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Castleton Resident Wins Highest Technology Honor

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, June 20, 2000

Pamela Gleeson of Castleton was recently awarded the Southworth Machinery Inc. Scholarship by Hudson Valley Community College's Civil Engineering Technology Highway program. Gleeson, who graduates from Hudson Valley in August, earned the award for her achievements as the outstanding senior in the Civil Engineering Technology Highway program.

In the past academic year, the 22-year-old Maple Hill graduate served as an executive on the student chapter of the Association of General Contractors and led a group of students to the Associated General Contractors Commercial Building competition in Matamoras, Pa. Gleeson's team competed in the highway construction management portion of the competition. "Her leadership was incredible," said Al Bryski, department chair of Hudson Valley's Construction Technology and Civil Engineering Technology programs. "She put in a thousand hours." Gleeson also won the Leonard Spiegel Scholarship, an annual spring award given to a full-time senior who will be continuing on for a four-year degree in Civil Engineering Technology or a closely related field. The recipient of this award must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0. Dr. Leonard Spiegel was a professor of Civil Engineering and Construction Technologies at Hudson Valley from 1962 to 1985. He served chair of the Technology department for 14 years. Gleeson will attend the SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica-Rome this upcoming school year.

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 known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining.