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Miss America 2001 To Speak at Character Education Conference at Hudson Valley Community College

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, March 8, 2001

Miss America 2001, Angela Perez Baraquio, will participate in the second annual Capital District Conference on Character Education, sponsored by the Academy for Character Education at Hudson Valley Community College, March 21.

Baraquio will speak at 12:30 p.m. in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center auditorium, Wednesday, March 21. The 24-year-old Honolulu native chose Character Education as her platform for the year and she is on a national speaking tour to promote the theme, "Character in the Classroom: Teaching Values, Valuing Teachers." Baraquio is an elementary school physical education instructor and coach.

"The development of character education programs in our country's schools must become a national priority," Baraquio said. "As Miss America, I am encouraging educators, parents and students to make character education an integral element of their schools culture and curriculum."

Miss America's presentation will be open to those attending the Second Annual Capital District Conference on Character Education, held, March 20-21, at Hudson Valley Community College.

For more information about attending the conference, contact the Academy at 629-7180.

Also speaking at the two-day conference will be three nationally recognized leaders in the character education field. Dr. Phillip Fitch Vincent, a lecturer and author of more than 20 books, is acclaimed as the "Voice of Character Education." Dr. Vincent's work on school civility has been featured on an "Eye on America" segment on CBS News with Dan Rather. Vincent is currently the director of the Center for Ethics, Public Policy and Leadership at Greensboro College in North Carolina. Small group breakout sessions will be held throughout the day on a variety of topics related to Character Education.

Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 50 degree and certification 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 Opportunities Center offering certification programs in workforce and academic preparation.