A Newspaper for the College at Old Westbury's Alumni, Faculty, Friends and Neighbors
|Spring 2000 Volume 2, No. 2
A Campus Vision in Bricks and MortarAlumni visiting SUNY College at Old Westbury over the next 18 months will witness the most vigorous development of the campus since its founding more than 30 years ago.
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HelloA message from the Director of Alumni Affairs.
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Creating a Legacy of LearningWinners of the College's Philosophy Award and the Comparative Humanities Scholarship became the latest students to benefit from the generosity of their predecessors.
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From Batters Box to Coaches BoxFour former Old Westbury baseball players have embarked on careers as classroom teachers, while at the same time guiding young athletes as coaches.
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A Campus Vision in Bricks and Mortar
Ground Broken for New Dormitories
Alumni visiting SUNY College at Old Westbury over the next 18 months will witness the most vigorous development of the campus since its founding more than 30 years ago. By September of 2001, the Old Westbury community will see the emergence of new dormitories and the grand opening of the new Student Union.
This Spring, construction commenced on a new residence hall complex, which will house approximately 850 students when completed. To be located just west of the Campus Center, the five, three-story structures will house students in oversized double rooms that come complete with cable television service and two telephone hook-ups, offering easy Internet access. Additionally, study-lounges will be located on each floor of the buildings.
"The residence hall project marks a major step forward in the growth of this College," said Old Westbury President Calvin O. Butts, III. "Designed to give students not only comfortable housing, but high-quality study space, these halls will play a central role in a revitalized student life program that is focused on supporting the academic success of students, while at the same time offering a complement to the suite-styled housing that already exists on campus."
The first residence hall will be open to students in January 2001, with the remaining four facilities will be added on campus before Fall 2002. Plans also are being made to renovate existing student housing within the College’s Academic Village. Once dormitory construction and renovations are complete, the College would have the capacity to house more than 1,600 students on campus.
Student Union Moves Forward
As the dormitory project gets underway, construction of the College’s new Student Union, which is slated to open in Fall 2001, continues. The 60,000-square-foot building will serve as a hub of activity within the College community.
With computer ports located in open spaces throughout the building, the Student Union will offer commuter and residential students alike the opportunity to "plug in" to the campus network from laptop and handheld computer systems. Currently, College leaders are working with the Student Government Association to determine the services and amenities that will be offered through the Student Union.
All development on the Old Westbury campus is being done as part of a 5-year master plan. Additional proposed projects include the development of a continuing education center, a police training academy, and expanded athletic facilities.
As the College at Old Westbury enters its fourth decade, we look back to reflect upon on our many accomplishments and gains. We started at the Planting Fields Arboretum. Now, we call 604 lush green rolling acres of Long Island's Gold Coast home. The original Old Westbury class numbered 75 students, who studied in a limited number of degree programs. Today, more than 3,000 students are enrolled in one of the College’s 33 registered courses of study.
While much growth has been achieved since the first day of classes in 1968, the College at Old Westbury has reached a point in time where it is advancing into its next rite of passage. No longer are we content with what we have already become. We have come to an a age where we can take the lessons we have learned from our past and be something more. We can develop even more concepts, test ideas, and develop a deeper vision. At the College at Old Westbury we have come to understand that organizing happens in layers, and colleges are developed as such.
To reach that next milestone we need your help. Whether that help comes in the form of volunteer efforts on behalf of Enrollment Services, financial gifts towards new or existing scholarship funds and facilities or mentoring for interns at a place of business, you as a graduate of this College are in a unique position to aid in its continued growth.
At the same time, we need to hear from more of you — about your needs and how we can best serve you. We need you to make demands to us...even if we may not be able to satisfy all of you. I invite and especially encourage each and every one of you to contact me with your thoughts, feelings, impressions, and ideas.
I look forward to hearing from you. Always remember, To Keep In Touch.
When senior Carolyn Risi and senior Amy Patalano were named this Spring as winners of the College’s Philosophy Award and the Comparative Humanities Scholarship, respectively, they became the latest students to benefit from the generosity of their predecessors.
Both the Philosophy and Comparative Humanities awards were created through gifts by graduates of the College, both of whom have asked to remain anonymous, and stand as the newest additions to the College’s scholarship program.
Initiated in November 1998, the Philosophy Award provides $500 each semester to a student enrolled in the College’s Introduction to Philosophy course. Created through a gift from a 1996 Comparative Studies graduate, the award features a single criterion: That the winner demonstrates in classwork and class discussion a "joy" in studying philosophy.
Risi, a 25-year-old student in the College’s Teacher Education program, was chosen as the latest recipient at the recommendation of Professor John Lutz, who currently teaches the introductory course. Among the reasons cited for her selection were her passion for philosophy and her interest in the need for self-examination.
"As an aspiring teacher, my aim is to instruct children that we should reflect on our actions and examine if we are having a positive influence on our lives and the lives of others," wrote Risi in applying for the scholarship award.
Funds to create the Philosophy Award were donated by a 1996 graduate who wanted to celebrate the study of philosophy, while at the same time encourage other students to take part in the College’s philosophy, logic and ethics offerings.
Much in the same way, the Comparative Humanities Scholarship grew from an alumna’s desire to thank the College and its faculty for the program from which she had earned her degree.
Open to students majoring in Comparative Humanities and carrying a grade-point average of 3.3 or higher, the scholarship was awarded by a panel of faculty members from the program who reviewed essays submitted by the applicants.
Patalano won for her submission, "Who Wrote the Bible and Why," and was awarded $500 towards tuition at the College.
Lessons Learned on Playing Fields Applied in Classrooms
In Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, the verb "teach" has included in its definition "to instruct, direct or prompt." Interestingly, many of those same words appear in the definition of the verb "coach."
It should come as no surprise then that four former College at Old Westbury baseball players have embarked on careers that enable them to instruct young students as classroom teachers, while at the same time guiding young athletes as coaches.
Hector Aristy ’93, Steven Bruno ’97, Matthew Stephens ’96, and Vincent Neglia ’98 are four alumni of the Panther baseball program who have gone from being student-athletes to serving as student mentors.
The only two-time Panther Most Valuable Player, Aristy has returned to the College to serve as an assistant coach in charge of recruiting. Having earned his B.S. in Teacher Education, the former outfielder spends his days teaching Spanish at St. Dominic Elementary School in Oyster Bay, New York.
Bruno has also returned to Old Westbury, serving as a volunteer coach for the Panthers. During his collegiate career, Bruno manned third base, twice earning Knickerbocker All-Star recogntion and once being named Panther MVP. After graduating from Old Westbury with a B.A. in Psychology, he now works as a fifth grade teacher at St. Roberts Elementary School in Bayside, Queens, and serves as a volunteer coach for the Panthers.
Stephens left Old Westbury with his B.S. in Teacher Education. His on-field exploits while with the Panthers includes having led the nation in stolen bases in 1995 with 45. Today, he is a first grade teacher in the Uniondale Public School District and serves as an assistant coach for the Uniondale High School baseball team.
Old Westbury’s all-time leaders in doubles and a three-time Knickerbocker All-Star, Neglia is currently putting his Mathematics degree to use as a high school teacher at Island Trees High School Levittown, New York. The former first baseman also puts his baseball talents to work as an assistant coach on the school’s varsity baseball team.