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V O L U M E  6  -  N U M B E R  8                                                                                   D E C E M B E R  2 0 0 9


F E A T U R E  S T O R I E S

CNR Hosts “Madonnas At The Metropolitan Museum of Art” Lecture

Rev. Leo J. O’Donovan, S.J., president emeritus of Georgetown University and a past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America, spoke on “Madonnas  At the Met: A Beloved Theme at a Beloved Institution” on the Main Campus of CNR on December 8, 2009. The lecture was a continuation of Father Leo’s four-part lecture series last year, “Finding God in All the Galleries.” According to Dr. Joan Bailey, Vice President of Mission and Identity, Father Leo’s lecture, “once again explored the relationships between art and faith and the role of visual art in the endless project of human self-understanding.” 

“As the Advent Season celebrates the mystery of the Birth of Jesus, so art over the centuries has imagined and re-imagined that story, its forms, and its meaning,” said Father Leo as he began his talk. Beginning with Mary as Byzantine Empress with her son and then seeing her as Medieval Queen, a noble young woman of the Renaissance, a mother with her child in ordinary late 19th century life and more, the lecture considered how the image of the Madonna both shows the values of a culture and in turn shapes those values. 


Following the lecture, Father Leo spoke to students from the School of New Resources who attended the evening lecture in Romita Auditorium. 

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CNR Celebrates Lighting of Christmas Tree & Blessing of Crèche

On December 3, 2009, the College Community gathered on Chidwick Walk for the traditional blessing of the crèche and the lighting of the tree. CNR President Stephen J. Sweeny, Campus Ministry Director Helen Wolf, and Chaplain Fr. Joseph Flynn, OFM Cap, led the students, faculty, and staff in this annual Christmas Season event. In his remarks at this joyful College event, Father Joe recounted the origin of the crèche/manger, saying, “It began on Christmas Eve in the small city of Assisi in the year 1223 when St. Francis of Assisi desired to celebrate the wondrous event of the Incarnation of Jesus Christ in a memorable way. He gathered the people of Assisi, as well as a number of animals, to create a living crèche. This began a wondrous tradition for the church so each Christmas people of faith gather around a crèche to be reminded of this awesome moment in the history of salvation by our God.”


A R O U N D  C N R

Campus Ministry Hold Theological Reflection

The Office of Campus Ministry held a theological reflection over a “thanksgiving lunch” on November 23, 2009. The special luncheon took place on the Main Campus. According to Helen Wolf, Director of Campus Ministry, “a theological reflection is a dialogue about God’s abiding presence that can lead one to personal and social transformation.” Participants who served as liturgical minister and/or community service volunteer during the fall semester reflected on faith and its impact on their ministry and service. Pictured here are the students, staff,and faculty who offered insights from their various faith traditions.


Sister Clare Nolan Speaks on Human Trafficking

On the evening of November 19, 2009, Sr. Clare Nolan, a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, highlighted the global issue of human trafficking before an audience of more than 100 students, faculty, and staff in Romita Auditorium on the Main Campus.  “Stuck in Traffick: A Human Trafficking Event" was part of the Fall Social Justice Series facilitated by the Office of Campus Ministry. Assisting Campus Ministry in this advocacy effort was the Office of Government Relations, headed by Terri Eberle. The talk was broadcasted live on streaming video, and students at the School of New Resources campuses in New York City were able to log on and participate from their classrooms. Campus Ministry also presented a slide show that detailed the global crime of human trafficking, and students and faculty and staff were then encouraged to write to their congressional representatives and urge them to help eradicate this modern-day form of human slavery.

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Roses In December Mass Held in Holy Family Chapel

Sr. Mary Sullivan, Provincial Superior of the Ursulines of the Eastern Province of the United States, offered a special reflection at a midday Mass in honor of the four women martyrs of El Salvador on December 2, 2009, in Holy Family Chapel on the New Rochelle Campus. This annual College event honors the lives of Ursuline Sister Dorothy Kazel, lay missioner Jean Donovan, and Maryknoll Sisters Ita Ford and Maura Clarke. These four American churchwomen were martyred in 1980 while working with the poor in El Salvador. The special liturgy was sponsored by the Office of Campus Ministry.


W.E. B. Du Bois Lecture Held At CNR

Dr. Amy Bass, Associate Professor of History and SAS Honors Program Director,  spoke on  December 15, 2009, on her new book, Those About Him Remained Silent: The Battle over W.E. B. Du Bois. Sponsored by the Office of Mission & Identity, Bass lecture focused on the collision of racism, patriotism, and global politics that she explores in the book. Du Bois - author, civil rights activist, pan-Africanist, historian - was born in the small Massachusetts town of Great Barrington.  Residents of the town recognized his talent, funded his education, and - much later - after his death in 1963, proposed the creation of a memorial park in his name. Debate over this proposal bitterly divided the community and brought to light the complex intersection of global politics, racism, and cold war patriotism. In her evening lecture Bass demonstrated how debates over the legacy of Du Bois are increasingly relevant in contemporary American politics.

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Senator Suzi Oppenheimer Speaks on Main Campus

New York State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer discussed “Women and Society Being and Becoming” on December 9, 2009, on the Main Campus of the College.  A guest of CNR Office of Government Relations and School of Arts & Sciences Women’s Studies Program, Senator Oppenheimer discussed her own political career and how woman must take risks and seek opportunities.  Ms. Oppenheimer, who has been a member of the New York Senate since 1985, received her undergraduate degree from a women's college and was one of the first women to earn a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business.  In his introduction, SAS Dean Dr. Richard Thompson said, “Senator Suzi Oppenheimer has been an energetic and vocal advocate for education, environmental protection, child care, health care, fiscal reform, the arts, and the rights of women. Her record of community service, local government experience, and leadership on statewide issues has enabled her to work in a bipartisan manner to address the concerns of constituents.”


A L U M N A E / I  S P O T L I G H T



The College of New Rochelle provided me with a solid foundation in biology, chemistry, and mathematics, thus empowering me to continue to medical school, and go on to an internship and residency. For me, one of the great facets of education at CNR was the ability to interact in intimate classroom settings, coupled with the ability to engage the professors in great in-depth discussions. I must say CNR provided me a path to greater knowledge and confidence for life.

Kathy Reilly Fallon, MD, SAS90
Foot and Ankle Specialist
Midtown Manhattan Health Center


Dr. Kathy Reilly Fallon is a Board Certified Wound Care Specialist and Foot and Ankle Specialist in New York City. She served two consecutive terms on the Medical Executive Board of St. Vincent's Midtown Hospital in Manhattan, the Credentials Committee, and was Clinical Supervisor of Interns & Residents in the Department of Surgery. She presently works as a foot and ankle surgeon for the Midtown Manhattan Health Center.

She is also the Founder and Chairwoman of Heavenly Productions Foundation, a 501c-not for profit whose mission is to help children in distress. She has produced and sung on two projects to help children. Her Foundation's first project was the "Heavenly Lullabies" CD, dedicated to the orphans of 9-11-01. The second project was the release of a four-time award-winning book, entitled Heavenly Skies & Lullabies Illustrated Song Book/CD, which helped children affected by Hurricane Katrina. She was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the March of Dimes.



S P O R T S  A T  C N R

CNR Student Selected HVWAC Basketball Rookie of the Week

Elizabeth Johnston SAS13 (c.) has been selected as HVWAC Basketball Rookie of the Week for the fourth time this season. The freshman center/forward accounted for 40.1% of the Blue Angels points averaging a double-double (10.5 points, 12.0 rebounds) over a two-game stretch where the Blue Angels went 0-2. Johnston also demonstrated her endurance, sitting down for only two minutes of play the entire week.


C N R  S T U D E N T  N E W S

CNR Student Profile

“At CNR, I feel a genuine sense of community, of a college community, and it's both felt and observed on different levels. Everywhere I go I see close-knit groups of people who, even though they either have been here forever or they seem like they have been here forever, never make me feel excluded.”

Ian Kreisburg
School of New Resources
New Rochelle Campus
Class of 2011
White Plains, New York
m o r e


CNR Gospel Choir Hold Annual Banquet Night

The CNR Gospel Choir held its annual Banquet Night on Saturday evening, November 21, 2009 in Maura Ballroom on the Main Campus of CNR. According to Helen Wolf, Director of Campus Ministry, “this night was an opportunity for the choir, as well as individual members and guests, to praise God in music, dance, poetry, and fellowship.” Under the direction of Scott Patterson, the Gospel Choir is in its seventh year at CNR. Mr. Patterson studied classical piano performance at The Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and at the Manhattan School of Music. Currently, he is also the Music Director of St. Mark, the Evangelist Church in Central Harlem. Here, Scott Patterson plays a little classical music of his own. 


AIDS Walk On Campus

Campus Ministry co-sponsored an AIDS Walk on December 7, 2009, with the Junior Class. Students walked the track in The Wellness Center to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS. Funds raised benefited “Keep A Child Alive,” a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing life-saving anti-retroviral treatment, care, and support services to children and families whose lives have been affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa and India. Information was also shared about The Lord’s Pantry, a meal delivery service for people suffering from AIDS in Westchester. Campus Ministry partners with The Lord’s Pantry twice a month by delivering meals on Thursday evenings to families in New Rochelle.


F A C U L T Y / S T A F F  F O C U S

“CNR is a small College and a tight-knit community. This allows me to get to know and help my students and our graduates develop long term strategies to be successful in their careers.”

Mary White
Assistant Vice President
for Student Services
The College of New Rochelle
m o r e


Dr. Amy Bass, Associate Professor of History and SAS Honors Program Director, gave a lecture at the University of Nebraska. Her talk,“'They Loved My Grandfather: An Olympic Legacy of Race, Memory, and Germany," was part of the three-day Caroll Pauley Memorial Endowed History Symposium. She was also recently interviewed on Northeast Public Radio, a member of NPR, about her new book, Those About Him Remained Silent:  the Battle over W.E.B. Du Bois. Dr. Bass has been doing several public readings, including a recent event at the Du Bois Center in Great Barrington, MA. The book has been featured in newspapers such as The Berkshire Eagle and The Bennington Banner.


Dr. Susan Conte, Associate Professor of Guidance & Counseling in the Graduate School, gave a lecture on “Understanding Self-injury Among Adolescents and Young Adults”  in November at Fordham University Graduate School of Social Services.  Her presentation was entitled, “Understanding Self-injury Among Adolescents and Young Adults.”


Dr. Kenneth J. Doka, Professor of Gerontology in the Graduate School, has just published “An Internet Tool to Normalize Grief” along with co-authors with S. Dominick, A. Irvine. N. Beauchamp, J. Seeley, S. Nolen-Hoeksema, and G. Bonanno in Omega: Journal of Death and Dying.  A chapter entitled “Illness, grief, and loss” was included in M. Kerman's edited book, Clinical Pearls of Wisdom: 21 Leading Therapists Offer Their Key Insights published by W.W. Norton.


Dr. Faith Kostel-Hughes, Associate Professor of Biology, and Dr. Diane Quandt, Associate Professor of Education, both in the School of Arts & Sciences, made a presentation on November 13, 2009, at the 6th Annual Meeting of the Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges & Universities held at Vassar College. The conference theme was “Teaching and Learning the Hudson Valley:  Building Capacity for Place-Based Education.”  Drs. Quandt and Kostel-Hughes presentation was entitled, “Team-teaching to Enhance Teacher Education: A Collaboration between CNR's Environmental Studies and Education Programs.” The faculty members shared their experiences in teaching “Environmental Studies of the Hudson Valley,” a course they developed to demonstrate to teacher education students the benefits of interdisciplinary and experiential approaches to explore and incorporate environmental topics into the classroom.


Dr. Cynthia Kraman, Associate Professor of English in the School of Arts & Sciences, has published a new volume of poetry, The Touch, with Bowery Books. Dr. Kraman has done readings of poems from this collecting at Hugo House in Seattle; Moe’s Books in San Francisco; Beyond Baroque in Los Angeles; and at the Open City Series at KGB in New York City. The collection of poems has also been nominated for the Kingsley Tufts Award and The Poetry Society of America’s William Carlos Williams Award. Her individual poem “My Own Private Iditarod” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Dr. Kraman’s essay “The Wound of The Infinite: Re-reading Levinas Through Rashi’s Commentary on the Song of Songs” came out as well in 2009, in Levinas and Medieval Thought, edited by Ann W. Astell and J.A. Jackson and published by Duquesne University Press. Supported by a Faculty Fund Award, her play Promised Land, which is set in the aftermath of 9-11, played at the Algonquin Theatre in October.


Dr. William Maxwell, Professor of Art in the School of Arts & Sciences, on December 3, 2009, gave a Pecha Kucha presentation of his recent digital artwork at The Center for Digital Art, Westchester Community College, Peekskill Extension. Pecha Kucha draws its name from the Japanese term for the sound of “chit chat” and rests on a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds. It's a format that makes presentations concise and keeps things moving at a rapid pace.


Dr. Mary D. McGuinness, Assistant Dean of the School of Nursing, attended a nursing program in the Netherlands from October 5-9, 2009 organized by the Hogesschool Zuyd in the Netherlands. This program was a “knowledge exchange” experience for faculties from the Greater New York Metropolitan area including Hunter College, Downstate Medical, and CNR. The nurses attended lectures and discussions and presented lectures to faculty, graduate and undergraduate students.  Dr. McGuinness also presented a paper on “Dual Diagnosis (Current Treatments for Alcohol and Bipolar Disorders)” at Zuyd University and visited the Mondriaan Division of Addictions in South Limburg, as well as other nursing and medical facilities.


Margie Neuhaus, Associate Professor of Art in the School of Arts and Sciences, exhibited a series of photographs from her Vacant House series in the exhibition, Weather Channel, at the Islip Art Museum, East Islip, N.Y. Her work was mentioned in the review by Benjamin Genocchio, “The Weather We Barely Notice,” which appeared in The New York Times, Long Island section.


Dr. Esta M. Rapoport, Assistant Professor of Special Education in the Graduate School, has done presentations based on her book, ADHD and Social Skills: A Step-by-Step Guide for Teachers and Parents, at the Pleasantville School District on October 21, 2009 and at the Byram Hills School District on December 10, 2009.


Dr. Roblyn Rawlins, Associate Professor of Sociology in the School of Arts & Sciences, is co-investigator with faculty from Penn State Lehigh Valley on a 3-year program evaluation of the 21st Century Community Learning Center Initiative. The initiative is designed to raise student achievement among high-risk students in K-5th grades through structured, after-school activities provided in collaboration between community organizations and school districts in the Lehigh Valley, PA.


Dr. Frank T. Rizza, Associate Professor of Mental Health Counseling and Career Development in the Graduate School, spoke at the Poinciana High School on two topics in two separate presentations.  “The effects of substance use on teens” and “Career planning and college choice” in November 2009.


Dr. Jennifer Scuro, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Director of the SAS Women’s Studies Program, will be presenting her paper, “Reviving a Global Ecological Feminism: An Ecopolitics of Homeplace” for The Society of Social and Political Philosophy (SSPP) at the American Philosophical Association’s Eastern Meeting held in New York City on December 30, 2009.


Dr. Nereida Segura-Rico, Associate Professor of Spanish in the School of Arts and Sciences, presented a paper “Dying for a Dream: Marginalization and Violence in Recent Dominican-American Fiction” at the conference “Undocumented Hispanic Migration: On the Margins of a Dream” at Connecticut College on October 16, 2009.


Dr. Walter Sullivan, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership in the Graduate School, received The Recognition Award at the New York State Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) on November 13, 2009 at the Crowne Plaza hotel in White Plains for his work to further the TESOL profession and facilitate the English language acquisition of LEP students.

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Wednesday
January 13, 2010
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Hunter College
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January 17, 2010
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Alfred University
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January 21, 2010
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@ Albany College of Pharmacy
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January 23, 2010
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January 26, 2010
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Thursday
January 28, 2010
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January 29, 2010
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CCNY
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February 2, 2010
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St. Joseph's - Brooklyn
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February 20, 2010
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