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03/07/2003
Hudson Valley Community College Scholars Earn "Who's Who" Nod

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, March 7, 2003

On March 3, Hudson Valley Community College Vice President for Student Services Willie Hammett presented certificates to 38 Hudson Valley scholars, honoring them with "Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges" status.

Department chairs and various members of Hudson Valley's faculty nominated the 38 honorees. The selection was based on academic achievement, service to the community, leadership in extracurricular activities and potential for continued success. Only second-year students returning for the Spring 2003 semester were eligible.

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The following Albany County students earned "Who's Who" status:

  • Charles Armendola of Albany is a Human Services major with a 4.0 grade point average. He serves as a writing tutor in Hudson Valley's Learning Assistance Center and he is a member of the college's Human Services club.
  • Jamie Coulter of Watervliet is an Individual Studies major who has a 4.0 grade point average. A full-time student, she also works nearly full-time as an educational assistant with the Capital Region BOCES.
  • Paul Culpepper of Albany is a Computer Information Systems major who has qualified for the President's List for four consecutive terms. He has received numerous scholarships at Hudson Valley and he serves as president of the college's Student Senate. He also is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society and he has performed a wide array of community service.
  • Sean Grady of Albany is a Business Administration major. A past president of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society and a recent Hudson Valley graduate, he was actively involved in the college's Student Senate and he received the 2002 Chancellor's Award.
  • Benjamin Morgan of Albany is a President's List student who is pursuing an Individual Studies degree. He hopes to work as a writer after earning a bachelor's degree and he has been very active on Hudson Valley's campus, participating in the college's theater club and serving as an editor for The Hudsonian, Hudson Valley's student newspaper.
  • Brooke Tanner of Albany is a President's List student in the Liberal Arts & Sciences program. In addition to her fulltime studies, she works full time at Houlihan's Restaurant and she volunteers her time at various shelters. She also tutors her classmates and she hopes to pursue a career in law.
  • Amanda Tombari of Westerlo is a President's List student in the Individual Studies program. A member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, she has won the Library Research award and the Bulmer Scholarship award, and she was nominated for an excellence in academic writing award.
  • Jonathan Warner of Glenmont is a President's List student in the Individual Studies program. He is self-employed as a systems/network technician and he was honored by Hudson Valley with a political science and sociology academic achievement award.
  • Danielle White of Albany is a Physical Education major who has played for Hudson Valley's varsity tennis and basketball teams. A President's List student, she is a volunteer coach for a fourth-grade CYO team and works with children at the Colonie Youth Center after-school program.

The following Rensselaer County students earned "Who's Who" status:

  • Christine Barber of North Chatham is a Dental Hygiene major who has maintained a 4.0 grade point average. Thirty-three years old, she also has received Hudson Valley's Second Chance Scholarship and she works with high-risk youth on a volunteer basis.
  • Rosanne Chmielewski of Valley Falls is a Fine Arts student who has a 3.76 grade point average. She is active in two local dance groups - the Dance Ranch Cloggers and the Hill Country Cloggers - and she performs often at facilities for the elderly.
  • Greg Davies of Rensselaer is a Nursing student. He has assisted with an American Red Cross Blood Drive, which was sponsored by Hudson Valley's Nursing club, and his post-graduation goal is to work with the elderly.
  • Karen Day of Petersburgh is a President's List student in the Individual Studies program. The mother of three children, she serves as co-director of Berlin High School's drama club and she recently was recognized as a "silent hero" in Berlin.
  • Mary Donohue of Melrose is a Human Services student who has maintained a 4.0 grade point average. She has served on the board of directors of Capital Youth Hockey and she was co-founder of the Capital Youth/Albany River Rats tournament, which raises money the Albany Medical Center's Children's Hospital.
  • Jacob Dutcher of Sand Lake is a Nursing major. He has written for The Hudsonian, the student newspaper at Hudson Valley, and he is an active community volunteer. He has volunteered through Albany Baptist Church and Albany Rescue Mission Ministry, and he serves as the assistant pole vault coach at Averill Park High School.
  • Elizabeth Gagnon of Cropseyville is a Nursing student who served as a student representative during a recent accreditation visit by the National League for Nursing. She also serves as a religious education volunteer at Grafton Church and as a story hour volunteer at Grafton Community Library.
  • Jennifer Hardy of Troy is an Early Childhood major who has maintained a 3.5 grade point average. She volunteers her time as an assistant Girl Scouts leader and as a church group teacher. She also has coordinated an after-school program for students at the Robert C. Parker school.
  • Charles McNally of Rensselaer is an Industrial Technology major. He belongs to the student chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers.
  • Amanda Moon of Troy is a Nursing student who serves as president of Hudson Valley's Nursing club. A member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, she also serves as a peer tutor and plans to work at Albany Medical Center after graduating from Hudson Valley.
  • Debra Pellerin of Nassau is an Individual Studies major. She works full-time for the diversity planning and compliance bureau of the New York State Office of Mental Health and she also is an active volunteer, donating her time to organizations such as the Capital District Psychiatric Center and Nassau's food pantry and resource center.
  • Barbara Plitnick of Castleton is a Nursing student. She volunteers at the schools of her children and she hopes to eventually work in an intensive care unit.
  • Deborah Reiter of Stephentown is a Human Services student who has a 3.86 grade point average. She has taken on a wide array of civic responsibilities, ranging from serving as a wish granter for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to serving as a mentor with the New York State Brain Injury Association.
  • Amy Roach of Rensselaer is a Nursing student. She has worked as a student tour guide at Hudson Valley and she works with the Literacy Volunteer Program to assist individuals with reading disabilities. She also developed and designed "Capability" magazine, which allows people with disabilities to express themselves.
  • Hillary Seaburg of Rensselaer is a Physical Education major who has maintained Dean's List status during her time at Hudson Valley. A two-year member of Hudson Valley's women's soccer team, she has been active in the college's Physical Education club and Ski club. She also has volunteered at area soup kitchens.
  • Ruth Sutton of Buskirk is a Nursing student who received the Albany Medical Center Scholarship in 2002. A longtime Cub Scouts den mother, she eventually would like to work in a critical care environment.
  • Courtney Troeger of Wynantskill is a President's List student in the Liberal Arts & Sciences program. She is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society and she has volunteered her time with groups such as Habitat for Humanity and the Community Land Trust of Schenectady. She also works at the Troy YMCA as a childcare counselor.

The following Saratoga County students earned "Who's Who" status:

  • James Buffoline of Clifton Park is a Physical Education major and he is a returning adult student. The coach of the joint Mohonasen/Schalmont High School varsity hockey team, he also spends time with his family and volunteers at local food pantries and at the annual Troy Turkey Trot.
  • Tanya DeMaria of Ballston Spa is a Dental Hygiene student who is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society and who serves as president of the Student American Dental Hygienists' Association. A returning adult student, she already holds a degree in Occupational Therapy, but she has had lifelong dreams of becoming a dental hygienist.
  • Laura Marie Kent of Clifton Park is a President's List student in the Liberal Arts Honors program. An active member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, she works as a bookkeeper at Home Depot and one of her papers, entitled "The Role of the Devil in Medieval Folklore," received an award for excellence in academic writing.
  • Erin Marie Kyne of Waterford is an Individual Studies major. Her career goal is to work in the elementary education field and in addition to working at Albany International Airport, she serves as a personal care attendant for a 15-year-old boy with muscular dystrophy. She wrote a paper, "Educating Deaf Children," that was honored by Hudson Valley's Behavioral and Social Sciences department.
  • Matthew Murphy of Clifton Park is a President's List student in the Individual Studies program. He works for the Shenendehowa School District and he is an active member of the church council for the Clifton Park Assembly of God. Married with two children, he plans to pursue a career as an elementary education teacher after earning a bachelor's degree.
  • Lisa Quail of Clifton Park is an Early Childhood student who has maintained a 3.91 grade point average. A member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society and the college's Early Childhood club, she also serves as a peer tutor and as a volunteer for the Shenendehowa Middle School Musical Camp.
  • Eric Zordan of Waterford is a President's List student in the Physical Education program. In addition to his academic pursuits, he has been active in Hudson Valley intramural athletic programs and he serves as a student worker for the McDonough Sports Complex's Management office.

The following Schenectady County students earned "Who's Who" status:

  • Loren Baker of Schenectady is a Dental Hygiene student who is active in the Student American Dental Hygienists' Association. She has worked as a dental hygienist and she decided to attend Hudson Valley in an effort to become more independent and effective in the health care setting.
  • Anna Isabella of Schenectady is a Dental Hygiene major who worked as a dental assistant for more than four years before enrolling at Hudson Valley. She is involved with the Student American Dental Hygienists' Association and she has participated in numerous community service activities, including promoting oral care in East Greenbush schools.
  • Nicole Russell of Schenectady is a Human Services student. She is very involved in volunteer work for the Balltown Wesleyan Church. She has worked in the church's food pantry for four years and she serves as a teacher in the "Wesleyan Kids For Missions" program.

The following non-Capital Region students earned "Who's Who" status:

  • Julia Moro of North Creek is a Dental Hygiene student who came to the United States from the Soviet Union in 1996. Prior to enrolling at Hudson Valley, she spent more than two years as a volunteer for the American-Russian Broadcasting Company. She views dental hygiene as a way to comfort and help people while providing essential healthcare services.
  • Christine Parker of Mount Vision is a Physical Education major who has earned President's List status. She hopes to become a teacher and coach after earning a bachelor's degree, and she has played basketball, softball and tennis at Hudson Valley. In fact, she once competed for the college's varsity tennis and soccer teams on the same day.

Since 1966, "Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges" has complemented the aims of higher education by recognizing and rewarding academic excellence on a national level. Selected students will have their biography printed in a "Who's Who" book, and there is no membership fee.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 50 degree and certification programs in four academic divisions: Liberal Arts & Sciences; Engineering & Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Business; as well as programs run through the Educational Opportunity Center offering certification programs in workforce and academic preparation. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 11,000 students, and it is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has graduated more than 55,000 students.