Former CenterArts Gallery Will Honor Campus Leader Who is Longtime Professor and Administrator

PHOTO: Dr. Richards, Mindy Ross and Joan WolfeMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- For the better part of the last decade, artistic and cultural events have been critical components of the educational and social fabric of SUNY Orange’s Newburgh campus, thanks to the leadership of campus Vice President Mindy Ross. In honor of Ross’ personal and professional commitment to the arts, the campus’ former CenterArts Gallery inside Kaplan Hall has been renamed the Mindy Ross Gallery.

The College’s Board of Trustees approved the name change at its April meeting. Following the Trustees’ May meeting, held Tuesday afternoon (May 14) on the Newburgh campus. the newly minted gallery sign was unveiled (below left, with Marie Hauk and Carol Classey removing the covering). Ross (center in photo above with President Dr. William Richards and Joan Wolfe, Board chair) is retiring this summer after serving as an educator and administrator at SUNY Orange for the past 31 years.

The Mindy Ross Gallery is located on the first floor of Kaplan Hall, adjacent to the Student Services Central office suite and near the Kaplan Hall Great Room.

PHOTO: Sign unveiling“Mindy has always maintained a deep personal and professional commitment to the greater Hudson Valley arts community,” says Dr. William Richards, SUNY Orange president. “When she assumed leadership of our Newburgh Extension Center in 2006, she quickly invigorated that site with an array of cultural events. As we’ve grown our Newburgh location into a branch campus, Mindy has overseen a greater infusion of arts and culture there.

“It was her desire to include a small art gallery into the construction and design plans for Kaplan Hall. She felt a dedicated art space would demonstrate the College’s commitment to the arts, while also instilling in our students a broader understanding and appreciation of arts and culture. That has indeed been the case,” Richards adds. “Mindy has also been very active in supporting the arts resurgence in the City of Newburgh. For these reasons, I thought it would be a fitting tribute to rename the CenterArts Gallery as the Mindy Ross Gallery.”

Under Ross’ guidance, the Newburgh campus has developed a diverse cultural affairs program that brings artists, musicians, lecturers and performers to campus throughout the academic year. This past year’s “World Music and Culture Series” featured a reggae band, contemporary chamber music ensemble, short film festival, Senegalese band and Sufi musical group.

PHOTO: Mindy Ross and Joan Wolfe admire the new gallery signLast summer and fall, the Newburgh campus, in collaboration with the National Sculpture Society, hosted the College’s first-ever outdoor sculpture show on either campus. Eight works from nationally and internationally renowned artists were featured, along with an indoor display entitled “From Model to Monument” by NSS fellow Greg Wyatt. Presently, paintings by a variety of local artists are displayed throughout both buildings on the Newburgh campus, and sculpture on loan to the College by artist Stuart Sachs can be viewed inside Kaplan Hall.

The gallery itself is home to three to four unique exhibitions each semester and is presently showing “Memento Mori -- Missing Moments,” a series of digital explorations of traditional still life photo images by artist James Luciana. This exhibit will be on display through mid-June.

Ross has served as the chief administrator of the Newburgh location since January 2006, and was named vice president for the Newburgh campus in 2008. She is responsible for the overall administration of a campus that serves approximately 1,500 full- and part-time students each semester. From 1982 to January 2006, she was a professor of English at the College. She was president of the College’s shared governance system from 1995 to 2001 and also served as SUNY Orange’s representative to the SUNY Faculty Council of Community Colleges. She was presented with the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 1991.

Below is the text of the resolution approved by the Board:

Orange County Community College Board of Trustees Resolution to Rename the Newburgh Campus CenterArts Gallery as
The Mindy Ross Gallery

Whereas, SUNY Orange Newburgh Campus Vice President Mindy Ross is retiring in the Summer of 2013 following 31 years of distinguished service as an educator and administrator at the College, and

Whereas, Mindy Ross has brought great credit to herself and SUNY Orange through her remarkable professional service to the College, personal commitment to the communities in which she works and lives, and steadfast support of her students, and

Whereas, she has supported the growth of arts and cultural events throughout the Hudson Valley while at the  same time invigorating the entire Newburgh campus with a profound sense of cultural awareness, and

Whereas, she has instilled in SUNY Orange students and employees a broader understanding and appreciation of arts and culture by greatly expanding the availability of lectures, concerts, performances and exhibits at the Newburgh campus, now

Therefore, be it resolved that the Board of Trustees, in recognition of Mindy Ross’ long dedication and caring for the welfare of her students, her academic professionalism, her significant administrative acumen and her cultural advocacy, hereby creates in Kaplan Hall at the Newburgh campus, the Mindy Ross Gallery. May all who enjoy this venue remember Mindy Ross’ significant contributions to the College and the Newburgh campus.


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