Archive for April, 2011

New Berkeley College and Brooklyn Community Celebrate Campus Opening

Posted on April 28th, 2011 in Event | No Comments »

NEW BERKELEY COLLEGE AND BROOKLYN COMMUNITY CELEBRATE CAMPUS OPENING

Photo Caption: Participants in the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to celebrate the opening of the Berkeley College Brooklyn Campus at 255 Duffield Street in downtown Brooklyn are(left to right): Glen Zeitzer, PhD, Provost, Berkeley College; Beth Coyle, EdD, Senior VP Administration; Kevin L. Luing, Chairman of the Board, Berkeley College; Timothy D. Luing, Trustee, Berkeley College; Conrad I. Walker, Campus Operating Officer, Brooklyn Campus, Berkeley College; Dario A. Cortes, PhD, President, Berkeley College;Michael Burke, Executive Director, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership;Hon. Marty Markowitz, President, Borough of Brooklyn;Carl Hum, President, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce;Tyrone Woods, Community Liaison, Office of NYC Council Member Albert Vann; Cynthia Rubino, Vice President Government Relations, NY, Berkeley College;Allan Joseph, Special Assistant, Office of Congressman Edolphus Towns;and Oscar Jonas, Community Liaison, Office of NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery, 18th District.

More than 100 dignitaries, business and civic leaders from the Brooklyn community celebrated the grand opening of the Brooklyn Campus of Berkeley College located at 255 Duffield Street (off Fulton) in downtown Brooklyn on Friday, April 15.

Honored guest speaker, Marty Markowitz, President, Borough of Brooklyn, said, “If you’re a college whose specialty is business education, you couldn’t ask for a better place to be than Downtown Brooklyn. For business students, the world right outside Berkeley College’s doors is like a living classroom. Just look at all the activity in the hospitality industry on Duffield Street—with the Sheraton Brooklyn New York and, coming soon, the Aloft Hotel and the 718 Hotel. So no matter how you look at it, for a college like Berkeley, the place to be right here, right now, is Brooklyn. And I know that for Berkeley, the next 80 years will be even better than the first!”

Dario A. Cortes, PhD, President, Berkeley College, described the efforts that went into establishing the new campus and acknowledged all of those who helped to bring about this day of celebration in such a short amount of time. 

“Today we have more than 500 students taking classes at the Brooklyn Campus,” said Dr. Cortes. “Berkeley College will continue to support community and business associations and the next generation of Brooklyn citizens who can benefit from Berkeley’s outstanding record of educating and changing lives for 80 years.”

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Milton Glaser Receives Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal

Posted on April 25th, 2011 in General | No Comments »

SVA Acting Chairman Milton Glaser has been honored with the 2011 Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal, which recognizes the distinguished careers of Fulbright alumni. Glaser received his award at a gala dinner event on Wednesday, April 13, at the New York Public Library, alongside fellow honorees opera signer Renée Fleming and actor John Lithgow.

Glaser also made a recent appearance as part of the National Endowment for the Arts podcast series. Describing art as, “a device that aids human survival..and helps you understand what is real,” Glaser discussed a variety of art and design topics, as well as the trajectory of his own career. The podcast features leading arts experts and National Medal of Arts winners, an award Glaser received in 2010. Elucidating how teaching has helped him, “develop the capacity to express ideas more cogently,” Glaser describes how artists move towards failure in order to develop their work and use failure as a means of understanding what they’re doing. “My whole professional life has been to move towards things that I knew that I didn’t know.”

Interview with SVA Department Chair Robert Hullot-Kentor

Posted on April 19th, 2011 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

The latest in a series of one-on-one conversations with SVA department chairs.

In September 2012, the College will open the doors of its first-ever Master of Arts program, the MA in Critical Theory and the Arts Department. Chaired by Robert Hullot-Kentor, who is also a faculty member in the BFA Visual and Critical Studies Department, the rigorous three-semester program is an interdisciplinary curriculum of lectures and seminars that focuses on the contemporary situation of art. Hullot-Kentor recently sat down with the Briefs to discuss starting up the new program and what students can expect from an MA at SVA.

Tell me about the MA Critical Theory and the Arts Department.
I can’t fit the program into a nutshell, a single sentence or even a pretty long comment, because the program has a dynamic structure. There is a central group of courses concerned with art theory and aesthetics, social history and the history of art, and social theory. And these courses are built around two open seminars whose topics change each year: In 2012–2013, the Proseminar will be devoted to Convergence of the Arts in the 21st century, alongside the Serious Times Lecture Series. These aspects of the program combine to focus on what is going on in art today in a way that involves the entire history of art and society and the most important questions we have about our lives.

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LIM College Selected as a “Model of Efficiency” by University Business Magazine

Posted on April 12th, 2011 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

LIM College's new logoLIM College is one of only 11 colleges and universities nationwide recognized by University Business magazine’s Spring 2011 “Models of Efficiency” program, which recognizes innovative approaches for streamlining higher education operations through technology or business process improvements.

“Efficient business operations translate into better experiences for students and administrators alike, and the Models of Efficiency program aims to encourage schools to prioritize service,” said Tim Goral, editor-in-chief of University Business. “LIM College stands out for developing a very effective solution to a challenging situation.”

LIM College was selected based on an application from the Office of Admissions about the establishment of Student Outreach Coordinator positions. These student workers help the Admissions team provide a high level of personalized service and information to early-stage prospective students while increasing the amount of time that Admissions Counselors are able to devote to current applicants.

In addition to LIM College, Models of Efficiency honorees include: Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne; San Diego University’s College of Extended Studies; California Polytechnic State University; Jamestown Community College; the College at Brockport: Liberty University State University of New York; Montgomery County Community College; Macomb Community College; North Carolina State University Graduate School; and Capella University.

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Berkeley College Ranked Among Best Companies to Work for in New York

Posted on April 11th, 2011 in General | No Comments »

Berkeley College recently was named one of the Best Companies to Work for in New York for 2011.

“Berkeley College is honored to be recognized as a dynamic workplace during our 80th anniversary year,” said Dario A. Cortes, PhD, Berkeley College President. “Our anniversary theme is ‘Changing Lives for 80 Years.’ This award acknowledges that the College not only changes the lives of its students, but also the lives of the associates and faculty members who find fulfillment in their work.” 

The awards program, created in 2007, is produced by the New York State Society for Human Resource Management and Best Companies Group, an independent company that manages Best Places to Work programs. The program is sponsored by Jackson Lewis, LLP. 

The Best Companies to Work for in New York program recognizes 50 companies in two groups, depending on number of employees. The award was designed around the idea that happy employees make for good business and drive the state’s economy.
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BFA Illustration Alumni Helping Japan

Posted on April 4th, 2011 in Event, General | No Comments »

Following the devastation of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, efforts to raise money and send aid have been coming from all corners of the globe. Two alumni of the BFA Illustration and Cartooning Department are doing their part to help the survivors. Dice Tsutsumi (BFA 1998 Illustration), an art director at Pixar Animation Studios, has created Artists Help Japan (AHJ), an open call to artists who want to help raise funds to help Japan. “As a Japanese native working in the creative industry, I created this movement calling for artist communities to come together to help victims in Japan,” says Tsutsumi. “We have raised over $54,000 through cash donations and are planning to have 10 – 12 fundraising art events in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Paris, Toronto and more.” Artists and/or donors who want to help can visit artistshelpjapan.blogspot.com for updates on AHJ fundraising events and information on how to become a part of the organization’s activities.

Fellow alumnus Daisuke Takeya (BFA 1993 Illustration) is a Toronto-based artist and one of the organizers of ASHITA: Artists for Japan, which is hosting an event on Tuesday, March 29, 7pm, at Toronto’s The Great Hall. The event’s host is Japanese fashion model Nana Akimoto and features music by Ashley Ingram, “Super Hero” dancing by AKA Dance, poetry by Ewan Whyte and a silent auction of works by Toronto artists. For more information about the event or making donations to ASHITA, visit ashita11.tumblr.com.