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Moratos and Ambosses to Be Honored at Concordia College's 38th Annual Community Dinner PDF Print Email

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By Rebecca Portnoy, Communications Manager, Concordia College

Sep. 25, 2019:  Concordia College New York has announced the honorees for the 38th annual Community Dinner to be held on Saturday, October 26. Bronxville residents Simoni and Mauricio Morato and Claudia and Rodolpho Amboss will receive the President’s Award for Excellence in Service to the Community.

The four honorees – all natives of Brazil – have deep ties to both the Bronxville community and Concordia College, where they have been extraordinarily generous with their time and treasure. Like many Bronxville residents, their point of entry to Concordia College was Concordia Conservatory, where both couples’ children – and Mauricio and Claudia themselves – studied music. Mauricio served two terms as an executive board member and co-chaired three annual galas. In addition to teaching for ten years in the Conservatory’s Early Childhood Music Program, Claudia volunteered for over a decade on the Conservatory’s community musicals, served two terms on the executive board, chaired a gala and served on the gala committees each year since 2001. Throughout, the Moratos and Ambosses have made significant impacts as donors.

The couples are longtime friends who met when two of their children, Gabriel Morato and Gabriela Amboss, were placed in the same kindergarten class. The families grew close over the years, vacationing together several times. Now college students, Gabriel and Gabriela commuted together to their summer internships at Safra National Bank, where Simoni is CEO.

A lawyer by training, Claudia now has an interior design business, Projecta Interior Design; Rodolpho is a co-founder and Managing Director of Silverpeak Real Estate Partners, and Global CFO of Silverpeak Legacy Funds. Claudia said: “Concordia College has been like our back yard ever since we arrived. I’ve always loved the way the college is so diverse and places a great value on difference – this was especially important for our family to see when we were new immigrants to Bronxville ourselves.”

President of Concordia College Dr. John A. Nunes said: “Concordia is truly a college where worlds meet, and Simoni and Mauricio Morato and Claudia and Rodolpho Amboss exemplify the rich value that cultural diversity brings to our lives. I am delighted to honor their longstanding support of Concordia College and the community, and honored to call them friends.”   

Pictured here (L to R): Rodolpho and Claudia Amboss and Simoni and Mauricio Morato. 

Photo courtesy Concordia College 

Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.


 
Sarah Lawrence College Welcomes Students, Opens New Barbara Walters Campus Center PDF Print Email

By Brendan O’Callaghan, Director, Public Affairs, Sarah Lawrence College

Sep. 18, 2019:  August 31 marked a new phase in the history of Sarah Lawrence: the college welcomed the Class of 2023, chosen from the largest cohort of applicants in the institution’s history, and held the first official campus events in the now-open Barbara Walters Campus Center.

The energy was palpable as students arrived on campus. Greeted by the “Green Team”—which helps with heavy bags and bulky boxes—the newest members of the Sarah Lawrence community unpacked their bags, settled into their residence halls, and took to exploring campus with their families.

“The Class of 2023 was selected from what was, by far, the largest applicant pool in Sarah Lawrence history,” Vice President for Enrollment & Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Kevin McKenna said, giving a preview of the incoming first-year students. “New students hail from 43 states and 20 countries and their unique abilities, curiosity, and excellence shined brightly in their admissions applications. Among the 412 new students, we have writing award winners, a Northwest Region Emmy Award winner, a student who sells sunglasses online and donates the proceeds to charities, and someone who completed a solo winter bike ride from Norway to Denmark.”

A highlight of the weekend was experiencing the newly completed and just-opened Barbara Walters Campus Center, which will serve as the college’s hub for student activities—a new front door to campus and a living room for the community. Opening day was the first official event held in the new state-of-the-art 35,000-square-foot campus center, and more than 50 student events are already planned: open mic and trivia nights, dance parties, career fairs, and winter and spring formals will be fixtures in the new space.

Donor-funded and completed on time and within budget, the Barbara Walters Campus Center was brought to life through the generosity of alumna Walters and the altruism of the Sarah Lawrence community. The new venue will support the college’s longtime role as a thought-convener and thought-leader, with new small and large spaces for bringing people together both informally and formally. The $35 million project introduces the first new building on campus in 15 years and is a pillar of the $200 million Campaign for Sarah Lawrence. Ms. Walters’ initial $15 million gift is the largest single gift in Sarah Lawrence’s history.

In her opening day remarks, President Cristle Collins Judd reflected on the opportunity of a Sarah Lawrence education. “This is a place where students connect their passions and create their futures,” she said, noting that students, throughout their lives, will transform themselves many times over, and their time at Sarah Lawrence will be an integral part of their journey and ability to adapt.

New and returning students spend their first week on campus every fall participating in orientation and meeting with faculty members. A pillar of the Sarah Lawrence pedagogy is that students interview faculty members and work with their dons—their faculty advisors—to craft a curriculum for the year that connects their interests with their coursework. This is no small task for both new and returning students. “Part of our mission is to ensure a sense of agency and intentionality with our students,” said Provost Kanwal Singh. “They craft their own paths through curriculum, and they do this with a great deal of thought and conversation. We ask students not only to think critically, but also to express themselves through writing and to argue concisely with the spoken word.”

More About the Barbara Walters Campus Center

 

Showcasing the College’s commitment to sustainability and community, the Campus Center connects the deep history of the small liberal arts college and, through its modern design and facilities, propels the campus and community into the future. With its footprint top of mind during the design phase, the building’s orientation was carefully chosen to provide opportunities to capture maximum daylight and solar heat gain, reducing utilities consumption for lighting and heating. In addition, the dining facilities use biodegradable packaging and trayless food service to reduce water consumption and waste. The lighting is 100 percent LED and a subsurface water collection system will return water runoff back to the soil. Historical materials spotlighting Ms. Walters’ time at Sarah Lawrence and pioneering career in journalism will be on display in the Center, including her Emmy Award for Lifetime Achievement. Her personal archives will also be available at the Esther Raushenbush Library on campus.

“The Barbara Walters Campus Center, through its thoughtful design and flexibility, will fundamentally change how people engage with our campus for generations to come. A place to intellectually connect and create, and physically connecting north and south on the campus and to the neighbors on the east and west, the Center will serve as a cultural hub and new front door for students, faculty, staff, and the broader community,” said Sarah Lawrence President Cristle Collins Judd. “I am delighted to welcome new and returning students to campus and into the completed Campus Center.”

The project, originally ideated by president emeritus Karen Lawrence and Ms. Walters, was a true community effort. KSS Architects designed the building and LehrerCummings and Consigli built and managed the construction project. Leaders from Yonkers and Bronxville were integral in helping to ensure the building was permitted and completed on time and on budget.

 

Photos courtesy of Sarah Lawrence College

Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

 
 
 
Sarah Lawrence College Opens New Barbara Walters Campus Center PDF Print Email

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By Brendan O’Callaghan, Director, Public Affairs, Sarah Lawrence College

Sep. 4, 2019:  On August 31 Sarah Lawrence College opened the newly completed Barbara Walters Campus Center.

Opening Day and orientation weekend for new students and their families was held in the new state-of-the-art 35,000 square foot Campus Center, which will now serve as the College’s epicenter for student activities. 

Donor-funded and completed on time and on budget, the Barbara Walters Campus Center was brought to life through the generosity of alumna Walters and the altruism of the Sarah Lawrence community. Catalyzed by Ms. Walters’ $15 million gift, the largest single gift in school history, the $35 million project introduces the first new building on campus in 15 years and is a pillar of the $200 million Campaign for Sarah Lawrence. In addition to the building’s construction, the project covered design, landscaping, equipment, and the repurposing of previously built infrastructure.

Showcasing the College’s commitment to sustainability and community, the Campus Center connects the deep history of the small liberal arts college and, through its modern design and facilities, propels the campus and community into the future. 

“The Barbara Walters Campus Center, through its thoughtful design and flexibility, will fundamentally change how people engage with our campus for generations to come. A place to intellectually connect and create, and physically connecting north and south on the campus and to the neighbors on the east and west, the Center will serve as a cultural hub and new front door for students, faculty, staff, and the broader community,” said Sarah Lawrence President Cristle Collins Judd. “I am delighted to welcome new and returning students back to campus and into the completed Campus Center.”

More than 75 events are already planned in the new building for the fall semester, from orientation weekend for new students to the Yonkers Partners in Education gala. Open mic and trivia nights, dance parties, and winter and spring formals will be fixtures of student life in the new space – the community will formally celebrate the opening of the new building during Family Weekend in October. In addition, the Center will serve as one of two main dining areas on campus, providing meals to the 2,000+ person community from 7:30 a.m. - 1:00 a.m. every day.

The geographic center of campus, the building will also serve as a cultural and intellectual hub and provide opportunityfor engagement with the surrounding community. The new venue will support the College’s longtime role as a thought-convener and thought-leader, with new small and large spaces for bringing people together both informally and formally. Historical materials spotlighting Ms. Walters’s time at Sarah Lawrence and pioneering career in journalism will be on display in the Center, including her Emmy Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Fully accessible, the Barbara Walters Campus Center stands at the corner of Kimball Avenue and Glen Washington Road in Lawrence Park. The building’s green roof flows seamlessly into new landscaping at Andrews Circle, and the atrium will act as a new campus main street. Among the many sustainable features are the white oak table tops that were locally milled using trees that previously occupied the building site. The project broke ground on January 18, 2018, and was completed August, 2019.


Pictured:  Barbara Walters Campus Center

Photo courtesy Sarah Lawrence College


Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

 

 
Concordia College's New Kreft Center Takes Shape PDF Print Email

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By Rebecca Portnoy, Communications Manager, Concordia College

Sep. 4, 2019:  Thanks to the generosity of Dr. Karl and Mrs. Shirley Kreft, The Kreft Center is taking shape on the campus of Concordia College New York. The Brunn-Maier Science Hall will be formally renamed and rededicated this fall. The Kreft Center will house new and updated labs and learning spaces for Concordia College’s School of Health Sciences and Nursing, including a new radiologic technologies wing and high fidelity patient simulation nursing lab. Dr. Kreft is the owner and former president of Bohle Machine Tools, and has served with distinction in advisory and board-level roles throughout the Concordia University System and at a variety of Lutheran institutions including Valparaiso University. 

President of Concordia College Dr. John A. Nunes, for whom Dr. Kreft has been a career-long mentor, said: “Dr. and Mrs. Kreft’s extraordinary gift to Concordia College embodies both their commitment to the health sciences and their passion for high quality education. I am elated at this opportunity for our students, and on a personal note, will be deeply gratified to see this tangible tribute to my friend and mentor permanently ingrained in the campus of Concordia.”    

The Kreft Center arrives as the College’s nursing and radiologic technologies programs celebrate consistent excellence in instruction and professional preparation.

Year after year, Concordia’s nursing graduates’ first-time NCLEX licensing exam pass rates are in the mid- to high 90s range, placing Concordia among the top 5 programs in New York State and well above the national average. The class of 2018 just set a new benchmark, however, with a 100% first-time pass rate that to date stands alone among nursing schools in the state. 

Founded in 2014, Concordia’s radiologic technologies program boasts an average first-time pass rate of 91% on the ARRT licensing exam. Graduates of the unique four-year baccalaureate program are 100% employed within six months, with access to leadership roles not open to those with a typical two-year radiologic technologies degree.

The radiologic technologies program is moving from cramped quarters in Schoenfeld to its new home on the ground floor of The Kreft Center, where a suite of outdated spaces is being demolished and redesigned to accommodate a lab, observation room, and spacious classroom. Students will learn on both new state-of-the-art ionized machines and portable machines. The Radiologic Technologies Wing will also be able to accommodate the College’s new sonography program slated for 2020.

With new equipment for the nursing program, the Patricia Nelson Nursing Lab will become a high fidelity patient simulation lab, with reconfigurable furniture designed to accommodate multiple learning modes. Nursing students will see refurbished classrooms and a new locker room as well. The Kreft Center will also gain renovated classrooms and a new biology/physics lab.

Dr. Susan Apold, Dean of the School of Health Sciences and Nursing said: “I am very excited that thanks to Dr. And Mrs. Kreft, our equipment, labs and learning spaces will accurately reflect the excellence of our nursing, radiologic technologies and science programs. Our hard-working and high-achieving students, faculty and staff deserve the best as we pursue our shared vocation for the health and healing sciences.”


Pictured: Dr. Kreft and Concordia College President, Dr. John Nunes

Photo courtesy Concordia College



Editor's note
: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff

 
Free Summer Movies at the Bronxville Library PDF Print Email

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By Staff

Jul. 24, 2019:  Get out of the heat and enjoy free summer movies at the Bronxville Library. Below is the current calendar:

Friday, July 26, 3:30 – 5:00 pm:  Family Film:  Planet 51

Tuesday, July 30, 1:30 - 3:15pm: Bronxville Seniors Movie Series:  The Bookshop

Thursday, August 1, 1:30 - 3:15pm:  Summer Rental

Friday, August 2, 3:30 - 5:00 pm:  Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium

Wednesday, August 7, 1:30 - 3:30pm:  Grease

Friday, August 9, 3:30 - 5:00 pm:  Aladdin

Thursday, August 15, 1:30 - 3:15 pm:  Splash

Friday, August 16, 3:30 - 5:00 pm:  The Lion King

Wednesday, August 21, 1:30 - 3:15 pm: Dirty Dancing

Thursday, August 29, 1:30 - 3:30 pm:  American Graffiti

Friday, August 30, 3:30 - 5:00pm:  Mr. Popper's Penguins



Photo by A. Warner

 
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