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Summer Magazine 2009


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    White Plains, NY

    Office of Alumni Affairs Purchase CollegeState University of New York735 Anderson Hill RoadPurchase, NY 10577-1400Address Service Requested

    Purchase College Alumni Association

    Board of Directors 2009Fadi Areifij 99Paula Cancro 79Antonio Commisso 09 Audrey Cozzarin 79, President EmeritusAlison Kaplan 86Emily OLeary 06, TreasurerMark Patnode 78, SecretaryJeffrey Putman 96, PresidentPietro Rotondo 88Gorman John Ruggiero 76, Vice PresidentMorgan Selkirk 05Steven Tartick 07Adam Tyrrell 08Simone Varadian 05


    Thomas J. Schwarz President, Purchase CollegeMargaret Sullivan Vice President, External Affairs

    & DevelopmentCristina Necula 97 Director of Alumni Affairs Carla Weiland-Zaleznak Associate Director of Annual Giving

    Address UpdatesIf this address is not current, kindly forward correct address information to us at or (914) 251-6054. Thank you.

    PURCHASEPUrchaSe college alUmnI magazIne | THINK WIDE OPEN SUMMER 2009

    Meserve-Kunhardtand Gordon Parks

    Photographic Archives Come to Purchase College Library


    Purchase in the City, Westchester, and Beyond: In the reAL WorLdFirst-Class Purchase Profs: the nAtIons FInest

    Joining Forces: the ALumnI AssoCIAtIon And CAreer deveLoPment Center

  • Purchase has had an eventful year. Our students have made quite a splash in New York City these past few months, performing with jazz legend James Moody at the B. B. King Blues Club and Grill, and joining Pete Malinverni at Carnegie Hall for a concert with the Purchase Soul Voices Gospel Choir in the Weil Recital Hall. The Purchase Jazz Orchestra performed with Todd Coolman conducting and our own Jimmy Greene as special guest at Dizzys Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center. The Purchase Repertory Theatre performed David Ivess All in The Timing at the Emelin Theatre in Mamaroneck, and the Neuberger Museum exhibited its Milton Avery paintings and prints at the UBS Gallery. It was quite a showcase for our students and there is much more in this issue, including our new partnership with the New York Academy of Sciences.

    The economy continues to influence what we do. Budget cuts have tested our mettle, and we have faced a spring 2009 tuition increase, with 90 per-cent of that increase going to the Department of the Budget to reduce statewide deficits.

    The College has endured several rounds of budget reductions since the start of the fiscal year, with a 12% or $2.4 million reduction for 200809. We are considering measures that will preserve academic funding as we move for-ward with the Colleges strategic plan.

    Our endowment was subjected to the volatile market. While the loss of mar-ket value was significant, it is not crippling. We have successfully insulated the projected investment income for 200910, which supports scholarships and academic programs.

    As we plan for the upcoming academic year, we will aim to protect our faculty, core curriculum, and academic services by continuing to invest in a prudent long-term faculty hiring plan. We will also maintain and even expand financial aid and campus service jobs for students to keep their education affordable.

    We are asking our alumni, parents, and friends to help more than ever during the next few years. We will weather this gale and emerge stronge, with a brighter future.

    School of the ArtsProfessor Bradley Brookshire, Music, performed the Goldberg Variations by Bach to a sold-out audience at the Wave Hill music series. His recent Bach concert at Corpus Christi Church in New York City received a rave review from the New York Times. It illuminated the ways in which Bach mixed traditional and contemporary forms.

    Professor Donna Dennis, Art+Design, was recently awarded the Malvina Hoffman Artist Fund Prize and the Daniel Chester French Medal for Sculpture by the National Academy Museum. A work of art from her Tourist Cabin series was recently acquired by the Montclair Art Museum in New Jersey which will install it permanently.

    Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band head-lined the halftime show for Super Bowl XLIII in

    Tampa, Florida, with an assist from Professor David grill. He once again served as lighting director for the Super Bowl game, seen by an esti-mated 140 million people in the US and broadcast to more than 230 countries and territories.

    Professor Stuart Isakoff, Music, recently gave four lectures on micro-tonal music in conjunction with performances by microtonal composer Michael Harrison at the Vancouver Academy of Music in Canada. In May he delivered lectures throughout Italy at conservatories, scholarly centers, and festivals in Florence, Vicenza, Latina, Cremona, and Rome. He is also at work on another book for Alfred A. Knopf, on the cultural history of the piano, which should be finished by early summer.

    Professor laura Kaminsky, Music, was a guest lecturer at the Reese Environment Studies Institute in Hickory, NC when her concerto for three percussionists and orchestra, Terra Terribilis, was performed recently by the Western Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Maestro John Gordon Ross.

    Professor greg lock, Art+Design, exhibited his work in two group shows. In Marking Time at the Hudson Opera House (N.Y.), he showed a series of prints from the Barnfold project and a new video phantogram installation. His Pixelated Log digital prints continue to tour China as part of the e-form exhibition and were recently dis-played at the Artmap Gallery in Wenzhou.

    Professor charles mccarry, Design/Technology, was a nominee again this year (he won last year) for Best Production Design for a Single- Camera Series, Ugly Betty, at the 2008 Art Directors Guild Awards in Los Angeles.

    Professor Joann Walters, Art+Design, won second place in the Women in Photography Juried International Competition held at Gallery 2008.

    Jennifer Wroblewski, Art+Design, exhibited her work at the A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn, N.Y., last winter in an exhibition called New Monuments to the Anti-Concept.

    carol Walker, Dance, was invited by the Ministry of Education to adjudi-cate the Singapore International Youth Festival. She was one of seven judges on a panel that viewed 123 dances over three days. Her fellow panelists were from Taiwan, Jakarta, Malaysia, and Singapore.

    megan Williams, Dance, performed the role of Lady Capulet in the new Mark Morris production of Romeo and Juliet.

    arturo oFarrill, Director of the Purchase Latin Jazz Orchestra, received a Grammy award for Best Latin Jazz Album for his Song for Chico performed by Arturo OFarrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, Zoho Music (2008). Woodrow Wilkins in All About Jazz called the album a showcase for OFarrills skill as a leader and musician.

    OFarrill composed one of the eight tracks and was a pianist on the album. A distinguished composer and performer, he adopts various cultures and instru-ments into his music. OFarrill has performed with musical giants such as Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis, and Harry Belafonte, and also directs the Chico OFarrill Afro-Cuban Latin Jazz band, which preserves much of his late fathers music.

    Several Purchase students were thrilled when he invited them to perform with him at a recent Birdland engagement.


    Pursuits 12

    Purchase in the City, Westchester, and Beyond 36

    News Briefs 7

    Meserve-Kunhardt and Gordon Parks: Photographic Archives Come to Purchase College Library 811

    First-Class Purchase Profs 1216

    Joining Forces: The Alumni Association and Career Development Center 1718

    Alumni in Action 1920

    Annual Fund 21

    TABleOF COnTenTS

    Purchase College Alumni magazine is published biannually by the Office of External Affairs and Development, Purchase College, State University of New York, Purchase, NY 10577-1400

    Phone: (914) 251-6046 Fax: (914) 251-6047 email:

    editor: Margaret Sullivan, Vice President, External Affairs & Development

    Publications Director: Sandy Dylak

    Design: Worksight

    cover Photography: Alexander Hesler, 1860. Meserve-Kunhardt Foundation

    Photography: Kelly Campbell, Juliana Thomas, Mark McCarty, Thomas Moore

    alumni editor: Cristina Necula 97

    [THIS MOMenT] In TIMe

    By Thomas J. Schwarz

    Thomas J. Schwarz President

    Please visit the Colleges website or contact the Alumni Association by email ( for programs and activities that may be of greatest interest to you.

    All THAT JAZZProfessor todd coolman, Music, headlined a new program at the Jacob Burns Film Center. It began with a Q & A session about jazz followed by a Purchase Jazz Endeavor concert of classic jazz, and modern experimental music with Coolman as conductor. After the sextet performed, the audience enjoyed a screening of the film Play Your Own Thing: A Story of Jazz in Europe. Coolman also arranged for the Jazz Endeavor to perform live on WBGO radio 88.3 FM in celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month.

    Carnegie Hall beckons next spring when Professor Todd Coolman will perform with a host of jazz musi-

    cians in celebration of NEA Jazz Master James Moodys 85th birth-day. Some of todays greatest jazz musicians and surprise guests will perform an evening of bebop, swing, and standards in the style of Dizzy Gillespies big band at the concert, billed as James Moodys 85th Birthday Party, at Carnegie Hall on April 7, 2010.

    todd coolman

    Donna Dennis

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    Bernie Williamss latest album, Moving Forward fea-tures Purchase faculty mem-bers Dave gluck and Peter Denenberg along with Bruce Springsteen, John Sec