Current News at SUNY Orange Current News for Thursday, February 26, 2015 Thu, 26 Feb 2015 05:00:00 +0000 25th Annual Sojourner Truth Awards Program Will be March 13 This year's 25th annual Sojourner Truth Awards Program hosted by the Office of the Vice President for Student Services will be held on Friday, March 13 at 6 p.m. in the Edward Diana Physical Education Center at our Middletown campus.

The program recognizes the accomplishments of Orange County students who are members of groups which are traditionally under-represented in the college-going population and who are currently in grades 6-12.

Students will be recognized for English Language Arts, Mathematics, Sciences, Technology, Foreign Languages, Perseverance/Effort, Diversity, Creative Arts, Citizenship, and Athletics.

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Monitoring Report Sent to Middle States Commission on Higher Education The College's Monitoring Report responding to MSCHE's action regarding Standard 14, Student Learning Assessment, has been sent to our follow-up team members, including our MSCHE's liaison.

The report documents the significant activity that Academic Affairs has accomplished this past year in order to come into compliance with Standard 14 as well as position the College to be more effective in its assessment activities.

We encourage you to take the time to read this important document, particularly as the College prepares for its follow-up visit at the end of March.

The Monitoring Report is accessible on the P:Drive/Office of the President/Self Study 2014 and Monitoring Report folder.

More information will be shared with the College community regarding the follow-up visit, scheduled for March 31 and April 1.

If you have any questions regarding the report, do not hesitate to contact Stacey Moegenburg, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs.

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Artists of Excellence ~ Works by Brenda Scott Harburger and Margaret Drake Highlighting artists of Newburgh, the "Artists of Excellence" exhibit spotlights the exquisite works of sculptors Brenda Scott Harburger and Margaret Drake, both Newburgh residents.

Their sculptures, ranging from abstraction to realism, are on view in the vitrine glass cases in the Foyer of the Mindy Ross Gallery.  The "Artists of Excellence" exhibit series features distinguished regional artists and gives both the college community and the community-at-large the opportunity of viewing three dimensional pieces in various media, this time produced by artists who happen to live in Newburgh.  The exhibit will extend from Feb. 17 to May 30.

Harburger is exhibiting four of her sculptures, two bronzes, one terra-cotta, and one made of oil-clay. The terra cotta piece is quite realistic, but the rest are extremely stylized, with simplified forms that have great presence.

Expressing her talent in very early childhood and through her school years, Harburger fine-tuned her studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder where she received a BFA. After a successful career as a new product marketing executive and an art director at her own advertising agency, Harburger decided to put her energy into the creation of fine art.

In the spring of 2012, she traveled with the Warwick Atelier to paint en plein air in Ireland. She showed her Colorado award-winning watercolor, "A Wash with Sadness", at Orange Hall Gallery the following autumn, and was the “Emerging Artist” at the Wallkill River School in March 2013, showing a dozen pieces. In the fall of 2013, she participated in "On & Off the Wall ~ Sculpture: Art in 3 Dimensions" at Orange Hall Gallery and recently, in exhibits at the New Windsor Gallery. Currently, she studies with William Noonan.

Drake is showing five pieces, three cast in bronze and two in plaster. The works are highly realistic, rich in detail, but natural. Over the years, she has exhibited her pieces in New York City and Connecticut as well as local venues including SUNY Orange, Middletown, Mt. St. Mary College, Newburgh Free Library, and others.

Drake is a native of nearby Ulster County. Acting on the encouragement of a friend and colleague, Dolly Kearney, she began her study of sculpture with Jean Carlson in Cornwall. Later, she studied with Tom Devaney at both his Newburgh and Connecticut studios. Most recently, she has been working with Najim Chechen at Fine Art Studios in Otisville.

The exhibit can be viewed when the College is open Monday through Friday and during special events such as performances in the OCTC Great Room and Last Saturdays.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, e-mail or call (845) 341-9386. You may also visit the Cultural Affairs website at

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CTL Workshops for the Week of March 2 The Center for Teaching and Learning offers the following events next week. To register, visit

Tuesday, March 3

Excel Training 4

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

SMART Board Basics

11 a.m. to Noon, Library 213 (Middletown)

Wednesday, March 4

Excel Training 1

10 a.m. to Noon, Tower Building Room 210 (Newburgh)

Intro to Online Teaching 6

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

Thursday, March 5

Adding SLO's to Angel to Generate Better Reports

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

Friday, March 6

ePortfolio Options and Best Practices

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

Please register for these events on the CTL Events Calendar.

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The Journey from Class Clown to VP on Tap for March 5 Rick Zolzer was a “cut-up” in school. He was always “getting thrown out of class.” But behind that “class clown” was a determined kid who wanted to make it in sports.

Despite playing baseball in high school and college, he realized that he wasn’t going to become a professional baseball player. (Presently, less than 1% of college players make it to the major leagues.) Consequently, he decided to work within sports, but in a different capacity from player. He knew he had the personality to work in the public eye or ear. He found his vocation, as such, from within.

On Thursday, March 5 at 7 p.m., he will give a master class in communications entitled, "The Journey from Class Clown to VP." During the class he will discuss his method of assessing and reshaping and thereby attaining his goals. He will innumerate the many positions he has held and how his communications skills opened many doors for him.

The master class will take place in the Orange County Trust Company Great Room in Kaplan Hall. The session is free and open to the public.

Many minor league baseball fans will recognize Zolzer as being the entertaining announcer at the Hudson Valley Renegades games. He has been with the HV Renegades for 18 years and is now the vice-president. During his time with the baseball club, he was in charge of the Renegades’ special events department. When he had that position, he was responsible for having raised enough money to give away over $500,000 to local kids and family initiatives.

Along the way, he has been aradiosports broadcaster at WPDH for 20 years and WRWD for 2 years. In addition, he was the New Jersey Nets public address (PA) announcer for 3 years and announced the National Basketball Association (NBA) finals 2 years in a row. He also was the Army Football PA announcer for 7 years. To keep his sports skills up, he coached baseball, football and basketball at Our Lady of Lourdes High School in Poughkeepsie for 6 years and football at Marist College for 3 years.

Because he enjoys entertaining people, he figured he could create a company that would afford him the opportunity to perform, entertain, and earn a salary. Zolz Entertainment, a DJ Company, was launched and continues to be a strong business in that niche industry.

For further information, e-mail or call (845) 341-9386/4891.  You may also visit the Cultural Affairs website at

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Theatre Art at Last Saturday: by NYC's Mission: Improv-able on Feb. 28 Theatre Art is the highlight of the Last Saturdays presentation in Kaplan Hall at SUNY Orange this Saturday, Feb. 28. Last Saturdays is a monthly arts initiative in the City of Newburgh.

From 6 to 7 p.m. in the Orange County Trust Company Great Room, actors of "NYC’s Mission: Improv-able" plus students of the SUNY Orange Improv classes past and present....will perform a short form style show including comedy scenes, monologues, and songs of their "Comedy without a Net style."

These talented improvisers from the Hudson Valley compete for your laughs in one of the funniest shows the area has to offer. The show also features poetry and puppetry all based on audience suggestion and participation.

Established in 1996 in New York City, the troupe has performed at The Comic Strip and Gotham Comedy Club and many theaters and schools in the tri-state area. Its director and organizer is SUNY Orange adjunct instructor of theatre David Cohen.

So, come and enjoy some laughs among friends and neighbors while being a part of creative theatre.

Also, for Last Saturday in Kaplan Hall, the Mindy Ross Gallery will be open for viewing of Daniel Giordano’s sculptures and wall works. In addition, in the Foyer between the Gallery and the OCTC Great Room are two glass vitrine cases in which the exquisite works of sculptors Brenda Scott Harburger and Margaret Drake are on display from 5 to 8 p.m.

The Improv theatre presentation and the art exhibitions are free and open to the public. Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs at (845) 341-9386 and  You may also visit the Cultural Affairs website at

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I Had No Idea: National Eating Disorders Awareness Week This is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (Feb. 22-28).

NEDAwareness Week puts the spotlight on the seriousness of eating disorders and aims to improve public understanding of their causes, triggers and treatments. Increasing awareness and access to resources, encourages early detection and intervention, which can improve the likelihood of full recovery for millions.

This year's theme - I HAD NO IDEA - focuses on the importance of early intervention and recognizing the diverse experiences of people personally affected by disordered eating. Too often, signs and symptoms are overlooked as insignificant behaviors when in fact many of them are early warning signs of eating disorders.

If someone is exhibiting signs or thoughts of struggling with an eating disorder, intervening during the early stages of development can significantly increase the likelihood of preventing the onset of a full-blown eating disorder. It also leads to greater chances of a full recovery. It can prevent years of struggle and can even save lives.

For more information on eating disorders and NEDAwareness Week stop by our information stations in the Rowley Café Lobby or the Hudson Café Lobby or visit the Wellness Center. You may also call the Wellness Center at (845) 341-4870. Personal counselors and nurses are available to answer questions and offer support.

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