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Hudson Valley Community College Seeks Nominations for 2004 Distinguished Alumni Award

CONTACT: Janine Kava (518) 629-8071 or (518) 629-8085
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, October 29, 2003

Hudson Valley Community College is seeking nominations for its 2004 Distinguished Alumni Award, which recognizes the professional achievements and contributions that the college's alumni have made to the community.

Nominees should exemplify the qualities of community and professional leadership that are symbolic of the goals and objectives of Hudson Valley Community College. Through their work, past honorees have distinguished themselves as leaders in business, health care, government and the community.

Anyone can nominate an alumnus/alumna for the award. The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, Dec. 30. Applications are available online at or by contacting Aimee LaLiberte, director of alumni affairs and annual giving, at 629-8077 or

A committee of alumni who represent the college, local businesses, county government and the community at large will choose the recipient, who will be honored on May 27, 2004, at a luncheon sponsored by the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation and the college's Office of Alumni Affairs.

The award was first presented in 1984. Since then, 15 distinguished alumni have been honored, including last year's recipient, John M. Scarchilli \'74, chief executive officer of Pioneer Savings Bank; Congressman John E. Sweeney \'79; Joyce E. Hughes-Carr \'78, director of the Office of Organizational Development in the Center for Community Health at the New York State Department of Health; and Karen E. Gordon \'70, executive director the Commission on Economic Opportunity for the Rensselaer County Area, Inc.

The Hudson Valley Community College Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable corporation formed in 1983 to philanthropically support the college's mission. Gifts to the Foundation from alumni, businesses, faculty, staff and friends are used to enhance programs, facilities and scholarship opportunities at the college.

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.