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09/01/2015
Hudson Valley Community College Welcomes 12,000 Students; Special Events Held Throughout Opening Week

CONTACT: Dennis Kennedy (518) 629-8071, d.kennedy1@hvcc.edu
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015

What: Hudson Valley Community College kicks off the fall 2015 semester with the inaugural Welcome Week Experience including fun and free events throughout opening week, Monday, Aug. 31 – Friday Sept. 4, open to all students, faculty and staff.

Each day has a theme — Fun Day Monday; Art, Science and Technology Tuesday; Cultural, Spiritual, Service and Wellness Wednesday; Sports Challenge Thursday, and Wind-down Friday. The kickoff events include music, entertainment, giveaways, food and beverages, friendly competitions and a scavenger hunt that ends Sept. 11. Plus, student clubs will be recruiting new members throughout the week.

Some highlights are performances by TEN 27 jazz trio, Sensamaya (Latin jazz), the Lustre Kings (rockabilly), classical guitarist Paul Quigley, Theatre Club and Choir Club; Mindfulness Meditation; Coach’s Free Throw Challenge and a Homerun Derby Whiffle Ball competition with President Drew Matonak. Also on the “menu” are pancake breakfasts, lunches (sandwiches, pizza, BBQ chicken, hot dogs and hamburgers) and an ice cream social.

Who: 12,000 new and returning students; college faculty and staff

When: Monday, Aug. 31 – Friday, Sept. 4

Where: Hudson Valley Community College, 80 Vandenburgh Ave., Troy, NY 12180

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Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 80 associate degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; 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 75,000 alumni.