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05/25/2004
Tau Alpha Pi Inducts 14 Hudson Valley Students Photos Available

CONTACT: Janine Kava (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Engineering technologies students now members of national honor society

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Fourteen Hudson Valley Community College students were recently inducted into the New York Epislon chapter of the Tau Alpha Pi National Honor Society for engineering technology students.

Students must rank among the top four percent of Hudson Valley's total engineering technology enrollment to gain entrance to the honor society. Tau Alpha Pi is a national organization with affiliate chapters on the campuses of many leading colleges and universities; associate and baccalaureate degree students are eligible for entrance into the honor society.

"These students represent the finest of the engineering technologies at this institution," said Professor William Darling, advisor to the honor society and chairman of the civil engineering technology, construction technology, mechanical engineering technology and industrial technology department at Hudson Valley. "They've earned this distinction by their hard work, diligence, and perseverance."

Hudson Valley has had a Tau Alpha Pi chapter since 1974. All of the students inducted earlier this month were second-year students at the college. The inductees, listed by their hometowns and with their degree programs, are as follows:

  • Albany: Adam S. Kwartz, Mechanical Engineering Technology; Brandon P. Stanfield, Construction Technology; and Stephan Paskowski, Telecommunications Technology.
  • Averill Park: Michael Ayotte, Industrial Technology.
  • Ballston Lake: John P. Staines, Civil Engineering Technology.
  • Brainard: Jeremy S. Dengler, Electrical Engineering Technology.
  • Clifton Park: Matthew A. Desnoyers, Civil Engineering Technology.
  • East Chatham: Chad A. Lindberg, Civil Engineering Technology.
  • Esperance: Thomas A. LaFountain, Electrical Engineering Technology.
  • Johnstown: Andrew W. Mickel, Mechanical Engineering Technology.
  • Niskayuna: Brian E. Chobot, Construction Technology.
  • Pattersonville: Brian C. Glaser, Civil Engineering Technology.
  • Ravena: Matthew S. Deyo, Civil Engineering Technology.
  • Schenectady: Jeremy D. Hills, Civil Engineering Technology.

In addition to this year's student inductees, Carolyn Curtis, Ph.D., the college's vice president for academic affairs, was inducted into Tau Alpha Pi as an honorary member for her "enthusiastic and constant support of the technologies, their faculty and students at Hudson Valley," Darling said.

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.