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F E A T U R E  S T O R I E S

Wellness Center Wins Design Award

The Wellness Center has won one of the highest awards given by the New York City American Institute of Architects. Every year the Cities of New York and Boston hold a joint awards program centering on a building type. This year’s type was Health Facilities and Housing. The Wellness Center was one of only three awards given. The awards will be presented at Cipriani’s-Wall Street in April 2009, according to Joseph G. Tattoni of ikon.5 architects, who designed The Wellness Center.

Dr. Robyn Spencer Addresses Women’s Experiences
in the Black Panther Party

In honor of Women’s History Month, The College of New Rochelle will host its annual Elvira M. Dowell ’36 Lecture featuring author and educator Dr. Robyn Spencer.   This year’s lecture, “Comrade Sister: Black Women in the Black Panther Party in Oakland,” analyzes black women’s experiences in the Black Panther Party with an emphasis on how women challenged sexism and attempted to transform the political culture within the organization. The event will take place on Thursday, March 19, 2009, from 7 – 9 p.m., in Romita Auditorium on CNR’s Main Campus in New Rochelle. The event is free and open to the public.  m o r e

A L U M N A E / I  S P O T L I G H T

“I always like to surprise my new media peers by stating that in college, I was was not only an English major but also majored in Classics, studying ancient Greek and Latin!  Ironically enough, my Classics professors sparked much of my early techie interest. As Winston Churchill said, "The further back you look, the further forward you can see."   Through my classes with Dr. Ann Raia and Dr. Barbara McManus, I found out that many of the best classics professors were also some of the most ardent technologists as well. Way back in 1997, Dr. McManus instructed our class to create Roman avatars in order to participate in a very early version of a virtual Rome on the Internet. Think World of Warcraft or Second Life with togas and Latin-speaking hamsters!

As Director of eBook Acquisition for Sony Electronics, Kelley L. Allen, is responsible for working with publishers to obtain their titles for the Sony Reader, the portable eBook reading device. Weighing only ten ounces, the Sony Reader can hold up to 260 titles in addition to storing personal documents, PDFs, photos and MP3s. Kelley works very closely with the Sony Reader Division in regards to digital strategy, publisher relations, and global content expansion.

Kelley has been in the eBook and digital publishing business since 2000 and previously was the Manager of ePublishing at Time Warner Book Group and Director of New Media at Random House.

Kelley L. Allen SAS98
Director of eBook Acquisition
for Sony Electronic

A L U M N A E / I  E V E N T S

Holistic Nursing Pioneer Dr. Barbara Dossey Speaks at CNR

Photographed here are: (l. to r.) Dr. Dorothy Larkin, Associate Professor of Nursing; Dr. Barbara Dossey; Adrienne Wald, Director of Wellness Education & Programs; Dr. Mary Alice Donius, Dean of the School of Nursing; and Dr. Connie Vance, Professor of Nursing.

The College of New Rochelle School of Nursing presented its Third Annual Wellness Lecture and Panel Discussion on Wednesday, February 18, 2009, in Maura Ballroom on its Main Campus in New Rochelle. Holistic nursing pioneer and noted author Barbara Dossey, Ph.D., RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, delivered the keynote address, “Integral Nursing: Healing Body, Mind, Spirit.”  
     Following the lecture, there was a response panel of distinguished faculty members, including Dorothy Larkin, Ph.D., RN, Connie Vance, Ed.D., RN, FAAN, and Adrienne Wald, MBA, RN.

Alumnae/i Relations Celebrates SNR Graduating Class of 2009

Photographed here is the Director of Alumnae/i Relations, Kelly Brennan, who explained the work of  the Alumnae/i Association to the students. The new graduates also had the opportunity to speak with representatives from the Annual Fund, Counseling & Career Services, College Relations, the College's Graduate School, and Government Relations.

On February 28, 2009, the Office of Alumnae/i Relations held a celebration for the School of New Resources Class of 2009 in Maura Ballroom on the Main Campus. School of New Resources Dean Elza Dinwiddie-Boyd and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dorothy Escribano greeted and spoke to the graduating class.
      The special afternoon was topped off with a visit and viewing of the exhibition “Person of the Forest” and a opportunity to meet artist Alina Bachmann SAS’09 in the Mooney Center Gallery.

A R O U N D  C N R

CNR Honored for Commitment to Environmental Health

The College of New Rochelle was honored for its commitment to environmental health by the New York League of Conservation Voters (NYLCV) at a reception on February 17, 2009. CNR was one of five colleges in Westchester County presented with the League’s 2009 Environmental Champion Award for efforts to expand environmental education and “green” their campuses.

Town Meeting Focuses on State of the Economy and the College

CNR President Stephen Sweeny, with Vice President for Financial Affairs Judith Huntington, held a Town Meeting on March 4, 2009 to discuss the state of the economy and the implications for the College. The Town Meeting was broadcast, via the website, to all city campuses.

Castle Gallery Holds First Family Day

Castle Gallery Assistant and Family Day Coordinator Heather Caplan leads interactive story time.

To mark the close of its exhibit Tales of Wonder and Woe: Fable and Fairy Tale in Contemporary Art on February 22, 2009, a Family Day – open to all members of the community – was held at the Castle Gallery. Following the fairy tale theme of the exhibit, activities included creating clay dragons, creating personalized royal crowns, and participating in an interactive story time.

SNR Hold Campus Mixer at
John Cardinal O’Connor Campus in the South Bronx.

Held at each campus of the School of New Resources, Mixers bring together new students, faculty, and staff with “senior” students and alumnae/i of the School to learn about the College’s history and mission and to answer questions and get advice about being a CNR student.

Photographed here is Judith Balfe, Director of Retention for SNR, at the Mixer held at the John Cardinal O’Connor Campus in the South Bronx, as she presents a new student, Joseph Hoff, with a copy of Crash Out, written by David Goewey, Instructional Staff at the New Rochelle Campus of the School of New Resources.

Gordon Parks Gallery Presents "The Young and The Restless"

Among those attending The Young and The Restless opening reception were (l.-r.) artist Tommy Mintz, Castle Gallery Manager Michelle Jammes, Castle Gallery Director Katrina Rhein, artist Shervone Neckles, and artist Will Corwin.

The Young and The Restless, an exhibition of the works of six emerging New York-based artists, drew an appreciative crowd to the opening reception on February 21, 2009 at the Gordon Parks Gallery at the School of New Resources John Cardinal O’Connor Campus. The work of the six artists – Elise Co, Nikita Pashenkov, Shervone Neckles, Will Corwin, Tommy Mintz, and Clara Fialho – all of whom hail from diverse backgrounds, deals with issues equally as diverse, from colonialism, genocide, and cultural erasure to aesthetic questions of color, composition, and the nature of light.  The exhibition runs through May 3, 2009. 

Become a Member of the Wellness Center

The Wellness Center is open for use by students, faculty, staff, and alumnae/i. For Membership Information, click here or contact Harold Crocker, Director of Wellness Center and Athletics, at (914) 654-5845 or hcrocker@cnr.edu.

C N R  S T U D E N T  N E W S

CNR Student Profile

"CNR gives me a perspective that I wouldn’t find in many colleges or universities."

Meghan Martinez
Year: 2011
Major: Psychology with a specialization in Childhood Education
School: School of Arts & Sciences
Hometown: New Rochelle, New York
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SAS Students Leave for Spring Break in Paris

Leaving the New Rochelle Campus are: (l. to r.) Dr. Andre Beauzethier, Associate Professor of French; Alexandra Sarmiento SAS’11; Char’Da Williams SAS’10; Nathalie Martinez SAS’10; Kimberlee Haldane SAS’10; Dr. Anne McKernan, Associate Professor of History; Patricia Balliet SAS’11; Katherine Scott SAS’11; Arielle Ares and SAS’10; Karyn Mooney SAS’09.

CNR School of Arts & Sciences students left campus on February 5, 2009 for a Spring Break week in Paris. The eight students, accompanied by two faculty members, will examine the civilization of France from the splendor of the Sun King’s court at Versailles to the death of the Old Regime during the French Revolution.
      The undergraduates will have the opportunity to study France’s rich culture including sites that reflect the dominant values of the enlightenment: Versailles Palace, the Louvre’s extensive museum collections, and Paris itself as the site of revolutionary events. They will also prepare and deliver a presentation to the group on a self-selected aspect of the trip. Additionally, they will keep a journal to be submitted to the instructors upon their return to New York.

Counseling & Career Services Holds Career Day

CNR students speak with a representative from Yale New Haven Health Service about career opportunities.

Over 150 students from the four schools of the College attended a Career and Internship Fair on March 5, 2009. The career day was held on the Main Campus. More than 25 employers from nursing, social services, and education organizations and institutions, plus two graduate schools in social work, a graduate business school, and the CNR Graduate School had tables, displays, and representatives at the Fair that was sponsored by the College’s Office of Counseling & Career Services. 

CNR Students Take the Plunge to New Orleans

CNR Plunge participants pose outside a house deluged by Hurricane Katrina's waters. The students are spending their Plunge week refurbishing two homes damaged by winds and 10 feet of floodwaters. The yearly Plunge is sponsored by the Office of Campus Ministry. This year the students are working with the St. Bernard Project, a New Orleans organization that is coordinating the rebuilding of homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

F A C U L T Y / S T A F F  F O C U S

“When I travel and meet strong, bright, and generous CNR graduates, I know I am part of a rich tradition, that Ursuline gift of risk-taking, passion for excellence, and energizing the spirit through real service.”

Dr. Carole Weaver
Director of Gift Planning
The College of New Rochelle
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Dr. Amy Bass, Associate Professor of History and Honors Program Director in the School of Arts & Sciences, has been appointed to the Committee on Diversity Issues of the National Collegiate Honors Council. The committee works to develop strategies to increase diversity in NCHC, working closely with the Conference Program Chair to develop presentations for the annual conference that deal with issues of diversity as they relate to honors education.  

Dr. Judy Gordon, Associate Professor and Chair of the Social Work Department in the School of Arts and Sciences, addressed faculty and students on "Issues Confronting Mexican Immigrant Women in New York" at the Iberoamericano University in Puebla, Mexico on March 11, 2009. Dr. Gordon will also be accompanying a group of social work students to Albany on March 31, 2009 for the Annual Legislative Action Day of the New York State Social Work Education Association.  

Dr. Frank Rizza, Assistant Professor of Mental Health Counseling and Career Development in the Graduate School, gave two presentations in the Canoe Creek Charter Academy in St. Cloud, Florida. Dr. Rizza spoke to multiple classes on “Teens, Drugs and Alcohol” on January 14, 2009 and on “Using Holland Codes to Help Find a Career Path” on January 12, 2009.  

Dr. Jennifer Scuro, Assistant Professor of Philosophy in the School of Arts & Sciences, presented the paper “Gender-based Toxicities” on the panel “Gender Discontents: Endangered Spaces and Exclusionary Practices” at Making Connections IX: Building Global Connections: Envisioning Women’s Studies and Women’s Issues in an International Context for The National Association for Women in Catholic Higher Education, held at St. John’s University in June 2008.

Dr. Walter Sullivan, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership in the Graduate School and Director of the Educational Center for Policy and Practice at CNR, represented New York State as the Coordinator of the NYS Regents Standards Review and Revision Initiative. The meeting focused on incorporating 21st century learning and skills into the revised standards and performance indicators. The meeting, part of the Celebration of Teaching and Learning Conference, took place on March 6, 2009 in New York City.

Adrienne Wald, Director of Wellness Education, was selected by the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) to be a member of the elite team of Health Promotion Policy Experts (HPPE) and to participate in the upcoming State Health Policy Institute (SHPI), a new initiative of SOPHE.

Robert Wolf, Professor of Art in the Graduate School, recently published online Lessons From The Past: A Photographic Journey Through Cambodia and Thailand. This book is the culmination of his sabbatical travel along with new research and professional skill development in digital photography, book design software, and online self publishing processes. It is available for a review at: http://www.blurb.com/books/574969.

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 “Comrade Sister:
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March 19, 2009
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