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Hudson Valley To Host Timely Teleconference Featuring Cokie Roberts Of ABC News

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, April 16, 2003

Given the current state of the world, it is appropriate that Hudson Valley Community College will participate as a local host for Hospice Foundation of America's 10th annual "Living With Grief" teleconference, entitled "Coping With Public Tragedy." Cokie Roberts of ABC News will moderate this year's live-via-satellite video teleconference, and it will be broadcast in the auditorium Hudson Valley's Bulmer Telecommunications Center from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on April 30.

The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and attendees are encouraged to arrive by 1:15 p.m. There will be a discussion period from 4 to 4:30 p.m.

"Coping With Public Tragedy" will examine the factors that define public tragedy and it look at the ways in which organizations can appropriately respond and offer support to their communities and those people who are coping with loss. "Coping With Public Tragedy" is being sponsored in the Capital Region by Hudson Valley's Human Services Department and by the college's Social Service Education Program.

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.