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Graduate Studies Catalog (1997-1999)

The Village of Brockport

Brockport, a village of approximately 9,800 residents, is 16 miles west of Rochester and 60 miles east of Buffalo. The village lies along the banks of the New York State Barge Canal, and is a 15-minute drive from Lake Ontario.

The campus is located at the village's edge; stores, shopping plazas, churches, cinemas and restaurants are within easy walking distance.

Nearby Rochester has been judged one of the best cities in the United States for quality of life. Its myriad attractions include a nationally known philharmonic orchestra, outstanding museums, an ultramodern planetarium, and professional baseball and hockey teams. Both Rochester and Buffalo are within an easy hour's flight from New York City, Boston, and Philadelphia.

The College Campus

The campus is spacious and uncluttered, with 60 buildings and athletic playing fields occupying about one-quarter of the 591-acre campus. The remaining area is gently rolling open or wooded land. The College mall, which stretches from traditional Hartwell Hall to contemporary high-rise residence halls, is bordered by trees, lawns and striking contemporary architecture. Near the midpoint of the mall is Seymour College Union, the center of student activities. In warm weather, the mall itself becomes the hub of activities for students as they socialize and recreate.

The buildings along the mall house classrooms, lecture halls, seminar rooms, faculty members' offices, science laboratories, dining halls, a bookstore, the health center, counselors' offices and residence halls, all conveniently located.

North of the mall is the Donald M. Tower Fine Arts Center, set against the bank of the New York State Barge Canal. The site of cultural activities and the home of the Departments of Art, Theatre and Foreign Languages and Literatures, it houses a 400-seat theater, two art galleries, studios, rehearsal halls, practice rooms, listening laboratories and classrooms fully equipped for sculpture, ceramics, photography, jewelry making, painting, scene designing and stagecraft.

South of the mall are the Gordon F. Allen Administration Building, Drake Memorial Library and a large physical education complex known as the Ernest H. Tuttle Building. Two monumental sculptures by Soviet artist Zurab Tsereteli are situated in this area, one of which is dedicated to the International Special Olympic Games, held at SUNY Brockport in 1979.

Centers and Institues For Research Learning and Service

Center for Applied Aquatic Science and Aquaculture

The Center coordinates the research program in applied aquatic biology, aquaculture and related sciences. Its efforts are directed toward research, education, extension, and commercial development. Various facilities are available including aquatic research laboratories, boats and other field equipment, and aquaculture research ponds. SUNY Brockport is a recognized leader in freshwater aquaculture and aquatic science in New York and the Northeastern United States.

Garth Fagan Dance

The internationally recognized Garth Fagan Dance is affiliated with the College through its director, Garth Fagan, who is a Distinguished University Professor of the State University of New York.

Despite the demanding international schedule of company rehearsals, travel and performances, Fagan and company member Norwood Pennewell continue to regularly teach in the Department of Dance. Pennewell and dancer Valentina Alexander recently performed on the "Tonight Show," while Pennewell and company member Natalie Rogers danced at the Academy Awards. The company has received a long list of awards including four Bessies, the Oscars of dance. Garth Fagan started his company when he moved to Rochester in 1970 to take a teaching post at SUNY Brockport. The association provides a unique opportunity to Brockport dancers to experience both the Fagan trademark movement, "Fagan Technique," and the Fagan ethics of always striving, always risking. The public concerts and workshops offered by Garth Fagan Dance at SUNY Brockport enrich the College and the community.

Child and Adolescent Stress Management Institute

A variety of preventive programs are offered by the Institute on campus, and by arrangement, at off-campus locations, including worksite settings. These programs help young people, and the adults who work with them, to control the stress in their lives. Programs range from one to 10 days and are presented to groups of 10-15 children and 15-25 adults. The workshop participants learn how to recognize stress; identify the sources of stress in their lives; develop a strategy to control stress; create an action plan to execute a stress control strategy; and master techniques for managing stress. Faculty of The Child and Adolescent Stress Management Institute also offer graduate courses for college credit in the Department of Health Science.

Community Research Center

This center is a coalition of study groups and research projects united by a common theme of study of the economic, political, cultural, and social institutions in the Rochester metropolitan area.

Institute of Local Studies

The Institute seeks to increase public awareness of our local and regional heritage as it influences contemporary life. It seeks to provide a forum that will bring together under one roof the generally unconnected, disparate histories, photos, records, and memorabilia of local and county-level governmental agencies, churches, and fraternal, service, and other organizations.

International Institute

The International Institute at SUNY Brockport links the College's overseas programs with its international business and economics and international studies majors, as well as other international academic areas such as Asian, Canadian, and Latin American studies, and the Departments of Foreign Languages and Literatures and African and Afro-American Studies. The International Institute extends SUNY Brockport's commitment to preparing students for the global challenges of life and careers in the 21st century. For more information, contact Dr. Walter Boston, Jr., Director, Rakov Center, (716) 395-5467.

Monroe County Historian's Office

The Historian's Office of the County of Monroe is affiliated with the College. This association meets the needs of a wide range of constituents, including area teachers who need assistance with local history projects, the County's town and village historians, as well as the general public. The County Historian's Office also actively supports historical research by offering summer research seminars and historical presentations. The Research Office, which is located in Drake Library, is open to the public one day per week. For hours, please call (716)428-7375.

Visual Studies Workshop

As an affiliate of SUNY Brockport, the Visual Studies Workshop offers courses and the MFA program for Brockport art students.

The Workshop is located in the heart of Rochester's museum district at 31 Prince Street. Facilities include black-and-white, color, and special-process darkrooms; offset production printing facilities; a Macintosh computer lab; small-format video production and post-production, computer imaging and computer audio systems; the VSW Research Center with extensive collections, library and Independent Press Archive; exhibition galleries and a bookstore. The Visual Studies Workshop serves visual artists and the general public with diversified programming in education, exhibitions, and publishing. VSW is an internationally recognized center for photography, visual books, video, and independent film.

Writers Forum and Videotape Library

The Writers Forum seeks to advance the appreciation and practice of the art of writing by bringing to the SUNY Brockport campus for public readings poets, dramatists, fiction writers, and writers of non-fiction prose (scholars, critics, biographers, and editors) who have established local, national, and international reputations, as well as promising new writers. The Videotape Library is a scholarly archive of some 300 "discussions of craft" with contemporary writers. It is a nationally known scholarly and educational resource. The Writers Forum Summer Writing Workshops is a week-long program for writers with participants from around the country. It can be taken for credit (with permission).

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