COLLEGE TO LAUNCH "GLOBAL INITIATIVE: SUSTAINING THE EARTH" IN FEBRUARY

1/26/2009

Yearlong Focus on Environmental Stewardship and Solutions to Global Environmental Problems

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – With the launch of its newest “Global Initiative” in February, SUNY Orange will begin a yearlong educational program designed to examine issues of environmental stewardship, explore measures to sustain a healthy environment for years to come, and celebrate local and global solutions to environmental problems.

PHOTO: 2008 GI PosterFollowing on the heels of its successful debut “Global Initiative: Latin America” that ran from April 2007 through May 2008, this newest endeavor—“Global Initiative: Sustaining the Earth”—will commence with an on-campus town hall sustainability discussion at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 3, in the Gilman Center for International Education., and run throughout the 2009 calendar year. Each Global Initiative event in 2009 will attempt to address at least one of the following questions or statements: “Who we are,” “Where we live,” “How we Live,” and “What we can do.”

Global Initiative, coordinated through SUNY Orange’s Global Studies Department, is a College-wide interdisciplinary focus on a topic of global importance. Global Initiative seeks to expand students’ horizons, bring academic departments together in collaboration and infuse a global perspective on the College’s curriculum. It is also intended to incorporate the community-at-large into the topical discussions and events.

The project involves students, faculty, staff, and community members through the use of discussions, lectures, workshops, cultural events and other special events.

“Environmental protection, sustainable practices and humans’ impact on the environment are all issues that are front and center in most folks’ minds, so it made good sense for the College to delve into sustainability during the current Global Initiative phase,” says Paul Basinski, chair of the College’s Global Studies Department and coordinator of the Global Initiative. “We have an exciting blend of events lined up for this spring semester and we are already planning events for the Fall semester.

“As usual, we are getting great cooperation from across campus, and we are hopeful that we can generate significant community involvement as well. Environmental issues impact us all, and there are so many interesting perspectives and approaches that people are using. We want to touch on as many as we can, so we intend to incorporate as much community, civic and business input as possible to help round out our students’ experiences here at SUNY Orange.”

A rousing success by all accounts, the debut “Global Initiative: Latin America” demonstrated the true collaborative atmosphere that exists at SUNY Orange, drawing participation from all corners of campus. In addition to faculty support, the College delivered a diverse lineup of poetry readings, lectures, performances and a Spring semester film series centered on Latin American themes. The Apprentice Players brought award-winning Latino playwright Carlos Morton to campus to accompany a performance of Morton’s “La Malinche.”

SUNY Orange students from Latin American countries hosted a forum to discuss their experiences in the United States and the College addressed immigration and migration with a pair of panels involving academic experts.

Among the upcoming “Global Initiative: Sustaining the Earth” events on tap for this spring are a series of lectures by SUNY Orange faculty and staff addressing a wide range of environmental topics, including ethics, global warming, geothermal heating and cooling, helping children “grow up green,” making smart and green consumer choices, and climate change. In addition, faculty and staff will conduct a series of “ecotours” of various regions of the Earth.

Guest speakers this spring will include Dr. Robert Spiegelman (March 4, 7 p.m.), David Van Luven of the Nature Conservancy (March 11, 7 p.m.), Warren Allmon, director of the Museum of the Earth (March 31, 7 p.m.), Dr. Diana Van Der Ploeg, president of Butte College (April 14, 11 a.m.) and Frank Morris of the Sierra Club (April 15, 7 p.m.). Composer Joe Bertolozzi will conduct a master class and provide a performance on April 30 and the SUNY Orange Symphonic Band will conduct a May 2 concert featuring music inspired by the American outdoors.

For more information on “Global Initiative: Sustaining the Earth,” contact SUNY Orange at (845) 341-4343 or visit www.sunyorange.edu/gi.

Tentative Listing of Events for “Global Initiative: Sustaining the Earth”

Feb. 3: Town Hall Meeting/Sustainability Discussion (Global Initiative Kickoff Event), Gilman Center for International Education, 11 a.m.
Feb. 5: “Archeological Lessons in Sustainability,” SUNY Orange Professor Cory Harris, Gilman Center for International Education, 11 a.m.
Feb, 10: “Consumerism - Making Choices that are Green,” SUNY Orange Professor Joe Zurovchak, Gilman Center for International Education, 11 a.m.
Feb. 24: “Environmental Ethics,” SUNY Orange associate vice president Mindy Ross, Gilman Center for International Education, 11 a.m.
Feb. 26: “Environmental Ethics,” SUNY Orange associate vice president Mindy Ross, Newburgh campus, time TBA
March 4: “Cooling Mother Earth,” Dr. Robert Spiegelman, Gilman Center for International Education, 7 p.m. (Lyceum event)
March 11: “Rising Waters: Taking Climate Change Adaptation from Talk to Action,” David Van Luven of the Nature Conservancy, Gilman Center for International Education, 7 p.m.
March 25: “Growing Up Green (Teaching Children to Care for the Earth with Everyday Practices)” SUNY Orange instructor Elizabeth Tarvin, Gilman Center for International Education, 3:15 p.m.
March 31: “Geoheating and Cooling,” Warren Allmon, director, Museum of the Earth, Gilman Center for International Education, 7 p.m. (Lyceum event and Pryluck lecture)
April 14: “Greening Community Colleges, Dr. Diana Van Der Ploeg, president of Butte (Calif.) College, Gilman Center for International Education, 7 p.m. (Lyceum event and Pryluck lecture)
April 15: “Sustainable Economic Investment,” Frank Morris of the Sierra Club, Gilman Center for International Education, 7 p.m.
April 30: Compsoer Joe Bertolozzi master class (site TBA, 11 a.m.) and performance (Orange Hall Theatre, 7 p.m.) (Lyceum event)
May 1: Composer Kristin Kuster master class (site TBA, 1 p.m.)
May 2: SUNY Orange Symphonic Band concert, music inspired by the American outdoors, Paramount Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Dates, times and locations subject to change.

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