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Pursuing A Doctoral Degree

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, April 17, 2003

Hudson Valley Community College encourages its graduates to pursue bachelor's degrees – more than 40 percent of Hudson Valley's graduates transfer to four-year schools each year – but what about those students who hope to advance to the doctorate level? From noon to 2 p.m. on April 24, in the Faculty/Staff Conference Room of the Siek Campus Center (second floor), Hudson Valley faculty and staff members will share their doctoral experiences with students by taking part in a symposium entitled "First-Hand Scholarship: What Is It Really Like To Pursue A Doctoral Degree?"

"Students who set their sights on completing a doctoral degree often have many questions about the process, the product and the benefits of such intense study," said Dr. Ann Marie Murray, associate dean for Academic Services at Hudson Valley. "This symposium presents an opportunity for them to benefit from the first-hand knowledge possessed by many members of Hudson Valley's community."

Dr. Leslie Grout, Dr. Sally Bauer, Dr. Maria Palmara, Dr. Maria Pollack, Dr. Dehlly Porras, Dr. Rita Egan and Dr. Mark Tenney will engage in a discussion moderated by Dr. Murray.

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.