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01/25/2005
Hudson Valley Community College Seeks Nominations for 2005 Distinguished Alumni Award

Three new awards also established to recognize service to the college

CONTACT: Janine Kava (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Hudson Valley Community College is seeking nominations for its 2005 Distinguished Alumnus Award, which recognizes the professional achievements and contributions that the college's alumni have made to the community.

Nominees should exemplify qualities of community and professional leadership, and show outstanding accomplishments in the areas of professional achievement, volunteer services and/or participation in public service organizations. Past honorees have distinguished themselves as leaders in business, health care, government and the community. Kenneth B. Colloton '74, former regional president of Bank of America, was the recipient of last year's award.

In addition, the college has created three new awards to honor individuals – alumni and non-alumni alike – and corporations that are committed to the college and their communities. Those awards are as follows:

  • The 1953 Award for Distinguished Service to Hudson Valley Community College, which recognizes both alumni and non-alumni who have made significant strides in advancing the Hudson Valley Community College mission.
  • The Hudson Valley Community College Humanitarian Service Award, which recognizes a Hudson Valley Community College alumnus who has exercised leadership through personal sacrifice to improve the lives of others.
  • The Corporate Excellence Award, which recognizes companies that have demonstrated exemplary commitment to Hudson Valley Community College.

Anyone can submit nominations for the four awards. The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, Feb. 15. Applications are available online at www.hvcc.edu/alumni/distinguished or by contacting Aimee LaLiberte, director of alumni affairs and annual giving, at 629-8077 or alumni@hvcc.edu.

The recipients will be honored on Thursday, June 2, at a luncheon sponsored by the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation and the college's Alumni Association. In addition to Colloton, other Distinguished Alumni Award recipients include: John M. Scarchilli '74, chief executive officer of Pioneer Savings Bank; U.S. Rep. John E. Sweeney, '79, and Regina Scarano LaGatta '73, executive vice president and deputy executive officer of the Capital District YMCA.

The Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable corporation formed in 1983 to philanthropically support the college's mission. Gifts to the Foundation from alumni, corporations and friends are used to enhance programs, facilities and scholarship opportunities at the college.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 60 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 12,000 students, and it is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has nearly 60,000 alumni.