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Media Advisory/Photo Opportunity

11/09/2011
Veterans Day Activities Thursday and Friday Salute Student Veterans

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072, e.bryant@hvcc.edu
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011

Thursday, Nov. 10, Atrium, Marvin Library, Hudson Valley Community College, 4 p.m. opening ceremony
"Pride of Our Nation…Pride of Our College"

"Pride of Our Nation…Pride of Our College"; an archival photographic exhibit that will showcase more than 50 veterans, current servicemen and servicewomen who are, or are related to, faculty, staff and students of Hudson Valley. The atrium entrance will be hung with a garrison flag and the photo exhibit will take up the entire atrium space. Veterans in the exhibit are expected to attend, and include:

Command Sergeant Major Frank Wicks; New York National Guard
Danielle Bouchard; member of the 206th MP Company in the New York State National Guard (current student at Hudson Valley)
Josephine Smith, former member of the Women's Army Corp during World War II

Friday, Nov. 11, Meeting Rooms, first floor, Bulmer Telecommunications Center, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
"Serving Those Who Served" Veterans Luncheon

"Serving Those Who Served" Veterans Luncheon; volunteers from the college's Armed Services Club will serve current faculty, staff and student veterans a free lunch. New York State Congressmen Chris Gibson and Paul Tonko will address the veterans at noon.

  • The college will unveil a new veterans memorial monument on its main quad this year. The monument was included as part of the recent quad redesign and sits on the flagpole podium.

  • Hudson Valley Community College, previously Troy Veterans Vocational Institute, offers benefit opportunities for service members of the United States military and their families.

  • The college is a certified DANTES provider, offering online courses to thousands of active members of the military and was recently designated "military-friendly" by G.I. Jobs magazine, placing the college in the top 15 percent of 7,000 schools nationwide in fulfilling its mission to educate military service personnel and veterans.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs in four schools: 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 14,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.