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FOR RELEASE: Wednesday, April 6, 2011

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Three members of the Hudson Valley Community College student body were named as recipients of the State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence.

The recipients are:

Darren Finn of Albany. Finn is studying Biological Science and serves as vice president of fellowship for the college's chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. He was the recipient of the academic excellence in general biology award, and was one of 10 students selected out of 200 applicants for a research internship position with New York State Department of Health. In addition to working as a peer tutor for biology, chemistry and writing, Darren volunteers his time three days a week at Albany Medical Center and weekends at Habitat for Humanity. A member of two national honor societies, Darren has been on the President's List with a grade point over age over 3.5 for three semesters.

Amanda Hernandez of Old Chatham. Hernandez is a President's List student in the Early Childhood program and a senior senator for the college's Student Senate. She also serves as president of both the Theater Club and the Early Childhood Club. Amanda has appeared on stage in several performances and has been an integral part of every theater club production during her time at the college. Her community service projects through the Early Childhood Club include raising funds for UNICEF, the Regional Food Bank and collecting care packages for Haiti following the 2010 earthquake. A member of two national honor societies, she also works as a peer tutor for English/writing and freshman Early Childhood courses.

Thomas Stoddard of Montgomery. Stoddard, a Physical Education student, serves as captain of the men's lacrosse team, which won the Mountain Valley Conference Championship in 2010. He is president of the Physical Education Club and recipient of the Otto V. Guenther Scholarship, an award for outstanding students in Hudson Valley's Physical Education or Nursing programs. A member of the Army National Guard, he also serves as a volunteer coach for Orange County Raptors Youth Lacrosse, Goshen Youth Lacrosse and the Special Olympics. He was named to Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges 2011, and has been on either the President's List or Dean's List each term.

The three Hudson Valley students were honored along with other recipients from across the State University system April 5 at a ceremony in Albany.

The Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence was created 15 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 14,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.