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Hudson Valley to Host Conference on Character Education

CONTACT: Steve Mullen (518) 629-8063
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, March 3, 2003

The Academy for Character Education at Hudson Valley Community College will host the Fourth Annual Northeastern United States Conference on Character Education on March 25-26 in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center.

Keynote speakers for the conference include Dr. Tom Lickona, recipient of the 2002 Character Education Lifetime Achievement Award; Dr. Michele Borba, recipient of the National Educator Award; Phil Catania, principal of the 2001 National School of Character; and David Kaczynski, recipient of the 2002 Frederick Douglass Struggle for Justice Award.

There also will be 45 breakout sessions at which attendees will have an opportunity to discuss various subjects dealing with character education and to view performances by a variety of artists.

All people who work with children are encouraged to attend the conference. Special rates are available for parents, seniors and students. Call the Academy for Character education at (518) 629-7512 for an application or to register for the conference. Registration deadline is March 19.

"The special rates will give an opportunity for individuals, other than teachers, to learn practical strategies that can be used to teach responsibility and self control, and nurture empathy and hope for our children as a positive, caring and safe environment for our communities," said Academy Coordinator Dr. John Walko.

More information on the conference and its speakers can be found online at