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FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, April 20, 2006

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Five Hudson Valley Community College students – Lori Critcher of Albany, Wendy Franklin of Greenville, Heather Rice of Stephentown, Steven Rosato of Latham, and Carrie Blakesley Snyder of Schenectady – recently were honored with the Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence.

John R. Ryan, chancellor of the State University of New York, presented the awards at a ceremony in Albany on April 10. A total of 270 graduating students from 62 SUNY campuses received the award. Each of the honorees has excelled in academic achievement and in at least one of the following areas: leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts or career achievement.

"Recipients of this year's awards have excelled academically and, in many cases, far exceeded even their own expectations in their pursuit of higher education and community involvement," Ryan said. "The Chancellor's Award for Excellence is given to the best and the brightest students across the SUNY System. I am pleased to see so many recipients this year from nearly all of our campuses. I commend the campus presidents and their faculty and staff for discovering and enhancing student excellence throughout the year."

Lori Critcher
Critcher, who has a 4.0 grade point average in Individual Studies, was named to the 2005 edition of "Who's Who Among American Junior College Students;" is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for students at two-year colleges; and was named to the 2004, 2005 and 2006 National Dean's List. Critcher also was involved in the college's fundraising drive to help victims of Hurricane Katrina and volunteered for the college's Career Exploration Day. She will transfer to the University at Albany in the fall and plans to pursue a bachelor's degree in anthropology, a combined bachelor's and master's degree in English, and doctorate in anthropology.

Wendy Franklin
Franklin, an Individual Studies student who has a 3.91 G.P.A., is vice president of service for the college's Phi Theta Kappa chapter and was twice named to the President's List. She won the college's Dwight Marvin Library Award for excellence in student research and helped coordinate a campus food drive for Hurricane Katrina victims. Franklin also regularly volunteers at the Hudson Mohawk Humane Society and serves as treasurer of the college's Animal Outreach Club. Franklin plans to transfer to the University at Albany, where she plans to pursue a bachelor's degree in environmental sciences and a combined bachelor's and master's degree in geography.

Heather Rice
Rice, who has a 3.75 G.P.A. in Individual Studies, has been named to the President's List for all three of her semesters at Hudson Valley. She serves as the public relations officer and recording officer for the college's Phi Theta Kappa chapter. Rice also received a certificate of recognition for National Youth Service Day for volunteering to organize interactive programs for children visiting the New York State Museum's Discovery Place. Rice is considering transferring to the University at Albany or Russell Sage College, where she plans to pursue a bachelor's and master's degree in social work.

Steven Rosato
Rosato, who has a 4.0 G.P.A. in Mathematics and Science, is the treasurer of Hudson Valley's Student Senate and twice earned the organization's Highest G.P.A. Award. He also was appointed a senior senator, and represented the college at leadership conferences in Massachusetts, Florida and Georgia. Rosato is a member of the Faculty Student Association's Board of Directors and was named a Certified Student Leader at the 2005 National Conference on Student Leadership. After graduating, Rosato plans to move to Las Vegas and is considering pursuing a bachelor's degree in biology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Carrie Blakesley Snyder
Snyder, who has a 4.0 G.P.A. in Individual Studies, works as a certified interpreter for the deaf and served as president of the Capital Region Interpreter Network professional organization. She also is active with the Girl Scouts' Hudson Valley Council, earning its Outstanding Volunteer Award and serving as a council trainer. Snyder also is a member of the college's Phi Theta Kappa chapter. Snyder hopes to transfer to the University of Albany's School of Social Welfare to pursue both a bachelor's and master's degree.

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.