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Hudson Valley Community College Promotes Civic Engagement in April

CONTACT: Jason McCord (518) 629-8071 or (518) 629-7180
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Hudson Valley Community College will host two events in April to highlight the importance of civic engagement and community service, including recognizing students and faculty who have worked to improve their communities.

The events are sponsored by the college’s Cultural Affairs Program and the Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement at Hudson Valley. The center builds relationships between students and the community by educating students about the importance of community involvement and encouraging them to make a positive difference in the world around them by volunteering. The events are as follows:

  • At 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, author Richard Harwood will discuss civic engagement during a free lecture in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium. Founder of the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, Harwood has worked for 20 years helping people imagine and act for the public good. Earlier in the day, Harwood will meet with area leaders for a roundtable discussion on ways to increase civic engagement in local communities.

  • At noon on Friday, April 20, Hudson Valley Community College will hold its annual National Youth Service Day celebration in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium.

Dr. Peter Sawyer, director of the college’s Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement, will lead a group discussion among students and faculty who will share their service learning experiences and discuss the importance of community service.

An awards presentation will follow the discussion. The college will present its John L. Buono Award for Civic Engagement, which recognizes a student for scholarship and community service, and the “Giving Cup” will be awarded to the academic program that donated the most food to the college food pantry. Other students and faculty also will be recognized for their community service efforts.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and workforce and academic preparation programs offered through the Educational Opportunity Center. 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 more than 60,000 alumni.