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Four Hudson Valley Community College Students Garner 2002 Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence

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RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, May 16, 2002

Four Hudson Valley Community College students are recipients of the 2002 Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence, the highest student honor bestowed by the State University system. The honorees from Hudson Valley are Lindsey Bradt of Albany and Loren Felsman, Sean Grady and Frances Suggs, all of Troy. Nominees for the Chancellor's Award must show a combination of academic excellence, campus and community leadership and personal integrity. The award recipients were honored at a ceremony at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center, Thursday, April 17.

Image of Lindsey BradtLindsey Bradt, who is a President's List student, is pursuing a Physical Education Studies degree and plans to graduate in May. She was a two-year member of the college's women's basketball team and an NJCAA first team All American in 2001, when she led her team to a Number 2 national ranking. Bradt, the college's all-time leading scorer in women's basketball, also was the recipient of the Lester Higbee Award, which recognizes the outstanding female athlete at the college in 2001. A two-time NJCAA Region III Player of the Year, Bradt is a graduate of Bishop Maginn High School. She plans to continue her studies at a four-year college or university.


Image of Loren FelsmanLoren Felsman, a student in the Individual Studies program, is the president of the Student Government Association and has earned a perfect 4.0 grade point average through the Fall 2001 semester. In addition, he was recently named to the second team of the national All American academic team, sponsored by USA Today and Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for two-year colleges. This honor places him among the top two-year college students in the country. He is a member of the Business Higher Education Roundtable of the Capital Region and has volunteered for Stop the Violence, Inc., a program that assists victims of domestic violence. He will continue his education this fall at Cornell University.

Image of Sean GradySean Grady is the president of the college's Alpha Xi Sigma chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, and vice president of the college's Student Senate. He has been a President's List student for each of his semesters at the college and actively involved in several campus leadership positions, including the General Education Assessment Review Committee, the Academic Vice President's Student Advisory Committee, the Cultural Affairs Committee and the Middle States Review Standards subcommittee. Grady has received numerous honors while a student at the college, including the Cathy Hunter-Roberts Memorial Scholarship, the SUNY Minority Honors Scholarship, the Second Chance Scholarship and the NYS Federation of Homes Bureaus Scholarship. He also is the co-founder and president of the Mahogany Angels, a drill team for young girls, and the coach of Grady's Giants, a team in the Capital District Flag Football League. Grady will graduate in May with a Business Administration degree. He plans to continue his education at a four-year college or university.

Image of Frances SuggsFrances Suggs is a President's List student who currently maintains a 3.94 grade point average in the Human Services curriculum. She will graduate in May and plans to continue her education at the University at Albany, and eventually earn a master's degree in social work. A mother of four, Suggs returned to school in 1998 while maintaining a full-time job, volunteer responsibilities and a family. She has received numerous awards and accolades both on campus and from community organizations, including the Outstanding Public Service Award from the Commission on Economic Opportunity. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, and has received the Second Chance Scholarship, the Continuing Education Scholarship, the Dr. Ruth Waller Scholarship and the Mary Margaret Scholarship. She currently works as a therapeutic support counselor at the Center for the Disabled.

"These four students came to Hudson Valley with differing backgrounds and expectations. What they accomplished here proves that a student can truly make a Hudson Valley a starting point to a brand new future," said college President John Buono. "My sincere congratulations go out to our Chancellor's Award winners and all of our outstanding students.

The four Hudson Valley Community College students were among 187 honored from around the State University of New York system.

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 Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and 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 10,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.