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Hudson Valley Community College Names New Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Affairs \"Photo

CONTACT: Jessica Shahda, (518) 629-7180,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008

Laurel Colasurdo
Laurel Colasurdo, of Brunswick, a fundraising, event planning and alumni affairs professional, has been named director of annual giving and alumni affairs at Hudson Valley Community College. She brings nine years of event planning, alumni affairs and higher education management experience.

Colasurdo will work with The Hudson Valley Community College Foundation to oversee the Foundation’s annual fund, develop and maintain a calendar of annual fund activities, oversee all fundraising events, plan and manage alumni recognition events and programs and work with the Alumni Association to build its volunteer base and organizational potential.

Colasurdo comes to Hudson Valley from Russell Sage College, where she was the director of alumnae relations and executive director of Russell Sage College alumnae association. Prior to that, she worked for the Albany Medical Center Foundation, where she was the director of special projects.

“I am thrilled to be working at Hudson Valley Community College,” said Colasurdo. “I am looking forward to working closely with the alumni to keep them connected with the Hudson Valley community through networking, social events, mentoring, community involvement and philanthropy."

Colasurdo received her BA from Russell Sage College. She is also active in the community, having served as a trustee in the Albany Community Charter School, was a member of the Russell Sage College Futures Team and was previously member of the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce “Discover Tech Valley Task Force” and President of the Lansingburgh Central School District Foundation Board.

The 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.

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. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, Hudson Valley has an enrollment of nearly 13,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.