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Hudson Valley Community College is Hub of Activity This Thursday

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, April 23, 2013

A host of events is taking place on the Hudson Valley campus Thursday, April 25. All events, except Spring Fest, are open to the public; most are free of charge.

Spring Fest is a year-end event for Hudson Valley students that features athletic competitions, music and refreshments. All activities will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Student Pavilion in front of Hudson Hall.

Earth Day Celebration, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., features green-living demonstrations and information along with vendors selling a variety of eco-friendly products. There will be a solar panel demonstration/discussion by High Peaks Solar Company (weather permitting), a garden exchange of seeds, bulbs and rooted plants, and a collection booth for cell phones and other wireless devices to be recycled. Hudson Valley’s Cogeneration plant, which produces free, clean energy from waste methane for the college, is open for tours at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tour reservations can be made by calling Maxine at 629-7787 or e-mail her at

At noon, the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company performs outdoors in front of the McDonough Sports Complex on Cross Road. Enjoy the vibrant energy of the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company along with the stellar musicianship of percussionist Brian Melick, cellist Monica Wilson-Roach and guitarist Maria Zemantauski. It is an informal sneak preview of the May 4, 2013 concert at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. In the event of rain, the performance will be moved inside the sports complex. For more information, go to

A talk titled, “Energy, Environment and a Sustainable Economy: What Does This Mean for Today’s Students?,” will be presented by BillReinhardt, former senior project manager at NYSERDA and cofounder of SustaiNYSERDA, at noon in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center. Reinhardt discusses how peak oil and climate change issues will affect potential career paths of students. His focus is on energy and environmental challenges, their impact on local and global economies and their effects on educational opportunities. For more information, go to

Author Marion Roach Smith will make a special presentation at noon at a reception celebrating the publication of “Threads,” Hudson Valley’s annual magazine of student poetry, prose and visual arts, in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center. The “Threads” ceremony, which features the announcement of annual student writing awards and readings by student writers, runs until 3 p.m.

Roach Smith is a former New York Times staff writer, has written for The Los Angeles Times, Vogue, and Good Housekeeping, has been a commentator on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” and was the writer and voice for “The Naturalist’s Datebook” on Martha Stewart Living Radio.

Take Your Child to Work Day brings employees’ children, ages four to seven, to campus for nature, science, cooking, sports, dental hygiene awareness, safety and fun game activities from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Neil Simon’s first play, “Come Blow Your Horn” is presented by Hudson Valley’s Student Theatre Club at 7:30 p.m. in the Maureen Stapleton Theatre. The story is a hilarious jaunt with Harry Baker, owner of the largest artificial fruit business in the east, and his two sons—one a 33-year-old playboy, the other a suddenly rebellious 21-year old. It is directed by faculty member David Birch. Tickets, available at the door, are $6 for general admission; $3 for college students with valid ID; and free for Hudson Valley students.

For more information about these events, call (518) 629-8071 or go to

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 nearly 13,250 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has 75,000 alumni.