Current News at SUNY Orange Current News for Thursday, April 30, 2015 Thu, 30 Apr 2015 04:00:00 +0000 "Kleptocracy in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Tale of Two Presidencies by the Numbers" SUNY Orange instructor Kidaya Ntoko's presentation, entitled "Kleptocracy in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Tale of Two Presidencies by the Numbers," set for 11 a.m. today (April 30) in the Gilman Center, will show a time series analysis on governance and socioeconomic impact in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Ntoko will review descriptive analysis on economics data such as agricultural production, gross domestic product, and incidence of poverty during the tow presidencies (longest) that the country has experienced.

An economic comparison will be made between Mobutu presidency of 32 years and the Joseph Kabila presidency of 15 years, and how these variables have changed over time, letting the numbers speak for themselves.

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Mother's Day Concert to be Held May 10 The SUNY Orange Chorus and Madrigals' annual Mother's Day Concert will be held at Orange Hall Theatre at 3 p.m. on May 10. The ensembles are under the direction of Ron De Fesi. For more information, call 341-4793.

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SUNY Orange Symphonic Band Concert Will be May 5 Johnny Karas, lead vocalist and tenor saxophonist for Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra, will join the SUNY Orange Symphonic Band for its upcoming Pops Concert at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 5 at the Paramount Theatre in Middletown.

Karas will be singing and playing tenor sax during the band’s performances of “I Wan’na Be Like You” by the Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s and Elvis Pressley’s “An American Trilogy.” Both selections were arranged for the band by Joe Martellaro, who is concluding his first season as the Symphonic Band’s director.

The evening program will also feature selections by Benny Goodman, John Williams and Elmer Bernstein, along with music from “The Producers” and “Frozen.” Andrew Hulle will be featured on Goodman’s “Sing, Sing, Sing.”

General admission is $10. SUNY Orange Students with a current ID and active military personnel will be admitted free. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at either or

Born and raised in Buffalo, Karas has regaled audiences with his virtuosity for more than 40 years. His intensity, versatility and creativity on the tenor sax have resulted in most observers describing him among the best saxophonists ever in the polka field. His unique vocal styling and phrasing have afforded him the recognition of being one of the finest vocalists in the industry. Bobby Vinton has called Karas the “heart and soul” of Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra. His performances are a trademark of the orchestra.

Karas has performed and recorded with Vinton, Willie Nelson, The Oak Ridge Boys, Bill Anderson, Mel Tillis, Myron Floren and the legendary Boots Randolph. He has appeared in numerous videos as well as nationally televised shows and at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and The Grand Ole Opry.

Karas was inducted into the International Polka Association Hall of Fame located in Chicago in 2001. In 2002, he was presented with resolutions acknowledging his contributions and commitment to music and the Polish-American Community. The Common Council of the City of Buffalo and the Legislature of Erie County named Oct. 13 as “Johnny Karas Day.” He recently accepted a position on the board of directors with “Music for Humanity” of Orange County.

The May 5 concert is sponsored by the College’s Arts and Communication Department. The Paramount Theatre, located at 17 South St. in Middletown, is universally accessible. For more information, contact the Arts and Communication Department at (845) 341-4787. For updates on all cultural and artistic events at SUNY Orange, visit “The Arts at SUNY Orange” Facebook page at


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Wi-Fi Access Issue Update College community,

Technology Services is currently working with our vendor to resolve a wireless issue that is affecting both campuses. We have successfully restored wireless service in several areas of the Middletown campus and will notify you as soon as the rest of the service is restored.

Please feel free to call me or the Helpdesk (x4749) with any questions or concerns about our wireless system.

Ken Kempsey

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Drinking Water Week is May 3-9; Pledge to Drink More Water Are you getting enough water for good health? Many of us are not drinking enough to stay hydrated. Eight glasses of water each day can help regulate body temperature, eliminate waste, lubricate joints and protect body tissues.

May is a great month to take a pledge to drink more water. Download a pledge form  (courtesy of the Orange County Department of Health and Cornell Cooperative Extension) and use it to tally your water intake, with a goal of 8 glasses a day. Please check with your medical provider to calculate your specific needs.

Try these tips to help you drink more water:

  • Start your day with a glass or two of water.
  • Carry a water bottle at work or when running errands.
  • Freeze some freezer-safe water bottles for on-the-go ice water.
  • Have more water with meals throughout the day.
  • Choose water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages. Substituting water for one 20-   ounce sugar-sweetened soda will save you about 240 calories.
  • Choose water instead of other beverages when eating out.
  • Choose flavored seltzer or water at vending machines.
  • Give your water a squirt of flavor with slices of your favorite fruit.

(Source of information: CDC)

For additional information, contact the Wellness Center at (845) 341-4870 or Healthy Orange at 568-5237, or visit Healthy Orange.

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