Current News at SUNY Orange Current News for Thursday, October 1, 2015 Thu, 01 Oct 2015 04:00:00 +0000 Feedback on CIO Candidates Due by Monday, Oct. 5 College community

As we continue with the open forums for the four Chief Information Officer candidates, I would like to extend you the opportunity to provide feedback regarding the candidates.

Feedback and comments can be emailed directly to me at

Each of the open forums on the Middletown campus is being taped and will be available for viewing. You can access the playlist, located on the College's streaming server, at the following link:

You may view the videos at any time and the playlist will be updated as the upcoming forum videos are edited and added to the server.

Thank you.

Vinnie Cazzetta

The two remaining open forums will be today and tomorrow.

October 1

Cheryl A. Welsch, Director of Information Technology, Sullivan County Community College

Newburgh campus: 10 to 10:30 a.m., OCTC Great Room

Middletown campus: 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Gerry Forum in the Rowley Center

October 2

Brian L. McDonald, Executive Director (Assistant CIO) Ellucian – North Shore Community College

Newburgh campus: 10:30 to 11 a.m., OCTC Great Room

Middletown campus: 2 to 2:45 p.m., Gerry Forum in the Rowley Center

Thu, 01 Oct 2015 04:00:00 +0000
SUNY Orange Safety and Security Report 2015 Now Available College community

Attached you will find the 2015 SUNY Orange Safety and Security report.

As per the guidelines of the Clery Act, the report includes the College's crime statistics for the calendar years of 2012, 2013 and 2014. It also includes information on College policies related to sexual assault, violence against women, discrimination, alcohol/drug use and emergency reporting. Various legal definitions related to federal and state laws, as well as information on the New York State penal code can also be found in the document.

The report can also be found on the Safety and Security web site or by following this link:

If you would like a printed copy of the report, you may print the attachment or the downloaded file from the link above. You may also request a printed copy by:

  • regular mail: contact the Office of Safety and Security, 115 South Street, Middletown, NY, 10940
  • email: write to
  • telephone: call (845) 341-4934

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at x4934.

Ed Kiely

Director, Safety and Security

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"Constellation" Master Class Planned for Oct. 7 Sometimes the most interesting and resourceful people are those who ‘live around the corner.’ In this case, it is in Dutchess County in the City of Beacon, across the majestic Hudson River from Newburgh.

In this river town, artist Melissa McGill resides and thinks and is moved to create by her environment and inspirations. She is the woman who has created a new “Constellation” that can be viewed in the skies over the Hudson River two hours each night through 2017. More precisely, “Constellation” is a large-scale art installation on Pollepel Island that has 17 slender tapered aluminum poles at heights ranging from 40 to 80 feet tall positioned around the perimeter of the Bannerman Castle ruin. Atop each pole is a small solar powered LED light that gives a reference point of “the structure still standing, as well as those details which no longer exist.”

On Wednesday, Oct. 7, McGill will present a master class, "Constellation," from 1:30 to 3:15 p.m. at SUNY Orange during which she will explain her much-publicized art piece from its concept through the trials of execution. The class, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Tower Café of the Tower Building. The windows of the Café offer views of the Hudson River, including Pollepel Island.

McGill has a love for being on the water as she grew up in the Long Island Sound hamlet of Port Washington, N.Y. So, going out to Pollepel Island to discover firsthand about Bannerman Castle was a natural for her. She mentions that through her many years of creating art, she has been “influenced by Land art and Conceptual art, citing Robert Irwin and Robert Smithson as ‘touchstones’ whose sculptural, often transient works explore art’s relationship with nature.” She often viewed and came to admire their work at Dia:Beacon, when she  worked there as a docent.

Having graduated with honors from Rhode Island School of Design with a B.F.A., McGill has come to be known for her passion about art in public spaces and its ability to contribute to communities in a larger sense. Her work involves an interdisciplinary process, primarily incorporating drawing, sculpture, sound, and space. In addition to showing her artworks in exhibits in NYC, she has exhibited internationally at White Cube, London; Palazzo Capello, Venice; and Norrtalje Konsthall, Norrtalje, Sweden and nationally at Power House, Memphis and Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, N.Y.

Come and enjoy an afternoon experiencing this artist’s creative process on inspiration, considering an idea, and the ensuing method of trial and error.

Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs at (845) 341-4891 or  Also, check out the SUNY Orange website at:

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CTL Workshops for the Week of Oct. 5 The Center for Teaching and Learning offers the following events next week. To register, visit

Monday, Oct. 5:

Blackboard Drop In

Noon to 1 p.m., CTL RCSE 008 (Middletown)

Tips and Techniques for Creating Digital Content

3 to 4 p.m., CTL RCSE 008 (Middletown)

Tuesday, Oct. 6:

Just the Facts #3: Discussions in Blackboard

11 a.m. to Noon, CTL RCSE 008 (Middletown)

All About Ensemble: the SUNY Orange Streaming Server

3 to 4 p.m., Kaplan 231 (Newburgh)

Wednesday, Oct. 7:

Blackboard Drop In

10:30 a.m. to Noon, CTL RCSE 008 (Middletown)

Lecture Capture Informational Session

Noon to 1 p.m., CTL RCSE 008 (Middletown)

Blackboard Training 5

1 to 3 p.m., CTL RCSE 008  (Middletown)

Excel Training 3

3 to 5 p.m., Kaplan 231 (Newburgh)

Thursday, Oct. 8:

Did you know that an e-portfolio can be used in assessment, to secure additional transfer credits, and as a tool for promotion, retention and tenure?

11 a.m. to Noon, CTL RCSE 008 (Middletown)

Lecture Capture Informational Session

3 to 4 p.m., RCSE 008 (Middletown)

Friday, Oct. 9:

Blackboard Phase 2 Full Day Training

9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., RCSE 308 (Middletown)

Please register for these events on the CTL Events Calendar.

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Make Something Pin"tresting Collaborate with Professor Jackie 'Malley-Satz in a workshop where students, faculty and staff can create found object 'pins' that claim 'artistic' inspiration and imagination. Workshops will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, Oct. 20 and 22, in Orange Hall Room 25.

Upon completion of the workshop wear your pin around campus to declare your support of Arts and Humanities Month!

RSVP by Oct. 13 to so that we are sure to have enough material for the workshop.

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Water Music of Impressionism Presentaton Oct. 8 Professor Mark Strunsky will discuss the fascinating connection between the music of the Impressionist period and fine art and poetry created during the same era in the Harriman Student Art Gallery from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8.

Composers, particularly Claude Debussy, were influenced by Impressionist painters such as Claude Monet and Symbolist poets like Stéphane Mallarmé, and their music offers an aural representation and exploration of the visual and literary experiences created by those artists. 

Come join us for the perfect combination of music and art as we celebrate Arts and Humanities month at SUNY Orange!

Please RSVP to on or before Oct. 5

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2015 Adopt A Family Holiday Project Adopt a Family season is here!

Every year, SUNY Orange adopts needy families within our area (and sometimes on campus) and provides gifts and grocery money for the Christmas holidays.  

Adoptions come is all sizes and forms. Departments, clubs and individuals band together to adopt one or multiple families; individuals adopt families on their own and others use this as a family opportunity.

If you or your department or club is interested in adopting this season, please email no later than Oct 16. Please remember to include the specific size of the family you wish to adopt (i.e 1, 2 4, 6, etc.)

Attached please find some more information about this project.


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Open Labs in Bio Tech for All Students There are Open Lab hours available in the Bio Tech Building for all students.

These labs have computers and are open as follows:

Monday: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., BT Room 253; 1 to 3 p.m., BT Room 121

Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., BT Room 121

Thursday: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., BT Room 121

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Human Resources to Hold Workshops During the month of October, we typically have a Benefits Fair that brings representatives of our various benefits to campus on one day. This year we thought we would try something a little different, so we will be hosting various workshops and information sessions from a few of our vendors on several days.

Social Security Administration – Adrienne Vavricka

We have invited a representative from Social Security to come to campus and speak about what to expect from social security for retirement, disability and Medicare enrollment.  Some of the retirement topics are, how they calculate the benefit, when can a person retire, working while retired, retirement strategies, family and survivor benefits, and much more. 


Adrienne will be here on Tuesday, Oct. 13 from 11 a.m. until Noon in the Morrison Music Room and again on Monday, Oct. 19 from 1 to 2 p.m. (in Morrison Music Room). As we expect this to be a popular event, please remember to reserve your seat. (instructions below)


TIAA CREF – Robert Naclerio

As we announced in a previous Grapevine announcement, SUNY has been assigned a new representative, Robert Naclerio.  Robert will be holding two workshops, “Halfway There” and “Within Reach.” Robert will hold these workshops on Nov. 9. These workshops will follow each other and begin at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in the  Morrison Music Room. 


“Halfway There”: Robert will discuss:

  • A mid-career financial checkup
  • Evaluating your current savings
  • Formulating a plan to reach your savings goals
  • How to manage what is competing with retirement savings – college savings, short-term savings, etc.


“Within Reach”: Robert will discuss:

  • Final preparations for retirement and checklists to help plan for the first day of retirement
  • Evaluating where you are now and planning your retirement story
  • Accounting for Social Security, taxes, healthcare, insurance, estate planning


To reserve your seet at any of the above mentioned sessions, please visit the Professional Development page and sign up!


One on one Consultation with AFLAC – Gina Hillman

AFLAC offers various supplemental insurances that all full-time employees are eligible to take advantage. Gina will be offering three sessions to introduce or reintroduce you to the world of AFLAC insurance. The first session will be held on Oct. 8: individual sessions with existing customers will be held between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Human Resources conference room. This will give you and Gina an opportunity to evaluate your existing coverage and decide if you need to make some changes.

The second session will be held in Middletown in the HR Conference room on Oct. 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This session will be reserved for those who would like to know more about our AFLAC supplemental insurances.


The third session will be in Newburgh Campus on Oct. 20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This will be for both current and new customers. (Room is TBD)


To sign up for a one on one session with Gina, please call the Human Resources office at extension 4660 to reserve your seat.

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Key Bank Broadway Newburgh Branch Closing Oct. 2 Key Bank has announced the closing of its City of Newburgh branch on Broadway effective Oct. 2.

The branch at 78 Broadway will consolidate with the branch at 1228 Union Ave. in the Town of Newburgh. The bank has another location in the Town of Newburgh, at 84 N. Plank Road, and one in Vails Gate on Windsor Highway.

Additionally, Key Bank will continue to maintain a full-service ATM at 78 Broadway, which will provide clients will 24/7 access.

As Key Bank is the official banking services provider for the College, this branch closing will affect those students and employees who utilize check cashing at the Broadway branch.

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Newburgh Wellness Fair Will be Oct. 8 The Wellness Center is hosting its annual Wellness Fair in Newburgh on Thursday, Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the OCTC Great Room in Kaplan Hall.

The following organizations and services will be available: free dental screenings by SUNY Orange Dental Hygiene students; free HIV Quick Tests by Planned Parenthood; information on veterans services, family health care, Rideshare, health insurance, mental health,  women's health concerns, and more. All info and demos are FREE.

The event is open to students, staff, faculty and the general public. For more information please call the Wellness Center at (845) 341-4870.

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