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05/13/2005
Seven From Hudson Valley Community College Receive SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence Photo Available

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Seven faculty and staff members from Hudson Valley Community College were named recipients of the prestigious SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence for 2005.

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, 91 faculty and staff members from Hudson Valley Community College have received the Chancellor's Award.

This year's recipients were honored at the college's 21st annual Faculty Honors Convocation on Thursday, May 12, in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center auditorium.

The recipients are Associate Professor Sandra Galligan of Castleton; Associate Professor Donald Heckelman of Poestenkill; Capital District EOC Associate Director Sherri Mackey of Albany; Director of Athletics Drew Marrochello of Wynantskill; Professor Carol McCarthy of Wynantskill; Assistant Professor Maryanne Pepe of Troy and Associate Professor Carol Wilber of Scotia.

Receiving the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching were:

Sandra Galligan, a 15-year member of the Nursing faculty. She is an outstanding classroom and clinical instructor who strives to use creativity and humor in her lessons, nominators said. Galligan previously received the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching at the college and the Capital District Nurses Association Nursing Excellence Award in Education.

She also is active in local, state and regional nursing groups and is respected in the local nursing community. Nominators applauded Galligan's efforts to make herself available to students and encourage high academic standards. Galligan has a bachelor's degree from Russell Sage College and a master's degree from Boston College.

Donald Heckelman, from the Mathematics and Engineering Science Department. Support for his Chancellor's Award nomination centered on his ability to give real-world examples to classroom theories. He has been an instructor and advisor in the Engineering Science Department since 1982 and is known for his high academic standards and equally high expectations of his students.

Several student nominators noted that they "had the pleasure of taking, and unfortunately re-taking" several of his classes. Heckelman was also lauded for his ability to present numerous real world examples to better explain engineering theories. He is a graduate of Hudson Valley Community College, and also received a bachelor's and master's degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he is currently pursuing doctoral studies. He received the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1994.

Maryanne Pepe, a member of the Human Services faculty. Pepe has been a faculty member in the college's Human Services program since 1990 and serves as an academic advisor as well as an advisor to the active Human Services Club. Nominators said Pepe epitomizes the "tough but fair" instructor who is always willing to assist and motivate students.

A former recipient of the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching, she was one of the first faculty members in her department to embrace online learning and using supplemental web resources for her traditional classroom courses. Pepe has a bachelor's degree from Siena College and a master's from the University at Albany.

Carol Wilber, an associate professor at the Educational Opportunity Center, a division of Hudson Valley Community College. Wilber teaches in the EOC's Developmental and Remedial Reading and Writing programs. These programs often are comprised of students with various levels of reading ability, and because of the rolling enrollment at the EOC, students are continuously entering and leaving her classroom as they develop competency. Wilber was praised for creating a nurturing atmosphere among her disparate students and also fostering an atmosphere where students build confidence in their abilities. Wilber has been teaching at the Educational Opportunity Center since 1990, and received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Russell Sage College.

Receiving the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service were:

Sherri Mackey, the associate director and coordinator for business services at the Capital District Educational Opportunity Center, a division of Hudson Valley Community College. Nominators praised Mackey's ability to improve upon and expand the services offered by her office, which oversees the financial, budgetary and facilities management of the EOC. Since arriving at the college in 1995, Mackey has taken on new tasks for the office and helped lead the conversion to a new administrative computing system. She is a graduate of Kansas State University and received her master's degree from the University at Albany.

Drew Marrochello, the college's director of athletics. Marrochello began his tenure as director of athletics in 1997 and began implementing policy changes that have resulted in successful athletic programs and higher academic expectations for student athletes in the college's 14 men's and women's programs. He spearheaded a program that instituted mandatory study halls for athletes and pushed for stronger academic standards. During his nine years as athletic director, the college has seen numerous academic All Americans, a national academic team of the year and a consistently high cumulative grade point average for student athletes.

He serves as president of the Mountain Valley Collegiate Conference and commissioner of the Northeast Football Conference, among other regional and national organizations. Marrochello is a graduate of Wesleyan University and received a master's degree from the University at Albany.

Receiving the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service are:

Carol McCarthy, a longtime Business Administration faculty member and liaison to the college's Center for Effective Teaching. A past recipient of the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching at the college, McCarthy is responsible for coordinating faculty and staff professional development at Hudson Valley.

Her 37-year academic career has been marked by a variety of projects that build community and continuing professional development among faculty and staff. She is one of the founders of WE@HVCC, an organization that maintains community spirit through social, philanthropic and educational endeavors. She is vice chairperson of the college's academic senate and she has served on the senate since its formation in the mid-1990s. McCarthy has a bachelor's degree from Russell Sage College and a master's degree from the University at Albany.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 60 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions: 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 nearly 60,000 alumni.