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The Albany Tech Foundation accepted a $500 scholarship donation last week from the Emerson Electrical Foundation. The Emerson Electrical Foundation is made up of about 12 former Albany Tech students and faculty members who studied electrical systems under former instructor Willie Emerson. They asked for the scholarship dollars to go to deserving industrial electrical, air conditioning technology or electrical construction and maintenance students. The scholarships will pay for tuition, fees, books and tools. Emerson taught at ATC from 1961 to the mid-1990s. He also founded the college’s first basketball team. Pictured, from left, are Willie Emerson, owner of Emerson Electrical; John Cross, Emerson Electrical Foundation member; Pamela Heglar, executive vice president for Albany Tech; and Joe James, Emerson Electrical Foundation president.

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Tom Knighton is the publisher of The Albany Journal. In November, 2011, he became the first blogger to take over a newspaper anywhere in the world. In August of 2012, he made the difficult decision to take the Journal out of print circulation and become an online news agency, a first for the Albany area.

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