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05/21/2001
Slingerlands Resident Earns Academic Honor at Hudson Valley Community College

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8071

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, May 21, 2001
http://www.hvcc.edu

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Ellen Laird of Slingerlands, an instructor in the English department at Hudson Valley Community College, was recently awarded the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching at the college. The award is annually given to faculty members who exhibit exceptional dedication and creativity in teaching. Laird has been a faculty member at the college since 1986. She was noted for her classroom creativity and her ability to motivate students.

"Ellen is a dynamic and inspiring teacher, and all of those who nominated her for this honor noted her creativity in the classroom," said President John Buono. "We're proud to have an instructor of her caliber on the faculty."

Laird was one of the first faculty members at the college to explore distance learning, and she regularly teaches course offerings through the college's Distance Learning department. She developed the online curriculum for English Composition I. She also is the English department's Web developer.

Laird is a graduate of the State University College at Oswego and received her master's degree from Brown University.

Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 50 degree and certification programs in four academic divisions: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Business; as well as programs run through the Educational Opportunity Center offering certification programs in workforce and academic preparation. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 9,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining.