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05/17/2007
Four From Hudson Valley Community College Receive President's Award for Excellence in Teaching Photo Available

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, May 17, 2007

Four Hudson Valley Community College faculty members were named recipients of the 2007 President's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Colleagues and students nominate faculty members for this honor which annually is given to those among the Hudson Valley faculty who demonstrate outstanding teaching and student mentoring.

This year's recipients were honored at the college's 23rd annual Faculty Honors Convocation, which was held on Thursday, May 10, in the college's Bulmer Telecommunications Center auditorium.

The recipients are: Assistant Professor Marcia Chaifetz of Clifton Park; Assistant Professor Beth Ernest of Sand Lake; Assistant Professor Marina Gore of Troy; and Assistant Professor Kelly Sayers of Johnsonville.

Assistant Professor Marina Gore
Assistant Professor Marina Gore
Assistant Professor Marcia Chaifetz
Assistant Professor Marcia Chaifetz
Assistant Professor Beth Ernest
Assistant Professor Beth Ernest
Assistant Professor Kelly Sayers
Assistant Professor Kelly Sayers

Assistant Professor Marina Gore is a member of the college's English faculty. Gore teaches both traditional and online courses in English Composition, English Fundamentals and Poetry. She is a former co-editor of Threads, the college's literary magazine. She previously served as a writing tutor in the college's Learning Assistance Center. A faculty member since 1998, Gore received her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University at Albany.

Assistant Professor Marcia Chaifetz is a member of the Capital District Educational Opportunity Center's Business Department faculty. Sponsored by Hudson Valley, the EOC offers free workforce training and academic preparation for income-eligible residents of the region. Chaifetz was credited with helping to revitalize the EOC's Data Entry program and has been involved in curriculum and program development within the Business Department. She has been on the faculty since 1997. Chaifetz received her associate's degree from Sage College of Albany and her bachelor's degree from the University at Albany.

Assistant Professor Beth Ernest has been a member of the Mathematics and Engineering Science Department since 1993. She was the first among her math faculty colleagues to teach via distance learning in 2000, and has actively incorporated technology into all her courses. She currently teaches Elementary Algebra, Engineering Tools, and Engineering Statics and Strength of Materials. Ernest also is active in promoting the field of engineering among young women and is a member of the college's Women in Technology committee and Project Advance, a student club that supports activities for students in non-traditional careers. She also has served as advisor to the student Engineering Science Club. Ernest received her bachelor's and master's degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Assistant Professor Kelly Sayers has taught Business Law and Real Property Law for the Business Administration Department for six years. Sayers is a practicing attorney, and she was nominated for this honor by colleagues and students from the Business Administration Department. She is a graduate of the University of San Diego and the University of San Diego School of Law.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 associate's degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and also sponsors 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 60,000 alumni.