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Marina Privman at Fort Drum Wins Excellence in Mentoring Award Award; Specializes in Science, Math and Technology

By Hope Ferguson, senior writer

June 1, 2012

Privman

“Receiving the award has been an unexpected pleasure. I feel highly honored and humbled by the responsibility,” said Privman.

“I have interacted with Marina in many ways different ways over the past 14 years,” said Central New York Dean Nikki Shrimpton. “In every mentoring role I have observed her in she has demonstrated unfailing professionalism, dedication to the college’s mission and concern for both her own students as well as other students at the Fort Drum Unit.”

As the unit coordinator, Privman navigates three systems – the college, the Army and the consortium of SUNY Colleges of Northern New York, according to her colleague Maureen Kravac. She has to be particularly sensitive to the military population.

“While many adult students face challenges, many Fort Drum students – soldiers and their family members – have dealt with extreme and unusual circumstances, weathering two long wars,” Kravac said.

Privman joined SUNY Empire State College in 1998. Although her specialty is SMT, as the coordinator of the Fort Drum Unit she has had to work with students in a variety of disciplines. Privman also has volunteered on numerous occasions to serve on subcommittees or working groups such as Area of Study Review or General Education Assessment Review. She also willingly has shared resources with colleagues and often “challenges us to think about, and discuss, critical issues relating to science and math studies at the college,” said Shrimpton.

Privman served on the faculty Senate and is presently on the center’s Governance Operations and Review Committee.

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Article Contributors
  • Helen Edelman
  • Hope Ferguson
  • Lorraine Klembczyk
  • Michael Mancini
  • Ann Therese McCorkell
  • Vickie Moller
  • Janet Shideler
  • Paul Tucci
  • David White