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Four Hudson Valley Community College Students Honored With SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence

MEDIA CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Four members of the Hudson Valley Community College student body were named as recipients of the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.

The recipients are: My’Asia Colon of Cohoes; Grace Harrison of Hudson; Nathalie McNair of Schodack Landing and Alison Wimmer of Troy.

My'Asia Colon Serving as freshman senator and vice president of the Student Senate, Colon also is very active in the college's Black and Latino Student Union. The Individual Studies major also revived the college's Cheerleading Club and Pep Squad this year, which supported the Vikings' football team as it posted one of the best seasons in college history.
Grace Harrison Harrison, who will earn an individual Studies degree, brought new energy to the college's Student Senate when she was elected president this past year. She has worked very hard to build a sense of community among student clubs and organizations and has proven to be a highly effective leader. She also serves as the student trustee to the college's Board of Trustees.
Nathalie McNair McNair, who graduated in December with a Computer Information Systems degree, was very active during her time at Hudson Valley, serving as secretary of the Student Senate and as a member of the women's soccer and women's golf teams. She helped found the Web Design, Development and Programming Club, and also was a board member of the Faculty Student Association.
Alison Wimmer Wimmer, a Physical Education Studies student, serves as a board member of the Faculty Student Association and also is vice president of the Physical Education Majors Club. A member of the women's soccer team, she was honored with the Region III Academic Award for student athletes with the highest academic average.

All four Hudson Valley students will be honored along with other recipients from across the State University system on April 2 at a ceremony at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany.

The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence was created 18 years ago to recognize students who have best demonstrated, and been recognized for, the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts or career achievement.

Each year, campus presidents establish a selection committee, which reviews exemplary members of their college communities who are graduating. Nominees are then forwarded to the Chancellor’s Office and are subject to a second round of review. Finalists are then recommended to the Chancellor to become recipients of the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 75 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 75,000 alumni.