Baruch College Celebrates
15th Anniversary of the Weissman School
of Arts and Sciences and
10th Anniversary of the Baruch Performing Arts Center
Tony Award-Winning Actress and Singer Linda Lavin Lights Up Engelman Recital Hall
Linda Lavin takes the stage of BPAC's Engelman Recital Hall.
NEW YORK, NY- October 21, 2014 – Baruch College hosted a special event on Monday, October 20, 2014 to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the George and Mildred Weissman School of Arts and Sciences and the 10th Anniversary of the Baruch Performing Arts Center.
The celebration featured a performance by Tony Award-Winning Actress and Singer Linda Lavin alongside Musical Director and Composer Billy Stritch, followed by a reception to honor donors and supporters of the Weissman School of Arts & Sciences and the BPAC. Baruch College President Mitchell Wallerstein (pictured, far right along with (L-R) Jeffrey Peck, Dean of the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, Stritch and Lavin) presented remarks and thanked invited guests and all supporters of the Weissman School and BPAC.
The Baruch Performing Arts Center (BPAC), celebrating 10 years of offering world-class music and theater in New York City, is among the diverse resources housed in the Weissman School. Since it was first built, BPAC has served as an incubator for on-and off-Broadway theatrical productions including “Spring Awakening,” “Irena’s Vow,” “Hedda Gabler,” and “Othello.” Located in the lower levels of the Newman Vertical Campus Building, BPAC’s performance spaces include the Rosalyn and Irwin Engelman Recital Hall, seating 175, and the Rose Nagelberg Theater, a flexible black box space that can accommodate up to 220.
Mildred (pictured, center with Billy Stritch (left) and Linda Lavin (right) and George Weissman (’39) were recognized during the celebration for their continued dedication and generous support of the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences that has 13 academic departments and offers a variety of interdisciplinary programs and a wide range of majors. Throughout their years of support, the Weissman’s have donated $17 million toward the School’s academic and arts programming, which included a $10 million donation, the largest gift that the City University of New York (CUNY) had ever received at the time.
Linda Lavin (left) is known for playing the title character in the sitcom Alice and for her stage performances, both on Broadway and Off-Broadway. She began acting on Broadway in the 1960s, earning notice in "It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman" in 1966 and receiving her first Tony Award nomination in Last of the Red Hot Lovers in 1970. In 1973 she began to work in television, making recurring appearances on Barney Miller before getting the title role in Alice, which ran from 1976 to 1985. She appeared in many telefilms and later in other TV work. She has also had roles in several feature films. In 1987, she returned to Broadway, starring in Broadway Bound and winning a Tony Award. She also performed in Gypsy (1990), The Sisters Rosensweig (1993), The Diary of Anne Frank (1997–1998) and The Tale of the Allergist's Wife (2000–2001), among others. In 2010, she appeared as Ruth Steiner in Collected Stories, garnering her fifth Tony nomination. She starred in NBC's short-lived sitcom, Sean Saves the World in 2013 as Lorna.
Other performers who have stepped on the stages of BPAC include Tito Puente (1992), Wynton Marsalis (1992), Lea Michele (2006), Jonathan Groff (2006), Lynn Redgrave (2009), Richard Dreyfus (2009), Jim Parsons (2013), and Sandra Bernhard (2013).
About Baruch College:
Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 4 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/.