Current News at SUNY Orange http://www.sunyorange.edu/wea/grapevine/campus Current News for Thursday, October 30, 2014 Thu, 30 Oct 2014 04:00:00 +0000 "RFK in the Land of Apartheid: A Ripple of Hope" Film Screening Nov. 11 The documentary film "RFK in the Land of Apartheid: A Ripple of Hope" will be screened in the Orange County Trust Great Room, Kaplan Hall, SUNY Orange, on Tuesday, Nov. 11 starting at 6:15 p.m. The film’s producer and director, Larry Shore, PhD, who grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa, will give background on the film in his introductory remarks. During the post-screening discussion, he will welcome questions.

Featuring never before seen archival footage, combined with interviews in South Africa and the United States, the film explains the little-known story of Senator Robert F. Kennedy’s influential June 1966 visit to South Africa. The film follows Kennedy during that five-day period, showing his meeting with the Nobel Peace Prize winner and banned President of the African National Congress, Chief Albert Luthuli, as well as Kennedy’s famous “Day of Affirmation” speech at the University of Cape Town on June 6, considered by many to be the greatest speech of Kennedy’s career.

At a time when few in the world knew what was happening in South Africa, Kennedy’s presence gave hope and courage to the opponents of Apartheid including Martin Luther King Jr., who had linked the struggle for Civil Rights with the fight against Apartheid.

"This fascinating and powerful documentary film captures beautifully a small but momentous slice of the parallel struggles for equality, dignity and human rights in the United States and South Africa. We are reminded not only of how these two national struggles intersected nearly half a century ago, but also how -- to paraphrase Robert F. Kennedy's own words in South Africa -- each individual, standing up for an ideal, can send out a ripple of hope, and millions of these small ripples coming together can eventually 'sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.'" – Larry Diamond, Director, Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law, Hoover Institution & Freeman Spogli Institute, Stanford University

The story is still very relevant to the ongoing struggles for democracy, justice, and human rights around the world today.

Shore immigrated to the United States in 1973. Active in the Anti-Apartheid Movement in the United States in the 1980’s, in 1991 he co-founded the South African-American Organization (SAAO), the largest South African expatriate organization in the US. He was the Director of the Hunter College/University of Cape Town Partnership Program.  He received his BA from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, and holds an MA in Political Science -- International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania. He earned his PhD in Communications from Stanford University.

Shore is a professor of film & media at Hunter College. His colleague Tami Gold, filmmaker, artist, and professor at Hunter College, co-directed this film with him.

Free secure parking is available in the Kaplan Hall garage via the First Street entrance. 

This event is free and open to the public. Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs at (845) 341-9386 or cultural@sunyorange.edu.

You may also visit the Cultural Affairs website at www.sunyorange.edu/culturalaffairs.

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Bake Sale TODAY (Oct. 30) in the Bio-Tech Lobby Indulge yourself! Stop by the Rad Tech Club's amazing Bake Sale this morning in the Bio Tech Lobby. Treat yourself to a mouth-watering morsel. Stop by early for the best selection.

Thank you for your support!

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CTL Events for the Week of Monday, Nov. 3 The Center for Teaching and Learning is pleased to offer the following events next week. Check the list below and be sure to register at http://www.sunyorange.edu/ctl/calendar.shtml

Monday, Nov. 3

Moving from Angel to Blackboard: A Roadmap
Noon to 1 p.m., CTL RCSE 008 (Middletown)

Tuesday, Nov. 4

Appy Hour: Utilizing iPad apps in Higher Education

10 to 11 a.m., Kaplan Hall Room 231 (Newburgh)

Wednesday, Nov. 5

BackItUp Workshop

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

Green Screen Technology Open House

1 to 2 p.m., Kaplan Hall Room 231 (Newburgh)

Thursday, Nov. 6

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

Appy Hour: Utilizing iPad apps in Higher Education
2 to 3 p.m., CTL RCSE 008 (Middletown)

Friday, Nov. 7

Appy Hour: Utilizing iPad apps in Higher Education
Noon to 1 p.m., CTL RCSE 008 (Middletown)

Angel Workshop 4

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


Please register for these events on the CTL Events Calendar.

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Habitat Gardening for Monarchs and other Butterflies Nov. 5 Janet Allen, PhD, is a Wild One! She is, in fact, president and co-founder of the Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes chapter of Habitat Gardening in Central New York. She is an expert on Monarch butterflies and other butterflies. She will come to Orange Hall Gallery on Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. as the first of three Wednesday evening lecturers on topics related to "Waterways and Wildlife," the theme of the large exhibit presently on view in the gallery.

“We're at the top of this very shaky pyramid. Insects are fundamental to a healthy ecosystem, and that works its way up through the food chain,” explains Dr. Allen.

The lecture is, not surprisingly, "Habitat Gardening for Monarchs and other Butterflies". Indeed, this is a timely topic since Monarchs were listed among the top 10 most threatened species for 2010 by the World Wildlife Federation, and scientists this year state that the decline in Monarchs is increasingly alarming.  The World Wildlife Fund and the Mexican government said at a news conference early in 2014 that the span of forest inhabited by the overwintering Monarchs shrank to a bare 1.65 acres—the equivalent of about one and a quarter football fields. Not only was that a record low, but it was just 56 percent of last year’s total, which was itself a record low. At their peak in 1996, the Monarchs occupied nearly 45 acres of forest.

One of the main causes of this situation is habitat loss due to housing, industrial, and farming development in North America. “Bees and butterflies lay eggs on particular host plants,” states Allen. “The larvae of Monarch butterflies eat only milkweed,” she continues. “Using native plants doesn't mean simply not mowing your lawn. You can have a formal yard and use native plants.” She explains, “Since wildlife and native plants grow up together, they are well-suited to each other, and keeping these natural factors are important for survival.”

Allen is a Habitat Steward Volunteer and Global Warming Ambassador for the National Wildlife Federation and was named Environmentalist of the Year by Environmental Advocates of New York. She holds a BA in Science and Math from SUNY Binghamton and a BS in Computer Science from Syracuse University. In addition, her graduate degrees all from Syracuse University include an MS in Education, an MS in Computer Engineering, and a PhD in Education.

Come and learn from Allen through her lecture and Q&A. View the exhibit while you are in the gallery. The exhibit and related events are free and open to the public.

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

You may also visit the Cultural Affairs website at www.sunyorange.edu/culturalaffairs.

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Orange County Medical Examiner to Give Forensics Lecture Nov. 4 Dr. Frank A. Catanese, Orange County’s chief medical examiner, will discuss forensic medicine during a lecture on SUNY Orange’s Middletown campus at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 4.

His informative and fascinating lecture will explore the exciting and fast evolving field of forensic medicine and its application in the criminal justice system.  He will present images on forensic autopsy findings, including x-rays, as they relate to the scene and court proceedings.

Sponsored by the College’s Criminal Justice and Diagnostic Imaging departments, the lecture will be held in Room 207 of the Bio-Tech Building, located at the intersection of South Street and Grandview Avenue. Admission is free and the event is open to the general public.

For more information, contact Janine Sarbak at (845) 341-4348.

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White Postcards Sent to Mail Room Postal Machine Must Use 80 lb. Paper College community:

Any department wanting to send out white (not glossy) postcards that are going to be run through the College's postal machine, must use the 80 lb. postcard paper that the copy center provides.

This is the only white postcard paper we have found that works in our new postal machine.

Fred Brennen

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