State University of New York at Purchase
|Purchase College, State University of New York|
|Motto||Think Wide Open|
|Provost||Barbara B. Dixon|
|Location||Purchase, NY, United States|
|Campus||Suburban, 500 acres (2 km²)|
|Colors||Athletic: Blue and Orange; Traditional: Heliotrope and Puce|
Purchase College, State University of New York, is a public four-year college located in Purchase, New York, United States. It is one of 13 comprehensive colleges in the State University of New York (SUNY) system. Founded by Governor Nelson Rockefeller in 1967 as the cultural gem of the SUNY system, Purchase College claims to offer "a unique education that combines programs in the liberal arts with conservatory programs in the arts in ways that emphasize inquiry, mastery of skills, and creativity". Purchase College is included in the Princeton Review's Best 371 Colleges (2010) and Top 100: Best Value Colleges (2009).
Purchase College confers the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BS), Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Master of Arts (MA), Master of Fine Arts (MFA), and Master of Music (MM). As a requirement for the BA and BS degree, students undertake a senior project in which they devote two semesters to an in-depth, original, and creative study under the close supervision of a faculty mentor. Similarly, the BFA and MusB studies culminate in a senior exhibition, film, or recital. The graduate degree programs culminate in a master's thesis and, for the MFA and MM, an exhibition, recital, or related presentation.
Services and organizations 
Purchase College, with its proximity to New York City and the variety of arts programs offered to its students, has a large amount of cultural and counter-cultural activities. The Purchase Student Government Association is the college's student-elected board of executives who, with their coordination with the student body, contribute many facets of campus life.
Purchase College is home to many other services, clubs and organizations for its students, including but not limited to:
- The Student Center, a student funded and operated facility that was opened in 2003 by the Purchase Student Government Association. Since its opening, the Student Center has featured free-use billiards tables, ping pong tables, a growing videogame arcade, air hockey, foosball, board games, two concert venues (the main Student Center stage, and Whitson's Memorial Greeting Hall, which was created by Jonathan Schulman), and a film screening area. In later updates to the center, computers with wireless internet access and a student art gallery were added. Another addition in 2010 includes the Art Co-Op, an art store that aims to provide fine arts, craft, and misc materials to students through recycling. The school's devotion to the Student Center project was solidified by a major recent renovation done on the exterior of the building. It is referred to commonly among students as "The Stood"('st(y)oōd).
- PTV, is the college's own television station which is cablecast on channel 69 on campus. The station is entirely funded and run by students. In addition to the TV station, the school also has a student-run radio station, WPSR, which broadcasts on 1610 am, and is simulcast on the internet.
- The Brick is a PSGA funded online newspaper source for Purchase College. They are updated almost daily and have been up and running since 2007. In addition to written articles there are videos and photos from all around campus. The Brick also features voxpops, which entails interviewing students on campus about current issues. The Brick also features a Weekly TV adaptation called Brick TV. It airs live every Wednesday at 11:30 pm on PTV.
- The Purchase Independent, a student-run weekly news publication.
- The Submission, a student-run interdisciplinary journal of creativity, started in 2005 by Katie Reilly, Salina Sanchez, Steve Sajdak, and Miguel Jimenez.
- The Alternative Clinic is a student run women's health clinic providing a confidential safe space for female bodied patients as well as dental dams, condoms, lube and educational materials for all students. The Alternative Clinic hosts its event "Women Out Loud" once a semester featuring music, poetry, food, and sex toy raffles. The Alternative Clinic was founded in 1978 as a student's senior project and is the longest running service on campus.
- WPSR 1610, the college's radio station.
- The Co-op, a student-run space for lounging and programming that serves a selection vegan foods and fair-trade coffees and teas.
- LGBTQU (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Union), Purchase College's oldest and largest student organization, is noted for running many popular events on campus (Such as Fall Ball, the college's annual drag ball competition to be reigning Queen and King for the following academic year) and holding informative discussions each week.
The College holds several key events:
- The Culture Shock festival, a two-day music festival sponsored by the Purchase Student Government Association (PSGA) is a popular annual event. The weekend festival, typically held in April, showcases the talents of musical acts and performance artists. Some notable performers include: Ween, Dan Deacon, Regina Spektor, Deerhoof, Pissed Jeans, Animal Collective, GZA, Cat Power, Blonde Redhead, Bouncing Souls, Ghostface Killah, Ted Leo, Biz Markie, Kool Keith, Slick Rick, Destiny's Child, Drake (entertainer) and Dead Prez. Culture Shock is funded by the student body's mandatory activity fee and is organized by the Purchase Student Government Association.
- Zombie Prom, A Prom type event held in the student center where students dress up as Zombies.
- Fall Fest, a musical event held every fall in the college's student center.
- Fall Ball, an event that celebrates Purchase College's strong LGBT culture, where drag queens and drag kings compete on stage for the year's crown.
- Purchase Wide Open, usually occurring in April is a combination of Alumni Homecoming and Family Day. A series of Visual and Performing Arts, Sciences and Humanities events that enables both the on and off campus community to share in what Purchase College has to offer. Most events are free; shows held at the Performing Arts Center (PAC) usually require advance ticket purchase.
- Women Out Loud, A body and sex positive event held every semester by the Alternative Clinic. This event celebrates the Clinic's patients and the women on campus, encouraging them to be "women out loud". This event is the largest, free, sex toy raffle on campus.
Other aspects of campus life 
The Performing Arts Center, a four-theatre complex at Purchase College, is the major professional, nonprofit arts presenter in the Southeastern New York-Southwestern Connecticut region, and the largest program in the SUNY system. The Center's performance spaces include the 1400-seat Concert Hall with hydraulic lifts for orchestra; the 600-seat Recital Hall with rear-screen projection bay; the 700-seat PepsiCo Theatre with Hanamichi wraparound platforms along both sides of the house; and the Repertory Theatre, a "black box" with completely flexible stage and seating configurations. Each theatre is specifically designed for the optimum presentation of a different type of performance, enabling the presentation of any kind of event at The Center.
The Performing Arts Center presents a broad range of performances – offering music, dance, theatre, comedy and cinema to audiences from Westchester and the surrounding communities. Music presenting features world-class orchestras and leading artists of our time as well as emerging artists. As the major regional presenter of dance, programs have included only-area appearances of several important traditional, contemporary, and folkloric companies. The Center has been the scene in recent years of performances by artists such as Lang Lang, Patti LuPone, Pilobolus, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance, Elvis Costello, Mark Morris Dance Group, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and comedian George Carlin. The Performing Arts center is also home to the Westchester Philharmonic and the Conservatory of Theatre Arts’ Purchase Repertory Theatre.
The Center’s on-going initiatives also encompass artist partnerships, residency activities, and commissions.
The Neuberger Museum of Art, the tenth largest university museum in the nation, houses a permanent collection of more than 7,000 works of art and features a full schedule of exhibitions, lectures, films, and intermedia events. The museum presents more than a dozen exhibitions each year in addition to ongoing exhibitions from the permanent collections. The Neuberger Museum of Art offers insights into 20th-century masters, midcareer and emerging artists, as well as exposure to the county's only permanent exhibition of African art.
The site chosen for the campus was a 500 acre (2 km²) estate, Strathglass Farm, in the middle of Westchester County, 40 minutes from Manhattan by car and about an hour by public transportation. It was originally the property of Thomas Thomas, an American Revolutionary war soldier, whose family and servant cemetery remains on the campus between the south ends of the Humanities and Visual Arts buildings. To transform the former farm into a college for thousands of students, SUNY engaged some of the most prominent American architects to design the campus (Paul Rudolph, Charles Gwathmey, Phillip Johnson, John Burgee, and Robert Venturi). Edward Larrabee Barnes created the master plan, and nine distinguished architectural firms designed specific buildings. Buildings on the campus are located in the center of the property, and are isolated from the surrounding community by wooded areas around the perimeter of the property. The college is adjacent to the Westchester County Airport, and is across the street from PepsiCo's world headquarters. The campus is not within walking distance to any commercial area, but maintains an hourly shuttle bus system to and from White Plains, New York.
The buildings and open spaces of the campus are visually distinctive models of late modernist architecture. The Visual Arts Building has 160,000 square feet (15,000 m2) of studios, exhibition spaces, workshops and labs. The Dance Building was the first in America created specifically for the training of dancers. The Music Building has two recital halls, 75 practice rooms, 80 Steinway & Sons pianos, and professional recording studios. The Studio Composition program was one of the first in the country, and the faculty and student showcase Purchase Records has earned three Grammy nominations for its five releases. The Film Conservatory is housed within the lower level of the Music Building.
Various parts of the Campus are currently undergoing renovation. The new Student Services building opened in 2006, providing one-stop-shopping for most administrative services. The "mall," or main campus plaza, is currently undergoing renovations to improve its aesthetics, create communal spaces, and to reduce flooding when it rains.
SUNY Purchase teams participate as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III. The Panthers are a member of the Skyline Conference. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis and wrestling; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis and volleyball.
Notable alumni 
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