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05/04/2004
Wynantskill Resident Caitlin Degnan Honored with SUNY Chancellor's Award for ExcellencePhoto Available

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, May 4, 2004

 Hudson Valley Vice President for Student Services Louis Coplin II, Caitlin Degnan and SUNY Chancellor Robert L. King
Hudson Valley Vice President for Student Services Louis Coplin II, Caitlin Degnan and SUNY Chancellor Robert L. King

Hudson Valley Community College student Caitlin Degnan has been awarded the Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence, one of the highest honors given to a student in the State University system.

Degnan of Wynantskill, is a President's List student in the Individual Studies Department at Hudson Valley. She has maintained a 4.0 grade point average, and in addition to her full-time studies, she works approximately 15 hours a week at Hudson Valley's Student Senate office.

Degnan, 19, is vice president of the Student Senate as well as vice president of the college's chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges. She is an active member of the psychology club at Hudson Valley and is looking forward to continuing her education in psychology at either the University at Albany or Siena College.

Chancellor's Award nominees are chosen after a rigorous selection process. A campus selection committee reviewed students' qualifications to find the most outstanding candidates. Campus nominees are forwarded to the SUNY Office of University Life for review and a select group is forwarded to the Chancellor for consideration.

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 11,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.