Archive for March, 2011

School of Visual Arts Participate in Annual Lobby Day

Posted on March 29th, 2011 in Event | No Comments »

Katie Buhl, left, and Rebecca Snow visited Albany with a delegation from the School of Visual Arts to take part in the annual lobby day sponsored by New York 11 – a coalition of the state’s 11 public and private colleges offering four-year degrees in interior design.  Representatives from the other 10 colleges also attended.

Nobel Prize-Winning Biologist Dr. Gerald M. Edelman To Speak At SVA 2011 Commencement Exercises

Posted on March 29th, 2011 in Event, Graduation | No Comments »

Dr. Gerald M. Edelman Nobel Prize-winning biologist Dr. Gerald M. Edelman has accepted an invitation from the School of Visual Arts to speak at the 2011 commencement exercises. The event will take place on Thursday, May 12, 2011, 10am and 2pm, at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York City. The ceremony is a ticketed event and open to students and invited guests only. A live webcast will be streamed at

Dr. Edelman is director of The Neurosciences Institute and President of Neurosciences Research Foundation, a publicly supported not-for-profit organization that is the Institute’s parent. Separately, he is professor at The Scripps Research Institute and chairman of the Department of Neurobiology at that institution. His early studies focused on the structure, diversity, and function of antibodies. In 1972, he received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work on antibodies, which transformed our understanding of the immune response. His subsequent work led to the discovery of cell adhesion molecules (CAMs), which have been found to guide the fundamental processes by which an animal achieves its shape and form and by which nervous systems are built. To understand higher brain functions, Dr. Edelman and his colleagues designed and constructed a series of mobile devices with simulated brains. These brain-based devices (BBDs) were shown to be capable of learning, operant conditioning, and episodic memory. Dr. Edelman has also formulated a detailed theory to explain the development and organization of higher brain functions. This theory was presented in his volume Neural Darwinism (Basic Books, 1987). More recently, he described a theory of consciousness in his book Wider Than The Sky: The Phenomenal Gift of Consciousness (Yale University Press, 2004). His latest book, Second Nature: Brain Science and Human Knowledge (Yale University Press), appeared in October 2006.

Dr. Edelman will join a distinguished group of leaders in the arts, humanities and public service who have spoken at SVA’s commencement exercises in past years, including playwrights Edward Albee and Tony Kushner, historian

Berkeley College Establishes Center For Global Studies

Posted on March 29th, 2011 in General | No Comments »

Berkeley College is proud to announce that it has established a Center for Global Studies. Through a variety of initiatives, the Center will seek to disseminate knowledge of other cultures and societies; promote understanding of global, regional and national markets and business activities; and bring an international educational experience to Berkeley College students.

“The foundation of a Berkeley College education has always been the relationship between the curriculum and the realities of the working world,” said Marianne Vakalis, EdD, Berkeley College Associate Provost, Faculty Affairs. “Today’s businesses operate in a global context. The Center for Global Studies will prepare graduates to participate in the here and now of commerce and industry.”

The Center is a product of the Berkeley College Strategic Plan, 2010 – 2015, which among other initiatives seeks to infuse the spirit of globalization into all existing academic programs.

Berkeley College has appointed Vinita Ittoop, PhD, as Director, Center for Global Studies. Dr. Ittoop most recently served as an Instructor and Assistant Chair, Management, in the School of Business.

“Globalization through higher education is the new frontier,” said Dr. Ittoop. “The Center for Global Studies will explore ways to integrate a global perspective into the academic lives of our students and give them experiences that will help them understand the value of this integrated environment.”

LIM College to Co-Host Blackboard’s Professional and Career College Summit

Posted on March 21st, 2011 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

LIM College will co-host Blackboard’s annual Professional & Career College Summit, which will be held April 11-13. This invite-only event provides CEOs, CIOs, Presidents, Academic Vice Presidents and other senior executives an opportunity to gather in an intimate setting and discuss trends and best practices in online learning. 

The theme of this year’s event is Student Success. Presentations will be given by colleges from around the country and experts in the space. Topics will include:

  • Enhancing Relationships Between Faculty and Students
  • Mobile Learning to Improve Student Flexibility 
  • Improving Course Quality 
  • Engaging Alumni

LIM College faculty and administrators will conduct two panel presentations during the conference. Holly Davenport, Director of Distance Learning; Michael Londrigan, Chair of the Fashion Merchandising Department; Fashion Merchandising faculty member Nancy Miller, and Adam Rosen, Director of Academic Administration, will give a presentation on “Enhancing the Online Learning Experience Through Systemic Change.” And Susan Bauer, Coordinator of Graduate Studies Career Services; Jocelyn Coalter, Assistant Director of Student Affairs; Sharon Mella, Senior Career Development Counselor; Charles Pryor, Associate Dean of Student Affairs; Lauren Seraita-Bazhdari, Lead Academic Advisor, and Vanessa Torres, an MBA student who is President of the Graduate Student Council, will discuss “Improving the Student Experience Through the Use of Technology.”

Blackboard a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard’s solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

Berkeley College Student and Graduate Support Legislation Benefiting Veterans in Albany

Posted on March 15th, 2011 in Event | No Comments »

Matteo Bonomo, an Iraq veteran and student at Berkeley College, at podium, took part in a March 14 news conference at the Capitol in Albany, sponsored by Sen. Greg Ball, (R-Patterson), right of Bonomo, to introduce legislation benefiting veterans.

At right, Bonomo testified with Richard Robitaille, assistant vice president for military & veterans affairs at Berkeley College, at the Senate's Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, which Sen. Ball chairs. Bonomo, a criminal justice major, is vice president of the Student Government Association on Berkeley's New York City Campus.

Read news coverage of the event:

Senator Ball introduces bills pertaining to veterans’ issues
Senate passes bills to protect, assist veterans
Senate passes legislation to support veterans

James Gandolfini Master Class

Posted on March 7th, 2011 in General | No Comments »

On Monday, February 28, acclaimed television and film actor James Gandolfini came to SVA to teach a one-day directing workshop in the BFA Film, Video and Animation Department. The star of The Sopranos and Where the Wild Things Are worked with students Joe Quartararo, Elizabeth Friedman and Victoria Rivera in the College’s amphitheater while fellow students and faculty members looked on. “It was so helpful to hear direct feedback on what we were doing right and wrong when directing actors in a scene,” says Rivera. “It was also really interesting to see Gandolfini throw curve balls at the actors that made them react in genuinely surprising ways.”

Student Nick Stango attended the master class with his camera and sent along the photos below, plus a larger gallery of images on the SVA Facebook page.

Honor Roll: Five SVA Publications Win HOW Magazine Awards

Posted on March 7th, 2011 in General | No Comments »

The Visual Arts Press, the in-house design studio at SVA, received awards in this year’s HOW Magazine: International 2011 Design Awards. Proof, the undergraduate catalog, was awarded a Brochures Merit for 2011 – 2012 as well as 2010-2011, while issues 6 and 7 of Dear Dave, along with The Wilde Years exhibition catalog were recognized for Editorial Merit.

The prizes for all five print publications are included in a special section in the March 2011 issue of HOW Magazine.

LIM College Hosts An Evening with Carmen Marc Valvo

Posted on March 3rd, 2011 in General | No Comments »

Famed fashion designer Carmen Marc Valvo visited LIM College on February 24 to sign copies of his new book, Dressed to Perfection: The Art of Dressing for Your Red Carpet Moments (Rizzoli, February 2011).

The event, which was sponsored by LIM College’s Adrian G. Marcuse Library and attended by students, faculty, staff and alumni, also featured an installation of gowns from the designer’s collection and a question-and-answer session led by Fashion Merchandising faculty member Michael Palladino.

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