F E A T U R E S T O R Y
Kayak to Study Ecology of Long Island Sound
students, including Sherly
Mathew SAS’10 and Sarah Hnath SAS ’09, members of Dr. Faith
Environmental Biology, took a kayaking trip on the Long
Island Sound to see “up close and personal” some of the organisms
living in the Sound. They also observed tides and other physical
properties of the water and identified and experienced some of the
human impacts to the environment.
A R O
U N D C N R
President’s Circle Dinner
at Glen Island Harbour Club
The College of New Rochelle held its
annual President’s Circle Dinner on September 27, 2007, at the Glen
Island Harbour Club in New Rochelle. Pictured above (l.-r.) are President’s Circle members Faith Ritchie of Pelham, Lela
Negri of Rye, Rosa Napoleone of Valhalla and Judith Kenny of White
Pictured above with CNR President Stephen J. Sweeny (l.) is Joseph
Blank of New Rochelle.
Among those gathered for the President’s Circle
Dinner were (l.-r.) Rita McGoldrick of Bronxville, Beau Erbe of New
Marie Rossi of Valhalla, Fran Broderick of White Plains, Mary
Hofstetter of Mamaroneck and Lois Amend of Rye.
Have You Seen Our New Ad Campaign?
For the past few weeks, CNR ads have been featured on the Bee-line
buses throughout Westchester.
Sixth Annual Golf & Tennis Outing Huge
The College of New Rochelle’s Sixth Annual Golf & Tennis Outing was
held on September 25, 2007 at Wykagyl Country
Club. Golfers played on the newly renovated Coore/Crenshaw Course.
one hundred golfers and tennis players enjoyed brunch, cocktails and
dinner before and after their games.
Art of Magic Opens at Castle Gallery
On September 16, 2007, the opening
reception was held for the Castle Gallery's fall exhibition The Art of Magic:
Magic Memorabilia From The Collection of Nelson Nicholson.
Curator Jennifer Zazo (l.) and Castle Gallery
Director Katrina Rhein (r.) discuss the exhibition with Nelson
Nicholson. m o r e
School of Nursing Partners with Hope For A
The College of
New Rochelle School of Nursing will become the
official nursing school affiliated with the Hope For A Healthier
Humanity (HHH) Foundation. m
o r e
International Day of Peace Observed at
College Community gathered at midday on September 21, 2007, to
participate in a Prayer Service at the Statue of St. Angela on Chidwick
Walk of the main campus. Organized by Campus Ministry, this CNR prayer
service is part of the International Day of Peace, a day the United
Nations General Assembly established by resolution in 1981 to coincide
with the opening of the General Assembly. It is observed as a day of
global ceasefire and non-violence. Helen Wolf, Director of Campus
Ministry, and Father Joseph Flynn, OFM Cap., CNR Chaplain, led the
Co-op City Campus Hosts Hispanic
On September 19, 2007,
the Co-Op City
Campus celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month. Pictured here are young
members of Grupo Quetzalli along with poet Armando Mora; Instructional
Staff member and Mistress of
Ceremonies Heather Herrera; Colombia Day Parade Queen Stephanie Garay;
Spanish Instructor Hernando Merchand; poet Luis Alejandro; singer Ramon
Fuentes; and Grupo Quetzalli Director.
Bersaglieri Marching Band Marches on Main Campus
October 4, 2007, in celebration of Italian Heritage Month, the
College hosted the Bersaglieri, a marching band visiting from Abruzzi,
Italy. The band, dressed in traditional costume and sporting
feathered caps, entertained faculty, staff and students gathered on the
Student Campus Center Terrace.
Campus Bench Dedicated for CNR Groundskeeper
On behalf of the College Senate, President Stephen J. Sweeny (c.)
Chair of the Senate Timothy Ebsworth (r.), Associate Professor of
Multicultural and Multilingual Education in the Graduate School,
dedicated a bench in honor of
CNR’s long time and beloved Groundskeeper, Leonard Toterhi. Now a
permanent feature in the Rose Garden behind Leland Castle, the bench
was presented at
the annual fall Senate Picnic on September 19, 2007.
Speak About Research
A Sabbatical Forum & Luncheon sponsored by President Stephen J.
Sweeny and the Rank, Tenure and Salary Committee of the Faculty was
held on October 12, 2007. Faculty who have been on sabbatical recently
made brief presentations of their research. Pictured here is Dr.
Kenneth Doka, Professor of Gerontology,
Graduate School, who spoke on Beyond Gender: Understanding the
Ways Men and
Women Grieve. Also presenting were Dr. Dennis Ryan,
Professor of Religious Studies &
Philosophy, School of Arts & Sciences; Dr.
Dorothy Larkin, Associate Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing;
Dr. Andre Beauzethier,
Associate Professor of Modern Foreign Languages, School of Arts &
Sciences; Dr. Nick
Smart, Associate Professor of English, School of Arts & Sciences;
Judith Gordon, Associate Professor of Social Work, School of Arts &
C N R S T U D E N T N E W S
Students Hold Fall Retreat
Ministry sponsored an Overnight Student Retreat, “Our Walk With
God,” which explored ways for students to strengthen their ongoing
relationship with God. Peer Ministers
Natasha Hill, Kerry Deas and Araba
Adjei-koranteng coordinated the retreat experience under the
supervision of CNR Chaplain, Fr. Joseph Flynn, OFM Cap. The retreat was
held at St. Mary’s Retreat House
in Sloatsburg, NY on September 21
Years Later Observed on Main Campus
On September 11,
2007, an Interfaith Prayer Service
was held in Holy Family Chapel to remember the tragic events of
September 11, 2001. During the service, which was led by Helen Wolf,
Director of Campus Ministry, the
names of all of CNR students
and graduates who lost their lives in the Twin Towers were read from
the altar, and prayers of the major religions were read by members of
the Campus Ministry Staff and Peer Ministers.
CNR Students Faculty
& Alumna Attend
McKernan, Associate Professor of History in the School of Arts &
Sciences, and undergraduate students attended an “An Evening with
Wangari Maathai” at the American Museum of Natural History. Dr.Wangari
Muta Maathai is the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner and is a celebrated
political activist, feminist, and environmentalist. The visit to hear
Dr. Maathai speak was arranged by Peg Snyder SAS’50. Dr.
Maathai asked Peg Snyder to stand in the crowded auditorium and praised
the CNR alumna for her work with women in Africa. Dr. Maathai and Peg
Snyder first met at the UN Women’s Conference in 1975.
CNR Students Make
Presentation at State Social Work Conference
Cordelia Spence SAS’08 and Curdel Williams SAS’08,
along with Dr.
Judith Gordon, Associate Professor of Social Work in the School of Arts
& Sciences, presented a session on innovative approaches to
familiarizing students with diverse fields of practice at the New York
State Social Work Education Association Annual Conference in Saratoga
Springs, NY on October 4, 2007.
A L U M N A E / I S P O T L I G H
“The College of New Rochelle and the School of New Resources was more
like family than a school and had exactly what I needed to succeed.
Rev. Dr. Floyd
of the Department of
Children and Family Services
for the State of Connecticut
Floyd Blair is an
ordained minister with a long history of involvement
in human service and community affairs in New York City and Baltimore,
MD. He is currently a Minister Associate at the Pennsylvania Ave.
A.M.E - Zion Church in (West) Baltimore, MD, a member of the Baptist
Ministers’ Conference of Baltimore and Ministry Associate at 2nd
English Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, also located in West
Baltimore. Prior to relocating to Baltimore, he was ordained as an
Elder at the Upper Room Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship of
Brooklyn and served as senior advisor to the jurisdictional State
Bishop. Rev. Blair had authority and responsibility for the day-to-day
operation of the human service and community outreach programs for the
church. Previously, he was founding Elder of the Safe Haven
of Christ (formerly Safe Haven Ministries), where he served as Senior
Elder and Director of Outreach and Community Service Programs. Before
his ordination, he served as Director of Religious Education for the
Congregational Church of Brooklyn. Rev. Blair’s passion for
was developed in the Pentecostal faith experience where he has deep
roots. He believes “that the divinity of God rest in the
diversity of God.”
Blair, as he likes to
be called, was raised in foster care on
public aid, living in the public housing (projects) in Brooklyn.
He is the first person in his immediate (foster) family to not only
graduate from high school but to also obtain other academic
credentials. He holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland
School of Law and a certificate in Health Law. He holds a Master of
degree from Long Island University School of Education and Bachelor of
Arts from The College of New Rochelle School of New Resources. A U.S.
Navy veteran, Rev. Blair is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Human
Services Management. He is a licensed
attorney in the State of Maryland and a member of the United States
(Federal) District Court of Maryland.
F A C U L T Y / S T A F F F O C U S
"Well-rounded students with strong high school
records who are
open-minded and intellectually curious will be most successful at CNR."
School of Arts & Sciences
The College of New Rochelle
m o r e
Fitch, Associate Professor of English in the School
of Arts & Sciences, attended a National Endowment for the
Humanities (NEH) Faculty Seminar in July. The four-week seminar,
"Rethinking Flannery O'Connor," was held at Georgia College and State
University in O'Connor's hometown of Milledgeville, Georgia.
Dr. William Maxwell,
Professor of Art in the School of Arts &
Sciences, recently had an art work accepted by The Whitney Museum of
American Art in New York City for their Permanent Collection. The
piece, "A Coin for New York City," was part of a portfolio of prints
for "Concrete Crisis," a Political Art Documentation and Distribution
(PADD) project in 1989.
Dr. Patricia St. John,
Associate Professor of Art Therapy and Art
Education in the Graduate School, is a member of a research team that
will receive the American Art Therapy Association Research Committee
Award for 2007 at the annual AATA conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico
on November 17, 2007. The research team worked on the project "Art
Therapy for Adolescents with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms"
for the last three years, collecting data to demonstrate that for
adolescents specially designed art therapy intervention resulted in
significantly greater reduction of PTSD symptoms over those who
received an arts-and-crafts program. The results of their study will
appear in the fourth issue of this year’s Art Therapy: Journal of the
American Art Therapy Association, and the research team will
check for $2,000. It is the highest award for research given by
The study is ongoing and will continue for the next 3-5 years.
Dr. Kenneth J. Doka,
Professor of Gerontology in the Graduate School,
was invited by the United Way of Bluegrass to speak in August on the
one-year anniversary of the crash of Comair Flight 5191 in Lexington,
Dr. Frank T. Rizza,
Assistant Professor of Career Development and
Counseling in the Graduate School, was recently elected President of
the New York Mental Health Counselor’s Association. Dr. Rizza was also
elected Vice President of the New York Career Development Association,
a state chapter of the national Career Development Association.
Dr. Walter Sullivan,
Associate Professor of Educational Leadership in
the Graduate School, spoke on "Major Legal, Ethical, and Psychological
Challenges Facing Schools and Guidance Programs" at the Guidance Expo
2007 at the Westchester County Center on October 15, 2007. In November
he will present a paper on “Everyday Legal Issues for Teachers and
Staff” at the Scarsdale Institute in Scarsdale.
I N M E M O R I A M
Dr. Gwen Tolliver-Luster
On September 26, 2007, the College Community was saddened to learn of
the death of Dr. Gwen Tolliver-Luster, Director of the DC-37 Campus of
the School of New Resources, after an extended illness. Gwen joined The
College of New Rochelle in 1995 as Director of the DC-37 Campus and
held the position with great skill, energy and commitment to our
students for more than 12 years.
Gwen was an extraordinary member of this community. A
with a real commitment to students, she led the DC-37 Campus with great
dedication. She appreciated the special needs of the adult learner and
valued the American and NYC labor movement. At no time was this more
evident than when the DC-37 Campus, just blocks from the World Trade
Center, experienced the trauma of 9/11. When damage to the DC-37 union
building forced the campus to relocate temporarily, she led her
community in grieving and then in constructive moving on. Thanks to her
heroic efforts, the students of DC-37 completed their degrees on time
despite the almost unimaginable obstacles which the Trade Center
tragedy presented. We are so much stronger because Gwen was with us.
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