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Colden Center at Queens College To Be Renamed Selma and Max Kupferberg Center for the Visual and Performing Arts


Phyllis Cohen Stevens
Deputy Director of News Services

(718) 997-5597

Maria Matteo
News Assistant
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Colden Center @ Queens College To Be Renamed

--Queens College Honors Alum at Dedication Ceremony
on March 30 at 10 AM--

FLUSHING, February 9, 2006 -- Colden Center is proud to announce that as of March 30, 2006, it will be renamed the Selma and Max Kupferberg Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in recognition of the Kupferbergs’ recent gift of $10 million, the largest single gift received to date by Queens College. The money will be used to establish an endowment to provide annual programming support for the arts at Queens College, as well as to provide much-needed support for renovations to our facility. During this transition period, we will be establishing new signage, revamping our Web site, and changing our logo to reflect the new name, which will be abbreviated to the Kupferberg Center for the Arts.

The Kupferberg gift and newly named Center embrace other arts facilities and entities at Queens College, including the Godwin-Ternbach Museum, the Queens College Art Center, the Department of Drama, Theatre and Dance, the Aaron Copland School of Music, and the Louis Armstrong House (in Corona, Queens), and Archives, and the Department of Media Studies.

The official name change will be marked by a dedication ceremony on Thursday, March 30, 10 am, at the main entrance to Charles Colden Auditorium, where Max and his wife, Selma, will be honored. Among those invited are Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, New York City Councilman Jim Gennaro, as well as numerous guests from the Queens political, cultural, and educational communities. Queens College President James Muyskens will host the event.

A native of Queens, Max Kupferberg has been exceptionally active in the religious, service, educational, and financial life of the borough. He is a spirited and generous alumnus of Queens College, providing annual scholarships to the physics department and long-time support to Colden Center. In recognition of his generosity, the college named him Alumnus of the Year in 1981, and he was recently honored with his twin, the late Kenneth Kupferberg, at the college’s annual Q Gala.

After completing his BS in physics at Queens College in 1942, Max attended New York University until World War II interrupted his graduate studies. He and two brothers became part of the Manhattan Project, conducting nuclear research at Los Alamos, New Mexico. After the war, the four Kupferberg brothers (Max, Ken, Jesse, and Jack) founded KEPCO, Inc., specializing in electrical equipment. The firm has grown into a successful and respected international business that is involved in research and development, manufacturing, and sales. Today KEPCO, with Max as chairman of the board, remains in Flushing and is still owned and operated by the Kupferberg family. Max and Selma reside in Bayside and have two grown children.

As part of a larger capital campaign underway at the college, the Kupferberg gift helps support plans that will make attending events at the Kupferberg Center for the Arts more enjoyable and comfortable for our patrons. Under the leadership of City Councilman Jim Gennaro, the New York City Council has already awarded us a grant to replace basic stage lighting equipment in Colden Auditorium. In addition, major grants from the Queens Delegation of the New York City Council and Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, matched in part by our gift from Max Kupferberg, will assure the installation of new seats, flooring, and aisle lighting in Colden Auditorium this summer.

With these important lead gifts in place, additional support is being sought from the private sector: foundations, corporations and corporate foundations, as well as individuals, which will go toward much-needed renovation of the center’s lobbies and restrooms.

Email, call 718-997-3920, or go online at, click on “Quick Links,” then click on “make a donation” under the heading “administration.”

Media Note: For more information, images, or to set up a phone interview, please contact Patty Price at 718-544-2996, or email

Kupferberg Center for the Arts is located on the Queens College campus, between exits 23 & 24 of the eastbound service road of the L.I.E. in Flushing. Free parking is available. For public transportation info, visit The Kupferberg Center for the Arts, which is wheelchair accessible and has facilities for the hearing impaired, has two venues available for rental year round.


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