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Purchase Professor and Students to Attend Technos International Week in Japan June 1-14

Date Released: 5/20/2008

Purchase College Music Professor Ted Piltzecker and students Maya Seegers and Gloria Bennett will travel to Japan to attend Technos International Week, June 1-14. This is the fourth consecutive year that Purchase College has been invited to participate.

Technos International Week aims to promote international exchange and understanding and offers the foreign delegations the opportunity to experience and appreciate Japanese life and culture. The foreign delegations participate through the generous support of the Tanaka Foundation. 

Students and faculty from eight U.S. colleges, as well as England’s Pembroke College of the University of Oxford, New Zealand’s Auckland University of Technology and Taiwan’s China Institute of Technology, travel with students from Technos College in Tokyo for a week. Technos College students plan and organize many of the activities both at Technos and along the way.

Students travel to Tokyo, the Japanese Alps, Takayama, and other cities for a week. The experience culminates in a final week of interaction in Tokyo with Japanese students and faculty at Technos College.

Ted Piltzicker is chair of the studio composition program in the Purchase College School of the Arts, Conservatory of Music. A vibraphonist, he tours internationally with the George Shearing Quintet as well as with his own ensembles. He has recorded three albums as a leader, Destinations, Unicycle Man and Standing Alone, which all received critical acclaim and a place on the jazz charts.  He directed the jazz program at the Aspen Music Festival for eight years and is a popular clinician in universities across the country.

On June 11, Professor Piltzicker will present a jazz concert at Technos College as his contribution to the experience and his way to say thank you to the hosts for their hospitality. He will be joined by Jonathan Katz and his trio. Katz is an American musician living in Japan. On June 12, Professor Piltzicker will perform a world music concert “Five for One” with his former University of Michigan student Chris Hardy and three others at Daikanyama, a club in Tokyo.

Maya Seegers was named a SUNY 2008 Scholar Athlete. She is a top cross-country runner and earned a GPA of 4.01 in biology. She is a former president of Hillel on campus and just completed her sophomore year. During the cross-country season she was named Skyline Conference Runner of the Week for three straight weeks. Ms. Seegers hopes to become a doctor working in an underprivileged community or in an alternative medicine field such as acupuncture or herbal medicine. She has traveled to Israel, Greece and Holland, but this will be her first trip to Asia.

Gloria Bennett  just completed her sophomore year at Purchase College. A philosophy major, she plans to minor in gender studies as well. This summer, she will also participate in the 2008 Philosophy in an Inclusive Key Summer Institute at Penn State. She is the treasurer of the Philosophy Society at Purchase and will be a Resident Advisor in the fall.