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Hudson Valley Invites Community to Submit Memories Commemorating College History

CONTACT: Sarah Boggess or Eric Bryant (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, February 3, 2003

Hudson Valley Community College is asking its nearly 57,000 alumni and countless other past and present students, faculty and staff to contribute memories of the 50-year-old Troy educational institution in celebration of its golden anniversary.

Hudson Valley will compile a scrapbook of memories to be included in a commemorative publication, to be published later this year.

A virtual scrapbook will collect memories submitted electronically via the college Web site, which features a "memory form" on it's anniversary site. That Web page can be accessed at:

Non-electronic written memories and photographs can be mailed to the Office of Communications and Marketing, Hudson Valley Community College, 80 Vandenburgh Ave., Troy NY 12180.

Founded in 1953 with sponsorship by Rensselaer County, Hudson Valley was the eighth community college established in New York subsequent to the adoption of a 1948 education law permitting counties to create publicly funded two-year colleges.

It is estimated that some 250,000 people have studied at the college at one time or another, sampling degree programs and credit-free courses, or acquiring additional skills through Hudson Valley's work-force development.

Hudson Valley kicked off its anniversary celebration on Saturday, unveiling a trio of paintings by award-winning artist Len Tantillo, commissioned for the anniversary by the college's Foundation.

Events will continue throughout the calendar year, with a concentration of observances in late September and early October. Those will include a gala dinner-dance and homecoming festivities.

Members of the college community met in committees throughout last year to plan the year's events. The theme for the 50th anniversary celebration is "Innovation and Excellence: Our Tradition Continues."

Hudson Valley is among the largest of the state's community colleges, with an enrollment of more than 11,000 students. The college 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 is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.