The college's recipients are Medical Imaging Department Chairperson Jeanne Kelleher of Delmar; English, Modern Languages and English as a Second Language Department Chairperson Maria Palmara, Ph.D. of Albany; and Marilyn Shapiro of Clifton Park, the coordinator of program development and research at the Capital District Educational Opportunity Center.
Recipients are nominated in one of five categories: Excellence in Faculty Service; Excellence in Librarianship; Excellence in Professional Service; Excellence in Teaching; and Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities.
Palmara, an associate professor and chair of the Department of English, Modern Languages and English as a Second Language, received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. She was instrumental in developing the college's English as a Second Language program into a model followed by other institutions across the country. During her tenure as department chair, the college also has significantly increased its language offerings. With the addition of Latin this year, students now can choose from among 10 languages to study. Arabic, Russian and Chinese were added in the past two years to complement French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Italian and English as a Second Language.
Palmara, who has taught a wide range of courses at the college since 1992, was also one of the first faculty members in her department to teach online.
She is a graduate of SUNY College at New Paltz, where she received her bachelor's degree in English. She received her master's degree in teaching English as a Second Language and her doctorate in English from The University at Albany.
Kelleher, who has served as department chairperson since 1993, received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service. She has been teaching at the college since 1980 and has overseen the expansion of the department to include state-approved and accredited certification programs in both Echocardiography and Diagnostic Medical Sonography. The programs are unique in the Capital Region and educate a broad number of medical imaging professionals throughout the region.
Kelleher is an alumna of Hudson Valley Community College, where she received an associate's degree in radiologic technology. She received her bachelor's degree in radiological and health sciences from Manhattan College and her master's degree in healthcare administration from Russell Sage College.
Shapiro, the coordinator of program development and research at the Capital District Educational Opportunity Center (EOC), also received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service. A member of the EOC's executive team, she is responsible for oversight of program development and tracking research at the Center. Prior to moving into her administrative role, Shapiro was a member of the EOC faculty from 1975 to 1999.
She is a graduate of the University at Albany, where she received her master's degree in reading and her bachelor's degree in English education.
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 64,000 alumni.