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Area Residents Earn Student Senate Positions

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, May 31, 2002

Five Hudson Valley Community College students were elected as Student Senate officers in recent elections: Paul Culpepper of Albany (President); Vanessa Colon of Troy (Vice President); Robin Shaw of Albany (Secretary); Sam Wiggins of Albany (Treasurer); and Ramona Crawford of Troy (Student Trustee).

Terms for the recently elected students officials run from June 1, 2002 until May 31, 2003.

"These newly-elected student officials will represent the entire student body at Hudson Valley Community College in the coming school year," said Louis Coplin, director of student life at Hudson Valley. "It will certainly be a year filled with challenges and opportunities for them. It should allow them to experience leadership."

Culpepper, a Computer Information Systems major who will be responsible for carrying out all actions taken by the Student Senate, outdistanced his closest competitor, 233 votes to 147.

An Individual Studies major, Colon will preside over Hudson Valley's Programming Board and, in the absence of the president, she will assume all the responsibilities and duties of the president. She won the two-person race for the vice presidency, 272 votes to 189.

As secretary, Shaw will be responsible for carrying on the correspondence of the Student Senate. A Dental Hygiene major, she garnered 256 votes while her competitor collected 197 votes.

Wiggins, an Individual Studies major, earned 252 votes, nearly doubling his closest competitor. Wiggins will act as Chairman of the Budget Committee, and will account for the balance of the budget.

Crawford defeated her opposition by more than 100 votes. A Chemical Technician major, Crawford will represent the student body at Hudson Valley's Board of Trustees meetings. She will be allowed to vote at these meetings.

"By holding leadership positions, these students will develop and enhance their communication skills," Coplin said. "They're also in a position to have an impact on how college policies are implemented."

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, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.