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10/24/2013
Presidential Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge Recognizes Efforts of Hudson Valley Community College

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180, d.renfrew@hvcc.edu
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, October 24, 2013

Hudson Valley Community College was recently recognized by President Barack Obama for its participation in the Presidential Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge during the 2012-2013 academic year. The college has received a certificate of participation from the U.S. Department of Education and a letter of commendation and recognition signed by the President.

Obama’s challenge, earlier this year, called on college students of various faiths, along with those who practice no faith, to come together on their campuses and participate in meaningful service to their communities.

In taking up the challenge, Campus Minister Cylon George aimed to raise the visibility of service projects that students were already engaged in and to encourage students to develop additional projects. Among the projects for which Hudson Valley students have received recognition are: helping in the preparation of the annual Equinox Thanksgiving dinner for the underprivileged in the Capital Region; spearheading a collection of personal care items for clients of Joseph’s House and Shelter in Troy; working with Salt Recovery of Albany to clean up and rebuild areas of Schoharie County following the devastation of Hurricane Irene; and organizing an interfaith speakers panel to promote campus and community-wide understanding of Muslim beliefs, practices, and culture.

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