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Bruno, Golub Corp. and Angelo, Kathleen Mastrangelo Honored by SUNY Community College Trustees
All four recognized for work with Hudson Valley Community College

CONTACT: Janine Kava (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday March 31, 2006

State Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno, philanthropists Kathleen and Angelo Mastrangelo and the Golub Corporation have been recognized for their commitment to, and collaboration with, Hudson Valley Community College by an organization that represents the boards of trustees of the State University of New York’s 30 community colleges.

Hudson Valley’s Board of Trustees nominated all four recipients for the awards, which will be presented tonight at the annual meeting of the New York Community College Trustees of the State University of New York (NYCCT) at the Gideon Putnam Resort and Spa in Saratoga Springs.

“The Board of Trustees is proud to show our colleagues from around the state the innovative things happening at Hudson Valley. We are justifiably proud to have all of our nominations recognized at this year’s annual meeting,” Hudson Valley Community College Board of Trustees Chairman Dr. Robert H. Hill II said. “Congratulations to Senator Bruno, the Mastrangelos and the Golub family.”

Bruno received the Friend of Community Colleges Award, which is given to a person whose actions significantly advanced the cause of community colleges in the state. Previous recipients include former SUNY Chancellor Clifton Wharton and U.S. Rep. James T. Walsh. The award is the highest honor given by the NYCCT to a person who is not a member of a SUNY board of trustees.

During his tenure, Bruno has been a tireless advocate for education, leading efforts to enact the College Savings Program in 1997 to help families save for higher education; successfully advocating for College Bound, which made New York one of the first states in the nation to allow for the deduction of tuition expenses from state taxes; and working to preserve the state’s Tuition Assistance Program. He also has championed the cause of community college education in the state by leading the effort to maintain and enhance state aid to community colleges. At Hudson Valley Community College alone, Bruno has advocated for more than $17 million to support the improvement of services.

Angelo and Kathleen Mastrangelo of Binghamton received the Benefactor Vision for Tomorrow Award. The Mastrangelos, who have a strong desire to give back to the community and to help others achieve their dreams through higher education, created the Second Chance Foundation in 1987. Since that time, the Mastrangelos’ Foundation has provided more than $850,000 in Second Chance Scholarships to more than 400 Hudson Valley Community College students.

Second Chance scholarships are merit-based and are awarded to students who have overcome tremendous personal obstacles to continue their education. Hudson Valley was the first college to award the scholarships, which now also are given to students at Schenectady County Community College, Broome Community College, The College of Saint Rose and the University at Albany. The Mastrangelos, formerly of the Capital Region, made their fortune through their ownership of Adirondack Beverages.

The Golub Corp., the Schenectady-based company that operates Price Chopper supermarkets, received the Business/Industry Partnership Award for its innovative collaboration with Hudson Valley. In 2004, the college and regional grocery chain announced the creation of a 32-credit Supermarket Management and Operations Certificate, which combines traditional Business Administration courses at the college with those specifically designed for Price Chopper’s retail grocery business.

This certificate program is available exclusively to Price Chopper associates, and courses are offered both on campus and via distance learning. The Golub Corp. also offers full scholarships to 30 part-time Price Chopper associates who attend college full-time at Hudson Valley.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 60 degree and certificate programs in four schools: 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 12,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 60,000 alumni.