2016-2017 Guest Speakers
Oct. 23 Buzz Roberts, MD Syracuse City Water Supply: Threats from Invasive Aquatic Species
Buzz Roberts is a retired urologist from the Syracuse area. Currently, Buzz is the Vice President of the Skaneateles Lake Association and Co-Coordinator of the Prevention of Aquatic Invasive Species Program on Skaneateles Lake. As an expert on invasive aquatic species, Buzz will focus on the water supply for the city of Syracuse, the threat of both land-based and aquatic invasive species, and the short and long-term impact on our local environment.
Nov. 20 Judith O’Rourke The Lockerbie Tragedy: 28 Years Later
Judy O’Rourke is a 1975 (Arts & Sciences) and 2010 (MPA) graduate of Syracuse University and the retired director of the Center for Fellowship & Scholarship Advising at S.U. She was responsible for developing programs to support academic excellence as well as recruiting and advising students eligible for prestigious scholarships. As a long time mentor to the Remembrance and Lockerbie Scholars and a board member of the Victims of Pan Am 103 organization, Judy has been involved with the Remembrance of Pan Am tragedy since December 1988.
Feb. 26 Tony Salatino From Balanchine to Broadway
Tony Salatino is choreographer/director from the Syracuse area and a graduate of the Juilliard School. He has choreographed for many opera and dance companies, including the New York City Opera and most recently at Glimmerglass Opera in Cooperstown and Opera Naples in Florida. He has Directed/Choreographed twenty productions at Syracuse Stage and was a recipient of National Endowment for the Arts Choreographic Fellowship and the Grand Jete Award for contributions to the arts and dance in Syracuse.
Mar. 19 Thomas R. Welch, M.D. Shots for Tots: Immunization and Your Family
A native of Herkimer, New York, Dr. Welch graduated from Princeton University, summa cum laude, in 1969. He received his medical degree in 1973 from McGill University in Montreal. After practicing as a general pediatrician in upstate New York, Dr. Welch returned to academe to complete his training in pediatric nephrology at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. In 2001, Dr. Welch returned to New York to become Professor and Chair of Pediatrics at the SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. In Syracuse, he has led the effort of building a children’s hospital in the city.
Apr. 23 Doreen Todorov Shade Gardens: Challenges and Rewards
Doreen Todorov is a resident of the Syracuse area, expert gardener., and retired biology teacher. As a member of the class of Master Gardeners in Onondaga County, her role is to create awareness and bring information about gardening to the general public through the Cornell Cooperative Extension’s programming. In order to help spread knowledge about proper gardening techniques, Doreen will share the challenges and rewards of planting and caring for a garden using proper shading techniques.
May 21 Vladimir Vasyagin and Peter Fekete Puppets in the Community
Peter Fekete is the Artistic Coordinator at Open Hand Theater. Fekete earned a bachelor’s degree in 2012 at Nazareth College where he studied History and Theater Arts. Since graduation, he founded the small theater company “The Basement Players” in Rochester. He is also co-teaching a class at Syracuse University called “Puppets and Community”. Vladimir Vasyagin is Open Hand Theater’s master Puppeteer from Skomorokh Theater of Tomsk, Russia. He is a graduate of the Sverdlovsk Puppetry Institute of Russia and has performed throughout Russia, Europe, New England, and New York. His Open Hand Theater performances include the title role in Don Quixote and the lonely monster in Frankenstein.
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