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Hudson Valley Community College Students Honored With SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence

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FOR RELEASE: Friday, April 5, 2013

Six 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: Devin Brady of Ballston Lake; Eugene Corcione of Albany; Fatima Hussain of Troy; Zachary Pearson of Ghent; Robert Spain of Albany; and Matthew Whalen of Troy.

Devin Brady was elected vice president of the Alpha Xi Sigma chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for students at two-year colleges and she was named to the President's List at the college for three consecutive semesters. Named to Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities, she was elected freshman senator during her first year at Hudson Valley. She continued to participate in student senate meetings via teleconferencing while completing an internship at Walt Disney World in the spring 2012 semester. Brady also serves as a peer tutor for math and business law in the college's Learning Assistance Center.

Captain of the men's soccer team, Eugene Corcione was selected to play in the NJCAA Region III All Star Game. He was twice named to the college's President's List and served as Student Senate Vice President during the 2012-2013 academic year and as treasurer the previous year. He is a board member of the college's Faculty Student Association and has been very active in volunteering in his community and on campus.

Fatima Hussain was elected president of the college's Alpha Xi Simga chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for students in two-year colleges. She also has been very involved in campus activities, having served on the Environmental Sustainability Committee and as a staff editor of the Hudsonian student newspaper. Named to Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities, she is a three time President's List honoree, a Phi Theta Kappa Scholar and was a member of the college's team that placed fourth out of 30 teams in the 2012 New York State Mathematics Association of Two-Year Colleges competition.

Robert Spain has been a member of the Army Reserves since 2004 and currently holds the rank of Staff Sergeant. He was twice deployed to Iraq. Named to the Deans' List for three consecutive semesters, he is a member of the Armed Forces Club and the Concrete Canoe Club, which competes in concrete canoe construction and racing against other engineering schools around the Northeast. He is an active volunteer firefighter in his hometown.

Zach Pearson has continually been a President's List student during his time at the college and also has been named to Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. He is an active volunteer in his community and also is active in a variety of stage productions throughout the Capital Region. On campus, he serves as a tour guide for the HVCC Admissions Office.

Named to Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities, Matthew Whalen is a four-time President's List honoree and currently serves as Senior Class President at the college. A Phi Theta Kappa Scholar, he also is Vice President for Public Relations for the Alpha Xi Sigma chapter of that international academic honor society. He is a member of the New York Army National Guard.

All six Hudson Valley students were honored along with other recipients from across the State University system on April 4 at a ceremony at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany.

For more information about student achievements at Hudson Valley Community College, visit the college's page.

The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence was created 16 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.