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Hudson Valley Community College Hosts Women's Empowerment Event for Incoming Students

CONTACT: Dennis Kennedy (518) 629-8170,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014

What: Approximately 50 freshmen are expected to attend the inaugural Women's Empowerment Workshop Day at Hudson Valley Community College. Presentations from education and community leaders focus on college and career readiness and success.

When: 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 15. For the complete event schedule, visit

Where: Bulmer Telecommunications Center Meeting Rooms, Hudson Valley Community College, 80 Vandenburgh Ave., Troy, NY 12180

Who: Welcome remarks are provided by Dr. Carolyn Curtis, Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Kathleen Jimino, Rensselaer County Executive, offers keynote address.

"Women in Leadership Positions" panel discussion participants include:

  • Deborah Benson, Executive Director, New York State Council on Children and Families
  • Dr. Ann Geisendorfer, Department Chair, Criminal Justice, Forensic Science and Public Administration, Hudson Valley Community College
  • Elaine Houston, Anchor/Today's Women, WNYT-TV NewsChannel 13
  • Marissa Lanchak, WFLY/FLY 92.3, Assistant Program Director and Music Director/Afternoon Host
Dr. Lucille Marion, Vice President/Executive Director, Capital District Educational Opportunity Center, delivers luncheon address.

Joyce Chupka, President, Vision Power Consulting, offers breakout workshop along with college success specialists from Hudson Valley.

Why: Sponsored in part by the Women's Fund of the Capital Region, the Women's Empowerment Workshop Day aims to inspire future generations of female leaders and provide practical advice for succeeding in college and planning for entering the workforce. Women represent 47 percent of Hudson Valley's student body.

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