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Hudson Valley To Celebrate Earth Day

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, April 23, 2003

Dr. Carl McDaniel of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will serve as keynote speaker for Hudson Valley Community College's daylong celebration of Earth Day on Thursday, April 24. A biology professor at RPI, McDaniel will give a speech entitled "The Next Great Idea In Western Civilization: Environmentalism" from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Hudson Valley's Maureen Stapleton Theatre.

McDaniel is the co-author of "Paradise for Sale: A Parable of Nature" (University of California Press, 2000), which tells of environmental degradation and economic dysfunction on Nauru Island, which is located in the Pacific Ocean.

Additionally, Dr. Robert Somer of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets will speak on "Environmental Issues And Agriculture" in Room 002 of Brahan Hall from 11 to 11:50 a.m.

Hudson Valley's Earth Day celebration will kick off with a bird walk/tree planting from 8 to 9:30 a.m. From 10 to 10:45 a.m., there will be an amphibian hike for children.

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.