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09/20/2004
Hudson Valley Community College Names New Engineering Technologies Department ChairPhoto Available

CONTACT: Janine Kava (518) 629-8071 or (518) 629-8085
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, September 20, 2004

Christine LaPlante, Ph.D.
Christine LaPlante, Ph.D.
Christine LaPlante, Ph.D., of North Greenbush has been named chairwoman of the Civil Engineering, Construction Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology and Computer Integrated Technology departments in Hudson Valley Community College's School of Engineering and Industrial Technologies.

LaPlante has extensive experience in the private sector and teaching at the college level. She comes to Hudson Valley from Fuss & O'Neill New York, where she worked as a consultant specializing in geotechnical and geo-environmental engineering. She also has taught at Hudson Valley, as well Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Union College in Schenectady and the SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome.

She is an alumna of Hudson Valley, having earned an associate's degree in mathematics and science. LaPlante received her bachelor's degree in civil engineering, her master's degree in geotechnical engineering and her Ph.D. in civil engineering, all from RPI. She replaces Professor William Darling, who had been serving as department chairman on an interim basis.

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 nearly 60,000 alumni.