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Media Opportunity/Photo Advisory: Certificates Awarded to Who's Who Students Feb. 7 at Hudson Valley Community College Auditorium

CONTACT: Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8073 or Lisa Roche (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, February 7, 2000

TROY: On Feb. 7 at 3 p.m., Hudson Valley Community College President John L. Buono and Vice President of Services Willie A. Hammett will host a special recognition ceremony for thirty-six Hudson Valley Community College students who have been included in the 2000 edition of Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges. The ceremony will take place in the Bulmer Technology Center Auditorium on the Hudson Valley Community College campus, 80 Vandenburgh Ave., Troy.

The students were nominated by faculty, department chairs or advisors, based on their outstanding academic achievement and outstanding students being honored include the following:

Nicholas Viscio of Altamont: Viscio has a patent on an airplane part and with his father has created a motorized para-plane that is featured in the latest James Bond film.

Robert Baldwin of Eagle Bridge: Mr. Baldwin, a carpenter by trade who is studying Chemical Dependency Counseling, taught carpentry skills to students and community members to help Hurrican Hugo victims rebuild their homes. Baldwin volunteers at Unity House and 12-step programs.

Jodi Rajchel of Clifton Park: Ms. Rajchel, a President's List student in Physical Education, earned her Master's Degree in music education and taught for four years before switching her focus. Rajchel volunteers her time to teach fitness classes to individuals with Down's Syndrome.

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Complete list of Who's Who students attached. HUDSON VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENTS HONORED IN "WHO'S WHO" 2000 Michael Ayers of Albany, Engineering Science Ryan Bakes of Latham, Mathematics and Science Robert Baldwin of Eagle Bridge, Chemical Dependency Counseling Marilyn Barton of Johnsonville, Individual Studies Fitz Bradford of Albany, Liberal Arts and Sciences Joshua Brooks of Saratoga Springs, Mathematics and Science Monique Brown of Albany, Individual Studies James Carpenter of Cambridge, Mechanical Eng. Tech. Dawn Constantine of Ballston Spa, Human Services Seth Cottrell of Hoosick Falls, Physical Education Studies Lindsey Dessingue of Troy, Nursing Adeboyejo Fadeyibi of Schenectady, Business Administration Joseph Geddings of Clifton Park, Liberal Arts and Sciences John Hopkins of Burnt Hills, Liberal Arts and Sciences John David Houle of Clifton Park, Engineering Science Jodhanna Jackson of Troy, Radiologic Technology Doreen LaFrancis of Clifton Park, Individual Studies Monique Marshall of Albany, Human Services Shawn Martin of Nassau, Engineering Science Dominick Massaro of Schenectady, Chemical Depedency Counseling Theresa McDowell of Stillwater, Nursing Brian McLucas of Greenwich, Chemical Dependency Counseling Jason Miller of Troy, Physical Education Studies David Mosier of Delanson, Mechanical Eng. Tech. Gale Neznek of Pattersonville, Radiologic Technology Karyn O'Brien of Troy, Liberal Arts and Sciences Stephanie Osterhoudt of Slingerlands, Individual Studies Betty Pate of Albany, Chemical Dependency Counseling Jessica Proper of Troy, Nursing Jodi Rajchel of Clifton Park, Physical Education Studies Tracey Secovnie of Stuyvesant, Nursing Jessica Sharp of Gansevoort, Liberal Arts and Sciences Margaret Steinbach of Albany, Fine Arts Nicholas Viscio of Altamont, Engineering Science Elizabeth Winge of Watervliet, Individual Studies Meghan Withers of Albany, Individual Studies