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03/12/2003
Jay Deitchman Named International Student Advisor

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, March 12, 2003

Image of Jay DeitchmanJay Deitchman of Maryland, New York, recently was named International Student Advisor at Hudson Valley Community College. He replaces Tonita Berry, who retired after 27 years of service. As International Student Advisor, Deitchman will serve as Hudson Valley's primary contact for all foreign students and as Hudson Valley's liaison to the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS). He is currently commuting from Maryland, which is near Oneonta.

Deitchman comes to Hudson Valley from Delhi College, where he was an enrollment counselor and the International Student Advisor. He has a master's degree in counselor education and a bachelor's degree in psychology from SUNY Oneonta, and he is currently working on a doctorate in educational administration and policy studies at the University at Albany.

Deitchman's duties as International Student Advisor include: maintaining records for Hudson Valley and for the United States Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS); assisting international students with their adjustment to life in the United States and their role as college students; advising international students on issues such as travel and academics; offering support and assistance to faculty and staff in dealing with issues specific to international students; and administrative tasks such as preparing federal documents and applications.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 50 degree and certification programs in four academic divisions: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Engineering and 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.