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For alumni and friends of Schenectady County Community College fall 2012 a l u m NEWS Inside this issue 2 Schenectady Foundation Invests in Students 4 Donors Upbeat About New School of Music 6 Upcoming Music Events 9 Commencement Highlights Keystone Society 10 Class Notes 15 Donor Listing [ Save The Date! ] © 22nd Annual Food for Thought and All That Jazz A Standing Ovation for the New School of Music Tuesday, April 2, 2013, 5:30 to 9 p.m. SCCC Campus This year’s Food for Thought and All That Jazz celebration is not to be missed! Enjoy fabulous food and music prepared and presented by SCCC Music and Culinary Arts students at this annual signature event. Proceeds support students and SCCC’s continued growth and development. Please contact the Development Office at (518) 381-1324 for ticket information and reservations. [ Help SCCC Go Green! ] Join SCCC in our efforts to be more environmentally and economically friendly. Let us send you the next issue of AlumNews electronically. Simply e-mail your name, class year and e-mail address to, indicating that you would like to receive AlumNews electronically from now on, and we’ll add you to our e-mail list. The SCCC School of Music officially opened on Sept. 4, 2012, when students began taking classes in the new $3.9 million, 12,600-square-foot, two-story addition to the Begley Building. Guests enjoy the student lounge and atrium of the new School of Music during the open house on September 29, 2012. The first floor of the beautiful building houses teaching studios, two specialized music classrooms, faculty offices, and a student lounge. The second floor has a multi-purpose classroom, recital space, teaching studios, and faculty offices and will house a recording studio with a control room. Eight additional practice rooms and a beautiful facade of large windows complete the new building. The SCCC Foundation hosted a special reception for donors and friends of the College following an Open House on Sept. 29, 2012. Hundreds of community members toured the fabulous new building during the all-day event with students and music faculty on hand to discuss their experiences teaching and learning in the new space. The day culminated in an exhilarating concert featuring the Empire Jazz Orchestra performing music for big band under the direction of Dr. William Meckley, Dean of the School of Music. Faculty members also played to a packed house in the Taylor Auditorium. Lucille Beer, mezzo-soprano; Matthew Billie, classical guitar; Mark Evans, piano; Karen Hosmer, oboe; Nachiko Maekane, percussion; and Brett Wery, clarinet, performed a variety of pieces. More images and stories on the new School of Music on pages 4-6...


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