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11/27/2012
Hudson Valley Community College Library Receives $50,000 Gift from Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180, d.renfrew@hvcc.edu
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Nov. 27, 2012

The Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation has donated $50,000 to Hudson Valley Community College’s Marvin Library Learning Commons. The gift will be used to purchase furnishings for the new atrium created by recent renovations to the library. In recognition of the gift, the atrium will be named the Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation Atrium.

“To prepare for careers in this fast-changing economy, today’s students must work collaboratively. Our foundation is pleased to partner with Hudson Valley Community College to create this common area where students can work and study together. The Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation Atrium will offer Hudson Valley students access to the people, tools and technology they need to be successful,” says Leslie Cheu, executive director of the Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation.

Renovations begun in late spring devote increased space to student use and less to physical book collections, which are being replaced by technology. The new student spaces include dedicated silent areas for study and research; collaborative areas where students quietly work together; and a social space, housed in the atrium, where students may talk with friends, relax and get refreshments from the newly opened café. Increased usage by students following the renovations resulted in the need for additional furniture.

“Hudson Valley’s success is due in large part to the many community partners with which we work. It is through such efforts that we are able to continually improve college resources and facilities,” says Ray Kimmelblatt, executive director of Hudson Valley’s Foundation. “We are certainly glad to count the renowned Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation as one of our partners.”

The renovated library also houses the Learning Centers where students may seek writing and research assistance, computer instruction, tutoring in specific subjects or help in dealing with learning disabilities.

“The library is a vital part of student services here at Hudson Valley, and our goal with these renovations is to be up to date with the best utilization of space and the most innovative technology. We are very appreciative to have the Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation, a long-time, local institution, as a partner in achieving our goals,” says Andrew J. Matonak, president of Hudson Valley Community College.

For more information about the library, visit www.hvcc.edu/learning-commons.

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 70,000 alumni.