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Bedford Hills College Program Endowment
The Bedford Hills College Program is offered to incarcerated women at
the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, New York State's only maximum
security prison for women. The BHCP offers non-credit
college-preparatory courses in writing and mathematics, as well as
credit-bearing courses leading to the Associate of Arts degree in
social science and the Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology. With the
cooperation of a consortium of New York area colleges, MMC has served
as the degree-granting institution for the program since 1997, and has
been responsible for its operations since 2004. More than 800 women
have participated in BHCP since 1997. MMC has conferred more than 110
associate and bachelor's degrees at Bedford Hills, since becoming the
degree-granting institution for the program. For the past two
years, 160 to 175 women have enrolled in courses each semester. Bedford
Hills College Program (BHCP) is currently a tremendous success, we are
mindful of the need to ensure that it continues to thrive, regardless
of administration change or fluctuations in private or public funding.
With that in mind, two years ago, the College began to build a $4
million endowment that would provide the majority of the program's
annual operating expenses in perpetuity.
The Bordeau Box Theatre
Professor J. William Bordeau arrived at Marymount Manhattan College in
1968, focused on teaching acting, directing and communication arts. He
built a strong foundation for the success of Theatre Arts through his
involvement in the establishment of the B.F.A. programs in Acting and
in Dance. He was a design consultant for the Theresa Lang Theatre,
originally dedicated in 1975, and was the motivating force behind the
creation of the Black Box Theatre on the lower level of MMC's main
building. Upon his retirement, the Board of Trustees named Bill
Professor Emeritus of Theatre Arts.
When Bill passed away in July 2009, alumni and friends came together to
discuss the best way to honor Bill's legacy. A small group of alumni
approached the College's president, Judson R. Shaver, Ph.D., with a
proposal. They planned to make personal gift commitments and to
organize a fundraising initiative through which fellow alumni could
join them in their desire to both honor Bill and improve educational
opportunities at Marymount Manhattan. On October 4, 2009, at a memorial
celebration for Professor Bordeau held in the Theresa Lang Theatre,
President Shaver announced that, in light of the funds that this alumni
group had already committed, the College would thereafter name the
Black Box, the J. William Bordeau Box Theatre. True to Bill's spirit,
his friends did not stop there, but proposed to extend and expand the
fundraising initiative in order to effect a much-needed renovation of
the Bordeau Box Theatre. In consultation with the theatre arts faculty
and College leadership, a renovation plan has been conceived that would
make the Box a state-of-the-art facility, competitive with those
recently created at peer institutions.
To learn more about the Bordeau Box Theatre Renovation project, please
call (212) 517-0416.
Dr. Marvelle S. Colby
Dr. Marvelle S. Colby was a dynamic leader in the field of business
management studies during her twenty-one year tenure at Marymount
Manhattan College. To her colleagues, she offered leadership and vision
during her fifteen years as Chair of the Division of Accounting and
Business Management. To legions of students, Dr. Colby served as a role
model of scholarship and accomplishment. A number of Dr. Colby's former
students, faculty, staff and former colleagues have joined together to
create an endowed scholarship fund to ensure that her legacy will live
on at the College for years to come. Scholarships created by this fund
will be available to students majoring in business management or
accounting, who maintain a 3.0 or higher grade point average, and have
demonstrated financial need.
The Sr. Judith Savard Endowed Travel Fellowship
Sister Judith Savard, RSHM, taught at Marymount Manhattan College from
the early 1960s until her death in 2004. She was a teacher and mentor
and an inspiration to generations of students. Sr. Judith led classes
in art history, studio art and graphic design, in addition to serving
as head of the Art Department for many years. She created an
integrated, multi-faceted art major that continues to thrive at MMC.
Sr. Judith believed deeply in the value of seeing and experiencing art
first-hand to enhance awareness of differing social, political and
cultural perspectives. This Fellowship will provide financial
assistance for a student to study abroad, a rewarding educational
opportunity and life-changing experience. An art major or minor who has
completed his/her first year at MMC, with a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher and
a demonstrated financial need may apply for the Sr. Judith Savard
Endowed Travel Fellowship.
The Faculty Academic Center
In 2010, a traditional, turn-of-the-century New York brownstone was placed on the market. Located only four-doors down from the eastern edge of Marymount Manhattan's Main Building, the property had virtually all the characteristics necessary for the Trustees of the College to authorize its purchase. As it is currently a residential building, the structure will be, in effect, totally reconstructed to meet all the required New York City building codes, a far more expensive task than a straight-forward renovation. Once the reconstruction is complete, the building will be home to 27 full-time faculty, three to five part-time faculty, and two to three support staff. Trustee Judy '03 and Russ Carson have pledged up to $3 million to match gifts in support, on a 1-to-2 basis. This match is available until the entire $3 million matching fund is committed.
There's no better time to make a gift than today, and there are three easy ways to do so:
- ONLINE Use our online form for easy, secure credit card processing to donate to the College's Other Funds
- FAX the completed Contribution Form to (212) 517-0465.
- MAIL the Contribution Form to:
Marymount Manhattan College
Office of Institutional Advancement
221 East 71st Street
New York, NY 10021
Please make checks payable to Marymount Manhattan College.