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Eight Professionals From Hudson Valley Community College Receive SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, May 16, 2012

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 2012.

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 28th annual Faculty and Staff Honors Convocation on Thursday, May 10, in the Maureen Stapleton Theatre.

The college’s recipients are: Rachel Bornn, Associate Professor in the Department of English, Modern Languages and English as a Second Language; Suzanne Brownrigg, Director of High School Programs and Educational Outreach; Michele Catone-Maitino, Associate Professor in the Department of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences; William J. Eckert, Professor in the Department of Business Administration; Donald C. Frament, Associate Professor, Instructional Support Services and Retention; Andrew Hurd, Assistant Professor in the Department of Computing and Information Sciences; Patricia Kaiser, Data Analysis Coordinator II for the Marvin Library; and Diane Teutschman, Advising Specialist, Department of Teacher Preparation.

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.

Rachel Bornn Rachel Bornn of Averill Park was honored for Excellence in Teaching. She has been a full-time English department faculty member for 12 years and has been very active in enhancing the academic life of the college during that time. Currently the chair of the college’s Academic Senate, she has held several additional leadership positions within the senate and was the co-author of the college’s plagiarism policy. Bornn also is heavily involved in student extracurricular activities and currently serves as advisor to The Hudsonian, the college’s student newspaper. She also has served as co-editor of Threads, the college’s student literary journal and the advisor to the WHVC, the student radio club. Bornn received her bachelor of arts degree in English and her master’s degree in English education from the University of Florida.
Suzanne Brownrigg Honored for Excellence in Professional Service was West Sand Lake resident Suzanne Brownrigg. Brownrigg oversees the more than two dozen College in the High School partnerships Hudson Valley enjoys with schools around the region. College in the High School students take college-level courses taught by Hudson Valley adjunct instructors as part of their regular school day and can gain transferable college credit. The number of school partnerships and course offerings has grown substantially under Brownrigg’s leadership and in 2010, Hudson Valley’s College in the High School became one of just only 66 programs nationwide to earn accreditation by the National Association of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships. Brownrigg has been employed at Hudson Valley for 22 years, beginning her career coordinating the college’s corporate training programs. She received her bachelor’s degree in English from Hartwick College and master of business administration from Syracuse University.
Michele Catone-Maitino Michele Catone-Maitino of Wynantskill was honored for Excellence in Teaching. Catone-Maitino has taught psychology at the college for two decades and was recognized for her ability to engage students in both the traditional classroom and the online learning environment. She is active in many on-campus committees and served as the faculty advisor to the Psychology Club. A graduate of Hudson Valley Community College, she also earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University at Albany.
William Eckert William Eckert of Castleton, was honored for Excellence in Teaching. He has been a member of the School of Business faculty for 20 years, teaching statistics and quantitative business applications. Professor Eckert was honored for his ability to bring real world applications to his teaching as well as his enthusiasm and dedication to student success. Eckert graduated from Hudson Valley Community College with a degree in electrical technology and also has a B.S. in industrial management from Empire State College as well as master’s degrees in economics and management from the University at Albany and The College of Saint Rose.
Donald C. Frament Donald C. Frament of Troy, an associate professor in the college’s Learning Centers, was honored for Excellence in Faculty Service. Frament’s role in the Learning Center focuses on providing one-on-one academic support to students who may be struggling academically or who lack self confidence in their abilities. He was noted for his ability to encourage, teach and inspire confidence in his students. In addition to his numerous responsibilities on campus, Frament has served in several leadership roles for the New York College Learning Skills Association. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University at Albany and a master of arts degree in postsecondary developmental education from Appalachian State University.
Andrew Hurd Andrew Hurd of Clifton Park, an assistant professor in the Computing and Information Sciences Department, was honored for Excellence in Teaching. Hurd has been a faculty member since 2001 and teaches a variety of programming and software development courses. He was noted for his high academic standards and his ability to create a positive and challenging atmosphere in the classroom. Hurd received his associate degree from Mohawk Valley Community College, a bachelor of arts in computer science/math and a master’s degree in teaching from SUNY Potsdam. He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree from the University at Albany.
Patricia Kaiser Patricia Kaiser of Averill Park, a data analysis coordinator in the Marvin Library, was honored for Excellence in Classified Service. Kaiser began working at the college in 1973 and has been instrumental in developing more streamlined and efficient library operations over the past three decades. She was noted for her customer service and her ability to create a welcoming atmosphere in the college library.
Diane Teutschman Diane Teutschman of Schenectady, an advising specialist in the Department of Teacher Preparation, was honored for Excellence in Professional Service. A member of the college’s faculty and staff since 2004, she was lauded for her commitment to student success and her ability to motivate students to complete their degrees. In addition to her role as the department’s academic advisor, Teutschman also is a certified trainer for the Safe Schools Against Violence (SAVE) Program and the Olweus Bullying Prevention training program. She received her bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Empire State College and a master of science in education from Long Island University.

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.