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Thomas L. Amell '87, Eastern New York regional president of First Niagara Bank, received the Otto V. Guenther Career Achievement Award from the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation and the Hudson Valley Community College Alumni Association today for his dedication to the college, its alumni and the Capital Region community. He has been a strong advocate of the college since his graduation and has played a vital role in fostering an ongoing partnership between the college and First Niagara Bank. Amell is not only successful and active in the banking industry, but also serves on numerous boards of directors for non-profit organizations throughout the Capital Region.

He and five other award recipients were honored at a luncheon held at Franklin Terrace in Troy. The Distinguished Service Award program was begun in 1984 to recognize the accomplishments of the college's alumni and has since been expanded to include community partners, or non-alumni. Awards are presented annually by the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation and the college's Alumni Association to worthy individuals or institutions that provide notable service to the college or the community.

Other recipients are as follows:

Terri Lewis '74, president and CEO of Select Dental Staffing LLC, was presented the 1953 Award for Distinguished Service to Hudson Valley Community College by an Alumnus. With experience in all aspects of the dental hygiene profession, Lewis has long been a mentor for Hudson Valley dental hygiene students and graduates and serves on the college's Dental Hygiene Board of Directors. She is a highly sought-after speaker in the professional health care community.

Richard M. Amadon Sr., retired from Verizon Communications, took the 1953 Award for Distinguished Service to Hudson Valley Community College by a Non-Alumnus. A lifelong resident of Rensselaer County, former supervisor for the Town of Poestenkill and a former member of the Rensselaer County Legislature, Amadon demonstrates his belief in giving back to the community through his work on the Foundation's Board of Directors and as a former Hudson Valley Community College trustee.

John M. Daniels '90, president and CEO of L&P Media, was presented the Dr. Frank J. Morgan Jr. Humanitarian Service Award for his leadership roles in a number of Capital Region organizations, including the YMCA, the Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless, Seton Health's Foundation and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Michael Such '77, assistant professor of Criminal Justice, Forensic Science and Public Administration at Hudson Valley, received the Dr. Joseph J. Bulmer Award for Service to the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation by a College Employee. This award, newly established last year, recognizes Such for his tireless work on the Foundation's internal fundraising campaign in 2009.

CAP COM Federal Credit Union received the Corporate Excellence Award. Paula Stopera 77, president and CEO of CAP COM, accepted the award on behalf of her company for its commitment to the college, its alumni and the Capital Region community. CAP COM has been a major donor to the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation, and recently pledged a $100,000 gift to benefit the college's Nursing program and Allied Health students.

The Hudson Valley Community College 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 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 nearly 14,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.