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Hudson Valley Hosts Kwanzaa Celebration

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, December 3, 2002

Hudson Valley Community College will host a Kwanzaa celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, December 9.

There are three parts to the celebration: African-American vendors will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the first floor of the Siek Campus Center; Hudson Valley students will lead a discussion entitled "Expressions of Celebration" from noon to 1 p.m. on the first floor of the campus center; and, also from 1 to 2 p.m., there will be a feast featuring African-American foods and desserts on the campus center's second floor.

An African-American celebration, Kwanzaa is a cultural happening rather than a religious event. It is a spiritual, festive and joyous celebration of the oneness and goodness of life, and it claims no ties with any religion. Millions of people throughout America and the world recognize Kwanzaa.

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.