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09/20/2007
Hudson Valley Community College Officially Unveils New Administration Building, Teaching Gallery and Clock Tower Photos Available

CONTACT: Jason McCord (518) 629-8071 or (518) 629-7180
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, September 20, 2007

Photo Gallery Available

Alumni, faculty, county officials, college officials and community members gathered at Hudson Valley Community College, Thursday, Sept. 20, as the college officially dedicated its new Administration Building, Teaching Gallery and Dr. Frank J. Morgan Clock Tower.

"The new Administration Building, Teaching Gallery and Dr. Frank J. Morgan Clock Tower, in addition to other recent renovations, have truly transformed the heart of our campus," said Hudson Valley President Andrew J. Matonak, Ed.D. "This project would not be possible without the support of our sponsor, Rensselaer County. It's great to know that we have such strong partners in county government, partners who understand the important role that this college plays in the lives of their constituents and to the vitality of the region's economy."

The three-story, $8.4 million Administration Building features seven state-of-the-art classrooms and brings numerous campus offices, including Finance, Human Resources, Purchasing, Payroll and Comptroller, under one roof. The building is 40,000 square feet and was constructed in approximately 18 months. The Administration Building was designed by Architecture+ of Troy, the firm responsible for the Siek Campus Center and Guenther Enrollment Services Center renovations.

Hudson Valley's Teaching Gallery, located in the Administration Building, is a new spacious, two-story location for the college's art gallery. The 2,000-square-foot Teaching Gallery will allow students in Hudson Valley's new Gallery Management degree program, which began Fall 2007, to plan and market exhibits; the program allows students to transfer to four-year degree programs in gallery management, arts management, museum studies or art history. The Teaching Gallery also provides the Capital Region community with an attractive venue for public art exhibits.

The Dr. Frank J. Morgan Clock Tower is a 30-foot structure erected in the center of campus to honor one of Hudson Valley's most distinguished and beloved professors and administrators. Dr. Morgan, who died in 2000, was with Hudson Valley from 1961 to 1985, serving as dean for 16 years. Known for his thoughtful advice, Dr. Morgan helped countless students and was instrumental in developing transfer opportunities with many four-year colleges and universities. He also served as secretary to the college's Board of Trustees after his retirement. The clock tower was funded by alumni and others who were touched by Dr. Morgan and also by the Keepers of the Flame, an association of the college's retired faculty, administration and staff members.

"I'm sure all of us who had the good fortune to know Dr. Morgan agree that a more fitting tribute could not have been planned for this giant in the history of the college," said James A. Walsh '61, chairperson of the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation Board of Directors.

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 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.