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Focus the Nation at Purchase Jan. 31; State and Local Officials to Discuss Global Warming

Date Released: 1/23/2008

On January 31 State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer, State Assemblyman Adam Bradley, Westchester County Executive Andrew Spano and Harrison Mayor Joan Walsh join Purchase College President Thomas J. Schwarz and students from the College in a roundtable discussion on global warming at 6:30 PM in The Performing Arts Center. The roundtable is the highlight of Focus The Nation, a nationwide all-day effort at more than 1,000 colleges and universities exploring climate change. At Purchase, Focus the Nation events also include panel discussions, classroom dialogue, and a student-sponsored sustainability fair. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, call 914-251-6951.

Purchase College, State University of New York, is located at 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, N.Y.

“We are pleased to be a part of this initiative,” said Purchase College President Thomas J. Schwarz. “This is education at its finest. It represents the enormous power that youth have when they use their education to create positive change in the world.”

Faculty from different disciplines will speak on panels throughout the day in the Red Room of the Student Services Building. At 10:30 AM Biology Professor Joanne Tillotson will discuss climate change and, with her students, explore how it affects various animals. At 12:30 PM, Environmental Studies Professor George Kraemer will explain the ecology of climate change and Sociology/Women’s Studies Professor Lisa Jean Moore will explore how it affects gender. And at 2:30 PM, Adjunct Professor Claudia Mausner will look at the psychology of sustainability and Political Science Professor Zerah Arat will discuss the north-south divide, how global warming affects underdeveloped countries.

Students have organized a Sustainability Fair which will include student run information tables, games and activities, plus information from the office of Career Development on sustainable internships, jobs and volunteer activities. Outside marketers will also participate in the fair, providing information on such sustainability issues as alternative energy sources.

In classes throughout the day, in all disciplines, faculty will discuss global warming either in the context of the class or for a brief period before beginning their class.

The Purchase Focus The Nation planning committee includes Environmental Studies and Biology Professor George Kraemer, Environmental Sustainability Coordinator Lindsay Randall, Capital Projects Manager Charles Wellcome, Assistant to the Provost Els Van Ben Bosch, Reference Librarian Leah Massar, Student Life Coordinator Tim Fann and  students Christina Ruiz and Katerina Korolov.

For more information on Focus The Nation, visit www.focusthenation.org.