Emeritus Faculty Association #109 September 2005
First meeting of the new academic year: Friday, September 9, Javits Seminar Room, Melville Library E2340, 10.30 am.
After an informal half-hour of coffee, pastries, and fruit, Director Alan Inkles will take us "Behind the Scenes in the Staller Center." Some of the issues he will address are: how he and his staff put together a year of performances; how performers, productions, and films are selected; how his budget is financed; what constraints, if any, there are on his operations; what audience(s) is he trying to reach and how successful he has been in reaching them; how the Center's activities are coordinated with those of the most closely associated academic departments (Music, Art, and Theatre Arts); and what plans he has for the future. Come with your own questions for Alan, and bring a brown bag lunch to continue the conversation after his talk.
Bio: A Long Island native, Alan Inkles earned his BA Summa Cum Lauda and MA in Theatre Arts (acting and directing) from USB. He has been Director of the Staller Center for the Arts for the past eight years and Founder/ Director of the Stony Brook Film Festival for the past decade. He also created the award-winning International Theatre Festival, bringing dozens of foreign companies to America. He is credited with "putting Staller Center on the map," introducing family programming and popular cultural entertainment while strengthening classical music, dance, theatre, and fine art, annually presenting over 450 live and film programs in Staller's five performance spaces and adjoining art gallery. The recent 2005 Film Festival had over 15,000 attendees and received national press coverage and high accolades. Alan's honors include election to Phi Beta Kappa, the USB President's and SUNY Chancellor's Excellence in Service Awards, The Village Times Herald Man of the Year in the Arts (in 1987 and again in 1997), and the Long Island Television and Film Foundation's Honor for Excellence and Contribution to Film.
A Home away from Home for Emeriti
Over the summer, space in the Melville Library has been renovated to serve as an office/lounge for emeriti. Hopefully it will eventually contain a computer terminal, coffee maker, etc. Further details will be announced at the September meeting, or keep an eye on this space.
Karl Harzell, Stony Brook's Chief Academic Officer during the interregnum of the early sixties, recently celebrated his 100th Birthday. He and his second wife divide the year between Shelter Island and Florida. Although he has given up tennis, he still plays golf!
Senior Citizen Law Day - Saturday, October 8th, 2005
Free Educational Seminars designed to assist families in senior life planning.
Assemblyman Steve Englebright, the Long Island State Veterans Home and the Suffolk County Bar Association are pleased to present Senior Citizen Law Day on Saturday, October 8th, 2005 from 9 AM to 3 PM. This special community event will take place at the Student Activities Center of Stony Brook University. Throughout the day, elder law attorneys and health care professionals will provide objective and reliable informational sessions on important topics such as: Asset Protection, Medicare Part D, Identity Theft, Wills/Trust, Selecting a Nursing Home, and many more. this special event is being offered to the public free of charge. Space for this special event is limited, therefore registration is recommended. To register, please call 751-3094.
This is the time of year when some of our members will be selling their houses and moving to other climes. Right now the housing market is in a bubble which may not last, so it is a good time. But be aware that some title search companies have added a required "Patriot Search" to their repetoire. Although this will add between $70 and $400 to your obligations at closing, surely you will be able to sleep more soundly knowing of the diligence of our title companies and that any bad guy contemplating a suicide bombing will now be limited to rentals for his (presumably temporary) accommodations.
Some of you perhaps, like us, had good friends in the area ravaged by Katrina and have not been able to make contact with them since. Our hearts and hopes go out to them. For those who would like to contribute to the recovery note that there are many swindler sites on the internet including some that are fake lookalikes of legitimate charities like the Red Cross (see for example the article in the NY Times on Thurs Sept 8:
The following two sites which monitor legitimate charities and provide correct links to them are highly recommended by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC):