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04/18/2007
Six Students From Hudson Valley Community College Named Recipients of SUNY Chancellor's Award Photo Available

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072, bryaneri@hvcc.edu
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, April 18, 2007

Six students from Hudson Valley Community College have been named recipients of the State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence. The award honors students who have best integrated academic excellence with other areas of their lives, including student activities, athletics and community service.

The recipients, who were nominated by faculty and staff members of the college, were honored by SUNY Chancellor John Ryan at a ceremony April 18 at the Empire State Plaza.

They are:

Sandra Aguilar Sandra Aguilar, a native of Colombia who currently lives in Schenectady, is a senior senator for the Student Senate, a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for students at two-year colleges, and was named to the National Dean's List. She previously was the recipient of the James J. Fitzgibbons Scholarship and the Shamrao Vasudeo Watwe Memorial Scholarship. This spring, Aguilar will graduate with an associate's degree in Engineering Science. She plans to continue her education in biomedical engineering.
Anh N. Le Anh N. Le of Albany is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for students at two-year colleges. She was named to the 2005-06 National Dean's List. Le was the recipient of a Faculty Student Association Scholarship, the Second Chance Scholarship, the New York State Mathematics Association of Two-Year Colleges Award and the Diversity Honors Scholarship while a student at Hudson Valley. She also was a peer tutor in the college's Learning Assistance Center and was honored for excellence in student research in history. This spring, Le will graduate with an associate's degree in math and science, and she plans to pursue a bachelor's degree in mathematics.
Rahkeem Morris of Albany served as vice president of leadership for the college's Phi Theta Kappa chapter and as a literacy tutor at Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County. Last year, Morris was one of a select group of undergraduates nationwide awarded a $5,000 Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship to study abroad this spring. He is currently studying at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra in the Dominican Republic, where he is completing an internship in international business.
Donna Raymond Donna Raymond of Nassau is president of the college's chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for students at two-year colleges. She is a presidential member of the Society for Leadership and Success, and also was named to the All New York State Academic Team by Phi Theta Kappa. Raymond is planning to attend Albany College of Pharmacy after graduating this spring with an associate's degree in Individual Studies.
Sarah Spellman Sarah Spellman of Delmar was named to the President's List for three semesters. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for students at two-year colleges, and an All-Mountain Valley Conference selection in softball. As a freshman, she set the college single-season record of 11 home runs and 50 RBIs. Spellman will graduate in May with an associate's degree in Physical Education. She plans to continue her education at SUNY Cortland.
Sarah Worden Sarah Worden of Wynantskill is a President's List scholar, and former editor-in-chief of The Hudsonian, the college newspaper. She was the founder of the campus-wide group Animal Outreach, public relations officer of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for students at two-year colleges, and president of the Poetry Club. During her time at Hudson Valley, Worden also was a student-at-large member of the Student Senate, a peer tutor, teaching assistant and the recipient of three scholarships - the Faculty Student Association Scholarship, the John and Hazel Hayes Atwater Scholarship and the Willie A. Hammett Student Services Scholarship. This spring, Worden will earn her associate's degree in Individual Studies. She plans to attend The College of Saint Rose, where she hopes to continue writing and perhaps pursue a career in teaching. Worden also is a freelance reporter for the Albany Times Union.

Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 associate's degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, Hudson Valley has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 60,000 alumni.