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08/15/2013
1,250 Students and Guests to Attend Orientation at Hudson Valley Community College on August 17

MEDIA CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180, d.renfrew@hvcc.edu
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013

What: Full- and part-time students new to Hudson Valley Community College are invited, along with parents or guests, to New Student Orientation for information sessions on academic support services, extracurricular activities and financial aid. Participants also will have the opportunity to meet college staff and current students, as well as take a tour of the campus, including the new state-of-the-art Science Center opening for fall classes. Full details of the day are available at www.hvcc.edu/orientation.

Who: 600 students, plus 650 guests are expected to attend. Walk-ins are welcome.

Where: Check-in will be held in the McDonough Sports Complex. More than 30 information tables for college services, athletics and student organizations and clubs will be set up in the Siek Campus Center, where campus tours also will begin. A complimentary lunch with music by TS Ensemble will be served in the McDonough Complex Field House.

When: Saturday, Aug. 17. Registration begins at 8 a.m.; sessions begin at 9 a.m. Campus tours are held continuously from 10:15 a.m. to noon.

Details: All students will attend the general session, “What’s Expected of Me as a Hudson Valley Community College Student,” while parents and guests will attend the session, “What Can I Do to Help My Student Succeed.” This session will be offered in Spanish as well.

Breakout sessions, to be held at various locations on campus, include Financial Aid: Dollars and Sense; From High School Grad to College Scholar: Academic Advisement and the Liberal Arts Student; Getting Ready for Your Future: Careers and Transfer Information; Online, Hybrid and Web-Enhanced Courses; Student Life; Student Support Services; and Veterans’ Services.

Students can learn how to take advantage of the CDTA Unlimited Ridership Program and get information on bus schedules, travel routes and bike transport by visiting the Hybrid Bikeable CDTA bus or information table.

Following lunch, drawings will be held in the Student Pavilion for prizes that include a Lenovo IdeaTab, a $1000 tuition voucher, $100 and $200 gift cards for Viking’s Cove Bookstore and a Hudson Valley gift basket. All students will receive a 4 GB flash drive or a $5 Chartwell’s Food Service gift card for completing a survey about Orientation.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 associate 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 13,250 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has 75,000 alumni.