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Hudson Valley's Pompey and Goldfarb Honored By Student

CONTACT: Jeff Foley or Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8071

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, December 27, 2000

     Hudson Valley Community College sophomore Louisa Thomas recently decided to throw a surprise banquet to honor a pair of Hudson Valley staff members. Thomas, an Albany resident, organized a ceremony to present an Award of Appreciation to staffers Roy Pompey of Troy and Rochelle Goldfarb of Albany.

     "They help with academics, but if you have trouble at home, go to Mr. Pompey or Rochelle," Thomas told The Hudsonian, Hudson Valley's student newspaper.

     Pompey, who graduated from The College of Saint Rose, has been employed by Hudson Valley since 1987. He is currently in charge of the Minority Orientation Program (MOP) and the Collegiate Academic Support System (CASP).

     MOP is designed to help incoming minority students make a smooth transition to Hudson Valley Community College. Among the services the program provides: a one-day orientation session, spearheaded and run by Pompey; assistance with development of college study skills, instructional services; and development of mentorships.

     CASP is designed to assist minority and economically disadvantaged undergraduate students who are enrolled in educational programs. The program helps students maintain a solid academic performance, develop self-confidence and establish personal standards for success.

     Goldfarb, who joined Hudson Valley's staff in 1997, earned a bachelor's degree from San Francisco State University and a master's from UAlbany. She is the MOP educational specialist in mathematics, working with students in one-on-one and small group settings. She offers assistance for every math class taught at Hudson Valley.
     "Roy Pompey is the first person a lot of our students meet," said John L. Buono, Hudson Valley's president. "And Rochelle Goldfarb is always there for students as well, ready to offer tutoring. Or just support. When a student sets up an achievement award like this, it tells you something about your staff. Roy and Rochelle both have an open-door policy, which they truly stand by, and it's nice that students recognize their hard work and genuine concern. These employees truly care about the people they work with."

     According to Thomas, Pompey and Goldfarb were given plaques because of their ability to help with nearly any situation a student may run into, whether it's school- or home-related.

      "I just wanted to do something for them," said Thomas, who stressed that the ceremony could not have taken place without the assistance of Hudson Valley's Student Council and Louis Coplin, Hudson Valley's director of Educational Opportunity Services and Student Services.
    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 Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, Hudson Valley has an enrollment of more than 9,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining.