Press Releases


Date Released: 10/13/2006

The Purchase College Career Development Center presents its annual Fall Career Week October 23-26 in the Multi-Purpose Room on the first floor of the new Student Services Building. Alumni and professionals from various fields will visit the campus and discuss their secrets and tips for how they’ve achieved success in their careers.

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

On October 23, there will be a discussion on “Getting Published: Careers in Writing,” from 6-7:30 PM. Panelists will include Alison Bert, reporter and writer for The Journal News; Catherine Wald, author and freelance writer; Jerome Coopersmith, author and prize-winning dramatist; and Roger Sedarat, poet and writer.

On October 24, panelists will discuss “The Helping Professions: Human Services and Education” from 5-6:30 PM. Guest speakers will be Lynn Haley-Banez, PhD, licensed counselor and professor at Long Island University; Priscilla Goldfarb, Executive Director of the Water Life Foundation and a former Peace Corps member; Chris Santini, a Purchase alumnus and CSW, who is also a counselor for the SUNY Brooklyn Educational Opportunity Center; and Barbara Turk, an English teacher who has taught in the Somers and Carmel school districts.

“The Art of Self-Promotion: Careers for Creatives” will be discussed on October 25 from 12-2 PM. Panelists will include Conservatory of Music alumnus Mark Richards; Oskar Espina Ruiz, a music alumnus, who is a clarinetist on the faculty at Bloomingdale School of Music and artistic and executive director of the Treetops Chamber Music Society; alumnus Gorman John Ruggiero, founder and executive director of World Theatre of Children, who is producing a new play, Rachel and Julio,  and opening a performing arts camp in the Adirondack Mountains in 2007; Patricia Braja, an arts management consultant for ArtsAlchemy and former director of development for the Northern Westchester Center for the Arts; and Amie Brockway-Metcalf, art director for DC Comics.

“Examining Careers: Science, Health and Research” will be discussed on October 26 from 6-7:30 PM. Panelists will be Mary Dery, PhD, research scientist and president of Integrated Technical and Education Resources; Terry Quell, PhD and RN, assistant dean of the School of Nursing at Fairfield University; Ted Spevack, MD, of the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine; alumnae Christyna Faulkner, a student at New York Medical College; and Elena Gazzola, MD, an alumnae and pediatrician in private practice.