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Hudson Valley Professor Sessing-Matcha of Albany Appointed Editor of National Sociology Newsletter

CONTACT: Lisa Roche (518) 629-8063 or Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, November 30, 2000

 Hudson Valley Community College professor Bonita Arlene Sessing-Matcha of Albany recently was appointed sole editor and chair of the publications committee for Views of Undergraduate Education (VUES) at the American Sociological Association's annual conference in Washington, D.C. The appointment, presented during the Annual Business Meeting of the Section on Undergraduate Education, is for three years. The selection process was handled by the executive committee of VUES. The nationally distributed newsletter that Sessing-Matcha will oversee is produced by the American Sociological Association, whose headquarters are in Washington, D.C. Sessing-Matcha is an assistant professor in the Behavioral and Social Sciences and has taught at Hudson Valley since 1992.

 Sessing-Matcha is co-editor for Hudson Valley's Academic Notes for the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences with Dan Polak, Susan Blandy, and Anne Minehan. During graduate school, she was responsible for the collection of research materials compiled into procedural booklets to be dispersed to regional, state and local governmental entities. Sessing-Matcha has also done several book reviews for McGraw-Hill,  Allyn & Bacon, Prentice-Hall, and others in the areas of State and Local Government, American National Government, Introduction to Political Science, Sociology, and Social Problems.

 Sessing-Matcha earned her Master's Degree in Political Science at Bowling Green State University in Ohio in 1989 and her B.A. in Sociology at Purdue University in 1982. Her specializations were small and local government management, human resource management, and labor relations. Prior to joining Hudson Valley, Sessing-Matcha taught at the University of Findlay in Ohio, was a research associate at the Center for Governmental Research and Public Policy at Bowling Green and an outreach worker at the Council on Aging in Indiana. She has been published in local and national sociological journals and newsletters.

 At Hudson Valley, Sessing-Matcha is extremely active, currently serving on the Faculty/Student Senate, the college Planning Committee, and the Voices Library Lecture series committee. She is a member of the Northeastern Association of Two-Year Colleges, the American Association of University Women, and the Eastern Sociological Society.

 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 Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 9,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.