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10/19/2005
Music, Lecture, Film Mark Celebration of Hope at Hudson Valley Community College

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, October 19, 2005

A performance by storyteller and drummer Ubaka Hill will kick off Hudson Valley Community College's Celebration of Hope - a week-long series of events intended to spread understanding and reinforce peaceful behavior - on Monday, Oct. 31.

Hill will perform in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center meeting rooms. An accomplished drummer, Hill plays the conga, the djembe and other percussion instruments. She incorporates storytelling and interactive drumming into her performances.

The other events are:

"Responding to the Bully in All of Us." 11 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 1 - A presentation by Associate Professor Nancy T. Cupolo, Cupolo, the chairperson for Hudson's Teacher Preparation department, who will discuss practical solutions for dealing with different types of bullying, including the "cyberbully." The presentation will be in Bulmer Telecommunications Center meeting rooms. Cupolo has taught at the college for 15 years and served as an educational consultant for 27 years. She received the New York State Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1999.

"Hotel Rwanda," 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1 - The college will show the Academy Award nominated 2004 film in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium. The film tells the story of a man caught amidst the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager, managed to save thousands of lives by granting people refuge inside his hotel while nearly 1 million people were killed in a four-month span.

"Relationship Violence," 11 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 2 - Melissa Mahar and Janice Treanor of Unity House will speak about relationship violence in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center meeting rooms. Mahar is a survivor of domestic violence and speaks candidly about her experience in an effort to help others find resources to end the cycle of relationship violence. She is the recipient of the 2002 Governor's Courage Award. Treanor was recently honored by the Troy Police Department for her community service and is an active participant in the Rensselaer County Domestic Violence Task Force.

"Sitarist Veena Chandra," 11 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 3 - Sitarist Veena Chandra will perform in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium in a Diwali Festival Concert. Diwali is the Indian Festival of Lights which marks the beginning of the Indian New Year. Chandra has been playing and interpreting North Indian Classical music for many years. She has a unique ability to share the beauty and complexity of this music for the Western listener.

"Extending Peace Through Discussion," 1 to 2 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 3 - This panel discussion will wrap up the Celebration of Hope in the Bulmer Auditorium. The panel discussion will include staff from the college's Disability Resource Center, faculty members and students from Hudson Valley Community College.

The Celebration of Hope is sponsored by the Campus Ministry Office and the college's Peace and Nonviolence Committee.

All events are free and open to the public.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 60 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 12,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 60,000 alumni.