CoGreene Cares Campaign helps students impacted by pandemic

GREENPORT – The Columbia-Greene Community College Foundation has launched the CoGreene Cares Campaign, designed to help students impacted by Covid-19 stay on track to earn a degree or certificate.

Joan Koweek, executive director of the Columbia-Greene Community College Foundation, explained that a special initiative made possible by an anonymous donor to the State University of New York is offering a $50,000 matching grant to all SUNY campuses between now and Wednesday, July 1.

“This fund has the potential to keep students on track to complete their academic paths and become assets to our communities,” Ms. Koweek said in a press release, adding that anyone may make a contribution to the campaign in any amount, and that gift will be matched on a one-to-one basis once the $50,000 threshold is met. “We have so many students who have lost jobs and are struggling with paying rent, tuition, car insurance, and food, just to name a few obstacles.” Read more…

C-GCC students chosen for Faculty Association Awards

GREENPORT–Columbia-Greene Community College students Lisa Blake of Lagrangeville, and Jasmine Pewarski Pine Plains, are the recipients of this year’s Faculty Association Awards.

The award’s purpose is to “recognize academic performance among non-traditional students,” and requires that applicants have completed at least 12 credit hours at C-GCC with a 3.25 grade-point-average (GPA) or higher, and be at least 25 years of age as of the award date.

Jasmine Pewarski (l) of Pine Plains, and Lisa Blake of Lagrangeville, are the recipients of this year’s Faculty Association Awards from Columbia-Greene Community College. Photo contributed

Winners are selected based on a combination of their cumulative GPA and on their original essays — answering the question “How have your experiences at Columbia-Greene Community College contributed to your personal and academic growth, and to the ultimate goals you want to achieve?” Read more…

Candidates must file nominating petitions for HCSD board

HUDSON – The Hudson City School District Board of Education will have two seats up for election this June. Each elected seat is a three-year, non-paid term ending in June 2023.

While Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.26 dispenses with the requirement for candidates to obtain a minimum number of signatures on petitions, it does not modify the statutory duty for candidates to file a petition no later than 30 days before the election. Since 30 days before June 9, 2020 falls on a Sunday (May 10), by operation of law, the new deadline for candidates seeking to run for office is May 11 at 5 p.m.

Candidates should complete the top portion of the petition indicating their name and address. Petitions may be accepted via electronic means. Read more…

C-GCC alumnus serves on front lines of local Covid-19 crisis

C-GCC alumnus Conor O’Neill ’14 poses in his COVID-19- approved safety gear. Photo contributed

GREENPORT — Columbia-Greene Community College alumnus and Hudson resident Conor O’Neill is busy putting out fires and saving lives — jobs that have become even more challenging in the wake of Covid-19.

Mr. O’Neill, who graduated from C-GCC in 2014 with a degree in criminal justice, is currently studying paramedics at SUNY Cobleskill. In addition to his college studies, he is a full-time EMT, and volunteers for a local fire department.

He explained the immense impact Covid-19 has had on first responders, saying that both the rescue squad and the fire department have had to change procedures numerous times as the Covid-19 situation evolves.

“I’ve been a local volunteer firefighter for eight years and a full–time EMT for four, and the changes have been drastic,” he said in a press release. “In the past, it would only take five-or-10 minutes for the ambulance to be ready for the next call. Now, with all the additional safety precautions we need to take, it may be up to an hour before that ambulance is ready for the next call,” Read more…

ICC announces high school honor roll for 3rd quarter

KINDERHOOK – The Ichabod Crane Central School District announces the high school students who made the Honor Roll and High Honor Roll in the third quarter of 2019-2020 school year.

Honor rolls are calculated at the end of each marking period. All grades except science labs and AIS courses are counted toward the grade point average. To obtain high honor roll, students must earn an overall average of exactly 90 or better, and to obtain honor roll, students must earn an overall average of exactly 85 to 89.9. Read more…