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Chapel + Cultural Center Names New Director
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The Rensselaer Newman Foundation has appointed Jill Wishon of Hudson as director of the Chapel + Cultural Center (C+CC). “We have recruited the person with the right blend of skills and program, development, facilities, and financial experience to continue increasing the C+CC’s presence in the community,” said Rick Hartt ’70, president of the board of trustees of the Rensselaer Newman Foundation. “Jill’s past experiences with Olana State Historic site and the Triform Camphill Community are especially critical in continuing to elevate the program that we sponsor in the performing and visual arts, religious exploration, and community service.”

“I am truly blessed to be given this opportunity. I look forward to working with the students, parish, and the community to bring educational, artistic, and spiritual programs to the C+CC,” said Wishon. “It is my hope that the community members of the C+CC feel welcome, that they are comfortable to share their thoughts and ideas on the most rewarding programs and events to enhance the motto of the Rensselaer Newman Foundation, ‘God is the measure of all things.’”

Wishon is a graduate of State University at Plattsburgh and Russell Sage College, earning her baccalaureate degree in business administration.

The Chapel + Cultural Center is owned and operated by the Rensselaer Newman Foundation. Located on Burdett Avenue in Troy, the building is a distinctive multipurpose facility that provides a home for worship and a venue for performing and visual arts, and educational activities on the campus of Rensselaer. The C+CC also presents events that promote better understanding and relationships between Rensselaer and the community.

Since opening in 1968, the C+CC has presented an ongoing, ambitious series of exhibitions, performances, and lectures documenting the full breadth of contemporary artistic, academic, and religious experience. During the C+CC’s history the venue has hosted dance performances of Pilobolus and New York City Ballet principal Melissa Hayden, the jazz of Nick Brignola and Spider Saloff, and regular visual arts exhibitions that have included the works of Donald Mochon and Time magazine cover artist Boris Artzybasheff. The programs have consistently challenged the attendees to think about the interface of art, values, and ethics.

In addition, the Roman Catholic University Parish of Christ Sun of Justice is an integral part of the C+CC, which is its home.

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Volume 1, Number 2, August 2007
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