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Hudson Valley Community College to Honor Community Partners, Distinguished Alumni

CONTACT: Jason McCord (518) 629-8071 or (518) 629-7180
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Robert Allen ’63, president of C.T. Male Associates, one of the region’s most distinguished engineering firms, will receive Hudson Valley Community College’s Otto V. Guenther Career Achievement Award in recognition of his commitment to the college, its alumni and the Capital Region.

The Career Achievement award is one of five awards that will be presented at the 2007 Hudson Valley Community College Distinguished Service Awards Luncheon, sponsored by the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation and the college’s Alumni Association. The event will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15 at the Franklin Terrace Ballroom in Troy.

Four additional individuals and a company also will be honored at the event:

  • Dr. Robert H. Hill II, chairman of Hudson Valley’s Board of Directors, will receive the 1953 Award for Distinguished Service to Hudson Valley Community College by a Non-Alumnus;

  • Peter D. Semenza ’84, who served as president of the Hudson Valley Alumni Association for 20 years, will receive the 1953 Award for Distinguished Service to Hudson Valley Community College by an Alumnus;

  • Corey L. Ellis ’94, an Albany City Councilman, will receive the Hudson Valley Community College Humanitarian Service Award; and

  • Anthony Levens, manager of Northeast Regional Operations for Raytheon Professional Services, will receive the Corporate Excellence Award on behalf of his company.

Sponsorships for the event range from $3,500 to $150. Tickets to the lunch are $50, and proceeds from the event benefit the Foundation, a not-for-profit charitable corporation formed in 1983 to philanthropically support the college’s mission. Gifts to the Foundation are used to enhance programs, facilities and scholarship opportunities at the college. For more information about sponsorships or to RSVP, call (518) 629-8012.

Award Information:

Robert Allen ’63: Allen joined C.T. Male as a rod person in 1969, working his way up over the next 30 years to become president of the Latham-based engineering firm in 1999. Allen is deeply involved in the community, serving on the board of the Saratoga Center for the Family, the Leadership Saratoga Alumni Association and many others. He has received the National Association of Community Leadership Distinguished Leadership Award and the Good Scout Award of the Twin Rivers Council of the Boy Scouts.

Dr. Robert H. Hill II: Dr. Hill began his private dental practice in Averill Park in 1975 and has been active in the profession at the national, state and district levels. Currently he serves as Chair of the Hudson Mohawk section of the American College of Dentists.

Dr. Hill is an active member of the community and serves as the chair of the Hudson Valley Community College Board of Trustees. Dr. Hill has been a clinical instructor at Hudson Valley and has been a member of the college’s Dental Hygiene Advisory Board since 1982. In 2006, Dr. Hill served as chairperson of the college’s first-ever Celebration of Excellence. This Gala event raised more than $250,000 for the college’s Dental Hygiene department, helping to offset the high costs of this essential program.

Peter Semenza ’84: A Marketing graduate, Semenza has been one of Hudson Valley’s most active alumni, serving as president of the college’s Alumni Association for 20 years. He now serves on the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Semenza began his career as vice president for development at The Center for the Disabled in 1989, where he oversaw the center’s $1.3-million Annual Fund Appeal. Since 1997, Semenza has served as the executive director of St. Peter’s Hospital Foundation, raising more than $35 million. Semenza also assists several local not-for-profit organizations with various fund raising programs both small and large.

Corey L. Ellis ’94: A lifelong Albany resident, Ellis earned a Liberal Arts and Science degree from Hudson Valley in 1994. He has devoted much of his life to various community service activities, including working with inner-city youths through the Scout Reach program, the Catholic Charities youth mentoring program and the Arbor Hill Little League.

In 2005, Ellis was elected to the Albany City Council. One of his top priorities is enhancing the quality of life in Albany, including working to decrease the number of abandoned buildings in the city and seeking to build a library in the Arbor Hill area so children have a place to continue their education.

Anthony Levens/Raytheon Professional Services: Raytheon Professional Services, a Raytheon Company subsidiary, is a global leader in learning services. For the past eight years, Raytheon Professional Services has delivered training to more than 70,000 service technicians working at more than 5,000 General Motors dealerships across the United States.

As manager of Northeast Regional Operations for Raytheon Professional Services, Levens has partnered with Hudson Valley Community College to deliver several important training contracts for the colleges automotive technical services programs. This positive relationship has led to more than $114,994 in General Motors equipment donations for Hudson Valley. Levens also offers several community service programs such as airbag awareness and extraction seminars for first responders.

Major sponsors of the event include the Times Union and MVP Health Care.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 associate’s 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.