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Hudson Valley Community College Welcomes Students Back to a Renovated Campus August 27

CONTACT: Lisa Roche (518) 629-8063 or Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8071

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, August 24, 2001

Monday, August 27 is the first day of school at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy. Hudson Valley President John Buono will be meeting and greeting students as they return for the start of a new school year, and the Adelphi Quartet and Adelphi Trio will be on hand to celebrate opening day with strains of Vivaldi, Handel, Faure and Bach. (Note: If you wish to photograph or film President Buono with students Monday morning, please contact the number above to schedule a location and time.)

The college is anticipating enrollment growth this year. College officials expect to achieve one of the highest levels of new matriculated students this fall, and total enrollment is expected to top 9,500 students.

Physical improvements to the campus include the newly renovated Guenther Enrollment Services Center, which consolidates many key student services – including Admissions, Financial Aid, the Cashier's Office and the Registrar's Office -- under one roof. The new building features a swooping silver roofline and spacious open lobby.

Other changes to the campus include the restructuring of some academic departments to better serve students, and the hiring of new faculty and staff, including several new department chairs hired from universities around the country.

The college has added 700 temporary parking spaces to replace spaces that have been temporarily displaced by the construction of the new baseball stadium on campus. Student parking will be available in front of the Marvin Library, between Brahan Hall and Vandenburgh Avenue, and in front of the Bulmer Telecommunications Center and along South Drive. Students and members of the community should expect traffic congestion on Monday morning, particularly on Route 4, Morrison Avenue, and the Troy-Menands Bridge. Individuals not headed to the college may wish to seek alternate routes to their destinations.

The Adelphi Trio is scheduled to perform at 11 am. to noon Monday under the walkway leading to Fitzgibbons Health Techologies Center at the center of campus. (The trio will perform on the first floor of the Siek Campus Center if the weather is inclement). The Adelphi Quartet is scheduled to perform at noon Monday in the South Dining Hall of the Campus Center.

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 and workforce training.