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103rd Commencement Held At Radio City Music
The College of New Rochelle celebrated its 103rd Commencement on May
27, 2010. The College awarded 1,204 baccalaureate and master’s degrees
during Commencement exercises held at Radio City Music Hall. Honorary
degrees were conferred on four distinguished recipients.
Photographed here, from left to right, are Michael N. Ambler, Esq.,
Chairman of the Board of Trustees; honorary degree recipients --
Commencement speaker Immaculée Ilibagiza; Maria M. Odom, Esq.;
Mary Healey Sedutto, Ph.D.; A. Stanley Kosan, D.D.S.; and CNR President
Stephen J. Sweeny, Ph.D.
WATCH VIDEO of
Immaculée Ilibagiza's Commencement Address, click here.
CNR Celebrates 72nd Alumnae/i College
the Class of ’90 (left to
right) Raina van der Poel Josberger, Colleen Fitzgerald DiRago,
Edwardyne Cowan Bennett, Elaine Tolley-Andrews, Regina Ambery Beechert,
and Meghan Mastellon Mahon.
CNR celebrated its 72nd annual Alumnae/i
College Reunion on June 12, 2010. Graduates of The College of New
Rochelle returned to campus for a day of fun and remembrances.
Alumnae/i from years ending in zero and five convened for a variety of
activities including President Sweeny’s address to the Alumnae/i
entitled, ”PUSHED AND PULLED: Being University Today.”
Following the presentation of awards and citations, President Sweeny
posed with the three new Angela Merici Medal winners. They are, (left
to right) Eileen Case Sibson ’60, Ann Hines Lo Voi ’55, and Virginia
Hartcorn Fortney ’40.
The Angela Merici medal, designed by art professor
Thompson, Chairman of the Fine Arts Department at the College from 1929
to 1967, was instituted to mark the 50th Anniversary of the founding of
the College. Since 1953, more than 100 alumnae/i have received this
distinguished award. The Angela Merici Medal is conferred on
outstanding alumnae/i who have demonstrated exceptional loyalty to
Church and College and distinctive achievement in their careers.
Click here for List of 2010 Awardees
WATCH VIDEO of President Sweeny's Alumnae/i College
Address, ”PUSHED AND
PULLED: Being University Today,” click here.
A L U M N A E / I S P O T L I G H
The College of New Rochelle School of New Resources, I received much
more than an education, I received preparation. CNR allowed me to
prepare for my future; it cultivated within me a desire for learning
that has grown stronger through the years. I left there a student and I
have become a teacher. My students today at Medgar Evers College are
the better for what I learned at CNR, and for what I continue to carry
with me in life.”
Damele Elliott Collier SNR’00
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Alumnae/i Association Candidates
The slate of
officers, directors, and
nominating committee members is presented for election. We are
deeply indebted to members of the Nominating Committee for their
earnest effort to formulate
a slate that truly represents our alumnae/i body. To view the
via the electronic
ballot acknowledges these
alumnae/i as your
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Welcomes Spring to
The 38th annual Strawberry Festival was held on May 2, 2010, on the
Main Campus. The day featured music, entertainment, crafts, games,
rides, and strawberry treats. The Strawberry Festival, introduced to
The College of New Rochelle in 1972, is the largest event organized
entirely by the College’s undergraduates. The concept of the Strawberry
Festival originated in the Midwest during the 1890s as an American
festival celebrating the ripening of strawberries, the blooming of
lilacs, and the coming of summer. On this sunny day during the first
weekend in May, an overflowing crowd of children and adults filled
Maura Lawn to enjoy this very special springtime event at CNR.
CNR Hosts Special Olympics at Wellness
The College of New
Rochelle hosted members of the Special Olympics from Hudson Valley
Public School Sports League (PSSL) on May 4, 2010. Student and faculty
volunteers from CNR’s athletic department, School of Arts &
Sciences, Graduate School, and the School of Nursing conducted
basketball and soccer skill contests, and introduced the young athletes
to new games and activities in The Wellness Center.
than 50 PSSL students, 18 from the New Rochelle High School,
participated in the afternoon of sports and games. CNR’s
student-athletes also provided sports giveaways from ESPN/Disney’s
“Play Your Way” program for the Special Olympics athletes.
event was organized by Harold Crocker, director of The Wellness Center,
Harold Crocker, and coach for the Special Olympics teams in lower
Westchester and special education teacher at Fox Lane High School in
Bedford, NY. Above right: Here one Olympian and coaches celebrate a
Congressman Crowley Visits Co-op City Campus
On May 4, 2010, U.S. Congressman Joseph Crowley visited the Co-op City
Campus. Congressman Crowley directed a $167,000 U.S. Department of
Education FIPSE grant to the campus in 2009.
CNR utilized the federal funds to purchase
instructional technology to create smart classrooms with Smart Boards
and projectors, as well as laptops and desktops. Instructors and
students now have better access to web-based academic resources which
has enhanced the teaching and learning environment.
The Congressman was able to see instructor Errol
Bedford’s class in action using the new technology resources. With the
Congressman is CNR President Stephen Sweeny, Executive Vice President
Ellen Curry Damato, and Co-op City Campus Director Kristine Southard.
Social Work Graduates Share Their
Experiences at Roundtable Discussion
Social Work seniors in the School of Arts & Sciences Socieal Work
Department sponsored a Social Work Alumnae Fields of Practice
Roundtable on May 4, 2010. Five graduates of the Social Work Program
discussed their post-CNR work experiences. The purpose of the special
roundtable, held in The Wellness Center, was to highlight the
experiences of CNR graduates and assist students in learning about work
Sr. Irene Kutsky: A Retrospective Honors
CNR Artist and Professor
The Mooney Center Gallery on the Main Campus presented Sr. Irene
Kutsky: A Retrospective from May 22, to June 17, 2010.
Irene Kutsky dedicated her life to students,
preparing many future art teachers and professional artists. She had a
remarkable gift for empowering each person to articulate the beauty
found in his or her own life.
Sr. Irene graduated in 1942 from The College of New
Rochelle and started teaching there in 1952. In 1957 she went to Rome
for a year, returned to America briefly, then taught English in Athens,
Greece until 1996 when she returned to CNR to teach ceramics until she
retired in 1996.
In her retirement years she turned her attention to
Senior Citizens at the Marian Residence developing a craft class for
retired Ursulines and ceramics at the Senior Center in New Rochelle.
She died on February 19, 2009 and left a legacy of grateful former
students who now carry on her work.
This special retrospective of Sr. Irene Kutsky’s
ceramic works was organized by Sr. Terry Eppridge, Sr. Irene Mahoney,
Grace Powers Fraioli, and Katrina Rhein, Director of the Castle
Dr. John Graham Speaks at Rosa Parks Campus
Dr. John L. Graham returned home to Harlem in April to give back to a
community that has given him so much in his life. After careers that
have taken him to Zimbabwe, Uganda, Lesotho, Asia, the Caribbean,
Central and North America, as well as the Harvard University’s
Institute for Educational Management for Higher Education
Administrators, Dr. Graham spoke to the students of the School of New
Resources Rosa Parks Campus on April 15, 2010.
Born a few blocks from the Rosa Parks Campus, Dr.
Graham went to the local public schools, and then the University of
Maryland and Michigan State University.
Dr. Graham spoke at the Campus at the invitation of
CNR’s Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Dorothy
Escribano, who met Dr. Graham at the Harvard University’s Institute for
Educational Management for Higher Education Administrators.
Dr. Graham is currently the Interim Dean of the
School of Business at Medgar Evers College. Prior to his appointment at
Medgar Evers College, he served as a Franklin Fellow at the United
States Department of State.
After his address to the students Dr. Graham is
surrounded by the appreciated students and faculty.
The College Remembers Dr. Daniel Bresnahan
On May 10, 2010, The College of New Rochelle planted a tree in memory
of Dr. Daniel Bresnahan, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership
in the Graduate School. Dr. Bresnahan taught in the Graduate School
from 1990 until his passing in 2008. Speaking at the service, Dr.
Constance Iervolino of the Graduate School said of Dr. Bresnahan, "he
was a man of great faith, felt that he had a wonderful life, and saw
the sunrise of each day as a gift. He left his very large footprint
here at CNR, is sorely missed, and will be long remembered."
Following readings from the scripture and
reflections by President Sweeny, a white dogwood tree was planted in
Dr. Bresnahan's memory on the lawn beside Holy Family Chapel.
After the blessing by Helen Wolf, Director of Campus Ministry, members
of the College Community each took turns placing a shovel of dirt
around the tree.
R S T U D E N T N E W S
“I chose to attend CNR because I didn’t
want to be just a number in college. I wanted a school, where as the
song goes, everyone knows my name.”
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SAS Athletics & Student Leaders Finish
Year with Banquet
The College of New Rochelle Athletics & Student Leadership Banquet
2010 was held at Beckwith Pointe Beach Club on May 5, 2010. Posing for
a team photograph here are the CNR Softball Team with Coach Skip Walsh.
CNR players are (front row, left to right): Alianna Cordova SAS’10 and
Gene Green SAS’12 (second row) Christina Bizzarro SAS’11; Kadie Lopez
SAS’12; Kerline Dieudonne SAS’11; and Margaret McMurray SAS’13; (back
row) Emily Clay SAS’11; Kira Valezquez SAS’13; Samantha Avery SAS’12;
Kristina Nilaj SAS’13; Elizabeth Johnston SAS’13; and Christine Biskup
Freshman Johnston Selected to 2010
All-Independent Softball Teams
SAS’13 was selected as a Utility Player on the First Team of the
Association of Division III Independents 2010 All-Independent Softball
Teams. The Association of Division III Independents consists of 14
Division III independent institutions that have joined together to
recognize student-athletes at independent institutions, and to provide
exempted postseason championship competition. Softball coaches at
member institutions of the Association of Division III Independents
selected the award recipients during a conference call.
Natalia L. Martinez SAS'10 Makes
Presentation at Research Symposium
Natalia L. Martinez
SAS'10, a biology major and chemistry minor, spoke at the 58th Annual
Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS) on the work that she did during
her internship over the summer of 2009 at the University at Albany
Cancer Research Center in Rensselaer, NY. The title of her talk was,
“The Role of Vitamin D in Breast Cancer: The Effects of Radiation on
Vitamin D Actions in Normal Mammary Cells.” Here Natalia proudly holds
up the Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS) certificate presented to
her at the Symposium.
Jessica Catherine Kottwitz SAS’12 Receives Chemistry Award
Jessica Catherine Kottwitz SAS’12 was recognized by the Westchester
Chapter of the New York section of the American Chemical Society for
her outstanding performance in two first-year chemistry courses taught
by Dr. Elvira Longordo, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at CNR.
Jessica received a certificate from the society and a copy of the 14th
Edition of the Merck Index, a reference text for professionals looking
for precise, comprehensive information on chemicals and drugs. She was
honored at the 2010 Distinguished Scientist Award Dinner held at Pace
University in Pleasantville on May 5, 2010.
Healthy Mondays Finishes Semester with Bike
A Healthy Monday Bike Rally was held on May 17, 2010. The group biked
to Glen Island Park and back. The event was organized by Dr. Adrienne
Wald, Director of Wellness Education and Programming, and the Wellness
Coaches, with support from Lauren Pellegrino, Dr. Stephen O'Rourke, and
Eliot Bank. Here the group gathers outside The Wellness Center before
the Rally. From left to right are: Eliot Bank, Systems Administrator;
Yelitza Castanos SN’10; Sandy Thitavasanta SN’10; Yasmin Molly SN’10:
Tania Veloz SAS’12; Dr. Wald; Hellen Konyango SAS’12; Sasaha Morgan
SN’11; and Dr. O’Rourke, Associate Professor of Psychology.
F A C U L T Y / S T A F F F O C U S
“The College of New Rochelle has a
long standing reputation for educating nurses who are academically
prepared to provide care with a holistic perspective including the
mind, body, and spirit, and ready to address healthcare needs of
individuals, families, and groups. We are able to do so with a strong
faculty who provide personal attention to each student. ”
Learning Resource Center for Nursing
School of Nursing
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Dr. Amy Bass, Associate Professor of
History and Honors Program Director in the School of Arts &
Sciences, has published the seventh book in her series with Temple
University Press, “Sporting.” The book, entitled One Less Car: Bicycling and the
Politics of Automobility, is by Zach Furness, of Columbia
College in Chicago, a member of the Bad Subjects Collective. To
read more on the book and on Bass's series click here.
Kristin Berman, Associate Professor
of Gifted/Special Education/Childhood Education, in the Graduate
School, delivered the keynote “Becoming Global Citizens in the
Twenty-first Century” at the First Annual Educators’ Conference
of Kuwait in Kuwait City in January 2010. She also gave a number
of workshops: “Developing the Young Scientist;” “English
Language Learners: Embodying Language Learning as a Holistic
and “Project Based Learning in Early Childhood.” Earlier in
January she traveled to the American International School in
Tegucigalpa, Honduras to present training workshops for teachers in
effective teaching strategies. In March 2010, Kristin presented at the
Association for the Education of Gifted, Underachieving Students
(AEGUS) at their annual conference in Rockville, Maryland. In
Capacities of Imagination,” she conveyed concepts acquired from her
involvement in the partnership between The College of New Rochelle and
Lincoln Center Institute’s Aesthetic Education program, for which she
has become a Faculty Facilitator for the College.
Andrea DeCapua, Assistant Professor
of Multilingual Multicultural Education in the Graduate School, in May
2010 presented a paper on “Intercultural Awareness and ESL/EFL
at the 6th annual ELT (English Language Teaching Conference) in Selcuk,
Turkey. Subsequently, she presented at Anadolu University in
Eskeshir, Turkey on “Preparing ESL/EFL Teachers to Become Culturally
Aware: Techniques, Activities and New Understandings.”
Dr. Kenneth J. Doka, Professor of
Gerontology in the Graduate School, presented a series of lectures on
End of Life Care in the month of May. On May 8, he attended and spoke
at the International Work Group conference on Death, Dying, and
Bereavement in Cologne, Germany. On May 21, he was at the Florence Wald
Conference in Connecticut. The following day, he gave a lecture on
gender styles in grief in Appleton, Wisconsin. On May 29 and 31, Dr.
Doka lectured on Death Education at the University of Taipei in Taiwan.
Judy Gordon, Associate Professor of
Social Work in the School of Arts and Sciences, was a participant in a
week-long seminar, “Responding to Women's Issues Through Service
Learning,” sponsored by NYU's Faculty Resource Network June 7-11, 2010.
McCarthy, Associate Professor
in the School of Arts and Sciences, led a series of four discussions on
books about the American Founding for the “Reading Between the Lines” Program of the New York State Council
on the Humanities. The discussions took place at the Bronxville Public
Library from March through June 2010.
Mary McGuinness, Assistant Dean in
the School of Nursing, and Roblyn
Rawlins, Associate Professor of Sociology in the School of Arts
and Sciences, participated in the Colloquy on Faith and Intellectual
Life held at the University of Portland, OR, on June 4-11, 2010.
The conference was sponsored by Collegium, a national organization of
Catholic colleges and universities that fosters discussion about
the Catholic mission on college campuses.
Dr. Roblyn Rawlins, Associate
Professor of Sociology in the School of Arts & Sciences, has been
invited to serve as a Faculty Resource Network Scholar-in-Residence at
New York University for the Fall semester 2010. The
Scholar-in-Residence program enables several faculty members from
Network schools to work at New York University for an academic term,
conducting research and consulting with NYU colleagues. Selection for
participation in the program is highly competitive. Dr. Rawlins
received the appointment to initiate a multi-year, multi-method
research study entitled “Shop, Cook, Eat: Food, Identity, and
Consumption in Contemporary America.”
Dr. Nereida Segura-Rico, Associate
Professor of Spanish, and Chair of CNR’s Department of Modern &
Classical Languages in the School of Arts & Sciences, was invited
by the Humanities Center at Lehigh University to introduce Dominican
author, Loida Maritza's Pérez, who spoke on “From the
Americas to America: Identity as Construct." The talk, given on
March 18, 2010, was part of Lehigh’s Humanities Center series “Speaking
Bodies.” She also moderated a discussion with Ms. Pérez about
her book, Geographies of Home.
Dr. Jennifer Scuro, Assistant
Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Women’s Studies Program in
the School of Arts & Sciences, hosted a Skype video-conferencing
class on May 10, 2010 with her Philosophy and Gender students.
The guest lecturer was Dr. Devonya Havis, Assistant Professor of
Philosophy at Canisius College, specializing in Philosophy of Race and
African American Philosophy. Dr. Havis discussed Audre Lorde’s,
“Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power” in Sister Outsider (Crossing Press,
1984), questioning the social and cultural loss of passion and
celebration in everyday life.
Associate Professor in the School of Nursing, served as faculty advisor
to the Students Nurses' Association and accompanied the executive board
members and other student delegates to the National Student Nurses'
Association Convention in Orlando, FL. The group presented for the
first time a resolution that was approved by the House of Delegates.
Dr. Go provided guidance and editorial support in preparing the
materials and worked with students in their fundraising and community
Elizabeth Wisniewski, Instructor of
Mathematics in the School of Arts and Sciences, this last semester
provided mathematics support for secondary integrated algebra and
special education instructors at Roosevelt High School in Yonkers, NY.
This was sponsored by the Hudson Valley Regional Support Center as part
of the New York Higher Education Task Force on Inclusive Schooling.
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