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05/09/2008
Seven Hudson Valley Community College Students Honored With Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence Photo Available

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Friday, May 9, 2008

Seven members of the Hudson Valley Community College student body were recently named as recipients of the Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence.

The recipients are:

Alyssa Cavosie of Clifton Park; Dayna Cook of Renssealer; Halea Dickinson of Averill Park; Laurel Good of Brainard; Julia McPeters of Troy; Sarah Popovics of Guilderland; and Christina Ryerson of Scipio Center, Cayuga County.

Alyssa Cavosie
Alyssa Cavosie
Cavosie is president of the college's Student Senate and also was captain of the women's soccer team during the 2007 season. She was the third leading scorer on the team. The Individual Studies major has a 3.57 grade point average and was the recipient of the Willie A. Hammett Award for her contributions to student activities on campus. She served as freshman class president in her first year at the college.
Dayna Cook
Dayna Cook
Cook has maintained a 3.87 grade point average in Liberal Arts. She is vice president of service for Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for students at two-year colleges, and president of the campus Environmental Club. Selected to Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges, she also is an emergency room volunteer at Albany Medical Center.
Halea Dickinson
Halea Dickinson
Dickinson has maintained a 3.93 grade point average in the Individual Studies program. She is vice president of leadership for Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for students at two-year colleges, and has been selected to Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges. While a student at Hudson Valley, she has overseen several community service projects, including a benefit concert for the American Cancer Society.
Laurel Good
Laurel Good
Good has a 4.0 grade point average in Individual Studies. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for students at two-year colleges, and was an All-Mountain Valley Conference and All-Region III player for Hudson Valley's women's soccer team. She was the team's second leading scorer. She also has served as the treasurer of the college's Sign Language Club.
Julia McPeters
Julia McPeters
McPeters has a 3.30 grade point average in Fine Arts. She is a senior Student Senator and president of the college's International Club and treasurer of the Student Christian Association. Her art work has been chosen for display in the college's Teaching Gallery.
Sarah Popovics
Sarah Popovics
Popovics was one of the top female cross country runners in Region III during the 2007 season and a member of the cast in the Hudson Valley Community College Theater Club production of The Mouse that Roared. She has been named to the college's President's List, and is a member of the Student Senate and Literature Club. Her accomplishments earned her a listing in Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges. Popovics, a Liberal Arts major from Guilderland, has a 3.2 grade point average.
Christina Ryerson
Christina Ryerson
Ryerson, from Scipio Center, Cayuga County, has a 3.25 grad point average and also serves as editor of the Hudsonian, the school paper. As editor, she updated the office, changed the constitution allowing writers and editors to be paid bi-weekly and has maintained the business aspects of the paper in absence of a business manager. The paper was honored by the college's Student Senate as the most improved club or student organization in 2007.

The Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence was created 11 years ago to recognize students who have best demonstrated, and been recognized for, the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts or career achievement.

Each year, campus presidents establish a selection committee, which reviews exemplary members of their college communities who are graduating. Nominees are then forwarded to the Chancellor's Office and are subject to a second round of review. Finalists are then recommended to the Chancellor to become recipients of the Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it 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 64,000 alumni.