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04/06/2011
*** MEDIA ADVISORY ***
Hudson Valley Community College Recognizes Local Professionals for Work on Advisory Committees
SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher to Address Gathering

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180, d.renfrew@hvcc.edu
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, April 6, 2011

WHAT: Three Capital Region professionals will be honored in a ceremony this evening with Distinguished Service Awards from Hudson Valley Community College for their work on the college's academic advisory committees. Those being recognized are John Oliver, vice-president of Capitaland Material Handling in Altamont and chair of the Respiratory Care Advisory Committee; Andrew Rudack of SEMATECH, a member of the Electrical Engineering Technologies Advisory Committee for four years; and Cynthia Kilgallon, principal of School 18 in Troy and an eight-year member of the Teacher Preparation Advisory Committee.
WHY: Each year, the college recognizes partners from business, industry, government and other institutions who lend a real-world perspective to advisory committees, allowing Hudson Valley's academic leadership to keep programs up-to-date and prepare our students well, whether they plan to transfer to a four-year institution or to enter the workforce after graduation.
WHO: Dr. Nancy Zimpher, Chancellor of the State University of New York, will speak about the vital role of community colleges in the SUNY system; Andrew Matonak, president of Hudson Valley Community College, will present the awards. Also speaking will be Anthony Kossmann, department chairperson of the Automotive, Manufacturing and Electrical Engineering Technologies Department, and Nancy Cupolo, department chairperson of the Teacher Preparation Department.
WHERE: Bulmer Telecommunications Center, Meeting Rooms, Hudson Valley Community College campus.
WHEN: 5 -7 p.m., Wednesday, April 6.
DETAILS: Now, more than ever, community colleges are seen as vital economic engines, important components of local, regional and national economic productivity and success. As Hudson Valley strives to meet President Obama's goal for the United States to have the world's highest college graduation rate by 2020—including an additional five million community college graduates—it relies on the expertise, support and counsel of local professionals.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; 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 14,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.