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Tau Alpha Pi Inducts 11 Students

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, May 30, 2002

Eleven Hudson Valley Community College students were recently inducted into the New York Epsilon chapter of Tau Alpha Pi, the National Honor Society for Technologies. The students are: Gregg Colman of Ballston Lake; John Duro of Delanson; John Hock of Latham; Arthur Kabat of Latham; William Lauritsen of Nassau; Erik Okeson of Cohoes; Benjamin Pagano of Galway; Jonathan Poyta of Schenectady; Wendi Prud'homme of Ballston Spa; Jeremy Schneible of Greenwich; and Michael VanSlyke of Voorheesville.

To gain entrance into the honor society, students are required to rank among the top four percent of an institution's total engineering technology enrollment.

"Tau Alpha Pi is quite selective," said John Buono, president of Hudson Valley. "It serves engineering technology students the same way Phi Theta Kappa serves liberal arts students, so these inductees should be very proud. They're among the finest students Hudson Valley Community College has to offer."

Tau Alpha Pi is a national organization with affiliate chapters located on the campuses of many of the country's leading technical colleges and universities. Both associate and baccalaureate degree students are eligible. Hudson Valley formed its Tau Alpha Pi chapter in 1974.

Hudson Valley Community College 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 Opportunity Center offering certification programs in workforce and academic preparation. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 9,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining.