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Professor Norma Bowe to Share Secret of Course's Three-Year Waiting List at Concordia Tuesday, May 20 PDF Print Email

May 14, 2014:  Concordia College's nursing program and the Westchester End-of-Life Coalition are delighted to announce that Dr. Norma Bowe, Kean University professor and subject of Erika Hayasaki's book The Death Class, will speak at Concordia College on Tuesday, May 20, at 7:00 pm. This free program is open to the public and will be held in the Krenz Academic Center on the campus of Concordia College.

Dr. Bowe has undergraduate degrees in nursing and community health, a master's degree in health administration, and a PhD in community health policy. She worked in emergency rooms, intensive care, and psychiatric wards before teaching at Kean University, where she is known for creating the course Death in Perspective, which has a three-year waiting list.

Award-winning journalist Erika Hayasaki spent three years following Professor Bowe's popular health class to bring Bowe's wisdom out of the classroom and transform it into an inspiring lesson for all in her book The Death Class. Under the guise of discussions about last wills and last breaths and visits to cemeteries and crematoriums, Bowe teaches her students how to find promise and purpose in their own lives. Hayasaki's book focuses on four extraordinary students and how Bowe steers them from their tormented families and neighborhoods toward happiness. Bowe helps students understand not only the value of their own lives, but also the fulfillment of throwing oneself into helping others.

The New York Times said of Hayasaki's The Death Class: "The book's strength lies in the well-observed details of the lives portrayed, and in the recognition that the work Bowe and her students are doing is messy, necessary stuff. Hayasaki acknowledges this by bookending chapters with writing prompts from Bowe's syllabus--'Be a Ghost'--as if to encourage readers to consider the big questions on their own."

This program includes a panel discussion about the book and the popular course with Dr. Bowe, Dr. Susan Apold, dean of the Division of Health and Human Services at Concordia, Christina Staudt, president of Westchester End-of-Life Coalition (WELC), and Maura Del Bene, WELC board member and a nurse practitioner specializing in palliative medicine at WestMed Medical Group.

Womrath Bookshop will sell copies of the book for Professor Bowe to sign following her presentation. Reservations are recommended; please contact CLOAKING or call 914-337-9300, ext. 2159.

Pictured here:  Dr. Norma Bowe and the cover of The Death Class, the book about her by Erika Hayasaki.

Photos courtesy Ellen de Saint Phalle, Director of Community Relations, Concordia College

Broadway Comes to Bronxville: Ruth Wood Honored PDF Print Email

May 7, 2014:  Broadway came to Bronxville on April 28, and the show was a smashing success! Young at Arts, the performing arts outreach program at Christ Church, was the host to major stars from Broadway. The performers treated a church full of music fans to some of their favorite hits from Broadway under the musical direction of Annbritt and Charles duChateau.

The duChateaus, who live in the neighborhood, called on their friends from such shows as Aladdin, Mary Poppins, and Phantom of the Opera to sing with the students of Young at Arts. Michael James Scott, who plays a genie in Aladdin, wowed the crowd with a rousing rendition of a favorite show tune, along with the entire Young at Arts chorus.

Ruth Wood, who was honored for her many contributions to the Village of Bronxville, had this to say: "Young at Arts provides excellent music education for a diverse group of young people from Southern Westchester and the Bronx. My daughter Vance has been fortunate to be part of this talented group of kids and has learned so much from the gifted educators who run the program. I am thrilled to be honored and am happy that so many friends were able to be thoroughly entertained by the magical night of music in the gorgeous sanctuary at Christ Church."

The guests at the benefit were struck by the amazing performances right in the village. When John Cudia reprised his role as the Phantom, it was a perfect moment of musical theater. Local talent Lily Hickey joined Broadway veterans Kathy Voytko and Q. Smith in a moving version of another Broadway favorite. And when Raymond Jaramillo McCleod sang a familiar ditty, the crowd recognized his voice from the many famous animated film characters he has portrayed. All the artists were there to lend a hand to the fundraiser because they had also been mentored as young teens.

The fundraiser allows Young at Arts to offer scholarships for its students. Director Sharyn Pirtle said that she founded Young at Arts on the principle that every child deserves access to an excellent arts education. "Through a comprehensive education in vocal music and drama, children from different backgrounds share a love for the performing arts while developing the values of leadership, discipline, integrity, and community to make them tolerant, global citizens of the world."

Young at Arts will present the musical Oliver June 13 to 15. For more information or to audition for the program, go to

Pictured here:  Performers at the benefit for Young at Arts.

Photos by Ken Richardson

Open Call for Artwork for Juried Exhibition at OSilas Gallery this Summer, July 10 to August 10 PDF Print Email

May 7, 2014:  The OSilas Gallery at Concordia College announces an open call for artwork from artists in any medium focused on the theme of summer. The exhibition, titled Summer ARTiculated, will run from July 10 to August 10, 2014. 

Eligibility and Details

Summer ARTiculated is open to artists age 18 and over residing in the United States. Artists may submit two works per submission fee, with a maximum number of four works (two submission fees) for consideration. All work must be original and created within the last three years. All work must be for sale. If chosen, artists are responsible for the delivery of work on July 1, and all wall art must be ready for hanging.

How to Apply

The deadline to apply is June 6.  Artists may submit works for consideration either by mail or email. Each entry must include two images of each artwork, one showing detail. All images must be in jpeg format. Image file names must correspond with the artist's name and piece title (for example, MSmith_Landscape, MSmith_Portrait). In addition, please attach a description of the work, an artist statement, and the artist's resume. There is a $30 entry fee per submission (two works), and artists may enter twice (four works).

Do not submit physical artwork for the application process.

Online submissions:  Email images and documents to CLOAKING and use the "pay now" button to submit your entry fee. You will need to pay twice if you are processing two submissions (four pieces).

Mailed submissions:  Mail documents, a CD of jpeg images, and a $30/$60 check made out to Concordia College, OSilas Gallery at Concordia College, 171 White Plains Road, Bronxville, NY 10708:  Attention Shanley Hanlon.

Jury and Selection Process:  Pieces will be selected by a five-member panel. Selected artists will be notified of acceptance status via email on June 13, 2014.

Sale of Work

All works submitted must be for sale. The OSilas Gallery will retain a 30% commission. Checks will be processed by Concordia College and mailed to the artist within two weeks after the close of the exhibition.

For further information, contact Shanley Hanlon, OSilas Gallery manager, at CLOAKING , 914-337-9300, ext. 2262.

Pictured here:  The OSilas Gallery at Concordia College.

Photo by A. Warner

John Heiss, Bronxville Graduate and Accomplished Composer and Conductor, to Give Master Classes at Bronxville April 21 and 22 PDF Print Email

Apr. 9, 2014:  On April 21 and 22, John Heiss, Bronxville High School Class of 1956, will hold two days of master classes at The Bronxville School.

It has been over fifty years since John Heiss attended Bronxville High School, but since then he has had a remarkable musical career.

In the 1970s, Heiss began directing many New England Conservatory festivals dedicated to composers or themes. He has also invited many composers to play at the NEC, including Ligeti, Lutoslawski, Berio, Carter, Messiaen, Schuller, and Tippett.

The following description of his accomplishments appears on the website of the New England Conservatory:

John Heiss is an active composer, conductor, flutist, and teacher. His works have been performed worldwide, receiving premieres by Speculum Musicae, Boston Musica Viva, Collage New Music, the Da Capo Chamber Players, Aeolian Chamber Players, Tanglewood Festival Orchestra, and Alea III. He has received awards and commissions from the National Institute of Arts and Letters, Fromm Foundation, NEA, Rockefeller Foundation, Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities, ASCAP, and the Guggenheim Foundation. His principal publishers are Boosey & Hawkes, E.C. Schirmer, and Elkus & Son.

Heiss has been principal flute of Boston Musica Viva and has performed with many local ensembles, including the BSO.

On Monday, April 21, Mr. Heiss will be working with the high school and sixth grade bands and will be speaking with the senior class and band and orchestra students, and on Tuesday, April 22, he will be working with the seventh and eighth grade bands.

Pictured here:  John Heiss with the Bronxville High School Concert Band during its trip last fall to the New England Conservatory to celebrate Mr. Heiss's 75th birthday.

Photo from a collection by Denise Lutter and Deb Carter

Sixth Annual Poetry Reading by Bronxville Residents Sponsored by Friends of Bronxville Library Sunday, April 6 PDF Print Email

Apr. 2, 2014:  The Friends of the Bronxville Public Library (FOBPL) will hold its sixth annual poetry reading on April 6 at 3:00 pm in the Yeager Room.

"Poetry and Legacy" will feature readers from Cuba, Great Britain, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, Pakistan, Peru, Iran, India, Sweden, Croatia, South Africa, Canada, Japan, and France reading poems from their native lands. 

Honoring both National Poetry Month and the Town of Eastchester's 350th anniversary, the program celebrates the rich immigrant contributions to both poetry and the Town of Eastchester. Most of the poems will be read in English; some readers will also read the original text, allowing the audience a sense of the sound and rhythm of the original language. 

Readers include: Martha Bergold, Stephen Colvin, Rosario Elejalde, Zeena Marshall, Marlene McKinnis, Kevin McNeill, Mandana Nakhai, Mark Patterson, Viji George, Hitomi Ozawa, Tracey Minnich, Nicky and Mark Hider, Gabriella Radujko, Christina Staudt, and Chris Zufelt.  

Winners of the Poetry and Legacy Poetry Contest for grades K-12 will be also be announced at the conclusion of the reading. The contest, now in its sixth year, is seeking original poems on legacy and the immigrant experience by students in grades K-12 who reside or attend school in Bronxville. 

The deadline for submissions has been extended to April 4. All submissions should be one page and should include the author's name, grade in school, address, email address, and phone number on the back of the poem. Mail to Friends of the Bronxville Public Library, 201 Pondfield Road, Bronxville, NY 10708, Attn: Poetry and Legacy Contest. 

A panel of members of the board of FOBPL will select the winning poems. For questions, please contact CLOAKING .

Photo by Ellen de Saint Phalle, Member, Board of Directors, Friends of the Bronxville Public Library

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