April 2016 - Upcoming Events

Date Event
Type
Title Campus Building
3/8 - 5/10 Exhibit Well Planned Improvisations ~ Works by John F. Simon, Jr. NBG Kaplan Hall, Mindy Ross Gallery
3/29 - 6/15 Exhibit Artists of Excellence ~ What Wood You Make? NBG Kaplan Hall, foyer of Mindy Ross Gallery
4/4,
7 p.m.
Lecture Community Based Agriculture NBG Kaplan Hall, OCTC Great Room
4/4 - 5/2 Exhibit unchARTed ~ SUNY Orange Student Exhibition MDTN Orange Hall Gallery
4/4 - 5/2 Exhibit SUNY Orange Art Faculty Exhibition MDTN Orange Hall Gallery Loft and Fringe
4/6,
6:30 p.m.
Master Class and Reading Inspiration by Author Gail Godwin MDTN Middletown Library, Gilman Center
4/7,
11 a.m.
Lecture The Three Strikes Law NBG Kaplan Hall, OCTC Great Room
4/10,
3 p.m.
Concert Choral Sunday: an afternoon of Gospel music NBG Kaplan Hall, OCTC Great Room
4/11,
7 p.m.
Lecture Renaissance Man: General Albert Myer, Founder of the International Weather Service and the U.S. Signal Corps NBG Kaplan Hall, OCTC Great Room
4/12,
7 p.m.
Lecture Regional Invasive Species: Programs, Regulations, Species, Actions MDTN Middletown Library, Gilman Center
4/18,
7 p.m.
Lecture Centering Black Women: Race in the Woman Suffrage Movement NBG Kaplan Hall, OCTC Great Room
4/20,
6:45 p.m.
Film Enter the Faun MDTN Middletown Library, Gilman Center
4/21, 10:30 a.m. Master Class Bodyscripting Workshop MDTN Dance Studio, Edward A. Diana Physical Education Building
4/26, 12:15 p.m. Master Class Boundary Conditions: Drawing in a Digital World NBG Kaplan Hall, Mindy Ross Gallery
4/30,
4 - 7 p.m.
Reading Newburgh Last Saturdays #NBLS ~ Reading by Donna Spector from her two new books of poetry ~ Reception: Well Planned Improvisations works by John F. Simon, Jr. NBG Kaplan Hall, Mindy Ross Gallery and foyer

Well Planned Improvisations ~ Works by John F. Simon, Jr.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 to Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Mindy Ross Gallery, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

A highly modern and creative solo exhibit by John F. Simon, Jr., Well Planned Improvisations, is on display in the Mindy Ross Gallery from March 8 - May 10, 2016.  The gallery is located in Kaplan Hall at SUNY Orange.  

Morada II (Earth), 2008, 30 x 36 x 6”, custom software, Apple Mini Computer, LCD screen, lacquered wood, paint, and laser cut formica by John F. Simon, JrHis eclectic body of work from 2008 to the present includes Software Art, CAD/CAM paintings, and non-digital drawings.  Every day, Simon creates a drawing using pencil, watercolor, or gouache.  His creative process for these drawings is intuitive and improvisational.  From these, he finds source material that inspires his larger works that he creates with technological means.  His Morada and Pendulum pieces from the Color and Time series continually iterate compositional and color space variations driven by custom written software.  In the larger machine carved works, such as RiverCycle, digital methods are employed with a CNC router that cuts and engraves the wood before it is painted and covered in formica.  Simon likes to finish larger pieces by returning to the practice of drawing lines by hand directly on the surface.  With non-digital and technological processes blending together, he explores a relevant dichotomy in the contemporary world.

RiverCycle, 2010, 45 ½ x 44 x ¾”, Trupan Ultralight, Plastic laminate (Abet & Formica), Flashe paint by John F. Simon, JrJohn F. Simon, Jr. is one of the pioneers in the development of Software Art and since the mid-1980s, is renowned in this area for articulating the use of code in digital and multimedia works. An integral person in the early community of artists and curators who created the first wave of software applications, web-based projects, and digital approaches to art making, he with his colleagues paved the way for the continuance of expanding in new directions every year.  In 2011, Simon collaborated with Icelandic singer Björk to write an app for her album, Biophilia, the first app album ever created.

Simon holds a BA in Art (Studio) and a BS in Geology from Brown University. He continued on to study Earth and Planetary Sciences and receive an MA at Washington University, St. Louis, MO. Then turning his attention to art, he earned an MFA in Computer Art at the School of Visual Arts in NYC.  He subsequently taught at SVA until 1993 when he began his full-time studio practice.

Red Pendulum, 2008, 30 x 36 x 6”, custom software, Apple Mini Computer, LCD screen, lacquered wood, paint, and laser cut formica by John F. Simon, Jr.His artworks can be found in the permanent collections of The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, Collezione Maramotti, The Brooklyn Museum, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and The Whitney Museum of American Art where his seminal work "Every Icon" was included in the 2000 Biennial.

In cooperation with Newburgh Last Saturdays #NBLS, a reception will be held on April 30 from 4 - 7pm.  At 5:30pm, Donna Spector will read from her new books, Lessons, a chapbook of poems, and Two Worlds, a full-length collection of recent work.

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 9am - 5pm.  The gallery is also open on Sunday, April 10 from 2:30 - 5pm and on Mondays, April 4 and 18 until 8:30pm and April 11 until 9pm.  In the gallery on Tuesday, April 26 at 12:15pm, Simon will give a master class titled, Boundary Conditions: Drawing in a Digital World.  The exhibit, reception, and master class are free and open to the public.

Kaplan Hall is located at the corner of Grand and First Streets, Newburgh, NY. Free and secure parking is available in the Kaplan Hall garage accessible at 73 First Street.

Questions may be addressed to Cultural Affairs at cultural@sunyorange.edu or 845-341-4891/9386.

Images, top to bottom: Morada II (Earth), 2008, 30 x 36 x 6”, custom software, Apple Mini Computer, LCD screen, lacquered wood, paint, and laser cut formica by John F. Simon, Jr.; RiverCycle, 2010, 45 ½ x 44 x ¾”, Trupan Ultralight, Plastic laminate (Abet & Formica), Flashe paint by John F. Simon, Jr.; Red Pendulum, 2008, 30 x 36 x 6”, custom software, Apple Mini Computer, LCD screen, lacquered wood, paint, and laser cut formica by John F. Simon, Jr.

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Artists of Excellence ~ What Wood You Make?

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 to Wednesday, June 15, 2016
The Foyer of the Mindy Ross Gallery, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

Andy Komonchak, artistThe Artists of Excellence series continues at SUNY Orange’s Kaplan Hall by highlighting Bloomingburg resident and versatile artist Andy Komonchak.  His exhibit titled What Wood You Make? showcases his handcrafted wooden bowls and beautiful utilitarian items.  From March 29 through June 15, 2016, the show can be viewed in the glass vitrine cases in the Foyer of the Mindy Ross Gallery.  The space features abundant lighting and affords viewers the opportunity of observing three-dimensional artwork from multiple angles.

Birch Cup by Andy KomonchakKomonchak states, “I really enjoy the ability to go out into my woods and find a log that I cut to put on the lathe and turn into something beautiful and utilitarian. Oftentimes, the uglier and scruffier the original, the more beautiful and interesting is the final result.”  In addition to being a wood turner, he has been a furniture builder, a watercolorist, and a pen and ink artist. He also enjoys making garden sculpture.

On the opening day of his exhibit, Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 7pm, Andy Komonchak will demonstrate on a small lathe and take ongoing Q & A.  The presentation, The Joy of Wood-turning, will be held in the Orange County Trust Company Great Room 101 that opens to the Foyer where his artwork is on display.  The exhibit and demonstration are free and open to the public.

Orange County has been Komonchak’s home for 28 years and during that time, he has made his mark.  His commercial arts firm which he brought from Denver, ARK Graphics, Inc. Marketing and Design Business, has been successful and well-respected. He was a Founding Board Member of the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, Inc. and presently, serves as its executive director. In 2010, he received Orange County’s Pinnacle of Leadership Award.  In 2014, he received from the Orange County Citizens Foundation the Ottaway Award.  In 2016, he was honored with the Tuskegee Airmen Leadership Mentor Award. In addition, he was a founding member of the Orange County Arts Council and served on the committees of the Orange County Citizens Foundation Marketing Committee, the STEWMAC – 105th Air Wing – Stewart Military Affairs Committee, the Hudson Valley Honor Flight Board, and is currently the Board Chair of Rolling Thunder New York Chapter 3.

Bowl and Bracelet by Andy KomonchakHe attended SUNY Cortland and SUNY Farmingdale, and received a degree in Commercial Art and Design.

The exhibit is presented for viewing during regular college hours Monday through Thursday 8am - 8pm and Friday 8am - 5pm.  The foyer is also open on Sunday, April 10 from 2:30 - 5pm, on Mondays, April 4 and 18 until 8:30pm and April 11 until 9pm, and on Saturday, April 30 from 4 - 7pm for Newburgh Last Saturdays #NBLS. The college is closed on Fridays in June.

Kaplan Hall is located at the corner of Grand and First Streets, Newburgh, NY.  Free and secure parking is available in the Kaplan Hall garage at 73 First Street.

Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs at (845)341-4891/9386 and cultural@sunyorange.edu.

Images, top to bottom: Andy Komonchak, artist; Birch Cup by Andy Komonchak; Bowl and Bracelet by Andy Komonchak

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Community Based Agriculture

Monday, April 4, 2016 at 7pm
Orange County Trust Company Great Room, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

Dave Llewellyn, Director of Farmer Training at Glynwood“Community-oriented work and specifically Community Based Agriculture, is a powerful driver…” states Dave Llewellyn, Director of Farmer Training at Glynwood, an agricultural nonprofit organization that works toward ensuring the Hudson Valley is a region defined by food through the implementation of sustainable farming. Llewellyn will come to Kaplan Hall’s Orange County Trust Company Great Room 101 to speak on farming within the domain of the city on Monday, April 4, 2016 at 7pm.

In a time when the “farm to table” concept is everyday talk, Community Based Agriculture is, indeed, a practical way for neighbors to grow good foods while enjoying local public spaces in an atmosphere of outdoor education. Along the way, unkempt vacant lots may be turned into vibrant food producers and those who cultivate these spots of land learn about soil health, adaptation, collaboration, and sustainable, resilient farming that promote wellness through exercise, volunteerism, and community building whereby all ages and backgrounds work together.

a community gardenLlewellyn will describe how food connects us all and gives us a direct connection to the natural order in the world and the opportunity of the therapeutic experience of serenity in a garden. He will explain what is meant by a “sustainable food system” as well as the many places that community gardens/farms can be set-up through ingenuity and innovation. Throughout the presentation, he will give a broad view of a food production system that balances environmental, social, and economic benefits while delivering food security–knowing the food is safe to eat and that a good, safe food supply exists.

Dave Llewellyn oversees Glynwood’s farmer apprentice program and the Hudson Valley Farm Business Incubator, in addition to contributing to other regional farm education and land access efforts. He coordinates on-farm composting and soil fertility for Glynwood’s vegetable operation, pastures, and hayfields. Before coming to Glynwood, Llewellyn worked on diversified, sustainable farms for many years. He apprenticed at the Massachusetts Audubon Society’s Drumlin Farm and managed organic vegetable gardens for Heifer International’s Overlook Farm. Dave holds a BA in Political Science from Susquehanna University and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from SUNY Purchase.

This lecture presentation, which is free and open to the public, is offered as part of the Cultural Affairs programming series and in collaboration with the Newburgh Urban Farming Fair. The NUFF is looking to create community gardening/farming within Newburgh and to help to educate the residents of Newburgh and anyone who is interested in establishing community focused farming in other municipalities.

Newburgh Urban Farming FairQuestions may be directed to cultural@sunyorange.edu or (845)341-4891.  Free and secure parking is available in the Kaplan Hall garage accessible at 73 First Street.

Collaborator NUFF describes the benefits of Community Gardens as

  • Increases a sense of community ownership and stewardship
  • Builds community leaders
  • Provides inter-generational and multi-cultural opportunities
  • Provides access to healthy, locally grown foods
  • Expands access to exercise and green spaces
  • Teaches youth math skills, importance of community, job and life skills
  • Increases eyes on the street

Images, top to bottom: Dave Llewellyn, Director of Farmer Training at Glynwood; a community garden; Newburgh Urban Farming Fair

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unchARTed ~ SUNY Orange Student Exhibition

Monday, April 4, 2016 to Monday, May 2, 2016
Orange Hall Gallery (MDTN)

Ballerina, ink by Elaine HortonWith the advent of Spring 2016 comes the 12th annual student art show. 300+ creative works produced by art, photography, new media, and visual communications students are on display in Orange Hall Gallery April 4 - May 2, 2016. Gallery hours are 9am to 8pm, Monday through Thursday and 9am to 6pm on Friday. In addition, the gallery will be open on Fridays, April 8 and 15 from 9am to 10pm, Saturdays April 9 and 16 from 7 to 10pm and on Sundays, April 10, 17, and 24 from 2 to 5pm.

Landscape, oil by Megan VenterTitled unchARTed, the exhibition expresses the diverse “voices” of the visual arts through  paintings in oil, acrylic, and watercolor; drawings in pencil and charcoal; sculptures, three-dimensional pieces, assemblages, installations, and display projects; collages of mixed media; digital photographs; computer graphics; new media and digital cinema production.

We are the World, mixed media by Ashley RoseThe opening reception will be held from 2 to 4 pm on Tuesday, April 5. This event is free and open to the public and offers the opportunity for the college community and the community at large to celebrate with the student artists their talents expressed through the artworks on display. The presentation of the exhibit is a combined effort of the professors and staff of the Arts and Communication Department in cooperation with Cultural Affairs.

Questions may be directed to (845)341-4891 or cultural@sunyorange.edu. Orange Hall is located at the corner of Wawayanda and Grandview Avenues on the Middletown campus of SUNY Orange.

Images, top to bottom: Ballerina, ink by Elaine Horton; Landscape, oil by Megan Venter; We are the World, mixed media by Ashley Rose

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SUNY Orange Art Faculty Exhibition

Bali Reflection, gouache painting by Randi EismanAn Act of Faith #1 cover, pen & ink digital colors by Al NickersonMonday, April 4, 2016 to Monday, May 2, 2016
Orange Hall Gallery Loft and Fringe (MDTN)

Skateboard ~ wall sculpture: wood, acrylic, copper, aluminum, & giclee print by Bruce BleachThe work of our full-time and adjunct faculty members are presented as a way to connect the talent, diversity and competency of our instructors who in turn, skillfully lead our students to discover their unique creative voices.

This spring, accompanying UnchARTed, the SUNY Orange student art show, is a display of the diverse works and interests of the full-time and adjunct art faculty members. The collection of multimedia work by the professors demonstrates their expertise in painting, drawing, digital, and wall sculpture.  Artworks by the following are represented:

Susan Slater-Tanner, Susan Miiller, Randi Eisman, Al Nickerson, Bruce Bleach, Polly Giragosian, Mary Mugele Sealfon, and Jacqueline O’Malley-Satz.

The venue is Orange Hall Gallery Loft with viewing hours 9am to 8pm, Monday through Thursday, and 9am to 6pm on Friday.  The exhibit ends May 2, 2016.

Images, left to right: Skateboard ~ wall sculpture: wood, acrylic, copper, aluminum, & giclee print by Bruce Bleach; An Act of Faith #1 cover, pen & ink digital colors by Al Nickerson; Bali Reflection, gouache painting by Randi Eisman

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Inspiration by Author Gail Godwin

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 6:30pm
Gilman Center, Library Room 130 (MDTN)

Award-winning author of fourteen critically acclaimed novels, Gail Godwin, is giving a writing master class beginning at 6:30pm on Wednesday, April 6, 2016. Entitled “Inspiration,” the class takes place in the Gilman Center for International Education in the Library, room 130.

Gail Godwin, author (photo by John Kleinhans)Godwin will focus part of the time on her well-known short story, Dream Children as a major example. In addition, she will explain the kinds of inspiration and mention examples of other writers. She will also talk about “doing this [writing] for a living.”  Attendees will be able to question Godwin as she shares her fine-tuned techniques. Those attendees who wish to participate may “write some idea that worked for them and what idea they wish would make itself clear,” suggests Godwin.

Following the master class and still within the comfortable confines of the Gilman Center, Godwin will give a Reading of selections from her new book Publishing: A Writer’s Memoir and soon-to-be published novel Grief Cottage. In this new book, “is a ghost who is a full-fledged character,” says Godwin. “I've put ghosts in my fiction for years, such as in Dream Children, but this raises the identity of the ghost.”

Publishing: A Writer’s Memoir by Gail GodwinGail Godwin has published fourteen novels; two story collections; one non-fiction, Heart, A History of Its Myths and Meanings; two volumes of journals, The Making of a Writer, 1961-1963; The Making of a Writer, 1964-1969 (volume One published in 2007, volume Two published in 2010). Then most recently, she has two new publications: Publishing: A Writer’s Memoir (2015), and Grief Cottage (2017). In addition, she wrote ten musical librettos with Composer Robert Starer. Her books are lauded for their vivid evocation of human experience, while other writers and readers alike praise Godwin for her tender and sardonic, romantic and funny prose style.

A longtime resident of Woodstock, NY, during her many years of writing, she has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, National Endowment of the Arts grants for both fiction and libretto, and the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She is indeed one of the preeminent literary artists of our time.

Early in her career, she worked briefly as a reporter for the Miami Herald, and then traveled to Europe and was an employee of the U.S. Travel Service at the U.S. Embassy in London.  After six years, she returned to the United States where she attended the University of Iowa, earning her MA (1968) from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and then her PhD (1971) in English Literature. Her first degree came from Peace Junior College in Raleigh, N.C. Then she transferred to the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill graduating in 1959 with a BA in Journalism.

Front piece of Grief Cottage by Gail GodwinThe “Inspiration” master class and Reading are free and open to the public.

SUNY Orange’s Library is situated at the corner of South Street and East Conkling Avenue (near GPS 115 South Street), Middletown. Free parking is available in the college’s parking garage on East Conkling Avenue or the parking lots in back of the Shepard Center across South Street from the Library.

Questions may be directed to (845)341-4891 or cultural@sunyorange.edu.

Works by Gail Godwin

The Perfectionists (1970)

Glass People (1972)

The Odd Woman (1974)

Dream Children (1976)

Violet Clay (1978)

A Mother and Two Daughters (1982)

Mr. Bedford and the Muses (1983)

The Finishing School (1984)

A Southern Family (1987)

Father Melancholy's Daughter (1991)

The Good Husband (1994)

Evensong (2000) (2002)

Evenings at Five (2004)

The Making of a Writer: Journals, 1961-1963 (2007)

Queen of the Underworld (2007)

Unfinished Desires (2009) 

Flora (2013) 

Publishing: A Writer’s Memoir (2016)

Grief Cottage (2017)

Images, top to bottom: Gail Godwin, author (photo by John Kleinhans); Publishing: A Writer’s Memoir by Gail Godwin; Front piece of Grief Cottage by Gail Godwin

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The Three Strikes Law

Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 11am
Orange County Trust Company Great Room, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

In the United States, nearly half of the states have habitual offender laws which are statutes enacted by state governments mandating courts to impose harsher sentences on those convicted of an offense if previously convicted of two prior serious criminal offenses. In some states, individuals accused under these laws are referred to as persistent offenders or prior and persistent offenders.

Jonna Spilbor, Esq.On Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 11am, well-known Hudson Valley attorney Jonna Spilbor, Esq., will speak on this subject, The Three Strikes Law.  The presentation, which is free and open to the public, will take place in the Orange County Trust Company Great Room 101 at Kaplan Hall.

“There is a real debate about whether Three Strikes does what it was intended to do,” states Spilbor. During the lecture Spilbor will give an overview of the criminal process in order to put Three Strikes into perspective.

Jonna Spilbor is licensed to practice law in three of the nation’s most influential jurisdictions – New York, California, and the District of Columbia. Within that domain, she operates Jonna Spilbor Law based in Poughkeepsie, NY. She also founded the “Jonna Spilbor Law, Positively Divorced Empowerment Workshops.” Currently, she is among the few elite attorneys in the Hudson Valley who is a member of the National College for DUI Defense.

In addition, she writes a blog “The Gutsy Girls Guide to Getting Divorced” and her in-depth legal analysis of celebrity criminal cases has been featured nationally in Variety Magazine, The San Francisco Recorder, the Los Angeles Daily Journal, and at CNN.com. She is the resident legal expert on talk radio shows, WPDH, 101.5 FM and Mix, 97.7 FM and as an outspoken attorney, columnist, and legal analyst, she appears regularly on the Fox News Channel, the Fox Business Network and other television networks, most recently on “Paul Dean’s E! True Hollywood Story.” She formerly was a regular contributing columnist for Findlaw’s Writ.

After graduating from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, she served in the San Diego City Attorney’s Office, Criminal Division, and the Office of the US Attorney in the Drug Task Force and Appellate units. Her work with wayward youth earned her a certification as a Court Appointed Special Advocate in the San Diego Juvenile Court. In addition, she received special recognition by the San Diego bench for her work in the area of Three Strikes defense. Spilbor is considered to be a California death penalty scholar, Her research has been published in the San Diego Justice Journal.

This event is presented by Cultural Affairs in collaboration with the SUNY Orange Newburgh campus: Criminal Justice Dept., Criminal Justice Club, and Student Senate. For more information, send an email to cultural@sunyorange.edu or call (845) 341-9386. Kaplan Hall is located at the corner of Grand and First Streets, Newburgh.  Free and secure parking is available in the Kaplan Hall garage accessible at 73 First Street.

Image: Jonna Spilbor, Esq.

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Choral Sunday: an afternoon of Gospel music

Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 3pm
Orange County Trust Company Great Room, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

Hallelujah! 

The Hudson River city of Newburgh is a city filled with churches. Joyful, soulful music fill the churches and nearby streets especially on Sunday. Congregations of churches raise their voices in praise.

These beautiful sounds of music will also be heard during Choral Sunday, a glorious afternoon featuring varying styles of Gospel music, in the Orange County Trust Company Great Room 101 at Kaplan Hall at SUNY Orange. This venue on the east end of the building has two-story walls, two of which are entirely windows overlooking the Hudson River. Start time is 3pm. Following the program, a casual reception with refreshments for participants and attendees will be held.

Last year Choral Sunday highlighted three choirs. This year on Sunday, April 10, 2016 four choirs are participating in this not-to-be-missed performance:

The Ebenezer Baptist Church Sanctuary Choir is a fairly large group numbering 25 voices plus drummer and pianist.

Voices of Hope Choir is a lively, talented group of 5 to 12 year old elementary and middle school age children.  The choir is an outreach mission of St. George’s Episcopal Church.

The Cathedral at the House Mass ChoirThe Cathedral at the House Mass Choir is a large mixed ensemble of adults, teens, and children.

Amazing Grace Music Ministry is a small group of vocalists and instrumentalists.

The four choirs, each with its own timbre, will perform their versions of favorite hymns and sacred songs while uplifting the audience and fellow choir members.

Hallelujah!

General admission with general seating to this varied program is $5 at the door and all students and children are free. Box office opens at 2pm.

Kaplan Hall is located at the corner of First and Grand Streets, Newburgh.  Free and secure parking is available in the Kaplan Hall garage accessible at 73 First Street. Questions may be directed to cultural@sunyorange.edu and (845) 341-4891.

Image: The Cathedral at the House Mass Choir

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Renaissance Man: General Albert Myer, Founder of the International Weather Service and the U.S. Signal Corps

Monday, April 11, 2016 at 7pm
Orange County Trust Company Great Room, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

Albert Myer was an inventor, a reinventor, a medical doctor, and a US Army general during the Civil War. He was the sole survivor of six children; so, it may seem that destiny played a part in his productive life.

Albert Myer was an inventor, a reinventor, a medical doctor, and a US Army general during the Civil WarIn collaboration with the Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands, Cultural Affairs has arranged for research historian Bob Gilbert to come to Kaplan Hall’s Orange County Trust Company Great Room to bring his presentation about the ingenious Newburgh-born General Myer. The lecture with visuals entitled Renaissance Man: General Albert Myer, Founder of the International Weather Service and the U.S. Signal Corps begins at 7pm on Monday, April 11, 2016. The Historical Society is providing display boards outlining the life and accomplishments of Albert Myer. Gilbert is bringing square signal flags to display during the lecture. He also will show an Albert Myer 1872 signed weather map.

Bob Gilbert, research historianAlbert Myer went to USMA at West Point and knew Jefferson Davis. Myer realized the importance of a signal system and went about inventing one, and wrote to him about the invention. In fact, he demonstrated the signal system to Army officers led by Lt. Colonel Robert E. Lee. Then, when Davis and Lee turned Confederate, and in fact Myer’s best student was from Georgia, he realized secrecy had been lost. This necessitated Myer’s having to reinvent the code.

Out of this came a regional, then national and international weather service. Battles have been won or lost because of weather. Myer realized this and he actually made Storm flags, a hurricane flag, a blizzard flag.  He shared his knowledge in Europe and was well-respected to the extent that he was elected to three honorary memberships in foreign scientific societies.

Albert Myer 1872 signed weather mapBob Gilbert specializes his research to military history. His enthusiasm is contagious. His presentation should prove to be educational as well as interesting, especially how it relates to present-day storm related events.

He holds a B.A. in History, Cum Laude, from the University of Maryland. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1982 to 1986 as a Morse and Non-Morse Communications Operator. He went on to be a U.S. Army Russian language translator from 1988 to 1992. Then, he became a Maryland Air National Guardsman Weather Technician from 1994 to1998 and worked for the National Weather Service from 1998 to 1999. From 2005 to 2013, he worked for the Federal Aviation Administration Contractors at Rochester International Airport as a Weather Observer.  Since moving to Virginia, he now can devote his time to military history and specifically to finishing his book on Albert Myer.

This lecture presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, send an email to cultural@sunyorange.edu or call (845) 341-4891. Kaplan Hall is located at the corner of Grand and First Streets, Newburgh.  Free and secure parking is available in the Kaplan Hall garage accessible at 73 First Street.

Images, top to bottom: Albert Myer, inventor, reinventor, medical doctor, and US Army general during the Civil War; Bob Gilbert, research historian; Albert Myer 1872 signed weather map

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Regional Invasive Species: Programs, Regulations, Species, Actions

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 7pm
Gilman Center, Library Room 130 (MDTN)

Linda Rohleder, PhD, Director of Land Stewardship and Coordinator of the Lower Hudson Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management, will speak at 7pm on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 on Regional Invasive Species: Programs, Regulations, Species, Actions. The event was originally scheduled on Tuesday, February 23, 2016, but was postponed because of inclement weather.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation defines invasives as “species that are non-native to the ecosystem under consideration.” It further explains, “Invasive species have detrimental effects upon the State’s natural communities and systems by out-competing native species, diminishing biological diversity, altering community structure and, in some cases, changing ecosystem processes.” “Invasive species encompass plants, animals, and other organisms, such as microbes,” according to the National Invasive Species Information Center.

Linda Rohleder, PhD, Director of Land Stewardship and Coordinator of the Lower Hudson Partnership for Regional Invasive Species ManagementInvasives come from all around the world. As international trade increases, so does the rate of invasive species introductions. [NYS DEC]

So, what is to be done about these unwanted intruders which are growing at rapid speed and threaten native fish, wildlife, and trees as well as causing habitat degradation?

Dr. Rohleder will identify some regional invasives and give practical ways of dealing with them. She will also list prohibited-for-sale plants. Rohleder, who has a PhD in Ecology from Rutgers University, is very much a field and hands-on person as she regularly organizes forces of volunteers to work invasives-removal workdays. “They are making a difference removing invasive plants along our trails, preserving habitats, and taking the first steps toward restoring our natural lands,” she states.  More than 200 people are involved in the Trail Conference’s Invasives Strike Force volunteer program.

This informative lecture will take place in the Gilman Center for International Education, located in Library Room 130. The Library is situated at the corner of South Street and East Conkling Avenue (near GPS 115 South Street), Middletown. Free parking is available in the college’s parking garage on East Conkling Avenue or the parking lots in back of the Shepard Center across South Street from the Library. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs at (845)341-4891 and cultural@sunyorange.edu.

Image: Linda Rohleder, PhD, Director of Land Stewardship and Coordinator of the Lower Hudson Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management

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Centering Black Women: Race in the Woman Suffrage Movement

Monday, April 18, 2016 at 7pm
Orange County Trust Company Great Room, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

Race remains one of the most important issues American society confronts today. On Monday, April 18, 2016, Dr. Susan Goodier is coming to SUNY Orange to present a lecture at 7pm, entitled Centering Black Women: Race in the Woman Suffrage Movement. The event, which will take place in the Orange County Trust Company Great Room 101 at Kaplan Hall, is free and open to the public and is made possible through the support of the New York Council for the Humanities’ Public Scholars program.

Susan Goodier, scholar and authorIn this year of a presidential election followed by the 2017 centennial of women voting in New York State, Goodier’s presentation is pertinent as it addresses the women’s suffrage movement and the place of women of color in that movement. Voting rights were as vital to black women as to white women, but knowledge of their activism is scant. Today, it is important to learn the stories and points of view of black women suffragists. Doing so allows the use of race and the suffrage story to examine the phenomenon of race within the framework of an historical movement, while at the same time, offering more broadly a microcosm of racism in the culture. As diverse audiences participate in the recovering of knowledge of this women’s suffrage activism, their awareness could offer another pathway to understanding the complex race issues of today.

Susan Goodier, a scholar who focuses on U.S. women’s activism from the period of the Civil War through the First World War, is coordinator for the Upstate New York Women’s History Organization. She serves as book review editor for the New York History journal. She authored No Votes for “Votes for Women: A Symposium by Leading Thinkers of Colored America,” Crisis  (Aug. 1915)Women: The New York State Anti-Suffrage Movement. Her current book project on the New York State Woman Suffrage Movement, co-authored with Karen Pastorello, is entitled 'The Very Greatest Victory': Recognizing Women’s Right to Vote in New York State. Goodier holds MA degrees in Gender History and Women’s Studies, and a PhD in Public Policy History, with subfields in International Gender and Culture and Black Women’s History from SUNY Albany. She also received a BA from Cazenovia College. She teaches New York State and Women’s History courses at SUNY Oneonta.

For more information, send an email to cultural@sunyorange.edu and call (845) 341-9386. Kaplan Hall is located at the corner of Grand and First Streets, Newburgh.  Free and secure parking is available in the Kaplan Hall garage accessible at 73 First Street.

Images, top to bottom: Susan Goodier, scholar and author; “Votes for Women: A Symposium by Leading Thinkers of Colored America,” Crisis (Aug. 1915)

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Enter the Faun

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 6:45pm
Gilman Center, Library Room 130 (MDTN)

The unlikely collaboration between veteran choreographer Tamar Rogoff and young actor Gregg Mozgala delivered astonishing proof that every body is capable of seemingly miraculous transformation. Why is this unique? Gregg Mozgala dancing in Diagnosis of a Faun, photo by Julie LembergerThe actor being trained to dance has cerebral palsy. Rogoff cast Mozgala as the lead in Diagnosis of a Faun. As they worked together, they realized her lack of formal medical training and his physical limitations were not obstacles. Indeed, these were instead motivators that brought them unprecedented discoveries. The ramifications of Mozgala’s transformation were so startling—so magnificent, she knew she needed to capture this remarkable story and share it with a larger audience. Film was the instrument through which to do so, and thus, became the documentary Enter the Faun. The film visually explains the challenging of the boundaries of medicine and art, as well as the limitations associated with disability.

The film screening is thefirst of a two-part event centered around dance and its healing powers used within the vehicle of the human body. At 6:45pm on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at SUNY Orange’s Middletown campus at the Gilman Center for International Education in room 130 of the Library, a brief introduction will precede the screening and a post-screening discussion will follow.

This event is free and open to the public. The Library is situated at the corner of South Street and East Conkling Avenue (near GPS 115 South Street). Nearby free parking is available in the college’s parking garage on East Conkling Avenue or the parking lots in back of the Shepard Center across South Street from the Library.

Questions may be directed to (845)341-4891 or cultural@sunyorange.edu

Image (photo by Julie Lemberger): Gregg Mozgala dancing in Diagnosis of a Faun

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Bodyscripting Workshop

Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 10:30am
Dance Studio, Edward A. Diana Physical Education Building (MDTN)

Tamar Rogoff, choreographerThe second part of the event about dance and its healing powers comes the morning of Thursday, April 21, 2016 starting at 10:30am in the Dance Studio of the Edward A. Diana Physical Education Building. Bodyscripting is a workshop with Tamar Rogoff, choreographer, and Gregg Mozgala, actor. This one and one-half hour movement session will demonstrate the experimental methods used to transform Mozgala’s body. Mozgala has cerebral palsy. Sitting on Gregg Mozgala, actorchairs or standing and moving through the room, participants will be guided into experiencing new and surprising places in their body from which to move. Whether it be the feel of the cheek bones or sternum, or tailbone, the participants’ explorations will take them far from their habitual patterns to discover a freedom that they might not have known they had. This is an opportunity to learn about different techniques to help re-envision a person’s physical body. Music is an integral part of the workshop. People of all ages and levels of physical disability are welcome. Dancers, physical education personnel, and physical and occupational therapists may find this workshop to be an excellent teaching tool.

The workshop is free and open to the public. Although the two parts of the event (Film on April 20 and workshop on April 21) complement each other, attendance at both is not required and registration is not necessary.

This program is presented by Cultural Affairs in cooperation with the Movement Science Department of SUNY Orange.

Questions may be directed to (845)341-4891 or cultural@sunyorange.edu.

The address of the Diana Physical Education Building is 9 East Conkling Ave. Free parking is available in the college’s parking garage on East Conkling Avenue or the parking lots in back of the Shepard Center across South Street from the Library.

Images, top to bottom: Tamar Rogoff, choreographer; Gregg Mozgala, actor

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Boundary Conditions: Drawing in a Digital World

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 12:15pm
Mindy Ross Gallery, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

A thought-provoking discussion on “what it means to make art in 2016” will be led by John F. Simon, Jr. for students and other interested participants during the master class, Boundary Conditions: Drawing in a Digital World on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 in the Mindy Ross Gallery. Beginning at 12:15pm, Simon will also engage the class in a hands-on drawing exercise to demonstrate and explore mindful approaches to creativity. This master class brings to life the process through which Simon has gone to produce the works on display presently in the Mindy Ross Gallery in his solo exhibit Well Planned Improvisations. So, come to the master class and learn and be inspired! Materials will be supplied. The master class as well as the exhibit are free and open to the public.

10.14.15, 6 x 5Having worked at the intersection of drawing and technology for over 20 years, Simon will summarize how his ways of making art change and why he thinks it is more important than ever to continue to experiment. Attendees will be asked to consider how fast their own tools change and describe the role of mobile apps, screens, and traditional media in defining their work.

The class will identify and explore questions about digital art practice such as:

  • Where do artists turn for inspiration in an information intensive world? --To the image feeds on screens, or by turning back to careful observation of the world surrounding us? How are both recognized?
  • What is the deepest source of creativity and can that be made into software?
  • How can handmade drawings be relevant when Instagram is so easy?
  • What are the pathways for moving from ideas to computer fabrication?

1.21.16, 6 x 5John F. Simon, Jr. is one of the pioneers in the development of Software Art and is renowned in this area for articulating the use of code in digital and multimedia works since the mid-1980s. However, Simon draws every day. His “Divination Drawings” are a years-long practice, including over 2600 drawings posted online since 2008 at iclock.com.  The artist’s daily drawing is a kind of meditation and the drawings also serve as source material for larger works. The drawings from the Divination series begin intuitively; a pencil drawing or watercolor is started and then guided by the unconscious thoughts and emotions of that day.

Over time Simon notices persistent imagery and chooses the most interesting from among hundreds of smaller works. The selected few are subsequently digitized, outlined and pulled into 3D shapes. The base of the larger works are carved out from a block of high density urethane (HDU) using a CNC router, giving a strong relief to the surface. The carved surface is then primed and airbrushed with acrylic paint and finished by Simon returning to the hand gesture, working his lines directly on the surface.

Simon’s newest publication, “Drawing Your Own Path,” is scheduled for release in November 2016 by Parallax Press.  Part memoir and part practice instruction, Simon guides his readers to personal insights through daily drawing.

The Mindy Ross Gallery is situated in the eastern section of Kaplan Hall on the campus of SUNY Orange which is located at the corner of Grand and First Streets, Newburgh, NY. Free and secure parking is available in the Kaplan Hall garage accessible at 73 First Street. Questions may be addressed to Cultural Affairs at cultural@sunyorange.edu or 845-341-4891/9386.

Images, top to bottom: 10.14.15, 6 x 5", gouache on board by John F. Simon, Jr.; 1.21.16, 6 x 5", gouache on board by John F. Simon, Jr.

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Newburgh Last Saturdays #NBLS ~ Reading by Donna Spector from her two new books of poetry ~ Reception: Well Planned Improvisations works by John F. Simon, Jr.

Lessons, chapbook of poems by Donna Spector about her teaching experiences in public schoolsSaturday, April 30, 2016 from 4-7pm
Mindy Ross Gallery and Foyer, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

Spring is convincingly here. And at SUNY Orange, the beauty and excitement of the new season is being celebrated during Newburgh Last Saturday #NBLS on April 30, 2016.

Two Worlds, a full-length collection of recent poems by Donna SpectorA great line-up is set for the reception from 4 to 7pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Visitors will be able to view Software Art, CAD/CAM paintings as well as non-digital drawings by John F. Simon, Jr. of Sugar Loaf in his solo show Well Planned Improvisations in the Mindy Ross Gallery. In addition, Andy Komonchak’s individually wood-turned bowls, bud vases, bracelets, and other unique items continue to be displayed in the vitrine cases in the Foyer of the Mindy Ross Gallery in his show, What Wood You Make?

Featured during the late afternoon will be poet Donna Spector of Warwick. Spector is also a playwright whose dramatic voice captivates the listener. Beginning at 5:30pm, she will read selections from her two new books of poetry, Lessons and Two Worlds. She will also do a book signing. A Winner of the Masters Poetry Prize and a recipient of two National Endowment for the Humanities grants, her poems, plays, stories and monologues have appeared in many literary magazines and anthologies. She is now the poetry editor of Evening Street Review.

10.4.15, 6 x 5”, gouache on board by John F. Simon, Jr.The reception will finish with a gallery talk given by artist John F. Simon, Jr. at 6:30pm when he speaks about his art process, Improvisational Drawing to Finished Objects ~ Themes & Cycles. With non-digital and technological processes blending together, he explores a relevant dichotomy in the contemporary art world. Questions are welcomed. John F. Simon, Jr.  is one of the pioneers in the development of Software Art and is renowned in this area for articulating the use of code in digital and multimedia works.

The Mindy Ross Gallery and Foyer are located in Kaplan Hall which is situated at the corner of Grand and First Streets, Newburgh, NY. Free and secure parking is available in the Kaplan Hall garage accessible at 73 First Street.

Questions may be addressed to Cultural Affairs at cultural@sunyorange.edu or 845-341-4891.

Images, top to bottom: Lessons, chapbook of poems by Donna Spector about her teaching experiences in public schools; Two Worlds, a full-length collection of recent poems by Donna Spector; 10.4.15, 6 x 5”, gouache on board by John F. Simon, Jr.

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Dorothy Szefc
Coordinator of Cultural Affairs
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cultural@sunyorange.edu

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