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Hudson Valley Community College Distinguished Alumni Luncheon to Honor Neil J. Kelleher on June 5

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8071

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, May 24, 2001

Neil J. Kelleher, Chairman of the Rensselaer County Legislature, will be honored Tuesday, June 5, 2001, at the Hudson Valley Community College 2001 Distinguished Alumni Luncheon.

Kelleher, a 1991 graduate of the college's Civil and Public Service curriculum, has been a member of the county legislature since 1990, serving as Majority Leader from 1994 through 1996 and as Chairman for the past five years.

In addition to his work in the Legislature, Kelleher has served as district vice-chairman for the Boy Scouts, and as a member of board of directors for the Commission on Economic Development, the Albany County Airport Regional Advisory Committee, and the State Association of Board Chairs. He also serves on the board of directors of the Hudson Mohawk Recovery Center, and also has served on the Capital District Regional Planning Commission and National Association of Counties.

The Lansingburgh resident is a supervisor in the college's Physical Plant.

The luncheon will be held at noon in the meeting rooms of the Bulmer Telecommunications and Computations Center. The cost to attend the luncheon is $18 for alumni; $20 for non-alumni; and $25 for patrons. Reservations will be accepted until Wednesday, May 30 by calling 629-8077.

The Distinguished Alumni Award annually recognizes alumni whose commitment to service and achievement brings distinction to themselves and to the college. Distinguished Alumni are nominated by their colleagues and fellow alumni for the honor. The Office of Alumni Affairs and the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation sponsor the luncheon.

Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 50 degree and certification programs in four academic divisions: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Business; as well as programs run through the Educational Opportunity Center offering certification programs in workforce and academic preparation. 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 worker retraining.