Mastercard International Global Headquarters
The Mastercard International Global Headquarters is an office building located at 2000 Purchase Street in the hamlet of Purchase, New York. It was constructed in the early 1980s as part of a movement of large corporations onto suburban estate settings, has been called the "architectural jewel of Westchester"; the building is part of the Purchase Centre complex and was constructed by the Nestlé company and occupied by IBM for several years. It was designed by I. M. Pei of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners and has won awards over the years for its architectural style. In 1977 the United States-based component of Nestlé announced that it intended to move from its headquarters in White Plains, New York to a new site in Purchase, New York. Nestlé had been one of the first companies to move to a suburban environment 25 years earlier and was part of a general relocation movement at the time of companies' headquarters to "estate settings". Nestlé stated that if the town did not grant a zoning amendment for the parcel it had selected, it would move the headquarters out of the state.
However, the town of Harrison objected to the construction on the grounds that the new building would interfere with the town's zoning plan, adopted five years earlier and would cause traffic flow problems in the area. Then-governor of New York, Hugh Carey, intervened on behalf of Nestlé, but in June 1977 the town board rejected the request for the zoning amendment. Nestlé approached Manhattanville College, which had announced plans to sell 135 acres of surplus land from its 250-acre campus. With subsequent state modifications to the I-684 highway to the site, it became possible for the construction of the headquarters. By 1980 Nestlé had commissioned renowned architect I. M. Pei to design the building, which would be composed of a central saw-toothed parallelogram and two quarter-circle wings. In 1982, Nestlé announced that it had sold the half-completed building to IBM as a result of changing financial projections and that it would remain in its White Plains location. In 1986 Nestlé constructed a new building across the road from the 2000 Purchase Street facility that would serve as its headquarters until it moved again to Glendale, California in 1992.
IBM would use the facility to centralize activities in the Westchester area from 1985 to 1992 when it began moving employees to other facilities as part of cost containment efforts. By 1994 the facility was purchased by MasterCard to serve as its global headquarters. MasterCard moved into 2000 Purchase Street in October 1995 and in December 2001 acquired the 100 Manhattanville Road facility to serve as its North American Region headquarters; the facility is a three-story building that incorporates travertine stone and architectural concrete to maximize the effectiveness of natural resources. The facility is composed of a central lobby with a full-height atrium and two quarter-circle wings to the north and west with smaller atria, all incorporating natural features such as ficus trees and an indoor stream. On-site is a cafeteria, a company store, other employee amenities. A 1,100 car parking facility is built into a hillside on the site. 1988 Building Stone Institute: Annual Tucker Award 1986 American Institute of Architects: National Honor Award 1986 Concrete Industry Board: Annual Award
Hadden-Margolis House is a historic home located at Harrison, Westchester County, New York. It was built about 1750 with modifications in the 19th century in the Italianate style and early 20th century Colonial Revival style, it is a 2 1⁄2 - center hall type dwelling covered in stucco over a heavy wood frame structure. It has straight pitched gable roof, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2008. National Register of Historic Places listings in southern Westchester County, New York
Stony Hill Cemetery
Stony Hill Cemetery known as the Cemetery of the Asbury Colored Peoples Church, is a historic cemetery located at Harrison, Westchester County, New York. It is an example of a 19th century African American burial ground; the cemetery contains 200 grave sites. It includes. On the property is the site of a former church demolished before 1930, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1999. National Register of Historic Places listings in southern Westchester County, New York
Keio Gijuku (Gakkō Hōjin)
Keio Gijuku is a Gakkō Hōjin, or incorporated educational institution of Japan registered under the Private Institutions Act of 1949 in 1951. Keio University, which succeeded the original Gijuku under the Edict of Universities of 1920, is considered one of the oldest and best universities of Japan. Keio Gijuku was founded in Edo in 1858 by the Japanese educationist Fukuzawa Yukichi as an Anglo-Dutch style public School, was meant to spread Western knowledge for modern civilisation, it was renamed "Keiō Gijuku" and was relocated in 1868. In 1890, the first university faculties were established at the early modern Keio University, the original curriculum was rebranded as'Secondary section'. Today's Keio education system was formed under the Private Institutions Act of 1949 in the post-war era. Keio Gijuku operates: Higher Education Keio University Secondary Education Keio Shonan-Fujisawa Junior and Senior High School Keio Senior High School Keio Girls Senior High School Keio Shiki Senior High School Keio Chutobu Junior High School Keio Futsubu School Keio Academy of New York Elementary Education Keio Yochisha Elementary School Keio Yokohama Elementary School Language Education Keio Foreign Language School
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
The Ministry of Education, Sports and Technology known as MEXT, Monka-shō, is one of the ministries of the Japanese government. The Meiji government created the first Ministry of Education in 1871. In January 2001, the former Ministry of Education, Science and Culture and the former Science and Technology Agency merged to become the present MEXT. MEXT is led by the Minister of Education, Sports and Technology, a member of the Cabinet and is chosen by the Prime Minister from the members of the Diet; the Japanese government centralises education, it is managed by a state bureaucracy that regulates every aspect of the education process. The School Education Law requires schools around the country to use textbooks that follow the curriculum guideline set by the ministry, although there are some exceptions. MEXT is one of three ministries, it offers the Monbukagakusho Scholarship known as the MEXT or Monbu-shō scholarship. The Ministry sets standards for the romanization of Japanese. MEXT provides the Children Living Abroad and Returnees Internet which provides information to Japanese families living abroad.
MEXT sends teachers around the world to serve in nihonjin gakkō, full-time Japanese international schools in foreign countries. The Japanese government sends full-time teachers to hoshū jugyō kō supplementary schools that offer lessons that are similar to those of nihonjin gakkō or those which each have student bodies of 100 students or greater. In addition, MEXT subsidizes weekend schools. National Spiritual Mobilization Movement Education in Japan Fundamental Law of Education History of education in Japan Japanese history textbook controversies Monbukagakusho Scholarship Reischauer, Edwin O. and Marius Jansen. The Japanese Today. Tokyo: Tuttle Publishing. Official website Official website Ministry of Education, Science and Culture website Ministry of Education, Science and Culture website Press release on Legislation of "the National University Corporation Law"
Fordham University is a private research university in New York City. Founded by the Catholic Diocese of New York in 1841, it is the oldest Catholic university in the northeastern United States, the third-oldest university in New York, the only Jesuit university in New York City. Established as St. John's College by John Hughes a coadjutor bishop of New York, it was placed in the care of the Society of Jesus shortly thereafter, has since become a Jesuit-affiliated independent school under a lay board of trustees; the college's first president, John McCloskey, was the first Catholic cardinal in the United States. While governed independently of the Church since 1969, every president of Fordham University since 1846 has been a Jesuit priest, the curriculum remains influenced by Jesuit educational principles. Fordham enrolls 15,300 students from more than 65 countries, is composed of ten constituent colleges, four of which are undergraduate and six of which are postgraduate, across three campuses in southern New York State: the Rose Hill campus in the Bronx, the Lincoln Center campus in Manhattan's Upper West Side, the Westchester campus in West Harrison, New York.
In addition to these locations, the university maintains a study abroad center in London and field offices in Spain and South Africa. The university offers degrees in over 60 disciplines. Fordham's alumni and faculty include U. S. Senators and representatives, four cardinals of the Catholic Church, several theologians, several U. S. governors and ambassadors, a number of billionaires, two directors of the CIA, Academy Award and Emmy-winning actors, royalty, a foreign head of state, a White House Counsel, a vice chief of staff of the U. S. Army, a U. S. Postmaster General, a U. S. Attorney General, a U. S. vice-presidential candidate, a president of the United States, Donald Trump. The university's athletic teams, the Rams, include a football team that boasts a win in the Sugar Bowl, two Pro Football Hall of Famers, two All-Americans, two Canadian Football League All-Stars, numerous NFL players. Fordham's baseball team played the first collegiate baseball game under modern rules in 1859, has fielded 56 major league players, holds the record for most NCAA Division I baseball victories in history.
Fordham was founded as St. John's College in 1841 by the Irish-born coadjutor bishop of the Diocese of New York, John Hughes; this makes it the third-oldest university in the state of New York, the first Catholic institution of higher education in the northeastern United States. In 1839, Hughes 42 years old, had purchased the 106-acre Rose Hill Manor farm in the village of Fordham, New York for $29,750, his intent was to establish St. Joseph's Seminary following the model of Mount Saint Mary's University, of which he was an alumnus. "Rose Hill" was the name given to the site in 1787 by its owner, Robert Watts, a wealthy New York merchant, in honor of his family's ancestral home in Scotland. In 1840, St. Joseph's Seminary opened at Rose Hill; the seminary was paired with St. John's College, which opened at Rose Hill with a student body of six on June 24, 1841, the feast day of Saint John the Baptist; the Reverend John McCloskey was the school's first president, the faculty were secular priests and lay instructors.
The college presidency went through a succession of four diocesan priests in five years, including the Rev. James Roosevelt Bayley, a distant cousin of Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt and a nephew of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. In 1845, the seminary church, Our Lady of Mercy, was built; the same year, Bishop Hughes convinced several Jesuit priests from the St. Mary's College in Kentucky to staff St. John's; the college received its charter from the New York State Legislature in 1846, the first Jesuits began to arrive about three months later. In 1846 Bishop Hughes sold St. John's College to the Jesuits for $40,000. Hughes deeded the college over but retained title to the seminary property, which totaled about nine acres. In 1847, Fordham's first school in Manhattan opened; the school became the independently chartered College of St. Francis Xavier in 1861, it was in 1847 that the American poet Edgar Allan Poe arrived in the village of Fordham and began a friendship with the college Jesuits that would last throughout his life.
In 1849, he published his famed work The Bells. Some traditions credit the college's church bells as the inspiration for this poem. Poe spent considerable time in the Fordham Library, occasionally stayed overnight. St. John's curriculum consisted of a junior division, requiring four years of study in Latin, grammar, history, geography and religion. Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, famed commander of the all-black 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry American Civil War regiment, attended the junior division. An Artium Baccalaureus degree was earned for completion of both curricula, an additional year of philosophy would earn a Magister Artium degree. There was a "commercial" track similar to a modern business school, offered as an alternative to the Classical curriculum and resulting in a certificate instead of a degree. In 1855, the first student stage production, Henry IV, was presented by the St. John's Dramatic Society; the seminary was closed in 1859. The Civil War was a significant time for the college.
State University of New York at Purchase
State University of New York at Purchase is a public college in Harrison, New York, in the hamlet of Purchase. It is one of 13 comprehensive colleges in the State University of New York system. Founded by Governor Nelson Rockefeller in 1967 as "the cultural gem of the SUNY system", Purchase College offers "a unique education that combines programs in the liberal arts with conservatory programs in the arts in ways that emphasize inquiry, mastery of skills, creativity." Purchase College was ranked 9 in U. S. News & World Report's 2016 listing of top public liberal arts colleges; the college was listed as one of Kiplinger's 100 Best Public College Values in 2017. It was listed in that publication's 2014 list of Best Values in Small Colleges; the Princeton Review included Purchase College in its 2018 edition of The Best 382 Colleges. Purchase College confers the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music, Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Music, Music Artist Diploma and Music Performers Certificate.
As a requirement for the BA and BS degree, students undertake a senior project in which they devote two semesters to an in-depth and creative study under the close supervision of a faculty mentor. The BFA and MusB studies culminate in a senior exhibition, film, or recital. Master's degree programs culminate in a thesis and the MFA and MM culminate in an exhibition, recital, or related presentation; the land that would become Purchase College was first settled by the Thomas family in 1734. John Thomas served as an assemblyman in colonial New York from 1743 to 1776, he served as a judge for the Court of Common Pleas in a Muster-Master. Judge Thomas was an early supporter of American independence. Robert Bolton wrote in History of Westchester County that Thomas was "a warm Whig" who gave the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence in New York at the White Plains courthouse on July 11, 1776. On March 22, 1777, Thomas was imprisoned by the British and died on May 2, 1777. John Thomas' sons, John Thomas, Jr. and Thomas Thomas fought for American independence.
Thomas Thomas was appointed a General. He is buried at the Thomas family graveyard, located behind the Neuberger Museum of Art on the campus of Purchase College. A tall, white stone obelisk commemorates his family; as of 2017, Purchase College had 4,121 undergraduate students with freshman enrollment of 763. 57% of Purchase's student body is female. 15% of the college's students come from outside of New York state and 2.4% of its students are international. Purchase has an acceptance rate of 44% and a student-teacher ratio of 14:1. 62% of Purchase students receive need-based financial aid and the college has an endowment of $61.1 million. Purchase College was ranked the ninth best public liberal arts college in U. S. News & World Report's 2016 college rankings. Kiplinger ranked the school as the 86th Best Value in Public Colleges in 2017, it was listed as one of the 100 Best Value Public Colleges for the years 2013 and 2014 by the Princeton Review. The Princeton Review rated the school's theatre as the second best.
Purchase was listed as one of the Princeton Review's top 382 colleges for 2018. Newsweek ranked the school's student body as the thirteenth most liberal in 2012. Purchase College offers majors from three schools: the School for Liberal Arts and Sciences, the School of the Arts, the School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education. According to U. S. News & World Report, the five most popular majors for 2016 graduates at Purchase College were Visual and Performing Arts. Purchase College's School of the Arts houses the college's schools of Art + Art Management, it oversees Purchase's conservatories of Dance and Theatre Arts. Most courses offered by BA programs housed in the School of the Arts are open to all Purchase students. Many BFA and MusB classes are open to all students as well. 40% of Purchase College's student body is enrolled in the School of the Arts. The Jandon Business of the Arts Distinguished Lecture Series, endowed by the Donald Cecil family, is designed to enhance the arts management program at the college.
Past lecturers include Joseph Volpe, former general manager of the Metropolitan Opera, Ben Cameron, program director at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Purchase College's School of Art+Design houses the college's programs in graphic design, painting/drawing, photography and sculpture, it houses the Richard and Dolly Maas Gallery, which exhibits work from emerging artists, students and alumni. The School of Art+Design hosts an annual Visiting Artist Lecture Series that brings artists, art historians and critics to campus for lectures and discussions with students and the broader Purchase community. Previous guest lecturers include Jules de Balincourt, Justine Kurland, Amanda Ross-Ho, Barnaby Furnas; the Conservatory of Dance houses master's programs. It is one of the most regarded conservatories of dance in the United States. Undergraduates may major in modern or performance ballet, dance composition and dance production; the conservatory confers master's degrees in performance teaching. The Conservatory of Dance is housed in the Purchase College Dance Building, the first facility constructed in the United States for the study and performance of dance.
It is home to the Purchase Dance Company, the college's student dance company. The Purchase Dance company