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05/10/2013
Six Professionals From Hudson Valley Community College Receive SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence

Six 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 2013.

Instituted in 1972, the Chancellor’s Award recognizes exceptional contributions to the university by dedicated professionals. Since its inception, more than 130 faculty and staff members from Hudson Valley Community College have received the award.

The college’s recipients are:

Excellence in Classified Service: David J. Plunkett, Campus Security Officer.

Excellence in Professional Service: Dr. Margaret M. Geehan, Dean, Schools of Health Sciences and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and Anne F. Minehan, Associate for Academic Planning, Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Excellence in Teaching: Professor Marianne Belles, Dental Hygiene; Assistant Professor Gerard M. McEneaney, Building Systems Technology; and Associate Professor Andrew Schott, History, Philosophy and Social Sciences.

The award recipients were honored at the Faculty/Staff Honors Convocation on Thursday, May 9, at 4:30 p.m. in the Maureen Stapleton Theatre, followed by a reception in the lobby of the Guenther Enrollment Services Center.

David Plunkett of Troy was honored for Excellence in Classified Service. He began his employment at the college in 1978 and has been a member of the Public Safety Department for nearly 35 years. Plunkett has served as interim director of public safety on several occasions during his three decades of service to the college. His duties include training new officers and scheduling the three shifts of public safety personnel on campus.

Honored for Excellence in Professional Service was Dr. Margaret Geehan of Petersburgh. She began her career at the college in 1997 as an adjunct instructor in the English Department. Two years later, Geehan moved to the Division of Academic Affairs, serving as assistant to the vice president for academic affairs. In the fall of 2007, she was named dean of the School of Health Sciences and the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Under her leadership, the two academic divisions have diversified their offerings with new degree programs and certificates in such areas as adolescence education, polysomnography, digital media, biotechnology, physical sciences, theatre arts, criminal justice, and bereavement studies.

Anne F. Minehan of Averill Park also was honored for Excellence in Professional Service. She joined the college staff in 1987 and has been in her current position within the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs since 2006. As co-chair of the Meritorious Service Award Committee, she coordinates the college-wide award ceremony that recognizes the contributions of the college’s classified staff and the length of service of college employees. Her duties cover a wide range of planning and oversight activities in support of the academic affairs office.

Marianne Belles of Schenectady was honored for Excellence in Teaching. She joined the faculty as an adjunct instructor in the Dental Hygiene Department in 1987 and became a full-time member of the faculty in August 1994. In 2009, she was promoted to the rank of professor. Belles has been a member of the college’s Academic Senate and a faculty mentor in the college’s Center for Effective Teaching. She also helped design and teach a highly successful post-graduate certification course in local anesthesia and nitrous oxide analgesia for registered dental hygienists. Outside the classroom, Belles coordinates an annual Girl Scout visit to the Dental Hygiene Clinic during Children’s’ Dental Health Month.

Gerard McEneaney of Nassau also was honored for Excellence in Teaching. He began his career at Hudson Valley as an adjunct instructor in 1985 and became a full-time faculty member in 1987, attaining the rank of assistant professor in 1992. McEneaney has been a member of the college’s Academic Senate for 17 years and served as its chairperson for three years. In 2012, he was recognized for his years of dedicated service with the Academic Senate’s Marco J. Silvestri Award. He also serves on the college’s Technology Advisory Committee. McEneaney was an early proponent of using interactive television to teach technology subjects and helped create a network of institutions across the state to facilitate courses in the college’s Plant Utilities Technology curriculum. As a result of his efforts, in 2000 the college received a $1 million scholarship endowment from the Athens Generating Company for students in the Plant Utilities Technology curriculum.

Andrew Schott of Niskayuna, an associate professor in the college’s History, Philosophy and Social Science Department, also was honored for Excellence in Teaching. Schott joined the faculty in 1993 as an adjunct instructor in the Physical Education Department. In 1999, he became a full-time instructor in the History, Philosophy and Social Sciences Department teaching courses in psychology. He was promoted to associate professor in 2009. Schott has served as a faculty mentor for fellow teachers and is well-known for his ability to adapt to students’ differing learning styles. He has received the college’s President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and served as assistant director for the Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement.

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 13,250 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 75,000 alumni.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, May 9, 2013