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Troy Resident Christine LaPlante Receives SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service

MEDIA CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, May 11, 2015

Christine LaPlanteDr. Christine LaPlante of Troy was recently honored with the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service.

LaPlante has served as department chairperson for Hudson Valley Community College’s Civil, Construction, Industrial and Mechanical Technologies Department since 2004. During her tenure as chairperson, she has cultivated increased relationships with the local engineering and construction trades community as well as with the growing number of transfer schools that accept her students. She has helped the college secure major philanthropic support that directly impacts her academic programs and has been active in creating non-credit certificate programs that can help students get entry-level jobs in the building trades and increase the skills of those already in the profession.

Ten additional faculty and staff members of the Troy college were named recipients of the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence for 2015. Instituted in 1972 by the State University of New York, the Chancellor's Award recognizes exceptional contributions to the university by dedicated professionals. Since its inception, 154 faculty and staff members from Hudson Valley Community College have received the Chancellor's Award.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 75 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 75,000 alumni.