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Purchase Vest Pocket Park Dedicated to John R. Howard

Date Released: 11/4/2010

Founding Dean of the Social Sciences Division to be honored at dedication ceremony December 7 in Social Sciences Building. Click for details.

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Professor Emeritus John R. Howard will be honored on December 7 when the Purchase College School of Liberal Arts and Sciences dedicates one of the newly created Vest Pocket Parks on campus to Dr. Howard, the Founding Dean of the Social Sciences Division. Dr. Howard practiced law for many years and was a member of the Purchase faculty. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities as well as from the American Bar Association and is currently an active member of the Purchase College community.   The John Howard Lecture on Law and Justice is held annually.


Vest Pocket Parks are spaces on campus that have been transformed by faculty, staff, and students into attractive areas for use by visitors and the campus community. Support is provided by the College Beautification Committee. Staff, faculty and students donate their services. The spaces represent the Purchase community deep concern for improving the environment, both inside and out.


The John Howard R. Howard Alcove is situated in the second floor lobby of the Social Sciences Building.  It features a cheerful sitting area with burgundy walls lined by several upholstered arm chairs in textured olive green fabric, and a coffee table.  Display panels on the walls are covered with brightly patterned fabric with African designs that display examples of  faculty achievements. The dedication was spearheaded by School of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean Suzanne Kessler, Associate Dean Richard Nassisi, and Social Sciences Chair Ronnie Halperin.


Senior administrators from Purchase along with current and emeriti faculty

members will join Dr. Howard and his friends and family at the 3-5 PM ceremony.


Other Vest Project projects are in the works in the Music Building, the Natural Sciences Lobby, and Terre Ve.