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01/07/2003
Center for Creative Retirement at Hudson Valley Community College Slates 2003 Seminars, Trips

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, January 7, 2003

Hudson Valley Community College will offer an expanded slate of courses and trips through its Center for Creative Retirement this spring.

The center, which is sponsored by the college's Office of Community and Professional Education, offers low-cost educational trips and seminars during the daytime hours. The classes may be one session or several sessions and are held on the Hudson Valley Community College campus and sites around the region. The cost for most courses is $5 to $25.

This year's expanded offerings include "Great Art/Flawed Artists," an examination of the idea that an artist's imperfection may be the mother of his or her artistic perfection. James Joyce and T.S. Eliot will be discussed. James Slattery will teach the four-session course, which will run in April.

"Take Me Out to the Ballgame" will be a visit to the new Joseph L. Bruno Baseball Stadium for a picnic and the Tri-City ValleyCats home opener on Friday, June 20. Barbecued chicken, hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad, watermelon and soda will be served.

"Out and About" will include encompass a variety of educational day trips – the Bennington Museum, Bennington Potters, The National Museum of Dance, Tang Teaching Gallery at Skidmore College, The Albany Institute of History and Art, Schenectady Museum and the new Rensselaer Amtrak Station. Travel will be by car pool, which will be arranged at the first meeting on May 15.

Variety is the spice of "A Little of This & A Little of That," four vastly different presentations on four diverse topics given by four presenters. "Glen Miller: The Man, The Music, The Era." "Conestoga Wagon and its Effect on Commerce in the Ohio Valley," "Quilting in the 19th Century" and "Billy Yank-The Common Soldier of the Civil War Union Army" are four diverse topics, sure to spark conversations. The seminars will be held in April.

Other courses returning this spring include "Trace Your Roots," "Discover Troy," "Appreciation for the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown," and "Come Celebrate Spring!"

To register or for more information, call the college's Office of Community and Professional Education at 629-7339.

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 11,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning.