Area Residents Earn Student Senate Positions
CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, May 31, 2002
Five Hudson Valley Community College students were
elected as Student Senate officers in recent elections: Paul Culpepper of
Albany (President); Vanessa Colon of Troy (Vice President); Robin
Shaw of Albany (Secretary); Sam Wiggins of Albany (Treasurer); and
Ramona Crawford of Troy (Student Trustee).
Terms for the recently elected students officials run from
June 1, 2002 until May 31, 2003.
"These newly-elected student officials will
represent the entire student body at Hudson Valley Community College in the
coming school year," said Louis Coplin, director of student life at Hudson
Valley. "It will certainly be a year filled with challenges and opportunities
for them. It should allow them to experience leadership."
Culpepper, a Computer Information Systems major who
will be responsible for carrying out all actions taken by the Student Senate,
outdistanced his closest competitor, 233 votes to 147.
An Individual Studies major, Colon will preside over
Hudson Valley's Programming Board and, in the absence of the president, she will
assume all the responsibilities and duties of the president. She won the
two-person race for the vice presidency, 272 votes to 189.
As secretary, Shaw will be responsible for carrying
on the correspondence of the Student Senate. A Dental Hygiene major, she
garnered 256 votes while her competitor collected 197 votes.
Wiggins, an Individual Studies major, earned 252
votes, nearly doubling his closest competitor. Wiggins will act as Chairman of
the Budget Committee, and will account for the balance of the budget.
Crawford defeated her opposition by more than 100
votes. A Chemical Technician major, Crawford will represent the student body at
Hudson Valley's Board of Trustees meetings. She will be allowed to vote at these
"By holding leadership positions, these students
will develop and enhance their communication skills," Coplin said. "They're also
in a position to have an impact on how college policies are implemented."
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 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 10,000 students, and is known as a
leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.