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Hudson Valley Community College Math Team Wins First-Place in Statewide Math Contest

CONTACT: Lisa Roche (518) 629-8063 or Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, May 8, 2001

Hudson Valley student Thomas Zink of Sand Lake led the way as Hudson Valley's math team achieved number one ranking in the state in the annual New York State Mathematics Association of Two Year Colleges contest. Zink was the leading scorer in the state. Aaron Brian O'Connor of Clifton Park placed 4th in the state. Hudson Valley Instructor Ann Leonard oversaw the contest and coached the team.

"It is outstanding that our team pulled off this victory, both in the fall and for the whole year," said Engineering Science and Mathematics Department Chair Ann Marie Murray. "Coming in first in the state in both individual and team rankings is a big achievement. We're very proud of our team."

The purpose of the contest is to foster creativity and pique curiosity in mathematics. Sixteen community colleges participated. The scores from the spring contest were added to those from the fall for a total score for the year. Hudson Valley Community College will be awarded a championship plaque for their first-place victory. Each semester, the top three winners from across the state are awarded subscriptions to a science, math or computer journal of their choice.

At Hudson Valley Community College, students benefit from easy access to dedicated faculty, small class sizes, and excellent laboratory and computer facilities. Hudson Valley's Mathematics and Science and Engineering Science programs also offer a variety of flexible class options, including evening classes. Students in the program have transferred to such prestigious colleges as Cornell University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, MIT, Rochester Institute of Technology, Union College and Clarkson University.

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions: 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 9,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.