numerous activities outside the classroom. She has co-implemented International Heritage Celebration Week since 1996. She also has presented at numerous state-wide conferences, including the NYS College Learning Association, NYS Association of Continuing and Community Education, the Office of Special Programs Institute, and the EOC Professional Development Conference. Bleich is a lifetime member of Clifton Park Chapter of Hadassah and is also a member of Colonie Hadassah.

Dr. Lucille Marion, Vice President/Executive Director, stated, "Melanie's hard work, devotion to her students, creativity, and spirit of community make her stand out. We are extremely proud that she has been chosen for this distinguished honor."