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Date Released: 5/11/2006

Lindsey Parker, Morgan Hill, CA, a senior from the School of the Arts of the Purchase College Conservatory of Dance is the recipient of a Thayer Fellowship for 2006 from the State University of New York.

The annual award is given to students who excel and plan careers as professionals in the arts.  An endowment established by Jeanne C. Thayer, a SUNY Trustee from 1974-1084, provides the funding for this fellowship, which has been awarded since the mid-1980’s.

Ms. Parker shared this year’s prize with Jeesoo Lee a visual artist from SUNY New Paltz and Chungh Shih Hoh a composer from the University of Buffalo.

A native Californian, Ms. Parker attended the San Jose Dance Theater and at sixteen graduated high school early to attend San Jose State University.  At eighteen she joined the professional training program at the Purchase College School of Arts Conservatory of Dance. She has performed in numerous college productions with the Purchase Dance Corps and has  performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. She was invited to join the Take Dance Company in her junior year where they debuted in New York City at Joyce SoHo. She was also invited to apprentice with the Buglisi-Foreman Dance Company, joining them for their 2005 season at the Joyce Theater.  She is currently performing with the Corbin dancers and is earning a Certificate in Arts management in addition to her undergraduate degree.

The Patricia Kerr Ross Award was shared by Purchase students Chantilly Waryck a studio composition major from Jackson, Maine, and Lauren Cynamon, a Theater Arts and Film student from the Bronx, NY.  The annual award is presented to students who demonstrate excellence, originality and promise in the arts and is intended as a bridge between study at the State University of New York and entry into the professional arts world.

Ms. Waryck has written over 50 songs and has performed in New York City and at various concert venues and on local radio stations.

Ms. Cynamon has served as director, cinematographer and writer for various documentaries and film shorts. She has been a consulting editor and creative producer for segments at CTV 20 the Cable Access Channel in Armonk, NY, and won the 2005 Elayne R. Rubinoff award at the Black Bear Film Festival in the student category.  She also presented the film “Andy and I,” at the Saratoga Independent Film Screening.