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Manhattanville Celebrates First Annual Valiant Week

In celebration of Manhattanville College's 60th year in Purchase, the First Year Advisory Committee is organizing the First Annual Valiant Week. The events for the week will kick off on Monday, October 22, 2012 with "A History of Manhattanville" presented by archivist Lauren Ziarko, and lead up to the unveiling of the Manhattanville College Heritage Hall on Friday, October 26.

"In an effort to focus on our College's history and mission, we have put together a series of events that, we hope, has something for everyone," Gillian Hannum, Professor of Art History and Director of the Castle Scholars Honors Program, said.

For a full schedule of Valiant Week events and panels click here.

On Tuesday, professor Jimmy Jones will host, "Principles versus Prejudices: Is Mother Dammann Really Relevant in the 21st Century?" which will focus the relevance of the values expressed by former Manhattanville College President Grace Cowardin Dammann in her famous 1938 speech. The panel, moderated by Jones, consists of a multicultural group of alumni, including Diane Cummins '63, Edward Mulraine '92, Jose Calderon '01, Aimee Ferguson '06, Roger Drew '08, and Warda Khan '12.

"Even though she spoke in a clearly Catholic context, Mother Dammann's call of an aristocracy based on character and intelligences rings true today," Jones said.

The Office of Campus Life is also hosting events for students including Manhattanville Pride Day, on Monday, October 22, sponsored by the Student Government Association.

Professor Binita Mehta, Chair of the French Department, will host a panel of community members on Manhattanville's continued engagement with the global community on Thursday.

"I am interested in highlighting that global engagement has been part of Manhattanville College's tradition from its inception," Mehta said.

Valiant Week concludes on Friday, October 26, with the dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony for Manhattanville College Heritage Hall. The Hall will highlight the early history of Manhattanville and how the College has grown during its sixty years at the Purchase campus.