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12/04/2003
Hudson Valley Community College to Host Kwanzaa Celebration
Event scheduled for Monday, Dec. 8

CONTACT: Janine Kava (518) 629-8071 or (518) 629-8085
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, December 4, 2003

Hudson Valley Community College will host its annual Kwanzaa Celebration from noon to 2 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 8, in the South Dining Hall in the Siek Campus Center.

The event will begin with a keynote speech by Rev. Leonard D. Comithier, pastor of the Macedonia Baptist Church in Albany, titled "Breaking the Cycle with a Life of Principle," and will feature a karamu, a feast of African-American foods. The event is free.

An African-American celebration, Kwanzaa is a cultural holiday, rather than religious event. It is based on seven principles: Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-Determination), Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity), and Imani (Faith). The celebration is being held early because Kwanzaa begins on Dec. 26, which is after classes end and students have left for winter break.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 50 degree and certification programs in four academic divisions: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Business; as well as programs run through the Educational Opportunity Center offering certification programs in workforce and academic preparation. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 11,000 students, and it is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has graduated more than 55,000 students.