Is There Still an Opportunity for the
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Dr. Reverend Eric Shaw, pastor of Bethel Baptist Church in Troy,
discusses the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the lessons we
can learn from him today as we grapple with contemporary racial
struggles. In particular, Shaw speaks about Dr. King's "Letter from
Birmingham Jail." This presentation kicks off "Created Equal:
America's Civil Rights Struggle" programs. A reception follows.
Todd Silaika, of Merrill Lynch and a Hudson Valley Community
College alumnus, speaks of the history, goals and challenges of the
student-entrepreneur. Silaika shares his powerful story of making the
most of every opportunity – especially the opportunities in disguise.
Rehabbing an Historic Farmhouse into a
Net-Zero Energy Green Home
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The Peters-Lockrow farmhouse in Clifton Park was built in the 1830s
and had been vacant for a decade. It had holes in the roof, water
in the basement and a menagerie of animals living inside. Joanne
Coons, professor of Building Technology at Hudson Valley Community
College, discusses rehabbing this farmhouse using green building
practices, while maintaining its historical integrity.
The Transformative Power of Education in
the Prison Setting
Tuesday, March 3
Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison was founded in 1998 with the
mission to provide college education, life skills and re-entry support to
incarcerated men and women. Emily Patka, the academic coordinator for
Hudson Link's college program at Greene Correctional Facility, discusses
Hudson Link's unique model, the transformative power of education and the
importance of offering educational opportunities in prisons. A panel of Hudson
Valley Community College Criminal Justice students explores the issue of
educating prison inmates in a question and answer discussion with Patka.
Individual and Community Struggles with
Narcotics in New York State
Thursday, March 19
Patrick J. Hogan, investigator with the New York State Police and a Hudson
Valley Community College alumnus, speaks about Community Narcotics
Enforcement Teams (CNET) and the impact of short-term vs. long-range
planning on the community. Hogan examines how all the choices we make
in our daily lives are interrelated and link our individual actions to the
community as a whole.
Growing an Idea: Mushroom Packaging and
Tuesday, April 14
Sue Van Hook, chief mycologist for Ecovative, an international company
based in Green Island, discusses the growth of a student entrepreneurial
idea conceived at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Evocative developed an
innovative way to turn backyard fungi into a biodegradable material that
can be used as a responsible alternative to packaging and insulation.
Invasive Species - Coming to a Community
Laurel R. Gailor, coordinator of the Mohawk Partnership for Regional
Invasive Species Management (PRISM), provides a general overview of
invasive species in the Capital/Mohawk Region. Information will include
updates from research institutes and the Invasive Species Council, as well
as a summary of citizen participatory activities, including IMapInvasives,
science projects, internships and other research projects.
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