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04/04/2005
Five Hudson Valley Scholars Honored with Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence Photo Available

CONTACT: Steve Mullen (518) 629-8063
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, April 4, 2005

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Five Hudson Valley Community College students - Patrick Ball of North Chatham, Terrence Bynum of Troy, Donald Govel of Albany, Cristina Kohlhofer of Venezuela and Reality Price of Albany - recently were honored with the Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence.

Robert L. King, chancellor of the State University of New York, presented the awards at a ceremony in Albany on March 28. All told, 264 graduating students from 60 SUNY campuses received the award. Each of the honorees has excelled in academic achievement and in at least one of the following areas: leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts or career achievement.

Patrick Ball
Patrick Ball

Ball, who has a 3.80 GPA in Civil Engineering Technology, currently serves as the president of the college's American Society of Civil Engineers Club and a leader of Hudson Valley's concrete canoe competition and steel bridge competition teams. A three-time member of Hudson Valley's President's List, Ball is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for students at two-year colleges, was named to the National Dean's List, and earned a Hudson Valley Presidential Scholarship. He will transfer to SUNY Institute of Technology next fall and study civil engineering technology.

Terrence Bynum
Terrence Bynum

Bynum is a two-time member of the college's President's List. He graduated from Hudson Valley in December with an associate degree in Individual Studies and a 3.65 GPA. A two-year member of Hudson Valley's nationally-ranked football team, Bynum was one of only 26 players nationally to earn First Team Academic All-American status by JC-Gridwire. He is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and a recipient of the prestigious Charles Vaughn Educational Trust Scholarship. He hopes to transfer to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and pursue a degree in management.

Donald Govel
Donald Govel

Govel, who has a 3.25 GPA in Business Administration, is the treasurer of Hudson Valley's Student Senate. He is a two-year member of Hudson Valley's soccer and bowling teams, a member of Phi Theta Kappa, and serves as one of two student members on the Faculty Student Association Board. Govel also was one of only three student participants in the National Coalition Building Institute to obtain certification in diversity training. He plans to attend RPI and pursue a degree in finance after graduating from Hudson Valley.

Cristina Kohlhofer
Cristina Kohlhofer

Kohlhofer, who has a 3.49 GPA in Engineering Science, is the vice president of the Student Senate. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and the president of the Foreign Language and Culture Club. She has received a certificate of recognition from the college's English Department for academic excellence and was recognized for having the highest GPA among members of the Student Senate. She will attend RPI next fall and study industrial and management engineering.

Reality Price
Reality Price

Price has been named to the President's List for three semesters. An All-Conference performer with Hudson Valley's softball team a year ago, Price has a 3.83 GPA in Physical Education. She also is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, and plans to attend Sage College of Albany and complete a bachelor's degree in physical education after graduating from Hudson Valley.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 60 degree and certificate 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.