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Hudson Valley Community College Foundation Welcomes New Heritage Society Members
Four individuals recognized for making planned gifts

CONTACT: Janine Kava (518) 629-8071 or
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Oct. 23, 2006

The Hudson Valley Community College Foundation recently welcomed four new members to its Heritage Society, which recognizes individuals who have provided, or have made plans to provide, charitable gifts through bequests, trusts and other life income gifts.

Three alumni and one college employee were welcomed to the society at a dinner held earlier this month at The Country Club of Troy. They are:

  • Walter Gardiner '55. A member of the college's first graduating class, Gardiner received an associate's degree in Electrical Technology. He recently retired after a 30-year career with IBM; he resides in San Angelo, Texas.

  • Robert Pratt '55. Also a member of the college's first graduating class, Pratt received an associate's degree in Electrical Technology. Upon graduation, he went to work for AT&T, where he worked for 33 years; he lives in Albany.

  • Peter Siy '78. Siy holds two associate's degrees from the college, graduating from the Automotive Technical Services program in 1978 and the Electrical Engineering Technology program in 1980. A resident of Lexington, Mass., he has had a long career in the digital communications field, including working for AT&T Bell Labs at several regional offices across the country and owning his own company, White Mountain DSP.

  • Holly Pennock, the college's assistant to the president for assessment and institutional effectiveness. Pennock, of Defreestville, has worked for Hudson Valley for more than 20 years. She was appointed to her current post 2 years ago, after serving as director of school programs and educational outreach since 1997. She has taught at the college, and also served as an academic advisor.

With these new inductions, the society now has 24 living members; the actual value of their collective gifts will not be determined until their estates are settled. The Hudson Valley Community College 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, as well as programs run through the Educational Opportunity Center offering certification programs in workforce and academic preparation.