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Sister Anne Bryan Smollin To Speak on "Inner Peace" April 21 at Hudson Valley Community College

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, April 6, 2004

Sister Anne Bryan Smollin, CSJ, will speak on the topic of "Inner Peace: Living as Peaceful People," at 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 21, in the Hudson Valley Community College Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium.

The event is free and open to the public.

A Sister of St. Joseph, as well as a therapist, lecturer, author and former teacher, Sister Anne gives lectures throughout the country on humor, laughter, stress, and relationships. Sister Anne is presently executive director of Counseling for Laity at the Albany Roman Catholic Diocese and serves as a therapist, consultant to hospitals, and adjunct professor at several colleges. She also is president of the board of Clowns on Rounds, and host of her own radio show for 18 years.

Her book "Tickle Your Soul: Live Well, Love Much, Laugh Often" focuses on the importance of laughter in everyday life. She also is the author of "God Knows You're Stressed: Simple Ways to Restore Your Balance."

The presentation is sponsored by the college's Peace and Nonviolence Committee and the Campus Ministry Office. The Peace and Nonviolence Committee has been active at the Hudson Valley campus for more than eight years. Each year, the committee hosts several events around a theme. Recent awareness days have focused on domestic violence, Columbine, sexual abuse and building peaceful communities. Speakers have included Sister Helen Prejean, Andrew Shue and Bruce and Janice Grieshaber.

Please call 518-629-HOPE to reserve a seat for this event.

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 11,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.