Siek Campus Center Re-dedication
Originally dedicated in 1973, as part of Hudson Valley Community College’s 20th anniversary, the Campus Center was named in memory of Raymond H. Siek in 1979. The college re-dedicated the building on Sept. 28, 2006, after completion of an extensive, $8.3 million renovation project.
September 28, 2006
About Raymond H. Siek
The renovation created a modern and more functional Campus Center for the college community; it included the near overhaul of the building’s interior, including a new dining area, central staircase, café, and lobby for the Maureen Stapleton Theatre. The building’s exterior slate façade also was replaced with glass, giving the building an open, airy and updated feel.
The building is home to a variety of key student services, including the Center for Careers and Employment, the Center for Counseling and Transfer, Chartwells Food Service, the Collegiate Academic Support Program, Center for Access and Assistive Technology, the Faculty Student Association, Individual Studies and Liberal Arts Advisement, Public Safety, Student Activities and Student Senate, and Viking’s Cove Bookstore.
The building’s redesign was handled by the Troy-based architectural firm Architecture+ in partnership with the Saratoga Associates, and was made possible through funding from the college, New York State and the college’s sponsor, Rensselaer County.
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Hudson Valley Community College President Andrew J. Matonak and Rensselaer County Legislature Chairman Neil Kelleher.
|| President Matonak is joined by Hudson Valley Associate Dean Kathleen Quirk, one of Raymond H. Siek’s daughters, and Hudson Valley Community College Foundation President Sarah M. Boggess.
| Dr. Robert H. Hill II, chairman of the college’s Board of Trustees, speaks at the ceremony.
|| Associate Dean Quirk and President Matonak unveil a plaque commemorating the re-dedication.
| From left to right, Associate Dean Quirk is joined by Rensselaer County Executive Kathleen Jimino, Dr. Hill, Legislature Chairman Kelleher and President Matonak.
|| Raymond H. Siek’s children pose with the re-dedication plaque. From left to right, Diane Brunelle, Robert Siek and Associate Dean Quirk.
| Raymond H. Siek’s children, grandchildren and their spouses – hailing from as far away as Omaha, Nebraska – attended the re-dedication ceremony. Front row, from left to right: Brian Quirk, Mark Siek, Alan Siek and Corey Siek. Back row, from left to right: Brian Westover, Erin Quirk, Jennifer Quirk, Janice Siek, Robert Siek, Diane Brunelle, Shelley Ferro, Edward Quirk, Associate Dean Quirk and Jessica Westover.
|| From left to right, President Matonak, Associate Dean Quirk and members of the Rensselaer County Legislature: Peter Grimm, Laura Bauer, Flora Fasoldt, James Brearton and Ginny O’Brien.
About Raymond H. Siek
Raymond H. Siek was a member of the college’s Board of Trustees for 13 years, from 1965 through 1978, when he died at the age of 66.
Mr. Siek was first appointed to the Board of Trustees in 1965 by Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller, and then reappointed by Gov. Malcolm Wilson for a second, nine-year term in 1974. He was the board’s vice chairman at the time of his death, and also served as a trustee of Russell Sage College.
Employed as the plant manager of the Ford Motor Company in Green Island, Mr. Siek was dedicated to serving his community, and greatly contributed to the fabric of civic and political life of Troy and Rensselaer County.
He served as a member of the Troy Savings Bank Board of Directors, and was long active with the Boy Scouts. He was a committeeman of the New York State Republican Committee, and also served as chairman of the Rensselaer County Republican Committee for three years. In 1965, the Greater Troy Chamber of Commerce named him “Man of the Year” to recognize him for his community involvement and many accomplishments.