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10/16/2009
Hudson Valley Community College Foundation Welcomes New Heritage Society Members
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CONTACT: Paula Monaco (518) 629-8071 or p.monaco@hvcc.edu
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Oct. 16, 2009

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The Hudson Valley Community College Foundation recently welcomed new members to its Heritage Society, which recognizes individuals who have provided, or have made plans to provide, charitable gifts through bequests, trusts and other life income gifts.

Two former college employees were welcomed to the society at a dinner held Thursday, Oct. 15 at Crowne Plaza in Albany. They are:

  • Anne Morgan of Troy, spent the better part of four decades as a faculty member in the science division of the college, and she currently holds the rank of emeritus faculty. She has been a long-time member of the Foundation's board of directors, and has served as its scholarship committee chair for several years. Additionally, Anne serves on the steering committee for the Keepers of the Flame (the college's retiree association), and actively inspired this group to take the lead in raising funds to support the building of the Frank J. Morgan Jr. Clock Tower. The tower was dedicated Sept. 20, 2009 in honor of her late husband, who served the college for 24 years.

  • Ms. Marie Stasiak and Mr. John Stasiak of Troy, Marie was a long-time administrator in various departments serving the college, and has stayed very active in volunteer roles since her retirement a few years back. She currently serves on the steering committee for the Keepers of the Flame, and is a member of WE@HVCC. In 2003, Marie chaired the retiree committee for the college's 50th Anniversary.

Guest speaker Kevin Johnson, the President and CEO of New York Long-Term Care Brokers, one of the nation's leaders in the health insurance arena, as well as a member of the college's Foundation Board of Directors, and a current member of the Heritage Society, told the gathering about what inspired him to join the Heritage Society and what other members can do to inspire others to take this important philanthropic step.

The Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable corporation formed in 1983 to philanthropically support the college's mission. Gifts from alumni, corporations and friends are used to enhance programs, facilities and scholarship opportunities.

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 13,500 students, and it is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.