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"Women in Wars" To Be Subject of Academic Symposium at Hudson Valley Community College April 22

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, April 19, 2004

Former NewsChannel 13 Anchor Ed Dague to Serve as Moderator

The role of women in four of the 20th century's major military conflicts will be the subject of a panel discussion at Hudson Valley Community College, from 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, April 22. A former World War II WAC, a Vietnam-era nurse and one of the first female West Point cadets will help lead the discussion in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium.

Former NewsChannel 13 anchor Ed Dague will moderate "Women in Wars: Heroism Unnoticed." The event is free and open to the public.

Scheduled panelists include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel, retired, Carol Barkalow, who was a member of the 1980 graduating class from the United States Military Academy at West Point, the first class that included female cadets. In 1990, Lieutenant Colonel Barkalow published a book, In the Men's House, detailing her four years as a member of the first class of women to graduate from West Point. The book also highlights her first eight years of active duty service. She has appeared on the TODAY Show, C-SPAN Book Notes, and a PBS special on West Point's 200th Anniversary. Lieutenant Colonel Barkalow grew up in Clifton Park.
  • Mary Reynolds Powell, who served as a U.S Army nurse at the 24th Evacuation Hospital at Long Binh, Vietnam in 1970-71. Since returning from Vietnam, she has worked in community health and on community issues in four different states. In 2000, Powell released A World of Hurt: Between Innocence and Arrogance in Vietnam, an account of her experience in Vietnam that also includes the stories of several friends who served with her. Among them are a helicopter pilot, an infantry captain, an emergency room nurse, a Vietnamese aide, a drug counselor and the doctor who would one day be her husband.
  • Joyce McDonald, who was a member of the United States Air Force and actively served from 1956-1959. During her service, she was stationed at several bases throughout the United States. Joyce began her basic training at Lakeland Air Force base in San Antonio, Texas. The majority of her time and efforts were spent in the Military Air Transport Services, which was the commercial transportation service for the military and was responsible for transporting soldiers that came from abroad to other military bases within the United States.
  • Corporal Josephine Smith was a homemaker, former part-time professional dancer and World War II era member of the Women's Army Corps (WACs), from 1944 to 1946. A Troy native, Smith also was a member of the Military Police and was chosen by the Pentagon to model the new WAC uniform overseas during her term of duty.

The event is sponsored by WE@HVCC, an organization of Hudson Valley Community College faculty and staff who are committed to maintaining community spirit through social, philanthropic and educational endeavors. In the past four years, the organization has awarded over $4,000 in scholarships. Event co-sponsors include the college's Department of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences and the Stratton VA Medical Center.

For groups of five or more people, please contact Erica Ferro at 629-7358 to reserve seating. Information on the event is available at

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.