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A Taste of Islam

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, November 21, 2002

Hudson Valley Community College's celebration of Islam Awareness Week will culminate today with "A Taste of Islam." The event, scheduled to run from 3 to 7 p.m. in the dining hall of the Siek Campus Center (second floor), will include a lecture from Brother Djafer Sebkhaoui, Imam of the mosque in Troy, who will discuss Islam.

There also will be a Muslim prayer session at about 4:30 p.m., which all students are welcome to observe, and the event will conclude with a free feast. Traditional Eastern food will be served.

"A Taste of Islam" is aimed at teaching Hudson Valley's students about Islam.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 50 degree and certification programs in four academic divisions: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Business; as well as programs run through the Educational Opportunity Center offering certification programs in workforce and academic preparation. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 11,000 students, and it is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has graduated more than 55,000 students.