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Major Donations Made to Hudson Valley Community College's New Science Center

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Nov. 1, 2012

Marshall & Sterling Insurance, a Poughkeepsie-based company, has pledged to donate $50,000 to Hudson Valley Community College’s new science center. The gift will support the science center’s campaign for equipment.

“We have long had a great partnership with Hudson Valley. As a nationally ranked community college, Hudson Valley demonstrates a leadership that Marshall & Sterling values. Our investment in the college is an investment in the community, and, further, we are glad to be making critical inroads into the sciences through this cutting-edge building,” said Ken Grey, president of Marshall & Sterling. Grey has been on the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation board since 2010 and currently serves on the executive committee as treasurer.

The $35 million, 100,000-square-foot science center, still under construction and slated to open in the fall of 2013, has also recently received gifts from the Philly and Charlie Dake Foundation and CAP COM Federal Credit Union. In July, the Dake Foundation donated $100,000; the Dakes were family owners of Stewart’s Shops. In August, CAP COM Federal Credit Union made a gift commitment of $100,000.

CAP COM and Stewart’s Shops have made other significant contributions to the college in recent years as well. CAP COM gave $100,000 to the college’s Nursing program and established a scholarship in 2008 for students studying business and liberal arts curricula. From 2010 to 2011, Stewart's Shops also supported the college’s Nursing program with a $25,000 contribution to increase the number of graduates to meet the region's growing healthcare needs.

Additionally, a $15,000 contribution was made for the center by UHY Advisors, a tax and business consulting firm based in Albany.

Ray Kimmelblatt, executive director of Hudson Valley’s Foundation, said, “The business-education partnerships enjoyed by Hudson Valley are unique—and lead to valuable support for the college, whether it be financial or through volunteer resources.”

These contributions are in response to the Foundation’s campaign to raise approximately $2 million to purchase state-of-the-art equipment for the new science building. Though the $34 million building is publicly funded, with 50 percent from New York State and 50 percent from the college’s capital chargebacks and bonding through Rensselaer County, the Foundation has stepped forward to seek funding that will ensure Hudson Valley students are well-trained on state-of-the-art equipment.

“Our goal with this technologically advanced science center is to prepare students to seamlessly transition into the local biotechnology, biomanufacturing and healthcare workforce, or to continue their education at leading colleges and universities throughout the country,” said Andrew J. Matonak, president of Hudson Valley Community College. “As the Capital Region continues to develop into a 21st century biotechnology/bio-manufacturing hub, with increasing demands for qualified scientists and technicians, degrees in the sciences are becoming vital. Hudson Valley intends to be in the educational forefront for this area.”

Twenty-five fully equipped laboratories in the new science center will provide for the study of biology, chemistry, physics, biotechnology, earth science and forensics. The center also will house 11 classrooms, faculty and staff offices, conference spaces, a science study center and a greenhouse.

Since 2005, the college has seen an enrollment increase of 30 percent in biology, chemistry and physics courses, and the number of course sections taught has increased 26 percent. Our highly respected science program graduates bring a solid educational foundation to the job market or to other institutions of higher learning.

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Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; 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 13,500 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.