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Three Hudson Valley Community College Student-Athletes Honored With SUNY Chancellor’s Award For Student Excellence

CONTACT: Athletic Department (518) 629-7328
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, May 20, 2008

TROY, NY - Three members of the Hudson Valley Community College student body were recently named as recipients of the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.

The recipients - Alyssa Cavosie of Clifton Park and Laurel Good of Brainard and Sarah Popovics of Guilderland, not only excelled in the classroom but on the athletic field as well. Cavosie and Good led the soccer team to its best season in 13 years, while Popovics was one of the top runners for the Lady Vikings’ cross country team.

Cavosie, president of the college’s Student Senate, was also captain of the women’s soccer team during the 2007 season. She was the third leading scorer on the team with 24 points (9g, 6a) and helped the Lady Vikings reach the NJCAA Region III semifinals with an 11-6-1 record. The 11 wins were the most for the soccer program in 14 years.

In her two seasons at Hudson Valley, she appeared in 37 games, recording 15 goals and 10 assists. The Individual Studies major graduated with a 3.57 grade point average and was the recipient of the Willie A. Hammett Award for her contributions to student activities on campus. Cavosie served as freshman class president in her first year at the college.

Good received her degree in Individual Studies with a 4.0 grade point average. She was a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for students at two-year colleges, and was an All-Mountain Valley Conference and All-Region III player for the Lady Vikings. She was the team’s second leading scorer with 31 points (14g, 3a) in 18 games. A two-year starter, Good recorded 41 points (15g, 11a) in 37 career games for the Lady Vikings. She also has served as the treasurer of the college’s Sign Language Club.

Popovics was one of the top female cross country runners in Region III during the 2007 season, earning all-region honors after placing in the top 10 of the Region III cross country championships. A member of the cast in the Hudson Valley Community College Theater Club production of The Mouse that Roared, she has been named to the college’s President’s List, and was a member of the Student Senate and Literature Club. Popovics accomplishments earned her a listing in Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges. The Liberal Arts major graduated with a 3.2 grade point average.

The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence was created 11 years ago to recognize students who have best demonstrated, and been recognized for, the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts or career achievement.

Each year, campus presidents establish a selection committee, which reviews exemplary members of their college communities who are graduating. Nominees are then forwarded to the Chancellor’s Office and are subject to a second round of review. Finalists are then recommended to the Chancellor to become recipients of the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 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 64,000 alumni.