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Student Development Director Published

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085 or Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8071

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, March 25, 2002

\"ImageA manuscript based on Dr. Kathleen Sweener's dissertation was recently published in the Spring 2002 issue of Journal of Developmental Education. Dr. Sweener, a Troy native who serves as Hudson Valley Community College's director of student development, is listed as the primary author of "Comfort with Accommodations at the Community College Level."

The article deals with students classified as learning disabled, as well as community college faculty members' comfort level when it comes to providing accommodations to this rapidly increasing segment of students.

Dr. Sweener, who spent 11 years as Hudson Valley's referral/intervention specialist, became the college's student development director in July 2000. A licensed psychologist, she oversees Hudson Valley's Counseling Center and offers career and academic advisement to students. She also offers transfer counseling and psychological services.

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 certification programs in four academic divisions: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Business; as well as programs run through the Educational Opportunities Center offering certification in workforce and academic preparation. 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.

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