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05/08/2007
Hudson Valley Community College Alumnus to Give Keynote Address at the college's 53rd Commencement
Ceremony scheduled for Saturday, May 19

CONTACT: Janine Kava (518) 629-8071 or (518) 629-8085
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Robert M. Chiusano, a 1970 graduate of Hudson Valley Community College who recently retired as executive vice president and special assistant to the chief executive officer of the aviation and aeronautics company Rockwell Collins, will give the keynote address at the college's 53rd Commencement on Saturday, May 19.

Rockwell Collins, a global, Fortune 500-company based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is a pioneer in the development and deployment of innovative communication and aviation electronics solutions for both commercial and government applications. The company employs more than 18,000 employees and does business in 27 countries worldwide.

A native of Schenectady, Chiusano had a 28-year career with Rockwell Collins. He served in a variety of capacities prior to his appointment as executive vice president in 2006, including executive vice president and chief operating officer of the company's Commercial Systems and executive vice president and chief operating officer of Government Systems.

"We are honored that Bob Chiusano has accepted our invitation to return to his alma mater and share his experiences and insights with our newest graduates," Hudson Valley President Andrew J. Matonak said. "I believe he will be a real inspiration to our graduates and a great representative of our alumni, who make differences in their communities every day."

The Class of 2007 has more than 1,700 graduates, who have either earned associate's degrees or certificates in one of the college's more than 70 academic programs. The Commencement ceremony begins at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 19, in the college's McDonough Sports Complex.

Each year, approximately half of Hudson Valley's graduates enter the workforce while the other half transfer to four-year colleges and universities, most of them in the Capital Region. Chiusano is one of those graduates who used his Hudson Valley degree as a foundation for further study.

After graduating with an associate in applied science degree in Automotive Technology, Chiusano attended another State University of New York institution, the University at Buffalo, where he received a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering. He also holds a master of business administration degree from the University of Iowa. In the early 1970s, the college's Automotive Technology program was rooted in engineering and liberal arts courses, and prepared graduates for work in the engineering field. Today's Automotive Technical Services graduates received associate in occupational studies degrees, with automotive-specific, hands-on training comprising the bulk of the curriculum.

Founded in 1953, 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; 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.