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Hudson Valley Community College Team Wins College Challenge on Chemical Dependency

CONTACT: Sarah Boggess or Eric Bryant (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, May 5, 2000

A four-person team of Chemical Dependency Counseling students from Hudson Valley Community College walked away with the top prize at a recent college bowl event designed to test knowledge on chemical dependency.

The tenth-annual College Challenge, held Thursday, April 13, at the College of Saint Rose, was sponsored by the Capital District Regional College Consortium on Alcohol and Other Drugs. Teams are tested on their knowledge of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs and the effects chemical dependencies have on individuals and society.

Hudson Valley Community College was represented by John Coonrod of Cohoes, Bryan McLucas of Greenwich, Dominick Massaro of Niskayuna and Shawn Smith and Robert Baldwin, both of Eagle Bridge.

The Hudson Valley Community College team competed against representatives from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Skidmore College, The College of Saint Rose and the University at Albany.

"The students in our Chemical Dependency Counseling program once again showed their wide breadth of knowledge in this field. We're very proud of them," said department Chairperson Karen Nash. "These students will go out on to assist our communities as counselors and human services professionals."

The team won $200 for their first-place finish and donated the money to the Hudson Valley Community College Human Services Club Holiday Fund. The team advisor was Dr. Mary Gillespie, an assistant professor in the Human Services Department at the college.

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.