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Dr. Debbye Turner, CBS Correspondent Speaks at Nyack

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Tuesday August 22, 2006

Dr. Debbye Turner, CBS correspondent, veterinarian, and former Miss America will be the guest speaker at a special dedication service for new students sponsored by the Department of First Year Studies at Nyack College on Sunday, August 27. The service will begin at 10:30 am in Pardington Hall on the Rockland County campus.

A graduate of Arkansas State University with an undergraduate degree in agriculture, after winning the 1990 Miss America pageant, Dr. Turner received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in May 1991. As a CBS correspondent, she reports on pets and pet care on both The Early Show and Saturday Early Show on segments called Pet Planet. Also passionate about motivational speaking, the ordained African Methodist Episcopal minister is in demand as a speaker for college, corporate, and community audiences.

Dr. Turner was invited to speak to Nyacks new and transfer students as a part of Orientation Weekend, which begins on Friday, August 25 at 8:00 am in Boon Student Center. A parents reception in Shuman Hall, the administration building on campus, which overlooks the Hudson River, will take place at 4:15 p.m. on Friday. On that same evening, Pardington Hall will also be the site of a town meeting with Nyacks new president, Dr. Michael G. Scales, to address questions about academics and community life.

Over the course of the weekend, students will benefit from attending workshops on academic success, career services, disability support services, campus security, and financial services, as well as a series of sessions entitled Foundations for Excellence.

Dr. Gwen Parker-Ames, Director of First Year Studies, is coordinating the weekend for students and their families along with First Year Studies Assistant Director Vittorio Aversa.

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