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Andrew Shue To Highlight Peace and Non-Violence Day Activities at Hudson Valley Community College

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8071

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, September 9, 2002

Youth advocate, "Melrose Place" heartthrob, professional soccer player and community leader. Andrew Shue has filled all of these roles during his young life. Shue, the co-founder of the national community service organization "Do Something," will deliver the keynote presentation at Hudson Valley Community College's Day of Peace and Non-Violence, Friday, September 20 at 11 a.m.

High school and college groups as well as social service personnel from around the area are invited to attend the presentation, which will follow the theme of the day -- "Community Activism: Building Bridges Toward Peace."

Shue is in the middle of a national speaking tour of college campuses, inviting young people to share their talents and give back to their local communities. "Do Something" is one of the largest youth-led leadership and community service initiatives in the country. As part of "Do Something," young people identify issues in their communities and then work to solve them with educators and other community mentors.

Shue will speak in the McDonough Sports Complex field house. A question and answer session will follow his presentation.

The annual Day of Peace and Non-Violence at Hudson Valley is a campus-wide celebration aimed at bringing people together for positive change. A variety of volunteer agencies will be on hand in the McDonough Sports Complex lobby before and after Shue's talk.

For more information or group registration, call 629-HOPE.

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions: 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 10,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.