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Hudson Valley Community College to Honor Community Partners, Distinguished Alumni

Clough, Harbour & Associates receives Corporate Excellence Award

CONTACT: Janine Kava (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, May 26, 2005

Clough, Harbour & Associates – one of the nation's largest engineering firms – has been named the inaugural recipient of Hudson Valley Community College's Corporate Excellence Award in recognition of the company's reputation in the field and commitment to Hudson Valley and its alumni.

The Corporate Excellence Award is one of five awards that will be presented at the Hudson Valley Community College Awards Luncheon at noon on Thursday, June 2, in meeting rooms 1 - 3 of the Bulmer Telecommunications Center on the Hudson Valley campus. Anyone interested in attending the event should contact Aimee LaLiberte, director of alumni affairs, at (518) 629-8077 or

Sponsored by the college's Alumni Association, the event evolved out of the association's Distinguished Alumni Award Luncheon, which had been held since 1984. The four other awards are: the Otto V. Guenther Career Achievement Award; the 1953 Award for Distinguished Service to Hudson Valley Community College by an Alumnus; the 1953 Award for Distinguished Service to Hudson Valley Community College by a Non-Alumnus; and the Hudson Valley Community College Humanitarian Award.

"We felt that it was only appropriate to expand the award categories so we could recognize our ever-growing alumni base – at this point, more than 60,000 people call Hudson Valley their alma mater," Alumni Association President Peter Semenza '84 said. "At the same time, we also wanted to recognize the tremendous commitment and generosity of our community partners, whether they are businesses, organizations or charitable foundations."

Hudson Valley's relationship with Albany-based Clough, Harbour & Associates dates back to the early 1960s, when alumnus William Harbour '60 joined the firm. He went on to become one of the company's namesakes – and part of the long line of Hudson Valley graduates who work there.

Currently, 81 of CHA's employees are graduates of the college, comprising nearly 15 percent of its 550-person workforce. The firm has 24 offices throughout the eastern United States, from Portland, Maine, to Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

In addition to Harbour, two members of the company's executive committee also call Hudson Valley their alma mater: Industrial Services Director James Ryan '68 and Chief Operating Officer William Lucarelli '73.

"We are especially pleased to accept this award," Mr. Harbour said. "Our association with Hudson Valley Community College has played a significant role in our growth. During the course of our 45-year relationship, many of Hudson Valley's graduates have become partners and associates in our firm. The college's alumni have made significant contributions not only to CHA, but to the Capital Region community as a whole."

In addition to Clough, Harbour & Associates, the following individuals will be recognized:

  • James R. Barbieri '75 will receive the Otto V. Guenther Career Achievement Award. Named for the college's first president, this award is given to alumni who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in their career. Barbieri, a Business Administration graduate, is president and chief executive officer of Holbrook Cooperative Bank in Holbrook, Mass. He has spent more than 30 years in the banking industry, and has been actively involved in his community, particularly with the Boy Scouts of America; he currently serves on the Northeast region's executive board of the organization.
  • William F. Fagan '73 will receive the 1953 Award for Distinguished Service to Hudson Valley Community College by an Alumnus. Fagan, a Liberal Arts and Sciences graduate, is president of William J. Fagan & Sons, Inc., an insurance company in Troy. He joined the board of the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation in 1994, and has served as president or chairman since 1997. Under his leadership, the Foundation has experienced tremendous growth and in 2003-04, philanthropic support to the college and Foundation exceeded $1 million. He also is a member of a variety of community organizations and a former member of the Troy City Council and Rensselaer County Legislature.
  • Anne S. Morgan, a retired Hudson Valley professor and widow of Dr. Frank J. Morgan, Jr., emeritus dean of liberal arts and sciences at the college, will receive the 1953 Award for Distinguished Service to Hudson Valley Community College by a Non-Alumnus. Morgan joined the college in the mid-1960s and served as a professor for three decades. An active member of the college community, she touched the lives of her many students and served on the Middle States Accreditation Committee. She joined the Foundation Board of Directors in 2000, and currently serves as chairwoman of its Scholarship Committee, which awards more than $80,000 in scholarships annually to Hudson Valley students.
  • James P. Sano '76 will receive the Hudson Valley Community College Humanitarian Service Award, which is given to an alumnus who has exercised leadership through volunteer service, participation in public service and/or personal sacrifice to improve the lives of others. For more than 20 years, Sano has been a successful teacher and coach in the Albany public school system. A Liberal Arts and Sciences graduate, he also serves on the Albany Common Council as the council member for the 9th Ward.

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

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 60 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and workforce and academic preparation programs offered through the Educational Opportunity Center. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, and it is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has more than 60,000 alumni.