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Tau Alpha Pi Inducts 14 Hudson Valley Students

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085 or Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8071

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, May 17, 2001

Fourteen Hudson Valley Community College students were recently inducted into the New York Epsilon chapter of the Tau Alpha Pi National Honor Society. To gain entrance into the honor society for the technologies, the students – Brian Bedell of Pottersville, Robert Bollacker of Schenectady, William Childs of Latham, Seth Jahne of Burnt Hills, Richard Johnson of Averill Park, Michael Moll II of Mechanicville, Jeremiah Shaw of Greenwich, Oleg Smolovik of Cohoes, Jeffrey Snay of Clifton Park, Frank Sokolowski of Waterford, Steven Subcleff of Melrose, Dwayne Volckmann of Albany and John Waldron of Troy – are required to rank among the top four percent of Hudson Valley's total engineering technology enrollment.

"Tau Alpha Pi is extremely selective," said John Buono, president of Hudson Valley Community College. "Tau Alpha Pi's main objective is to serve engineering technology students in the same manner that Phi Theta Kappa serves liberal arts students. These 14 Tau Alpha Pi students are among the finest Hudson Valley Community College has to offer."

Tau Alpha Pi is a national organization with affiliate chapters located on campuses of many of the country's leading technical colleges and universities. Both associate and baccalaureate degree students are eligible.

Hudson Valley Community College formed its Tau Alpha Pi chapter in 1974. In that first year, five charter members were inducted, each carrying a grade point average in excess if 3.9. In the 27 years the college's chapter has been in existence, a total of 624 members have gained access.

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 Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, Hudson Valley has an enrollment of more than 9,000 students each year, and is know as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining.