Albany – State University of
New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher today announced that the SUNY Plaza
building in downtown Albany will be lit with purple lights again this year, for
the entire month of October, as part of the NYS Office for the Prevention of
Domestic Violence (OPDV) “Shine
the Light on Domestic Violence” campaign.
“SUNY is proud to participate
in the ‘Shine the Light’ awareness campaign in downtown Albany and at our 64
campuses throughout New York State,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “We are pleased
to join the hundreds of agencies, businesses, and individuals who are taking a
stand against domestic violence again this October and throughout the year.”
Gwen Wright, Acting Executive
Director of the NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence said, “We
are very pleased that the State University of New York is once again shining a
purple light on the beautiful SUNY Plaza building. We know that it generated a
lot of attention and discussion last year. Getting people talking about
domestic violence is a critical step in the fight against this heinous
behavior. The SUNY Plaza will again serve as a beacon in the darkness, shining
the light on domestic violence.”
SUNY Plaza, formerly the
Delaware & Hudson Railroad Building, was built in the early 1900s when it
was determined that an attractive plaza and surrounding buildings would be a
preferred backdrop for the State Street neighborhood, instead of the large
railroad yard, passenger and freight trains, and railroad bridge that bordered
the waterfront. The central tower of SUNY Plaza is 13 stories high and
capped by an 8-foot-tall working weathervane that is a replica of Henry
Hudson's Half Moon.
The SUNY Plaza flood lights
that shine on the face on the building will be tinted purple every Monday
through Friday night in the month of October, beginning Monday, October 1.
In addition to participation
at SUNY System Administration, many of the SUNY campuses across New York will
also raise awareness for domestic violence in the month of October, including:
- Schenectady County
Community College held a “You
don’t have to be hit to be hurt” program Sept. 17, to help participants
assess the health of their relationships.
- Onondaga Community
College will include a “Shine the Light on Domestic Violence”
message in its electronic sign rotation at campus entrances, during which
standard lighting will change to purple.
- At Herkimer County
Community College, survivors of domestic violence and others affected
by it are invited to express their thoughts through artwork, by making
t-shirts in the College Center during the first two weeks of October. The
shirts will be displayed on campus October 15-17 through the Clothesline
Project. Additionally, Domestic Violence of Herkimer County will be
on-campus with information tables on several dates during the month of
- Farmingdale State
College will provide purple
ribbons for all who wish to show support, and distribute Information about
prevention. On October 30, there will be a presentation by Toni Calabrese,
coordinator of educational services at the Suffolk County Coalition of
Domestic Violence. At the presentation, there will be a collection box for
used cell phones to be donated to Verizon’s Hopeline.
- On October 10, Fashion
Institute of Technology students will acknowledge “Take Back the
Night” by walking the length of campus to the college dining hall, where
they will view a film and hear from guest speakers on the importance of
support and strength for those who are victims of domestic violence.
Throughout the month, tables will be staffed by students who will provide
purple ribbons, information, and educational materials.
- At Downstate Medical
Center, purple decals containing the Downstate logo and proclaiming
"October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month," will be applied
to the campus's entrance doors. Hundreds of photos of staff wearing purple
will be posted on the first floor of Downstate's administration and
Community College has the
following events scheduled: Oct. 10 - Catholic Charities representative
Ginger Cato will participate in FM’s weekly “Books and Bytes Session”
where grape soda and purple cupcakes will be served during a “Purple
Party;” Oct. 17- During Common Hour (12-1pm), Cato will present a
“Domestic Violence 101” speech; Oct. 19 – a movie about
domestic violence will be shown in the College Theatre; and Oct. 15-19,
there will be a display of the “Domestic Violence Shirt Clothes Line.”
- SUNY Oswego is hosting RAINN Day, a grassroots program
designed to empower college students to raise awareness of sexual violence
and recovery resources on campus, sponsored by the Rape, Abuse and Incest
National Network, today, Sept. 27, from 9 – 4 p.m. in the Academic Quad.
- SUNY Empire State
College will participate in the
“Shine the Light on Domestic Violence” public awareness campaign by
sharing resources from the state Office for the Prevention of Domestic
Violence and encouraging the college community to wear the color purple
- Buffalo State College will be lighting Rockwell Hall in purple again
this year, from Oct. 14-21.
- SUNY Adirondack will be conducting a campus-wide collection for
local shelters (basic necessities like toiletry items, sheets,
towels, etc.) as part of Domestic Violence Prevention and Awareness Month.
- On Oct. 16, the student
activities center at Jefferson Community College is hosting a free
educational program for students entitled “Domestic Violence 101”. The
program is given in partnership with the Victims Assistance Center of
This is OPDV’s fifth year to
“Shine the Light on Domestic Violence” by turning the State purple. In the
past, landmarks such as Niagara Falls, the Empire State Building, bridges,
colleges, and statues were illuminated purple for a day, a week, or the entire
month. In addition, main streets and public vehicles have been adorned
with purple flags, and employees, hospital staff, and small business owners
have dressed in purple or worn purple ribbons.
To create further awareness,
OPDV has designated Oct. 17 as the date to “Turn the NYS Workforce Purple,” and
is encouraging all New Yorkers to wear purple to work.
Help is available for all
victims of domestic abuse. Call OPDV at 1-800-942-6906 or visit the OPDV website for more information.
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