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Graduate School Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Marking the 40th anniversary of the CNR Graduate School, a festive event was held on April 28, 2010 in Maura Hall attended by more than 200 faculty, staff, alumnae/i, and students of the Graduate School. The evening began with refreshments in Maura Living Room before everyone moved into Maura Ballroom for an invigorating program.
        Dr. Marie Ribarich, Dean of the Graduate School, welcomed everyone to the gathering, and Dr. Ellen Curry Damato, Executive Vice President of the College, shared a historical look back at the Graduate School, which she described as a “microcosm of the history of The College of New Rochelle. Since the Graduate School’s founding, more than 13,000 women and men have completed graduate degrees at the College and have entered or returned to professions in many areas.” Dr. Ribarich then went on to describe the Graduate School as it is today and what lies ahead.
        Dr. Kenneth Doka, Professor of Gerontology in the Graduate School, offered a stimulating lecture on “Children and Adolescents Coping with Grief and Loss,” in which he shared his extensive expertise on the subject and offered strategies for parents, counselors, and educators to assist children and adolescents.
        The program concluded with the presentation by CNR President-elect Judith Huntington of the Angela Merici Medal to Camille Romita, who received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the College. The highest award bestowed on an alumna/us of the College, Camille Romita was recognized for her many contributions to The College of New Rochelle, including her role in founding the College’s Castle Gallery and serving as its board chairperson and on its board for many years, her time as a member of the Alumnae/i Association Board, and for co-chairing the CNR Capital Campaign and the CNR Golf & Tennis Outing Committee.

Photographed here are (l.-r.) Vice President for Financial Affairs and President-elect Judith Huntington with Chris and Camille Romita at the 40th Anniversary of CNR’s Graduate School Reception. Camille Romita was awarded the Angela Merici Medal at the event.

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The College of New Rochelle Recognizes the Life of Dorothy Day

The Office of Mission and Identity presented two events that recognized and celebrated the remarkable life of Dorothy Day, founder of the Catholic Worker movement, a candidate for canonization, and one of the most extraordinary and influential Catholics in the 20th century. A lecture on Dorothy Day by Robert Ellsberg, editor-in-chief and publisher of Orbis Books at Maryknoll, was given on March 23, 2010, on the Main Campus. It was the first lecture in the Sr. Alice Gallin Lecture Fund created by the family and friends of Sr. Alice Gallin in celebration and recognition of her and her 60th Jubilee as an Ursuline. Also, the one-woman play, Fool For Christ, performed by Sarah Melici as Dorothy Day, was presented on April 27, 2010, in Romita Auditorium on the Main Campus. The play explored the life of Dorothy Day: her loves, her spirituality, and her politics when she was in jail, for the last time, though not for the first time.
The one-woman performance portrays Dorothy late in her life and this time she has been arrested for taking part in a picket line with striking farm workers in California. The audience “visits her in prison,” as she recalls other times in jail and relates highlights in the story of her life.
        Sarah Melici, a New Jersey based actress, has performed in Vaclav Havel’s Temptation at the New York Public Theatre and toured in Driving Miss Daisy.  Her TV credits include Law and Order, The Golden Years, and the pilot News at Twelve. Since 1998 she has chosen to perform exclusively in Fool for Christ, saying, “Many people have told me that seeing Fool for Christ has been a life changing experience for them. It has been for me.”

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Earth Day Focus of Activities On Main Campus
College Plants Sustainability Garden

The College of New Rochelle’s first Sustainability Garden was planted on the Main Campus on April 21, 2010, by students and faculty of CNR. According to Dr. Faith Kostel-Hughes, Associate Professor of Biology, in the School of Arts & Sciences, this garden is “an educational tool for our students to develop a better understanding of how our food is grown and all the challenges that go along with that.  It is one thing to say we should all eat only organic food that is locally grown, which is the ideal, but it is another thing to realize what that entails. This garden will give students a chance to be actively involved in the process of growing food. It will also be a springboard for discussions of food in our society, from matters of health to poverty to biotechnology to the environment. So this garden will involve practical experience and also be the focus of serious academic explorations.”
        Interested students will now have an opportunity on campus for hands-on experience as well as research. The hands-on experience will include raising seedlings in the greenhouse, transplanting them in the Sustainability Garden, and the use of a variety of organic approaches to support plant growth.
       On the first day of planting, Dr. Roxanne Zimmer, Associate Professor of Communication Arts, wheels away a barrel of top soil, while Dr. Kostel-Hughes, on the left in dark glasses, directs the digging being done by students and faculty members.

The Mind in the Age of Environmental Destruction Panel Discussion Held

A panel discussion entitled “The Mind in the Age of Environmental Destruction” took place on April 21, 2010, in Romita Auditorium. According to host and moderator, CNR Professor Daniel Smith, the Mary Ellen Donnelly Critchlow Chair in English at the College, "We’re already well aware that environmental problems, from air pollution to water toxicity to climate change, affect the health of the planet and the health of our bodies. This panel discussed the effect that environmental problems may be having on our minds.”
         Panelists for this extraordinary evening were (l. to r.) Robert Sullivan, author of The Thoreau You Don't Know: What the Prophet of Environmentalism Really Meant; Katie Holten, award-winning visual artist and creator of the Tree Museum, a public artwork celebrating the centennial of the Grand Concourse in the Bronx; Professor Smith of CNR; Susan Opotow, a social psychologist at CUNY's John Jay College of Criminal Justice and co-editor of Identity and the Natural Environment: The Psychological Significance of Nature; and Chad Harbach, executive editor of n+1 magazine, the New York-based journal of politics, literature, and culture, and author of the forthcoming novel The Art of Fielding.

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Game Show Tests Student Knowledge of Environment

The Annual WILDE Environmental Game Show was held at noon on April 20, 2010, in Romita Auditorium. This yearly event tests students’ knowledge of the environment for both fun and money. Game show host, Dr. Nick Smart, Associate Professor of English in the School of Arts & Sciences, directed the game, challenging the students with questions provided by Dr. Faith Kostel-Hughes, Associate Professor of Biology at the School of Arts & Sciences. The game show idea, according to Dr. Kostel-Hughes, came from members of the undergraduate environmental club. “They wanted to sponsor an event that engaged students in thinking about the environment in a way that was fun but informative.” Over the years the game show has become highly technical and the prizes more lucrative. “Today,” says Dr. Kostel-Hughes, “environmental issues have a higher profile and the student come to the show with more knowledge about issues. While we try to make the event fun there is definitely a sense among those involved that knowing about the environment is important, that the stakes are higher than we ever realized before.” 

Faculty Share Research At Sabbatical Forum

The Annual Sabbatical Forum was held on April 8, 2010, in the Castle Parlors. Sponsored by President Stephen J. Sweeny and the Rank, Tenure and Salary Committee of the Faculty, four faculty members, returning to the campus after their sabbatical semester, made presentations to the College Community. Dr. Michael Grabowski, Associate Professor of Communications Arts in the School of Arts & Sciences, spoke on “Why We Love Movies. How Neurocinematics Links Film Studies and Brain Science”; Dr. Linda Shand, Associate Professor in the School of Nursing, then detailed her studies on “The Use of Multi-User Virtual Environments in Nursing Education”; Dr. Theodora Ierides, Associate Professor of Physical Education, in the School of Arts & Sciences, (pictured above) discussed her work in “Childhood Obesity-It Takes More than a Village”; and Dr. Kenneth Zwolski, Professor in the School of Nursing, spoke of “Integral Health and Wellness: Proposal for a New Course.”  

Spring Town Meeting Focuses on Middle States

On April 26, 2010, the annual Spring Town Meeting was held on the Main Campus and available via streaming video to the entire College Community. This Town Meeting focused on the 2012 Middle States Commission on Higher Education visit to CNR. The Middle States Commission accredits colleges and universities in the Middle States region, which includes New York. Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Dorothy Escribano, explained the significance of this visit by the Association, and the roles and responsibilities of the professional staff and faculty of the College.

Annual Community Service Day Held in New Rochelle

Students, staff and faculty members plant azalea bushes at the United Hebrew Center in New Rochelle, one of five organizations with which the College participated on its annual Community Service Day, held on April 27, 2010. Here the College’s groundskeeper Lenny Toterhi directs the plantings of the new flowering bushes.

Westchester Biennial opens in Castle Gallery

On April 11, 2010, the Castle Gallery hosted an opening reception for its spring exhibition
The Weschester Biennial 2010.  The exhibition features current artwork of artists living and working in Westchester County. Many of the artists were at the reception to discuss their work with those attending. The Westchester Biennial runs through June  18, 2010.

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Castle Gallery Hosts Family Day

The Castle Gallery held their 2nd Annual Family Day on April 17, 2010. This free and fun event for children ages four through twelve drew a large crowd of children who learned how to make art with recycled materials, and had an opportunity to learn about the Westchester Biennial 2010, currently on exhibition. In addition there were live performance, healthy snacks, and time for stories. Here CNR graduate student Heather Caplan reads to an audience captivated by her story.

Cultural Constructions of Good Mothering Focus of Dowell Lecture

The annual Elvira M. Dowell ’36 Lecture was given by author and Associate Professor of Philosophy and Political Theory at Hampshire College, Dr. Falguni A. Sheth on April 22, 2010.  Dr. Sheth, author of Toward a Political Philosophy of Race, spoke on the role of mothers in our society. In her talk Dr. Sheth explored the “cultural constructions of good mothering.”  Photographed with Dr. Sheth before her address in Romita Auditorium is the Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences, Dr. Richard Thompson; Dr. Jennifer Scuro, Chair, Women’s Studies Program; Dr. Sheth; and the Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Dorothy Escribano.   
        The Dowell Lecture series, sponsored by the Women’s Studies Department of the School of Arts & Sciences, is presented annually by CNR and is endowed by Dr. George B. Dowell in memory of his sister, Elvira M. Dowell, a 1936 graduate of The College of New Rochelle.

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Dutch Students Tour CNR Main Campus

Twenty-two nurse practitioners students from the Hogeschool Zuyd in the Netherlands visited The College of New Rochelle and attended lectures with CNR faculty and nurse practitioners (NP) students. Here Professor Deborah Kelly, Clinical Assistant in the School of Nursing presented a client case study to the students. After visiting CNR, the students from the Netherlands visited Metropolitan clinics, hospitals, and the University of Connecticut.

SNR Class of 2010 Attend Resource Fair on Main Campus

On March 20, 2010 the Office of Alumnae/i Relations hosted a Senior Class Celebration event for the School of New Resources Class of 2010. The celebration was held on the Main Campus where the seniors mingled with fellow classmates, faculty and staff, as they listened to the jazz sounds of David Patterson SNR’97 and his quintet. 
        Remarks and presentations were made by SNR Dean Elza Dinwiddie-Boyd, and Rosa Napoleone, President of the Alumnae/i Association. Seniors also visited the “Resource Fair” which included representatives from Alumnae/i Relations, Annual Giving, Career and Counseling Services, College Relations, and the Graduate School. There were demonstrations of the alumnae/i website: www.mycnr.com to encourage students to register and stay connected to the College. 

CNR Brings Daughters and Sons To College

On April 22, 2010, CNR welcomed to the Main Campus the daughters and sons of faculty and staff on “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” for a day of fun and educational activities that focused around art, drama, science, and sports. After a welcome breakfast, students went on to discuss careers, learn about the circulatory system using microscopes and blood pressure kits, go backstage with CNR Drama, make dream catchers and bags from recycled denim, and play kickball in The Wellness Center  Student leaders joined them for a pizza lunch with in the Student Campus Center. Here the proud ‘students’ show of their successful art project created in the Castle Gallery. 

A L U M N A E / I  S P O T L I G H T

The Gerontology Program at CNR, and especially Ken Doka, helped me to understand my first years working with hospice patients and ultimately prepared me for my careers I have now in hospice and theater. I have wonderful memories of my years at CNR and am very grateful for the support of the staff with whom I worked, especially Dorothy Valle. I meet many people interested in gerontology and tanatology and tell them all about CNR. I am a proud alum indeed!” 

Taren Sterry GS’02
Manager of Volunteer Program Services
Visiting Nurse Service of New York Hospice Care
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Bench Dedicated in Honor of Alumna

On the bright, sunny Sunday of April 11, 2010, Loretta Corcoran Flynn ’42 was remembered  by her extended family and her College with the formal dedication of a bench in front of Leland Castle. The brass plaque is proudly inscribed: “Wife, Mother, Attorney, Educator, Social Justice Advocate. Her life faithfully mirrored her values”

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CNR Student Profile

Living here in New Rochelle I had, naturally, heard about the College. I knew, too, that they had a wonderful nursing program. To tell you the truth, I feel very honored to be a student at CNR, and to be part of this nursing community.”

Alka Kurian SN’10
Major: Nursing
Hometown: New Rochelle, NY
High School: New Rochelle
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CNR Honor Students Attend Northeast Regional Honors Council
Four students in the Honors Program of the School of Arts and Sciences, accompanied by Honors Program Director Dr. Amy Bass, attended the Northeast Regional Honors Council's annual conference, held this year in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  The students, Kristen Diaz SAS’11, Mary Henderson SAS’11,  Amelia Ellis SAS’13 and Samantha Quattro SAS’13, engaged in the conference's City as Text Program, with some choosing to explore the nearby Civil War battlefield at Gettysburg National Park, while others participated in the art walk of Harrisburg. 
        The students gave a roundtable, entitled "Living and Learning in Honors," which focused on the launch of a residential wing at CNR for Honors students. Kristen Diaz also moderated a research panel entitled "Language, Culture, and Diversity." 
        The honor students spent four days in Harrisburg, meeting hundreds of faculty and students from other colleges and universities, sharing their research ideas, and participating in the many activities.

Lunes Saludables Featues ZUMBA!

As part of the ongoing "Healthy Monday" program at CNR, the CNR Wellness Coaches & Wellness Education, in partnership with the Latin American Women's Sociey (LAWS) student club, planned and hosted a midday and evening event in the SCC entitled "LUNES SALUDABLES" (Healthy Monday in Spanish) on march 29, 2010. Wellness Coach and LAWS member Tania Veloz (CNR sophomore) spearheaded the program.
        The program featured a demonstration of ZUMBA (a dynamic Latin-American dance/exercise combination centered on high energy music) as a way to showcase just one of the many classes offered at The Wellness Center that provide students and the campus community with ways to "MOVE IT!"  Professional ZUMBA instructor Lisa Greco, a CNR adjunct, was the special guest who dazzled attendees with her moves and music! Educational materials on how to "MOVE IT" were provided.

25th Annual Honors Conference Day Held on Main Campus

The School of Arts & Sciences 25th Annual Honors Conference Day was held on April 29, 2010 in the Student Campus Center on the Main Campus. Under the direction of Acting Director for the Honors Program, Dr. Anne McKernan, Associate Professor of History, and Colloquium Director, Dr. Segura-Rico, Associate Professor of Modern Languages, 12 honor students displayed their research work to the College Community. The focus of this year’s Honors Colloquium was “Memory, Remembering, Telling.” Students considered the concept of memory, both private and public, oral and written. According to Dr. Nereida Segura-Rico the course topics “have elicited passionate engagement from the members of the colloquium.” Here Kristen Diaz SAS’11 is shown with her poster: Testimonio: Latin American Women’s Public Voice and Their Creation of Collective Memory  a research project mentored by Dr. Segura-Rico.

CNR Art Graduates Give Career Advice To Undergraduates

The SAS Art Department, in conjunction with the Castle Gallery, hosted an Art Alumnae Panel on April 14, 2010 in the Castle Gallery. Carmen Hernandez, BFA Art 2005, Patricia Riebesehl, BFA Art 2000, and Alana Ruptak, BFA Art Therapy 2005, gave presentations on their current work and participated in a panel discussion. Guests viewed The Westchester Biennial and talked with the panelists during the reception.
        Photographed here with their former professors from the School of Arts & Sciences are: (l. to r.) Margie Neuhaus, Associate Professor of Art; Patricia Reibeseh SAS’00; Emily Stern, Associate Professor of Art; Alana Ruptak SAS’05; Carmen Hernandez SAS’05; and Cristina de Gennaro, Associate Professor of Art.

F A C U L T Y / S T A F F  F O C U S

“CNR is a great place for students in no small part because of the intimacy of the environment. Because it is small, because you can know the names of so many of the people around you: faculty, students, and staff members. The atmosphere feels familial, which creates a sense of responsibility and engagement.”

Daniel B. Smith
Mary Ellen Donnelly Critchlow
Endowed Chair in English
School of Arts & Sciences
The College of New Rochelle
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In April, Dr. Amy Bass, Associate Professor of History & Honors Program Director, in the School of Arts & Sciences, was interviewed on New Books in History, a podcast hosted by Dr. Marshall Poe, University of Iowa, and sponsored by the National History Center that features discussions with historians about their work, and particularly their new books. The entire interview with Dr. Bass talking around her recent book, Those About Him Remained Silent: The Battle Over W.E.B. Du Bois, published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2009, can be heard by clicking here.

Dr. Kenneth J. Doka, Professor in the Graduate School, just published his 26th book Mourning beyond Gender: Understanding the Ways Men and Women Grieve.  Published by Routledge and written with Dr. Terry Martin from Hood College, it continues earlier work exploring adaptive grieving styles. For more information click here.

Robert Wolf, Professor of Art in the Graduate School, in March 2010, presented a Workshop Seminar on "Creative Processing of Dreams" for the art therapy program at St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, NY. On March 26, 2010 he participated in a videotaping project that documented the origin and history of the graduate art therapy program at Pratt Institute.

Dr. Connie Vance, Professor in the School of Nursing, and Deborah Hunt, Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing, spoke on “The First Career Stage In Nursing: Transition from Student to Professional” at the 47th Annual Isabel Maitland Stewart Conference on Research in Nursing and annual Awards Ceremony, on April 23, 2010, held in the Milbank Chapel at Teachers College Columbia University.  Their talk focused on the transition from senior nursing student to professional nurse. They described the School of Nursing’s Nurse Advocacy Forum, which provides information, mentoring, networking, and advocacy for novice nurses and senior students.

A Technology Workshop at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia featuring Dr. Ann Raia, Professor Emerita of Classics, and Dr. Barbara McManus, Professor Emerita of Classics, demonstrated and discussed a selection of websites that give students the tools to become active explorers of knowledge in the Humanities. The workshop was followed by informal round table discussions with attendees, presenters, and moderators.

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