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Preservation of Historic Building is the Topic of Lecture at Hudson Valley

CONTACT: Steve Mullen (518) 629-8063
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, March 11, 2005

Jeff Baker, restoration architect and an alumnus of Hudson Valley Community College, will talk about the importance of preserving old buildings as a part of Hudson Valley's Voices: A Library Lecture Series at noon on Thursday, March 17, in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium.

Baker has been a partner with Mesick, Cohen, Wilson, Baker, Architects, L.L.P., in Albany since 1995. He has been the project manager and co-partner-in-charge of a number of local and national restorations, including the Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, the fourth floor Senate lobby of the New York State Capitol, Proctor's Theatre in Schenectady, and the Stuyvesant Railroad Station in Stuyvesant. He will show local and national examples of his work.

Baker received his associate's degree in Civil Engineering Technology from Hudson Valley in 1981 and a bachelor's degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1986.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 60 degree and certificate 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 12,000 students, and it is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has nearly 60,000 alumni.