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10/09/2006
Hudson Valley Community College to Honor Community Partners, Distinguished Alumni
U.W. Marx Construction Company, Senator Bruno, three alumni receive awards

CONTACT: Janine Kava (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, Oct. 9, 2006

U. W. Marx Construction Company – the largest construction company in Rensselaer County – will receive Hudson Valley Community College's Corporate Excellence Award in recognition of the company's commitment to the college, its alumni and the Capital Region.

The Corporate Excellence Award is one of five awards that will be presented at the 2006 Hudson Valley Community College Distinguished Service Awards Luncheon, sponsored by the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation and the college's Alumni Association. The event will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26, at the Franklin Terrace Ballroom in Troy. Four individuals also will be honored at the event:

  • Mark T. Breslin '58, owner of Maranda Technical, an engineering company, will receive the Otto V. Guenther Career Achievement Award;

  • State Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno will receive the 1953 Award for Distinguished Service to Hudson Valley Community College by a Non-Alumnus;

  • James A. Walsh '61, a retired manager with the former Niagara-Mohawk Power Corp., will receive the 1953 Award for Distinguished Service to Hudson Valley Community College by an Alumnus; and

  • Gordon N. Zuckerman '62, president of Murray and Zuckerman Inc., a nationally recognized life, health, group and annuity brokerage firm, will receive the Hudson Valley Community College Humanitarian Service Award.

Sponsorships for the event range from $3,500 to $100. Tickets to the lunch are $50, and proceeds from the event benefit the Foundation, 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. For more information about sponsorships or to RSVP, call (518) 629-8012.

Founded in 1949 by Ulrich Marx, U.W. Marx has grown from a small, one-man business located in Brunswick to the largest construction company in Rensselaer County. Now led by President Peter B. Marx – Ulrich's son – the full-service construction company provides general contracting, construction management and design-build services.

The company has sponsored the Foundation's annual golf classic since 1994, and has supported the college's Disability Resource Center and Construction Technology program. To recognize the company's support of the Construction Technology program, the college has named its Construction Lab in Hudson Hall (Room Number 144) as the "U.W. Marx Construction Company Laboratory."

U.W. Marx has worked on a variety of projects on campus, including the construction of the Fitzgibbons Health Technologies Center and the Joseph L. Bruno Stadium. It also provided construction management services for the renovation of the Guenther Enrollment Services Center and served as on-site representative for Architecture+, which handled the redesign of the Raymond H. Siek Campus Center.

U.W. Marx also has worked on significant projects in the region, including the Gen*NY*Sis Center for Excellence in Cancer Genomics at the University at Albany and the Rensselaer Train Station.

Achievements of the other honorees include:

Mark Breslin '58: The owner of Maranda Technical, Breslin started his career as a draftsman with the New York State Architects Department after graduating from Hudson Valley in 1958. He had a 23-year career with the General Electric Co., working his way through the ranks to eventually become manager of Turbine/Generator Maintenance.

In 1983, Breslin became vice president, partner and part owner of Mechanical Dynamics & Analysis, where he worked for 12 years before starting his own company. In addition to his associate's degree in mechanical technology, Breslin also holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Union College. He is a member of both the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the National Society of Professional Engineers.

Senator Joseph L. Bruno: A state senator since 1976, Bruno has served as majority leader since 1995. He has been a staunch advocate for higher education, leading efforts to enact the College Savings Program in 1997 to help families save for higher education. The program has become one of the most popular college saving programs in the nation.

Bruno also supported the creation of the College Bound program, which made New York one of the first states in the nation to allow for the deduction of tuition expenses from state taxes; to enhance state aid to community colleges and to preserve the Tuition Assistant Program. During the last six years, he has advocated for more than $17 million to support the improvement of services and facilities at Hudson Valley.

James Walsh '61: A Construction Technology graduate, Walsh has been one of Hudson Valley's most visible alumni, lending his face and voice to advertisements that promote the college, and has worked in partnership with the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation to attract private resources to the Foundation. He currently serves as vice chairman of the Foundation's Board of Directors, and in February 2007, he will assume the post of chairman.

Attending Hudson Valley runs in Walsh's family: each of his four children attended the college, and his two daughters earned associate's degrees. An Army veteran, he also is active in civic and political life, having served three terms as a Rensselaer County legislator and also served as a deputy mayor to Troy Mayor Harry Tutunjian.

Gordon Zuckerman '62: An active volunteer and community leader, Zuckerman has worked in the insurance industry since 1970. He has served on the boards of many charitable, civic and professional organizations, including being president/chair of: the New York State Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, New York State Association of Health Underwriters and Northeastern New York Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation, and the United Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York.

Zuckerman currently serves as fire commissioner and secretary of Niskayuna Fire District 2; a mentor at Pleasant Valley and Woodlawn elementary schools in Schenectady; and treasurer of the Schenectady City School District Educational Foundation. In addition to his associate's degree in Chemistry, Zuckerman has a bachelor's degree in chemistry and mathematics from Union College. He also is an Army veteran.

Major sponsors of the event include: The Times Union, Verizon, John Scanlon's Market Block, Massry Realty Partners, Seton Health System, E. Stewart Jones Law Firm, Clark Patterson Associates, Fuller & O'Brien Inc., and MVP Health Care.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 60 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and workforce and academic preparation programs offered through the Educational Opportunity Center. 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 more than 60,000 alumni.