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Ease Into Spring with Bronxville Adult School Classes in March PDF Print Email

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By Priscilla Toomey, Co-Chair, Board of Trustees, Bronxville Adult School


Feb. 20, 2019:  Have the winter blahs got you down? Are you looking at every lawn you see for signs that the crocuses are beginning to edge their way up through that brown, scrawny grass? You can enjoy the last weeks of winter as you ease into spring with some fabulous new classes at the Bronxville Adult School.

You might want to start with some comfort food. Do you know the perfect wine to pair with each of several fondues? Fondue and Wine Tasting at Dobbs & Bishop, on Thursday, March 7, will give you the opportunity to learn about and enjoy these pairings.

While it’s still cold, satisfy your inner Olympics craving at Introduction to Curling, Saturday, March 9. It’s the newest “hot” winter Olympic sport, and you can try it right here in Westchester at the Ardsley Curling Club. You’ll learn the mystery of why they use those brooms to get the curling stone from here to there, what’s special about a curling rink as opposed to an ice hockey rink, and much, much more.

Get over your winter skin blues at the Aromatherapy & Natural Body Product Workshop at Found Herbal on Tuesday, March 19, and explore how aromatherapy can help elevate your mood and heal your skin. You’ll also make and take home your own aromatic body scrub, which will smooth those rough, dry winter elbows and heels and soothe the skin with a custom-blended body oil.

As we begin to transition into spring, thoughts often turn to sprucing up your home and garden. Are you one of the many who have gotten hooked on Love It or List It or one of the other HGTV offerings? They make it look so easy, but how true is that? In Beyond HGTV, on Wednesday, March 13, you’ll learn the reality behind reality TV when it comes to getting your home ready to sell and what to look for if you’re planning to buy. And it’s not just the inside you can “dress for success” but the outside, too. Everyone wants their home to put its best foot forward, and spring is the season to make that happen. Whether it’s the garden of your house or the patio of your apartment, Where Does Your Garden Grow?, on Wednesday, March 20, will turn you into a pro.

Another rite of spring is doing things in and around your home. Many of us have a hard time letting go of the stuff that’s cluttering our homes and our lives, but we don’t like living with it, either. Downsizing Your Home, on Thursday, March 14, and Mindful Spring Cleaning, on Tuesday, March 26, will show you the hows, whys, and wherefores for painlessly paring down without regret. If you find yourself having trouble getting started on these or other important tasks, try Why We Procrastinate and How We Can Stop, on Thursday, March 28.

These fun and informative classes, along with many more, are included in the Bronxville Adult School spring 2019 catalogue. Registration is now open, and you can sign up online at www.bronxvilleadultschool.org or by phone at the school's new number, 914-395-0516.

Photo by P. Toomey 

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. 


 
Dr. Mandana Nakhai Inaugurated into Endowed Chair at Concordia College PDF Print Email

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By Rebecca Portnoy, Communications Manager, Concordia College


Feb. 6, 2019:  On January 17, Dr. Mandana Nakhai was inaugurated into the Rev. Dr. Thomas Nelson Green Endowed Chair for the School of Humanities at Concordia College New York. Announced in September of 2018, the endowed chair is Concordia’s first and was created in honor of the Rev. Dr. Thomas Nelson Green, a revered former dean whose wisdom, scholarship, and personality made a lifetime impact on countless alumni. Generous ongoing alumni support, including a $500,000 matching grant, funds the endowment.

The inauguration was an academic event that followed a classic lecture and response format. Dr. Panayiotis (Peter) Kanelos, president of St. John’s College in Annapolis and an outspoken advocate for liberal education, spoke of the essential role the study of the humanities holds in teaching us how to live. Dr. Nakhai’s response argued for a contemporary model of humanities that reflects the rich diversity of the human experience.     

Dr. Nakhai is dean of Concordia’s School of Humanities, dean of the Fellows Honors program, and Distinguished Professor of English. With expertise in college composition as well as literature and critical theory, Dr. Nakhai has taught an array of courses in the college’s English program as well as filling various administrative roles in her three decades of service to the school. She pioneered the establishment of Concordia’s Writing Center (since renamed the John Bahr Writing Center), developed the school’s Writing Across the Curriculum program, and created writing-intensive courses that have set standards recognized across higher education. Dr. Nakhai holds a BA, an MA, and a PhD from the University of Tennessee.

The Rev. Dr. Thomas Nelson Green Endowed Chair for the School of Humanities at Concordia College New York will support the study of humanities within the disparate academic disciplines so that all students can engage in creative and critical thinking about the human experience across the boundaries of difference – and reimagine a vibrant world of possibilities. The School of Humanities houses the college’s Fellows Program, which is dedicated to the highest standards of excellence for academically talented students. The School of Humanities and the Fellows Program emphasize a holistic education in a diverse community of faith, where students are empowered to discover their vocations and become the people they are meant to be.

President of Concordia College New York Rev. John A. Nunes, PhD, said: “Our admired, adored, and respected Dean Nakhai possesses an amazing balance of gravity and levity. Countless Concordia students are better readers, writers, and human beings today thanks to her passions for scholarship, teaching, and mentoring. We are blessed indeed to have her at Concordia.” 


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. 

 

 
Sarah Lawrence College Professor Margarita Fajardo Awarded $60K NEH Grant PDF Print Email

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By Victoria Hochman, Thompson & Bender, for Sarah Lawrence College


Jan. 30, 2019:  Sarah Lawrence College faculty member Margarita Fajardo has been awarded a grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities to complete her book on Latin America’s influence on the global debate on economic development and capitalism after World War II.

The grant is one of 253 totaling $14.8 million awarded nationwide to projects that support the humanities and preserve cultural heritage.

Fajardo, the Alice Stone Ilchman Chair in Comparative and International Studies, will receive $60,000 to complete her book, titled The World that Latin America Created. The book examines the contributions of a school of economists, sociologists, diplomats, and policymakers known as the “Cepalinos” to shaping the thinking about economic development and capitalism during three decades after World War II.

“It is a great honor for a young scholar and an unrivaled opportunity to finish this project,’’ said Fajardo, who has been teaching at Sarah Lawrence College since 2015. “This grant will be of great assistance in helping me to conduct additional research and complete my book, as well as benefit Sarah Lawrence College and its students.’’

Farjardo, a historian whose focus is modern Latin America, is originally from Colombia and received her BA from the Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, followed by her MA and PhD from Princeton University.

She has published a number of scholarly works on Latin American history, including Between Capitalism and Democracy: The Political Economy of Social Science in Latin America, 1968-1980, which she co-authored with Jeremy Adelman; the chapter titled "The Arc of Development: Economists' and Sociologists' Quest for the State" in the book State and Nation Making in Latin America and Spain: The Rise and Fall of the Developmental State, edited by Agustin E. Ferraro and Miguel A. Centeno (Cambridge University Press, 2018); and the chapter titled "Circumventing Imperialism: The Global Economy in Latin American Social Sciences" in the book Empire and the Global Social Sciences: Global Histories of Knowledge, edited by Jeremy Adelman (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019).

Professor Fajardo is a member of the American Historical Association (AHA), the History of Economics Society (HES), and the Latin American Studies Association (LASA).

NEH Chairman Jon Parrish Peede said that the recent round of grants will fund projects that apply new technologies to innovative humanities research, help document, preserve, and ensure access to materials of critical importance to the nation’s cultural heritage, and support advanced research by humanities scholars.

“From cutting-edge digital projects to the painstaking practice of traditional scholarly research, these new NEH grants represent the humanities at its most vital and creative,” said Peede in announcing the grants on December 12. “These projects will shed new light on age-old questions, safeguard our cultural heritage, and expand educational opportunities in classrooms nationwide.” 

Pictured here: Margarita Fajardo.

Photo courtesy Victoria Hochman, Thompson & Bender, for 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 therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

 
Marine Veteran Viviana DeCohen Will Work to Grow and Support Student Veteran Population at Concordia College PDF Print Email

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By Rebecca Portnoy, Communications Manager, Concordia College


Jan. 23, 2019:  Concordia College New York has named Viviana DeCohen the college’s inaugural director of military and veteran affairs. DeCohen is charged with all facets of growing and supporting the college’s student veteran population. Concordia College New York is proud to participate in the Post-9/11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program, easing the way for eligible veterans and dependents to use their education benefits.

DeCohen brings to the college over 20 years of experience in veteran services and health care. Prior to joining Concordia, she served as the program manager and military/veterans counselor at Mercy College. She has a master’s degree in health services management and a bachelor’s degree in behavioral science from Mercy College. She is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. DeCohen also serves as the associate pastor of Mount Vernon Heights Congregational Church, and in 2018 she was named as one of the Bronx Times Reporter’s 25 Influential Women for the impact she makes in the borough.   

John McLoughlin, senior director of enrollment, said: “The college is implementing a portfolio of programming to support active duty military, members of the Guard/Reserves, veterans, spouses, and dependents who are current or prospective student veterans. We are very excited to have Viviana DeCohen spearheading those efforts as director of military and veteran affairs.”   

Viviana DeCohen said: “As a veteran, I have lived the many challenges veterans face in building civilian lives after military service. I am honored to bring to Concordia College my experience in helping veterans make successful transitions from service to education. I look forward to working with current and prospective students and our community partners in veteran support.”

Pictured here:  Viviana DeCohen.

Photo courtesy Rebecca Portnoy, Communications Manager, 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. 

 
Eighth-Graders Have a Blast at Annual Snowflake Ball PDF Print Email

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By Laura Pettee, 8th-Grade Co-Chair, Bronxville Middle School


Jan. 16, 2019:  The walls of the Bronxville Field Club were draped in white silk with white lights for the annual 8th-Grade Snowflake Ball, which was held on Friday, January 11.


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About 125 eighth-graders from the Bronxville School's class of 2023 attended this first formal dance.  

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The event is an annual party hosted by the Bronxville Middle School Council, a division of the Bronxville School PTA.

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The dance included a DJ and a photo booth. 

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The dance was organized by the grade chairs, Carter Callaway, Courtney Crystal, and Laura Pettee.

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Photos provided by Middle School Council


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. 



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