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Hudson Valley Community College Student Jonathan Ashdown Named to 2004 All-New York Academic Team \"Photo

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, April 6, 2004

Engineering Science Student Recognized by USA Today, Phi Theta Kappa and AACC

Jonathan D. Ashdown
Schuylerville resident Jonathan D. Ashdown, a second-year Engineering Science student at Hudson Valley Community College, has been named to the first team of the 2004 All New York State Academic Team.

Ashdown was one of just 10 community college students from across the state to receive the All State first team designation. The awards are sponsored by USA Today, the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and the American Association of Community Colleges. Each year, the three organizations choose an All USA Academic team, as well as All State teams.

Ashdown is a President's List student in the demanding Engineering Science program at Hudson Valley. He plans to graduate in May and hopes to continue his education in the Electrical Engineering program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

The 2002 graduate of Schuylerville High School is president of the Alpha Xi Sigma chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society of the two-year college. He also is the recipient of the Senator Joseph L. Bruno Public Service Scholarship at the college.

Ashdown and the other all state honorees will be invited to the 2004 Phi Theta Kappa Award Luncheon on Monday, April 19, at the State University Plaza.

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 11,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.