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05/06/2010
Eight From Hudson Valley Community College Receive SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence Photos Available

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, May 6, 2010

Eight faculty and staff members from Hudson Valley Community College have been named recipients of the prestigious State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Excellence for 2010.

Instituted in 1972, the Chancellor's Award recognizes exceptional contributions to the university by dedicated professionals. Since its inception, nearly 100 faculty and staff members from Hudson Valley Community College have received the Chancellor's Award.

This year's recipients will be honored at the college's 26th annual Faculty Honors Convocation on Thursday, May 13, in the Maureen Stapleton Theatre.

The college's recipients are: Anne Dearing, Assistant Professor in the Department of English, Modern languages and English as a Second Language; Larry Ellis, Associate Director of Student Development; Scott Hathaway, Associate Professor in the Department of English, Modern Languages and English as a Second Language; Susan L. Kutryb, Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Engineering Science; Daniel Polak, Professor in the Department of History, Philosophy and Social Science; Judith Romano, Associate Professor/Department Chairperson, Dental Hygiene; Deborah Shoemaker, Director, Community and Professional Education; and Kathleen Woods, Secretary II, Office of the Vice President for Administration.

Recipients are nominated in one of six categories: Excellence in Classified Service; Excellence in Faculty Service; Excellence in Librarianship; Excellence in Professional Service; Excellence in Teaching; and Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities.

Anne DearingAnne Dearing, a native of Schenectady, now residing in Glenville, was honored for Excellence in Teaching. She has been a member of the Hudson Valley Community College English faculty since 1990 and a full-time faculty member since 2001. Dearing teaches English Fundamentals I, English Composition I and II, and College Grammar and was cited by both students and colleagues as an exceptional classroom instructor with high standards for students. She has been actively involved in several committees on campus, including a role as editor of Academic Notes, the college's faculty journal, and serving on the committee for the Voices: Library Lecture Series. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and education from Siena College and her M.A. in English education at The University at Albany.

Larry EllisHonored for Excellence in Professional Service, Troy resident Larry Ellis has served as associate director of student development since 2006 but has worked at the college since 1996. Ellis' role at the college includes counseling students one-on-one and in group settings, transfer counseling and also arranging large activities such as the college's Transfer Fair. Ellis, who also teaches psychology as an adjunct at the college, is advisor for the Black Latino Student Union, co-advisor for the college's student Habitat for Humanity chapter and chairman of the college's Staff Development Day. Off campus, he serves on the Leadership Council on Inclusion, the executive board of the New York State Transfer and Articulation Association and on the board of the Hudson Mohawk Recovery Center. A licensed mental health counselor, he received his Bachelor of Science in psychology and M.S. in community counseling from SUNY Plattsburgh.

Scott HathawayScott Hathaway of Waterford, an associate professor of English, was honored for Excellence in Teaching. Hathaway has been a member of the Hudson Valley faculty since 1993, and teaches Advanced Journalism and Media and Culture as well as several other English courses. He is serving as interim department chair for the Department of English, Modern Languages and English as a Second Language this year. Hathaway is a member of the college's Academic Senate, the Meritorious Service Committee and the Faculty Honors Committee. A graduate of Hudson Valley Community College, he also earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in English from The University at Albany.

Susan L. KutrybSusan L. Kutryb of Latham, an assistant professor in the Mathematics and Engineering Science Department, was honored for Excellence in Teaching. Kutryb has been a faculty member at the college since 1993. She currently teaches a variety of courses in the mathematics department, including Intermediate Algebra and College Algebra and Trigonometry. Outside of her teaching career, Kutryb is involved in professional development, having served as a board member and president of the New York State Mathematics Association of Two-Year Colleges. She has been a member of the college's Academic Senate curriculum committee. Kutryb received her Bachelor of Science in secondary education/mathematics from SUNY Plattsburgh and her master's degree in mathematics from The University at Albany.

Daniel PolakDaniel Polak of Cambridge, a professor in the Department of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences, was honored for Excellence in Teaching. Polak has been teaching at the college since 1990 and previously was honored with the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Polak teaches sociology and psychology courses and also was one of the faculty members chosen to teach in the college's Liberal Arts Honors Program. He has been actively involved in offering his courses via distance learning, both through interactive television and online learning. Outside of his academic pursuits, he is president emeritus of the Cambridge Historical Society, a former chair of the Village of Cambridge Planning Board and one of the founding board members of the Cambridge Valley Chamber of Commerce. A graduate of Community College of Baltimore, he received his Bachelor of Science degree in sociology from the University of Maryland and his Master of Arts in sociology from the University of Maine.

Judith RomanoJudith Romano of Waterford, the department chairperson for the college's Dental Hygiene Department, was honored for Excellence in Teaching. Romano, an associate professor, began teaching at the college in 1985, became a full-time instructor in 1996 and took over as department chairperson in 2000. She previously was honored with the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching. While serving as department chair, Romano remains active in the program's academic clinical component. She teaches Preventive Dentistry I and teaches the second year clinical dental hygiene courses. She has led the college's effort to offer a growing number of continuing education courses for dental hygiene and dental assisting professionals as well as the development of a Dental Assisting certificate program, which has been running successfully since 2006. She has been active on the college's Academic Senate and in helping the college's Foundation with fundraising efforts both inside and outside her professional community. Romano is a graduate of the Forsyth School for Dental Hygienists, and received her Bachelor of Science in health science education from Northeastern University and her master's degree in social policy from Empire State College.

Deborah ShoemakerDeborah Shoemaker of Poestenkill, the college's director of community and professional education, was honored for Excellence in Professional Service. Shoemaker has been employed at the college since 1995 and took over as director of the community and professional education office in 2006. She oversees many credit free and professional development programs, including the Kids on Campus summer programs for youth and the growing number of courses, trips and activities offered by the Center for Creative Retirement. Shoemaker has been key in developing several online professional development programs, including an alternative Dental Assisting program and a slate of courses developed for the New York State School Boards Association. She received her Bachelor of Science in elementary education from Russell Sage College and her Master of Science degree in education from Sage Graduate School.

Kathleen WoodsKathleen Woods of Troy, the secretary for the college's interim vice president of administration, was honored for Excellence in Classified Service. A member of the college's staff since 1985, she was lauded for her knowledge of administrative protocol and her willingness to assist others. Her duties include assisting the vice president and executing a variety of administrative assistant functions in the office. Woods has served five different presidential administrations at the college.

"As SUNY campuses celebrate the achievements of students and faculty for this academic year, I will have the pleasure of formally naming the recipients of this year's Chancellor's Award for Excellence," said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. "These awards are given each year to staff and faculty members who demonstrate extraordinary dedication to their students and an exceptional commitment to excellence."

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 13,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.