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CNR Receives Presidential Community Service Award
The College of New Rochelle has been named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. CNR is the only college or university within Westchester County to receive this award. 
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President-elect Judith Huntington
Attends New Rochelle State of the City Dinner

At the recent New Rochelle’s State of the City dinner held at the Davenport Beach Club, Vice President for Financial Affairs and President-elect Judith Huntington, was greeted and welcomed to the annual event by City Councilman Albert Tarantino.  Councilman Tarantino represents District Two, which includes the Main Campus of CNR. As Councilman Mr. Tarantino is an important figure in the daily life of College Community as he handles our concerns with regard to traffic, safety and quality of life issues. Vice President Huntington had the opportunity to thank the Councilman for his continued support of CNR. 

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The Life of Dorothy Day Celebrated at CNR

On the evening of March 23, 2010, Robert Ellsberg delivered the Inaugural Sr. Alice Gallin Lecture, “A Celebration of the Life of Dorothy Day,” to a crowded Romita Auditorium on the Main Campus.  Mr. Ellsberg, former managing editor of The Catholic Worker and a close colleague of Dorothy Day during the last five years of her life, edited The Duty of Delight, a collection of Dorothy Day’s diaries that recount her experience of historic events, persons, and places, as well as the challenges and struggles of her life. Robert Ellsberg is currently editor-in-chief and publisher of Orbis Books at Maryknoll and was invited to speak to the College Community by Dr. Joan Bailey, Vice President for Mission & Identity. The Sr. Alice Gallin Lecture Fund was created by the family and friends of Sr. Alice Gallin to honor her 60th Anniversary as an Ursuline. Sr. Alice Gallin is now Scholar-in-Residence at The College of New Rochelle.

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Wellness Center Wins Major Interior Design Award

The Wellness Center was the recipient of Contract Magazine 31st Annual Interiors Award in the Spa/Fitness category. It was presented to the ikon.5 architects/Galina Design Group, designers of the Center for CNR. This is the seventh award received by ikon.5 architects/Galina Design Group for their design of the College’s Wellness Center. 

Harvey Plays In the Castle Parlors on the Main Campus 

A stage reading of “Harvey” was performed in the Parlors of the Castle on the Main Campus on the evening of March 26, 2010. “Harvey,” written by Mary Chase, opened on Broadway in 1944 and won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1945.  It was also made into an academy award winning movie starring James Stewart in 1950.  In the play and movie Elwood P. Dowd makes friends with a spirit taking the form of a human-sized rabbit named Harvey that only he sees, and after his sister tries to commit him to a mental institution, a comedy of errors ensues. Elwood and Harvey become the catalysts for a family mending its wounds and for romance blossoming in unexpected places. Here in the CNR stage reading Dr. Sweeny (far right) plays Elwood P. Dowd and tells Nurse Kelly, played by Amelia Ellis, SAS'13, and Wilson, the orderly, played by Graduate student, Harold Wilkerson,  and Dr. Sanderson, played by Dr. Nick Smart, Associate Professor of English in the School of Arts & Sciences, about the first time he met Harvey.

Women’s Studies Program Hosts LUNAFEST Film

The College's Women’s Studies Program hosted a showing of A Summer Rain on March 3, 2010, in Romita Auditorium on the Main Campus. The showing was part of LUNAFEST®, the national organization established by LUNA, the whole nutrition bar for women, that celebrates and inspires women through the art of film and community fundraising. Posing here are: Jennifer Aybar SAS’10; Nancy Levin, Director of Development and External Affairs of My Sisters’ Place; Kristen Diaz SAS’11; Gene Green SAS’12; Ela Thier; Dr. Roblyn Rawlins, Associate Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Division of Social Sciences; Dr. Judy Gordon, Associate Professor and Chair of Social Work; and Dr. Jennifer Scuro, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Women’s Studies Program.

Dr. William C. Maxwell Opens Solo Exhibition in Mooney Center

The exhibit "recurrent PERFECT CIRCLE," a selection of work by Dr. William Maxell, Professor of Art in the School of Arts & Sciences, completed during his 2009 sabbatical leave was on display in the Mooney Center Exhibit Hall on the Main Campus. The exhibit included encaustic painting, drawing, monoprinting, photography, and digital printmaking.

Math Day Draw High School Students From Throughout Region

The College of New Rochelle and its Math Department celebrates the third annual Sonia Kovalevsky Mathematics Day on March 26, 2010, with an invitation to Westchester County and New York City high school girls (and their teachers) to learn about the first woman to earn a math doctorate and to participate in a full day of activities that encourage them to major in mathematics in college.  Students experience fun-filled math and science sessions, problem solving contests and game show exercises as well as interact with a career panel of professional women who demonstrate how math can be an intriguing and financially rewarding career choice. 
Teachers attend a separate TI-Nspire Calculator workshop that offers valuable exposure to this teaching tool and practical suggestions for classroom use; they are eligible to receive professional development units.

A L U M N A E / I  S P O T L I G H T

“Attending The College of New Rochelle meant a great deal to me. It was at CNR that I learned how to be a responsible citizen. I still fondly remember my French professor, Sister Marie Helene. I loved and adored her. She showed me a great deal of compassion and understanding. I also am very grateful for my two Spanish professors,  Joan Diaferia and Mireya Perez-Erdelyi. I believe my years at the College helped me developed emotionally, educationally and more importantly, I learned the art of giving oneself in service to others. That is why I eventually became a school teacher. Thank you, CNR!” 

Nicole Dominique Weaver SAS’77
Author, French & Spanish Teacher 
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CNR Alumnae/i Luncheon in Honolulu

There was an intimate CNR reunion in Honolulu, Hawaii on Wednesday, February 24, 2010. A lunch was held at Brasserie du Vin, organized by Janet Keenan SAS'61. There was wonderful conversation, good food, and lots of CNR memories. Photographed here (l. to r.) Front: Rosalina Maio Palladino SNR'82, Jule Cunningham Saracco SAS'57. Back: Sally Stevens SAS'64, Janet Keenan SAS'61, and Pat Yetman Melville SAS'61.

Student vs Staff/Faculty Volleyball Game Ends Spirit Week

CNR Spirit Week concluded on March 19, 2010 on the Main Campus with a spirited Volleyball Game in the Wellness Center Gymnasium. Here Physical Education teacher Pasqual Rouse spikes his serve for the winning Staff/Faculty team! Earlier in the week, in Spirit Competition between classes, students took part in obstacle courses, step dancing, CNR trivia quizzes, and other fun games. At the end of Spirit Week competition, the Senior Class came in First; Sophomores Second; Juniors Third; and the Freshmen finished a strong Fourth.

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.”

Tiffany Mann SAS’10
Major: Biology
Hometown: Bronx, NY
High School: St. Michael Academy
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SAS Students Start E-Mail Campaign in Support of TAP

The Office of Government Relations sponsored a student aid advocacy event on March 2, 2010 to encourage students to send e-mails to the Governor’s office and to state legislators explaining how important student aid is to them and their families. Terri Eberle, Director of Government Relations for CNR, stops by the table in the Student Campus Center to encourage Kara Sherrisse Lawrence SAS’10 (l) and Gene Green SAS’12 in their letter writing efforts.

Celebration of Student Achievement Held

The School of Arts & Sciences Women’s Studies Committee hosted a “Celebration of Student Achievement” on March 3, 2010, in the Student Campus Center. Students, nominated by faculty for exceptional work, presented their achievements. The evening of celebration included PowerPoint presentations, mock tribunal testimonials, poetry, and song. Pictured here: (back row l.-r.) Dr. Judy Gordon, Associate Professor of Social Work; Angelia Desrochers SAS’12; Tiffany Cruz SAS’10; Anamaria (Annet) Nankusu SAS’10; Cassandra Irons SAS’12; Kimberlee Haldane SAS’10; Natalia Martinez SAS’10. (front row l.-r.), Eglantina Bacaj SAS’10; Mary Henderson SAS’11; Mary-Elizabeth Smith-Mitchell SAS’12; and Jasmine Reed SAS’11.

F A C U L T Y / S T A F F  F O C U S

“I think the Castle Gallery is a great educational resource for all of CNR’s students, not just art majors. Located on the ground floor of Leland Castle, our door is always open during hours of operation and we do our best to encourage those passing by to stop in.”

Katrina Rhein
Director of Castle Gallery
The College of New Rochelle
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Dr. Amy Bass, Associate Professor of History & Honors Program Director, in the School of Arts & Sciences, spoke at the New York Metropolitan American Studies Association’s Salon Talk Series, a lecture series at Hunter College, on March 11, 2010. The Salon Talks series of the NYMASA features one author a month in the New York metropolitan area, giving American Studies scholars an opportunity to discuss newly published works in an intimate setting.

Dr. Kenneth J. Doka, Professor of the Gerontology in the Graduate School, has published his 26th book, Cancer and End-of-Life Care. On March 19, 2010, he gave a keynote presentation in San Juan on Disenfranchised Grief for the Thanatological Association of the Island. This May he will be keynoting conferences in Taipei, Taiwan and Cologne, Germany.

Professor Deborah Hunt, Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing, gave a presentation on "Thriving in Your Career" at the ADVANCE Job Fair & Continuing Education program, held in Melville, NY on February 9, 2010.

Dr. Isola Kokumo, Instructional Staff of the School of New Resources, Co-op City Campus, was the guest speaker on March 6, 2010, at the Egbe Omo Yoruba Chapter of Greater New York. His topic “Remembering Awo in Times of Crises” focused on the very prominent Nigerian politician, the late Chief Obafemi Jeremiah Awolowo.

Dr. William C. Maxwell, Professor of Art in the School of Arts & Sciences, has four of his prints in the exhibition “NewYork+:  Etchings and Monprints by New York Printmakers” at Pyramida Center for Contemporary Art in Haifa, Israel, which continues through April 27, 2010.

Dr. Roblyn Rawlins, Associate Professor of Sociology in the School of Arts & Sciences, has become a guest contributor to chef Bob del Grosso's blog on food and all things culinary, "A Hunger Artist."  To access the blog, click here.

Dr. Hyla Rubin, Associate Professor of Literacy in the Graduate School, presented the paper "It's All about the Words: Early Literacy Intervention for Struggling Readers and Writers" at the Annual Meeting of the Board of Jewish Educators in Manhattan on February 8, 2010. The presentation was attended by educators who work throughout New York City and Westchester, and was followed by a panel discussion led by Dr. Rubin.

Emily Stern, Associate Professor of Art in the School of Arts and Sciences, is in the exhibition "Degrees of Density" at the Arkansas Art Center in Little Rock, Arkansas, from March 26 to May 9, 2010. Curator Marilyn Symmes, of the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University, selected contemporary drawings that prompt insights about what is possible in drawing and about fundamental aspects of nature.

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