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04/08/2009
Five Hudson Valley Community College Students Honored With Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence Photos Available

CONTACT: Paula Monaco (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Five members of the Hudson Valley Community College student body were recently named as recipients of the 2009 Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence.

The recipients are:

Michael Barone of Troy; Molly Bauer of Albany; Alisia Engle of Schenectady; Kara Gilmore of Averill Park; and Chandra Rebne of Troy.

Michael Barone Michael Barone
Barone, of Troy, has a 3.31 grade point average in the Individual Studies program. He serves as a senior senator for the Student Senate, a student trustee for the college's Board of Trustees, and has previously served as a SUNY student voting delegate. Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges has recognized him for his outstanding community service work with the American Heart Association, Red Cross and the Campus Food Pantry. He is also the founder and president of his college's Circle K Club.
Molly Bauer Molly Bauer
Bauer, of Albany, has maintained a 3.68 grade point average in the Individual Studies program. A member of the college's Phi Theta Kappa chapter, she also is the president of the college's Animal Outreach Club. Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges has recognized Bauer for her many accomplishments on the college campus, which include winning a Service Learning Award and participating in the Circle K and Tour Guide Clubs. She also has been recognized for volunteer work in her hometown of Albany and as a member of the Empire Service Dogs, an organization that has a special interest in the effects of animals on health and healing. Bauer is pursuing a career as a physician.
Alisia Engle Alisia Engle
Engle, of Schenectady, has a 3.84 grade point average in the Liberal Arts and Sciences program. Currently, she is a senior senator for the Student Senate after serving as class president her freshman year. She is a student representative to the college's Academic Senate and a community college representative for the SUNY Assembly Executive Committee. She also holds leadership posts as vice president of service for the college's Phi Theta Kappa chapter and vice president of the National Society for Leadership and Success. Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges has recognized her for outstanding community service, which includes volunteering for the American Cancer Society, Schenectady City Mission and Habitat for Humanity.
Kara Gilmore Kara Gilmore
Gilmore, of Averill Park, has a 3.66 grade point average in Business Administration. After previously serving as recording officer for the college's Phi Theta Kappa chapter, she currently serves as its president and has successfully led her chapter to attain Five Stars, the highest level of chapter development. This month, she was selected to Phi Theta Kappa's 2009 New York State All-Academic Third Team. She has been recognized by Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges for her campus and community work, which includes participating in the college's Business Club, volunteering for the American Cancer Society and serving as a parent representative for her community's Early Childhood Services Program.
Chandra Rebne Chandra Rebne
Rebne, of Troy, has a 3.92 grade point average in the Liberal Arts and Science program. She has dedicated much of her time to the college's student newspaper, The Hudsonian, working as a staff writer, news editor, managing editor and currently as editor-in-chief. She serves as a student-at-large for the Student Senate, a representative for the Faculty Student Association Board of Trustees and the vice president of fellowship for the college's Phi Theta Kappa chapter. This month, she was honored by being selected to Phi Theta Kappa's 2009 New York State All-Academic Second Team. Rebne's list of volunteer activities includes working as a peer tutor and participating as a member of the college's Animal Outreach Club.

The Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence was created 13 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 65,000 alumni.