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Two Hudson Valley Community College Students Named to All New York State Academic Team

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Thursday, April 5, 2012

Themba Knowles and Chad Coumbes, two members of the Hudson Valley Community College student body, were named to the All New York State Community College Academic Team recently.

Nominees for the honor must demonstrating academic excellence and notable service to the college and community. Those who are named to the All-State Academic Team are eligible for scholarships at transfer colleges and universities.

Coumbes, a Fine Arts student from Troy, was named to the All-New York State First Team. He is the president of the college's Student Senate.

Knowles, a Broadcast Communications student from Troy, was named to the All-New York State Second Team. He is the managing editor of The Hudsonian, the college's student newspaper.

Knowles and Coumbes were honored at the Phi Theta Kappa Award Ceremony on April 4 at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany.

The Phi Theta Kappa Award Ceremony recognizes outstanding community college students throughout the state. Phi Theta Kappa is an honor society that recognizes and encourages scholarship among two-year college students. The ceremony is sponsored annually by New York Community College Trustees, the New York Community College Association of Presidents, and the Faculty Council of Community Colleges.

In addition to academic achievement, recipients of the award are also evaluated on their leadership and community service involvement, and are named members of the All New York Community College Academic Team. This year, 54 students were honored from SUNY Community Colleges and 10 from CUNY Community Colleges.

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.