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19th Annual Special Programs Awards Ceremony
April 30, 2007

Family, friends, faculty and staff gathered in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium on April 30, 2007 to honor nearly 100 students for their academic achievements during the 19th Annual Special Programs Awards Ceremony.

The awards ceremony honors students enrolled in Hudson Valley Community College’s Collegiate Academic Support Program, Center for Access and Assistive Technology, Educational Opportunity Program, International Student Affairs, Life Plus One and Project ReConnect.

Sim Covington, assistant director of the Center for Careers and Employment, welcomes audience members to the event. Sim Covington, assistant director of the Center for Careers and Employment, welcomes audience members to the event. Dr. Andrew J. Matonak, president of Hudson Valley Community College, congratulates students for their achievements and thanks family members for their support, which he said is instrumental to their students� success.Dr. Andrew J. Matonak, president of Hudson Valley Community College, congratulates students for their achievements and thanks family members for their support, which he said is instrumental to their students’ success.
Pablo Negron, director of the Center for Access and Assistive Technology, praises students for their dedication and hard work. Pablo Negron, director of the Center for Access and Assistive Technology, praises students for their dedication and hard work. David Chowenhill, from the New York State Commission for the Blind, gives a motivational speech as the event�s guest speaker.David Chowenhill, from the New York State Commission for the Blind, gives a motivational speech as the event’s guest speaker.
Roy Pompey, director of the Collegiate Academic Support Program, tells students how proud he is of their achievements and thanks staff and faculty for their tireless support. Roy Pompey, director of the Collegiate Academic Support Program, tells students how proud he is of their achievements and thanks staff and faculty for their tireless support. Sarah Worden, an Individual Studies student, receives a plaque from President Matonak. Sarah Worden, an Individual Studies student, receives a plaque from President Matonak.
Julie Utter, an Early Childhood Education student, receives a plaque from President Matonak. Julie Utter, an Early Childhood Education student, receives a plaque from President Matonak. Louis Coplin, director of the Educational Opportunity Program, commends students for their success. Louis Coplin, director of the Educational Opportunity Program, commends students for their success.
Shavina Richardson-Aiken, a Human Services student, receives a plaque from President Matonak. Shavina Richardson-Aiken, a Human Services student, receives a plaque from President Matonak. Anh Le, a Mathematics and Sciences student, receives a plaque from President Matonak. Anh Le, a Mathematics and Sciences student, receives a plaque from President Matonak.
Jay Deitchman, coordinator of International Student Affairs, applauds students for their academic achievements. Jay Deitchman, coordinator of International Student Affairs, applauds students for their academic achievements. Krysten Harrison, an Individual Studies student, receives a plaque from President Matonak. Krysten Harrison, an Individual Studies student, receives a plaque from President Matonak.
Vivian Tortorici, dean of the college�s School of Liberal Arts and Sciences and School of Health Sciences, receives a Lifetime Achievement Award from President Matonak. Vivian Tortorici, dean of the college’s School of Liberal Arts and Sciences and School of Health Sciences, receives a Lifetime Achievement Award from President Matonak. Dean Vivian Tortorici gives heartfelt thanks to everyone for honoring her with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Dean Vivian Tortorici gives heartfelt thanks to everyone for honoring her with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Mark Schmiedeshoff, director of the Center for Careers and Employment, and Lorraine Schmiedeshoff, coordinator of Computer Services and Operations, receive Lifetime Achievement Awards from President Matonak. Mark Schmiedeshoff, director of the Center for Careers and Employment, and Lorraine Schmiedeshoff, coordinator of Computer Services and Operations, receive Lifetime Achievement Awards from President Matonak. Students, faculty and staff gather for a group photo. Students, faculty and staff gather for a group photo.