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Peace and Non-Violence Meditation, Music and Reflection On Hudson Valley Campus Noon to 2 p.m. Wed., Sept. 12

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

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2001

In the wake of the terrible tragedies of Sept. 11, Hudson Valley Community College is offering an opportunity to the campus community to begin healing with a time of reflection, meditation and music from noon to 2 p.m. today. Although the college was forced to cancel its scheduled speaking engagement with Sister Helen Prejean of Dead Man Walking today, the college has still designated today Peace and Non-Violence Day on campus.

Campus chaplain Sister Rosemary Cuneo will coordinate the gathering. Chris Melco, a Native American flautist and ordained minister who was scheduled to perform at the college's musical symposium for peace and non-violence, will be on campus for today's gathering. Members of the campus community also will be invited to participate and share their thoughts and feelings if they wish.

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; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. 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.