Eight Professionals From Hudson Valley Community College Receive SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence
CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, May 19, 2011
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 2011.
Instituted in 1972, the Chancellor's Award recognizes exceptional contributions to the university by dedicated professionals. Since its inception, more than 100 faculty and staff members from Hudson Valley Community College have received the award.
This year's recipients were honored at the college's 27th annual Faculty and Staff Honors Convocation on Thursday, May 19, in the Maureen Stapleton Theatre.
The college's recipients are: Joseph Cardillo, Professor in the Department of English, Modern Languages and English as a Second Language; Beth Ernest, Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Engineering Science; John F. Kennedy, Associate Professor and Academic Advisor in the Department of Individual Studies and Liberal Arts; Tina Maloney, Secretary I in the Department of Physical Plant; Karen Palleschi, Professor, Dental Hygiene; Robert Racette, Director, Instructional Technologies Services; Dorothy Reynolds, Chairperson, Department of Fine Arts, Theatre Arts and Broadcast Communication; and Dr. Todd Wysocki, Associate Professor, Department of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences.
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.
Joseph Cardillo of Averill Park was honored for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. He has been a member of the Hudson Valley Community College English faculty for 32 years and is the author of several best-selling works of fiction and non-fiction. His recent non-fiction work has dealt with the fields of health, psychology and the mind-body relationship. Released in 2009, Cardillo authored "Can I Have Your Attention? How To Think Fast, Find Your Focus and Sharpen your Concentration." His next work, written with co-author Galina Mindlin, M.D., Ph.D., is "Music on Your Mind," and is scheduled to be released this fall. Cardillo teaches a variety of creative writing courses at the college. He received his bachelor of arts degree in English from Siena College and his M.A. in English education at the University at Albany.
Honored for Excellence in Teaching was Sand Lake resident Beth Ernest. Ernest, who is currently serving as interim department chair for Math and Engineering Science, has taught at the college for 19 years. In addition to her teaching load, she is the advisor for the Engineering Science Club and heads up several outreach efforts to drive interest in engineering among elementary and secondary school students. She received her associate degree in engineering science from Hudson Valley Community College, as well as bachelor of science and master of science degrees in industrial engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
John F. Kennedy of East Nassau was honored for Excellence in Faculty Service. Kennedy was noted for outstanding commitment to his students as well as his work helping to elevate his department's curricular offerings. He recently was integral in creating a new academic program for Liberal Arts students who wish to transfer to a teacher education program. The new Adolescent Education degree is the result. He also is active in many volunteer organizations on campus and in his community. A graduate of Berkshire Community College, he also earned a bachelor of arts degree from Westfield State University and a master of arts from the University at Albany.
Tina Maloney of Latham, the secretary for the college's Physical Plant, was honored for Excellence in Classified Service. Maloney has been employed at the college since 1982 and in her current position for the past 20 years. She was noted for her outstanding organizational and customer service skills in what is often one of the busiest offices on campus. Her office regularly receives between 4,500 and 5,000 work orders each year.
Karen Palleschi of Mechanicville, a professor in the Department of Dental Hygiene, was honored for Excellence in Teaching. Palleschi has been teaching at the college since 1983 and currently teaches preventive dentistry and serves as a clinical instructor. She was noted for her ability to develop new ways for students to learn and evaluate their clinical skills and assess their patient's care. Palleschi is also active in several professional organizations including the American Dental Education Association and the Dental Hygienists Association of New York. A graduate of Springfield Technical Community College, she received her bachelor of science and master of science degrees in dental hygiene from Old Dominion University.
Robert Racette of Latham, the college's director of instructional technologies services, was honored for Excellence in Professional Service. He took over his current position at the college in 1998, and over the past 12 years has coordinated a steady increase in instructional and distance learning technology on the campus. During that time, Racette has also developed Viking Video Technologies, which serves the video production needs of clients from off campus and overseen a growth in campus video and multi-media infrastructure. Racette received his bachelor of science in communication from SUNY Plattsburgh and a master's degree in curriculum design and instructional technology from the University at Albany.
Dorothy Reynolds of Rensselaer, the chairperson of the Department of Fine Arts, Theatre Arts and Broadcast Communication, was honored for Excellence in Professional Service. Reynolds took over the helm of the newly created Fine Arts and Broadcast Communications department in 2003 and has subsequently added three new academic programs that serve the needs of Hudson Valley's students. Prior to serving as a department chair, she was the Executive Assistant to the President. She received her bachelor of science in liberal arts/political science from SUNY Geneseo, a master of public administration degree from the University at Albany and was a graduate of Harvard Business School's Program for Management Development.
Todd Wysocki of Hoosick Falls, an associate professor in the Department of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences, was honored for Excellence in Teaching. A member of the college's faculty and staff since 1990, he was lauded for his exceptional teaching and his commitment to student success. Wysocki teaches a variety of psychology courses and serves as a mentor to new adjunct faculty members. Previous to beginning his teaching career, he served as the assistant director of disabled student services at the college. He received his bachelor of arts degree in communication arts from Marist College, a master of arts degree in counseling psychology from Saint Bonaventure University and a doctoral degree in educational psychology from the University at Albany.
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 14,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.