CUNY Week October, 6th-12th: Open Houses, CUNY-TV Marathon and Public Lectures, Exhibits, Performances

Feast on a gourmet meal. Meet United States Poet Laureate Billy Collins, see a celebration of Afro-Puerto Rican culture, watch cutting edge films and learn more about opportunities in higher education during CUNY Week, starting October 6 at all twenty colleges of The City University of New York. Student chefs prepare gourmet meals at the New York City College of Technology in Brooklyn. Billy Collins reads a selection of his works at Lehman College, where he serves as distinguished professor of English. Hostos Community College in the Bronx displays a celebration of Afro-Puerto Rican culture. The works of talented CUNY film students premiere on CUNY-TV.

Art exhibits, dance performances, concerts, and faculty lectures are packed into seven days of ‘open houses’ showcasing academic programs, world-class campuses, distinguished faculty, student achievements and alumni who have gone onto successful careers with the help of a CUNY degree.

“When you visit the ‘open houses,’ you will meet financial aid experts, counselors, faculty and students to help you think about the best college program for you,” said Chancellor Matthew Goldstein.

A 15-hour CUNY-TV marathon on Sunday Oct. 6 from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Channel 75 will kick off the week. The programming will feature the premier of this season’s “Study With the Best” series the magazine show which highlights innovative educational programs, award-winning faculty and outstanding students and alumni. York College Professor Linda M. Grasso, author of the new and critically acclaimed book, The Artistry of Anger: Black and White Women’s Literature in America 1820-1860, will be interviewed for the season’s opener. Among the newest segments will be one called “Never Too Early, Never Too Late,” featuring a doctoral student at the Graduate Center, and her 3-year old son who is getting his own education at the Early Childhood Center there, as well as 83-year-old Seymour Honig who graduated in June from Kingsborough Community College.

Distinguished alumni will appear during the CUNY-TV marathon. They will include stage, film and television actor Jimmy Smits, Brooklyn College alumnus; Philip Berry, Vice President of Colgate-Palmolive, a member of the City’s new Panel for Educational Policy and an alumnus of Borough of Manhattan Community College and Queens College. Other prominent alumni who will discuss what their CUNY education meant in their lives will be Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion.

At 9 p.m. rising stars may be discovered when CUNY-TV’s “City Cinemateque” will feature screenings of four City College student-produced and directed films. “On My Own,” directed by Sean Keaton, tells the story of an 11-year old whose father has died of AIDS and whose mother is infected and in the hospital, while an uncaring aunt leaves him to his own devices. “And Thereafter,” directed by Hosup Lee, is the story of the afterlife of a Korean war bride who came to the U.S. full of hope for a peaceful future. “Moving On,” directed by Javier Arano, explores a young man’s incapacity to openly express emotion. “Happy Anniversary Harry,” a film noir directed by Christopher Hefner, is a tragic love story about a bartender, a femme fatale and a sap in a bunny suit. WNYE-TV Channel 25 will also broadcast many of these CUNY-TV offerings.

All CUNY campuses, including the Graduate Center, and the CUNY Law School will hold an open house to show off their wealth of academic riches for visitors. Concerts and lectures by faculty, art exhibits, sports, workshops, information sessions, campus tours and many other events are planned. Prospective students will also find information about financial aid, the new Honors College, careers, English as a Second Language, weekend college, affordable tuition, and more than 1200 programs leading to associate’s, bachelor’s, and graduate degrees. Showcasing popular academic areas at the College of Staten Island will be two presentations for high school students—”Biotechnology and DNA Cloning,” presented by Professor Leonard Ciaccio on Oct. 8 at 3:30 p.m. and “Science at the End of the World: Mathematical Ecology in Antarctica” given by Professors Bala Sundaram and Richard Veit.

Among free special events planned are a staged reading of a new musical play, “Einstein’s Dreams,” at the Graduate School on Oct. 7, at 7 p.m.; a gourmet cooking demonstration and dinner presented by the New York City College of Technology’s Hospitality Program at 5:45 p.m. on Oct. 7; a lecture by United States Poet Laureate and Lehman College Distinguished Professor Billy Collins at 4 p.m. on Oct. 8 at Lehman College; “Highlights of the Godwin-Ternbach Museum from the Renaissance to Modern Times” at Queens College all week. Queens College will also present another art exhibit, “Nineteenth and Twentieth Century art of Spain and Latin America from the collection of Jerald R. Green” in the Rosenthal Library all week.

Hunter College’s dance event, “Sharing the Legacy series, focusing on choreographer Erick Hawkins” with panel discussion at 5 p.m. and performance at 8:30 p.m. will take place on Oct. 11. A piano recital by Music Professor Gary Hammond will be presented in Hunter College’s North Building at 7 p.m. on Oct. 7. Lehman College will exhibit “Missing,” an installation by Barbara Siegel in the Lehman Art Gallery all week, and will offer health tests during Health Awareness Week. Hostos Community College’s “Bomplenazo 2002: A Celebration of Afro-Puerto Rican Culture” is scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 9 through Oct. 15. Sports during the week will include women’s varsity volleyball, intercollegiate soccer, and women’s tennis NYCAC flight championships.