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Tau Alpha Pi Inducts 13 Hudson Valley Students

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, June 25, 2003

Thirteen Hudson Valley Community College students were recently inducted into the New York Epsilon chapter of the Tau Alpha Pi National Honor Society. To gain entrance into the honor society, students are required to rank among the top four percent of Hudson Valley's total engineering technology enrollment.

The following Hudson Valley students (with their degree programs in parentheses) were inducted into Tau Alpha Pi: Jeremy Reegan Alexander of Eagle Bridge (Construction Technology); Jason Michael Austin of Glenville (Mechanical Engineering Technology); John Paul DePaolo of Troy (Civil Engineering Technology); Nicholas DeTomaso of Troy (Electrical Engineering Technology); Ronald Robert Draiss of East Greenbush (Mechanical Engineering Technology); Emmanuel E. Flowers of Albany (Electrical Engineering Technology); Thomas Gardinier of Little Falls (Mechanical Engineering Technology); Matthew Adam Leeter of Troy (Civil Engineering Technology); Zachary J. Pesce of Valatie (Civil Engineering Technology); Jacob Timothy Scarano of Little Falls (Civil Engineering Technology); Debbie Seufert of Coeymans Hollow (Civil Engineering Technology); Jared Joseph Steller of Hoosick (Civil Engineering Technology); and Stephanie Lynn Winkelhake of Wynantskill (Civil Engineering Technology).

"These 13 Tau Alpha Pi inductees are some of the best and brightest students at Hudson Valley," said John Buono, president of Hudson Valley.

Both associate and baccalaureate degree students are eligible for induction into Tau Alpha Pi, which is a national organization with affiliate chapters on the campuses of many leading colleges and universities. Hudson Valley formed its New York Epsilon chapter in 1974, inducting five members. Each had a grade point average in excess of 3.9.

In addition to this year's student inductees, two Hudson Valley faculty members are being inducted into Tau Alpha Pi as honorary members. Professors George F. Limbrunner of East Greenbush and Theodore W. Marotta of Clifton Park are being honored for their combined 69 years of service to Hudson Valley.

Founded in 1953, 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 11,000 students, and it is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has graduated more than 55,000 students.