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Hudson Valley's Homecoming Celebration Set for Saturday, October 4
College hosts black-tie gala to kick off Homecoming weekend

CONTACT: Sarah Boggess or Janine Kava (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Saturday, October 4, 2003

Hudson Valley Community College continues the year-long celebration of its 50th anniversary with a Homecoming Celebration on Saturday, October. 4.

Homecoming events will center around the Hudson Valley - SUNY Canton football game at 1 p.m. on Veteran's Memorial Field, located adjacent to Joseph L. Bruno Stadium. Halftime entertainment will be by Chocolate Thunder, a popular youth drum corps from Albany.

Family-centered festivities for Homecoming will begin at 11 a.m. near the playing field, and will include musical entertainment, carnival rides, games, contests and giveaways. Activities and refreshments will be free to the public. In keeping with the 1950s nostalgia of Hudson Valley's half-century anniversary, there will be an exhibit of classic cars on campus throughout the afternoon, weather permitting.

The Scotia-Glenville Traveling Children's Museum will present two activities specially geared to children: "Let's Make Bubbles," and "Marvelous Masks." Free pony rides and a small petting zoo will be available. Several clowns will be on hand to offer face painting, magic, juggling and balloon art. Also offered will be a giant slide and a bouncey-bounce.

Entertainment will include a tribute to the Beatles by the live band The Brits, and music and trivia games conducted by the DJ "Piano Man." Those in attendance will be offered free souvenirs, including anniversary balloons, t-shirts, pens, yo-yos, Frisbees, mini footballs and other items marked with Hudson Valley's anniversary logo.

Many public and private sponsors have assisted with the 50th Anniversary Homecoming, including Hudson Valley's own Student Association and Faculty Staff Association.

The Homecoming weekend was kicked off on Friday, October 3, with the featured event of the 50th anniversary celebration, a black-tie gala dinner-dance that was held at a festively-transformed McDonough Sports Complex.

Planned by a committee of faculty, staff, retirees and alumni, the gala was attended by more than 500 people. The event began at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7:30 p.m. Dancing followed dinner, with music provided by the New York Players.

The Conway Ice Arena in the sports complex was transformed into "Memorabilia Hall" for the event, with displays of several thousand photos, documents and items from the college's past. The college's Viking Cove Bookstore also displayed various 50th anniversary collectible items currently available for purchase.

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions; Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, Hudson Valley has an enrollment of more than 11,000 students each year.