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Buono Names Troy Native To Student Services Post

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085 or Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8073
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, July 24, 2000

Dr. Kathleen Sweener Appointed as Hudson Valley's Director of Student Development

Hudson Valley Community College President John L. Buono recently appointed Dr. Kathleen Sweener of Troy as the college's director of student development.

Dr. Sweener has spent the past 11 years as Hudson Valley's referral/intervention specialist. In the position, she was responsible for coordinating and implementing activities related to substance abuse prevention. She provided counseling and referrals for students, and training and consultation for Hudson Valley's faculty and staff.

"Dr. Sweener has a reputation for helping students," President Buono said. "When she was our referral/intervention specialist, she treated many issues, not just substance abuse. Dr. Sweener provided assistance to victims of sexual abuse; students coping with depression. She truly cares about our students and it shows."

As director of student development, Dr. Sweener will still deal directly with students, offering career and academic advisement, transfer counseling and psychological services. A licensed psychologist, Dr. Sweener also will oversee the college's Counseling Center and develop articulation agreements with four-year colleges.

As formal agreements between Hudson Valley and baccalaureate-granting institutions, articulation agreements are established for specific academic programs and assure transfer with junior standing upon completion of appropriate coursework and achievement of a minimum grade point average. Hudson Valley currently has 37 such agreements, which allow for a seamless transition to four-year colleges and institutions, and enable students to save thousands of dollars on the cost of a four-year college education.

Dr. Sweener received a doctorate degree in School Psychology from UAlbany in 1997. She earned her master's degree at Long Island University and her bachelor's degree at Siena College.

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions; Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, Hudson Valley has an enrollment of more than 9,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining.