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Hudson Valley's Louis Coplin Wins State University's Highest Administrative Honor

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

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, May 18, 2001

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Louis Coplin of Glenmont, the Director of Student Life at Hudson Valley Community College, was recently presented with the State University of New York's highest administrative honor, the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service.

Coplin's position at Hudson Valley is a combination of two jobs Coordinator of Educational Opportunities Program and Coordinator of Student Activities and Coplin was nominated for the Chancellor's Award because of his willingness to go beyond the required elements of the job in order to best serve the students and Hudson Valley Community College over the years.

Louis Coplin has a very positive impact on student life at Hudson Valley Community College,said John Buono, president of the college. As a commuter college, it's not easy to get students involved in activities, but Louis has a wealth of ideas and energy. He always finds a way to make college an interactive experience for students.

Coplin has created retention strategies geared at assisting those students considered high-risk, easing the transition to college life. He also works with the Student Senate, supervising their planning and spending of thousands of dollars, and regularly volunteers to chaperone on local and national student trips to leadership and diversity conferences, and educational, cultural and social outings.

Coplin currently sits on the Task Force on Multicultural and Student Issues with the Hudson Mohawk Consortium of Colleges and Universities. An active member of the Macedonia Baptist Church in Albany, Coplin is currently completing his master's degree in Social Policy at the Empire State College.

Instituted in 1972 by the State University of New York by the State University of New York, the Chancellor's Awards recognize exceptional contributions to the University by dedicated professionals. No higher honor can be accorded a faculty member or administrator. Hudson Valley has had 69 recipients.

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.