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F E A T U R E  S T O R Y

CNR Confers 1,200 Degrees at 102nd Commencement

On May 21, 2009, The College of New Rochelle celebrated its 102nd Commencement as it graduated the Class of 2009. The College awarded approximately 1,200 baccalaureate and master’s degrees, during commencement exercises at Radio City Music Hall.  Pictured here is Gina Jones moments after receiving her master’s degree from CNR.

This year at Commencement, The College of New Rochelle conferred honorary degrees on three distinguished recipients. Pictured here with CNR President Stephen J. Sweeny (far right) are (left to right) Michael J. Brescia, Executive Medical Director of Calvary Hospital; Joan E. McVetty Bristol, Vice President for Student Services, The College of New Rochelle; and Brother Tyrone Davis, CFC, Executive Director, Office of Black Ministry of the Archdiocese of New York.   m o r e

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A L U M N A E / I  S P O T L I G H T

Welcome to
Our Newest Alumnae/i -
Class of 2009

Prior to the 102nd Commencement of the graduating Class of 2008, the traditional Hooding Ceremonies were held on all the campuses of The College of New Rochelle. Student representatives spoke on behalf of the graduates. Here are photos in a  slideshow format and excerpts from those speeches.

2009 Hooding Ceremonies

71st Annual Alumnae/i College Weekend

CNR celebrated its 71st annual Alumnae/i College Reunion over the June 5-7 weekend.  Graduates of The College of New Rochelle, including the class officers from classes ending in 4's and 9's pictured above, returned to campus for a weekend of fun and remembrances. 

Angela Merici Medal recipients pictured with President Sweeny are l. to r.: Eileen Mylod Hayden ’59, Florence O'Donovan ’39, and Carole McCarthy Nicholson ’59.   List of 2009 Awardees

Alumnae/ Association  Candidates Announced
The  slate of officers, directors, and nominating committee members is presented for election.  We are deeply indebted to members of the Nominating Committee chaired by Tara Nicole Alfano SAS’02 & GS’04, for their earnest effort to formulate a slate that truly represents our alumnae/i body.  To view the candidates click here.

Your endorsement via the electronic ballot acknowledges these alumnae/i as your representatives.   

New York City Networking Breakfast Held for CNR Alumnae/i

On May 5, 2009  a New York City Networking Breakfast for CNR alumnae/i was hosted by Jane Canner, Ph.D., SAS’72. Jane serves as the President of Classroom Inc. and spoke about Classroom Inc., which is a nonprofit that helps kids learn through real life computer generated simulations. Daria Doyle Sheehan SAS’73 also spoke on her role as Senior Program Officer for the Citigroup Foundation, as Citigroup is a major supporter of Classroom Inc. Fifteen alumnae/i attended the breakfast. The next one is scheduled for September 15 and is hosted by Kristin Krause McDonough SAS’68 at the Science Industry and Business Library of the New York Public Library.

A R O U N D  C N R

37th Annual Strawberry Festival Held on Main Campus

On May 3, 2009, the 37th Annual Strawberry Festival was held on the Main Campus of The College of New Rochelle. The Strawberry Festival, which was introduced in 1973,  is the single largest event organized entirely by the College’s undergraduates.  m o r e

CNR Community Part of Spring Clean up of Huguenot Park

2009 CNR Community Service Day participants pose with New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson and New Rochelle Parks & Recreation Commissioner Bill Zimmerman.   Photo courtesy of Thomas O’Connell and United Way.

The City of New Rochelle’s Huguenot Park and Jack’s Friendship Garden Park received a spring cleaning on April 28, 2009, thanks to a team of 50 volunteers from The College of New Rochelle. This was the final community service event of the spring semester coordinated by CNR’s Office of Campus Ministry. Following a welcome by New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson and New Rochelle Parks & Recreation Commissioner Bill Zimmerman, CNR Chaplain Fr. Joseph Flynn, OFM Cap, offered a prayer for the environment. CNR volunteers then got to work painting benches and picnic tables, spreading topsoil, and cleaning up Twin Lakes shoreline. The event was coordinated in partnership with the Volunteer Center of United Way.  "This community collaboration recognizes the thoughtful coordinating efforts of the Volunteer Center of United Way partnering with the spirited volunteers representing The College of New Rochelle. Our city has greatly benefited from this extraordinary day of park service!" said New Rochelle Parks & Recreation Commissioner Bill Zimmermann.

Athletics & Student Leadership Banquet Held at Beckwith Pointe

Kathie Levache, Professor Emerita of Physical Education, and past Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, congratulates Megan Showell SAS’09, winner of the Blue Angels Award.

The College of New Rochelle's annual Sports Awards & Student Leadership Banquet 2009 was held on May 6, 2009. More than 20 sports awards were presented to student athletes, including the top Blue Angels Award to Megan Showell SAS’09, and the Senior Scholar Athlete Award to Rachael Unger SAS09. The Blue Angels Award is given to a graduate with outstanding athletic ability and academic performance, generous service to the College Community, and dedication to the values of The College of New Rochelle. The Scholar Athlete Award is given to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA. In addition to the sports awards, Helen Wolf, Director of Campus Ministry, recognized the contributions to the College Community made this year by peer ministers, and Rosanna Santos-Elliott, Director of Student Development and Tiffani Blake, Associate Director of Student Development, recognized the contributions of the resident assistants and the student leaders of the campus clubs and organizations.

Game Show On The Environment Held

The annual Earth Day Game Show was held on April 28, 2009 in Romita Auditorium. Students in the WILDE Club (Women in Lasting Defense of the Environment) established the game a number of years ago as a different way to celebrate Earth Day. Their goal was to get students to think and learn about the environment in a fun and entertaining way. Dr. Nick Smart, Associate Professor of English in the School of Arts & Sciences, served as the game show host.  This year's event featured the new ‘clicker’ technology called the Student Response System (SRS). This device is used to promote active learning in the classroom. Students respond to questions posed by an instructor using clickers (small handheld keypads) that send information to a wireless receiver. The system records student responses and displays the results during a class session or other event through a PowerPoint presentation.

Rite Of Passage Held At Co-Op City Campus
The School of News Resources Co-op City Campus held an African “Rite of Passage” event on April 17, 2009. The event, organized by Pearl Sullivan, Coordinator of Retention,  is celebrated in many cultures and marks a significant change in the life of the adolescent into adulthood. This event at SNR is used to expose our students to traditional African rituals and was facilitated by a community organization.

CNR Hosts LUNAFEST Film Festival

Pictured at this year's LUNAFEST, which was presented on the College’s Main Campus, is Dr. Richard Thompson, Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences, and Dr. Roblyn Rawlins, CNR Chair of Women’s Studies, School of Arts & Sciences. 

On April 17, 2009, The College of New Rochelle once again hosted the LUNAFEST® film festival featuring award-winning short films by, for, and about women. The unique film program highlights the richness of women's stories, illustrated through short films. The annual LUNAFEST event, launched in 2001 to support female artists and their works, is sponsored by LUNA, the manufacturer of the Whole Nutrition Bar for Women. Merchandise donated by Liz Claiborne, Inc. was raffled and all proceeds from the event benefited My Sisters’ Place of Westchester and the Breast Cancer Fund.

C N R  S T U D E N T  N E W S

CNR Student Profile

"During my four years at CNR I have had the chance to study with a number of amazing professors. They have all made me the person I am today, and I am truly grateful for what I have learned.."

Samantha Bach
Year: 2009
Major: Nursing
Schoool of Nursing
Home Town: 
Chicopee, MA
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Symposium on West Side Story

Meeting one of the cast members after the show are (l.) Darianna Parra SAS’10 and Kristin Diaz SAS’10. With the CNR Honors Program students is Kyle Coffman who played A-rab, a member of the Jets!

Honors Program students took part in a special symposium that focused on the musical West Side Story. CNR Drama Director Laurie Castaldo discussed the significance of the musical in American theater history; Dr. Roblyn Rawlins, chair of Women's Studies and Sociology in the School of Arts & Sciences, spoke on the political and social implications of the show. The students completed the seminars by attending the Broadway revival at the Palace Theater.

SNR Students Finish Semester with Posters on Display

SNR student Assunta Gugliemo shows off her classwork.

In early May a poster session was hosted by New Rochelle Campus director Dr. Elena Bront De Avila and the Spring 2009 Ways of Knowing class.  Ways of Knowing is the exit core course at the School of New Resources, and the theme of this year's poster session was “Self-Reflection, Who Have We Become at The College of New Rochelle.”

Freshman Akosuah Agyei wins Westchester Chemical Society Award
Freshman honor student Akosuah Agyei, a double major in chemistry and biology, was recognized for her academic achievements at the Student Achievement Awards Dinner of the Westchester Chemical Society on May 6, 2009. Freshmen chemistry students who excelled in scholastic performance and aptitude in the laboratory and have the probability of a future career in the chemical sciences were presented award certificates and special prizes by the Westchester Chemical Society.

Akosuah was acknowledged by the College for her work in CNR’s Center for Academic Excellence, where she was active as a chemistry tutor for the students in the School of Nursing. Also this semester at the annual Sonia Kovalesky Day for high school students, she co-taught a forensic science workshop for visiting high school students.

Born in Ghana, West Africa, Akosuah is the daughter of a pharmacist, and early in her life became fascinated with her father’s work because it resulted in helping people and saving them from serious African illnesses. She now wants to follow in her father’s footsteps. Akosuah is a graduate of the Colonie Central High School in Albany, NY.

Graduation Expo Gives Seniors an Edge on Graduation Week

Graduation Expo took place on April 16, 2009. This afternoon event, held in the Student Campus Center, gave seniors from the School of Arts & Sciences and the School of Nursing the opportunity to meet with a variety of College offices and prepare the necessary paperwork for graduation, including ordering their class ring and signing up for the alumnae/i online community.

Honor Students Present Their Research

Jelena Krstic SAS'10 with her junior colloquium project on comparative ideas of terrorism in the 21st century. Jelena served this year as the Honors Conference Day Coordinator.

On April 30, 2009, the Annual Honors Conference Day was held on the Main Campus of CNR. Many of the students featured were members of the Honors Colloquium “Catastrophe! The Course!” – a  six-credit interdisciplinary seminar engaging students in intensive readings and conversations that focused on the socially constructed concept of ‘catastrophe.’ Students explored the cultural, political, and social ramifications of spectacle events, with a particular focus on Hurricane Katrina and 9-11. The course demonstrated how the Honors Program, as governed by the student-faculty collaboration of the Honors Board, fostered learning that is both issue-oriented and responsive to diverse perspectives.  Other students featured at this year’s Conference Day were those who engaged in Honors Contracts, study abroad, or other paths of individual learning, working one-to-one with a faculty mentor.

F A C U L T Y / S T A F F  F O C U S

The Center for Academic Excellence is a place where sharing and refining is as important as correcting mistakes and doctoring ailing term reports.

Woodrow Bovell                              
Center for Academic Excellence

The College of New Rochelle
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Dr. Susan A. Conte, Associate Professor of Guidance & Counseling in the Graduate School, offered an in-service workshop at Trinity House Addiction Center of St. Luke's -Roosevelt Hospital on May 14. The workshop, “Self-Injury, Addiction, and Group Process Variables,” was given for the center's clinical staff.

On April 26, 2009, Robert Wolf, Professor of Art in the Graduate School, hosted a special Open Studio Event for the membership of the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis, the oldest and largest psychoanalytic training institute in the country. Professor Wolf displayed more than 60 pieces of contemporary stone sculpture and many photographs.

Ann Zalendski, an adjunct instructor in the Education Department of the School of Arts & Sciences, was honored on April 20, 2009 by the New Rochelle Special Education Parent Teacher Association for her exceptional contribution to educating specials needs students within the general school community.

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