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Hudson Valley Sociology Students Interact with Homeless at Bethany House

CONTACT: Lisa Roche (518) 629-8063 or Sarah Boggess at 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, March 8, 2001

For six weeks beginning Monday, March 12, a group of Hudson Valley Community College sociology students will travel to Bethany House in Troy for a real-life experience in working with the homeless. The students will be at Bethany House on Mondays from noon to 12:45. Bethany House is located at 27 State Street, Troy and can be reached by calling 273-3529.

This six-week project is designed to meet varying needs of students, particularly those who are eager to participate in additional learning opportunities. The sociology students final group project is on homelessness. The students will examine sociological perspectives from macro and micro view points. While volunteering at the Bethany House, students will investigate various perspectives through unobtrusive observation of clients and conduct interviews with staff members who have a solid understanding of this issue. Students are given an opportunity to interact on various levels, thus providing an invaluable experience for understanding group dynamics. During the last week of class, students will share their findings with the class.

For more information, contact Tamu Chambers-Hassan, Assistant Professor, at 629-7431.

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. 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.