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F E A T U R E  S T O R I E S

Judith Huntington Becomes President-Elect
Judith Huntington officially assumed her role as President-elect in July, relinquishing her position as Vice President for Financial Affairs to work directly with President Sweeny. The coming year provides unique opportunities for the President-elect as she meets with various constituencies, including alumnae/I, students, faculty, and staff. She will become the 13th President of the College on July 1, 2011.
    Huntington said that she was honored to be chosen to carry on in the tradition of Presidents such as Dr. Stephen Sweeny and Sister Dorothy Ann Kelly, who had also come from within the College Community.
    “For more than 18 years it has been my honor to be associated with The College of New Rochelle and to see first-hand the brilliant work of Dr. Sweeny and others who came before me. I will do my best to continue the fine work of Dr. Sweeny and to uphold the tradition of excellence here at CNR.’’

To read the press release on the new President-elect,  click here.

CNR Opens Fall Semester with Traditional Wellspring Prayer

Photographed at the service, Vice President for Student Services, Dr. Colette Geary, and a new student, lit a candle for the Wellspring Prayer Ritual of New Beginnings.

On September 3, 2010, the freshmen class of the School of Arts & Sciences and the School of Nursing and their families were invited for an interfaith prayer service, the Wellspring Prayer Ritual of New Beginnings, held in Holy Family Chapel on the Main Campus of The College of New Rochelle. This traditional opening of school ceremony at CNR was an opportunity for parents and students to pray together one last time before the fall semester began on September 7, 2010.
    A blessing was said by parents over their children, and the students asked a blessing on their parents. At the conclusion, parents lit a candle and handed it to their child-- a passing on the light of God as they begin this new part of their lives. The service was designed and facilitated by Helen Wolf, Director of Campus Ministry, Fr. Joseph Flynn, OFM Cap. College Chaplain, and the Peer Ministers.

CNR Names New Vice President for Financial Affairs
Keith Borge has been named as the new Vice President for Financial Affairs. Mr. Borge, who most recently was the College’s Controller, succeeds Judith Huntington in this position. His primary responsibility is providing leadership in meeting the specified financial goals for the College.
    Mr. Borge came to The College of New Rochelle in 1979 as Chief Accountant. In 1981 he was promoted to the position of Assistant Controller and then to Controller in 1983. In this position, he supervises accounting & budget, payroll, accounts payable, bursar operations, and collections. Mr. Borge is a member of the Financial Affairs Area Planning team and is the area member on the Middle States Steering Committee. He has had extensive experience working on behalf of the College with Middle States Self Study activities, and for 24 years has been an evaluator for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. He is an active participant in the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), serves on the Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers (EACUBO), and has served as Chair of the EACUBO Financial Review Committee. Mr. Borge has a BS in Accounting from Mercy College and an MBA in Finance from Long Island University.

CNR Names New Vice President for Student Services

Dr. Colette Geary has joined the College as Vice President for Student Services. As the Vice President for Student Services, Dr. Geary is the Chief Student Services officer and supervises Student Development, Health Services, Counseling and Career Services, Student Services, Athletics, The Wellness Center, and Campus Ministry. She succeeds Vice President Joan Bristol who had been with the College since 1972.
    Dr. Geary comes to CNR from Manhattan College, where she was the Dean of Students. She has held a variety of Student Services’ positions since March 1997, including Director of Counseling and Health Services and staff psychologist. She has also been a faculty member in Manhattan graduate programs for the past eleven years. Before her work at Manhattan, Dr. Geary was staff psychologist at the Veterans’ Hospital in Montrose, NY and had a private practice specializing in elementary to college-age clients. She is a graduate of Manhattan College with a BS in Psychology. She earned the PhD in Clinical Psychology from State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Opening of School Year Meeting & Dinner

On September 24, 2010, the College Community came together for their annual Opening of School Year Meeting. President Sweeny, along with the Vice Presidents and Deans, gave up-to-date progress reports of each school/area and introduced new members of the College Community. Immediately following the meeting, a dinner was held to honor faculty and staff celebrating service anniversaries.

2010 Service Anniversaries

Celebrating their 35 years of service to The College of New Rochelle, (l.-r.): Robert Arko, Associate Professor, Psychology, Graduate School and Joan Bailey, Vice President, Mission & Identity pose with President Stephen J.  Sweeny.  Also celebrating his 35th anniversary was William Maxwell, Professor, Art, School of Arts & Sciences.  List of Services Anniversaries

A L U M N A E / I  S P O T L I G H T

“There are many departments and people within the College who helped me develop into the woman that I am today. The support and guidance at the College is unbelievable. I was at the College during very dramatic experiences of my life: September 11, the loss of my dearest mother, and the New York City blackout. From Campus Ministry, Career Counseling and Development, and Financial Affairs -- where I worked as a work-study student -- I was able to get essential and valuable tools that I need to deal with grief, disasters, and emergencies.

Rashidah Ferguson SAS’03
Founder, BeyondBlackBeauty.com
Fashion Publicist, Pierce Mattie Public Relations
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A R O U N D  C N R

Lecture Focuses on the Ursulines and Ellis Island Exhibit
(L.-r.): CNR Presideht Stephen J. Sweeny, Sr. Karen Kennelly, CSJ, and Vice President of Mission and Identity Dr. Joan Bailey.

Sr. Karen Kennelly, CSJ, highlighted the “Women and Spirit” exhibit at Ellis Island in her lecture “Women & Spirit: The Ursulines and Catholic Sisters in America.” The lecture was presented by the Office of Mission and Identity on October 6, 2010. Sr. Karen Kennelly, a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet, holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.A. in History from the Catholic University of America. This lecture was part of the Sr. Alice Gallin Lecture Series.

The Ellis Island exhibit—from September 23, 2010 to January 22, 2010--focuses on the Catholic Sisters in America and the vital role they played in extending social services, educational opportunities, and health care to people from many walks of life. The exhibit features rare artifacts, media presentations, and photographs from more than 400 communities which have been brought together for the first time. For more infomation, click here.

TO WATCH VIDEO of “Women and Spirit” Lecture, click here.

TO WATCH VIDEO of “Women and Spirit” Slideshow, click here.

CNR Conducts River Research in Collaboration with Westchester County

Susan Darling, M.S., Associate Environmental Planner for the Westchester County Department of Planning, visited students in the Chemistry Department on September 20, 2010 to discuss research project opportunities at Sheldrake Environmental Center in Larchmont, which will be in collaboration with the Westchester County Department of Planning.   The data and results from the analyses will be entered in the Westchester County Department of Planning database for the Westchester County Watershed Monitoring Program and will be available to the public. 
    On a weekly basis, Dr. Elvira Longordo, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, will be taking chemistry and biology majors enrolled in first year chemistry to conduct the chemical and physical tests that will be used to explain the health of the Sheldrake River at a point downstream from Goodliffe Pond and Sheldrake Lake. At one time, Sheldrake Lake was a reservoir used as the water supply for the Town of Larchmont and Village of Mamaroneck. In addition, physical and environmental parameters that may be correlated to the results of the chemical tests and which in turn affect the health of river plant and animal life will be observed and recorded.

Nature/Culture Exhibit Opens at Castle Gallery

Jason Salavon, Generic Mammal Skull
(13% baboon, 36% bear, 46% human, 5% wild boar) 2010, digital c-print.t

Nature/Culture, Castle Gallery’s Fall 2010 exhibition, addresses the dichotomy of nature and culture through a variety of media, toying with how these two concepts are often considered polar yet overlap.  The exhibit will remain open until November 17, 2010. The New Rochelle Council for the Arts Artsfest 2010 featured Nature/Culture as a stop on their Trolley on October 2 and 3.

TO WATCH VIDEO of Castle Gallery's Fall 2010 exhibit Nature/Culture, click here.

Campus Community Enjoys Fitness for Life! Day

On September 23, 2010, CNR celebrated its Third Annual Fitness for Life! Day, a day devoted to health education for all members of the CNR Community. The day’s events began with a one-mile Fun Run and Walk around the campus. Cross Country team captain Alyssa Beasley SAS’12 came in first place with a time of 6:25.
    Other Fitness for Life! Day activities included fitness testing and tours of the College’s state-of-the-art Wellness Center.
    In the evening, a lecture entitled “The Power of Fitness" was led by exercise physiologist and noted speaker, Dr. Murray Low.
    Dr. Low, Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation at three Westchester County hospitals, including Sound Shore Medical Center, The Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, and Northern Westchester Hospital, was the first president of the New York State Association for Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation and was honored with its first “Visionary Award.” Recognized for his “Excellence in Education,” he is a Fellow, and past-president (2008-09), of the American Association of Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Rehabilitation and the American College of Sports Medicine.
    The lecture was an official “Exercise is Medicine on Campus” event, which is a national initiative of the American College of Sports Medicine to promote physical activity and its health benefits on college campuses across the country. The lecture was followed by a question and answer session, featuring a panel of CNR Nursing and Arts & Sciences students, and concluded with a reception.

TO WATCH VIDEO of Dr. Murray Low's Fitness Day Lecture, “The Power of Fitness," click here.

Educator/Author Joe Cuseo Speaks at SNR Conference

Dr. Joe Cuseo, Professor Emeritus at Marymount College of California, conducted a day-long workshop on August 31, 2010, for the faculty and staff of the School of New Resources at the John Cardinal O’Connor Campus in the South Bronx. The workshop was entitled “The First-Year Experience, Student Success, & College Quality: What Really Matters.”
    Professor Cuseo, who holds a doctoral degree in Educational Psychology and Assessment from the University of Iowa, was a Professor of Psychology at Marymount College (California) where for 25 years he directed the first-year seminar, a course required of all new students. A columnist for a bimonthly newsletter published by the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, he is co-author of the textbook, Thriving in College and Beyond: Research-Based Strategies for Academic Success & Personal Development, and two books relating to diversity: Humanity, Diversity, & the Liberal Arts: The Foundation of a College Education and Infusing Diversity into the College Experience: Research-Based Strategies for Appreciating and Learning from Human Differences.

Dr. Arlene Flaherty of Catholic Relief Services Speaks on Haiti
On September 7, 2010, Dr. Arlene Flaherty spoke to Campus Ministry’s Peer Ministers and other student leaders about the status of Haiti since the January earthquake. Dr. Flaherty is a Dominican Sister and serves as the Justice and Peace Partnership Liaison for Catholic Relief Services in the Northeastern U.S.
    With more than 50 years of experience in Haiti, Catholic Relief Services is now one of the largest U.S. humanitarian organizations working in the country. Campus Ministry will partner this academic year with CRS in its relief efforts with Haiti.

Freshman Convocation Held in Holy Family Chapel

Freshman Convocation for the School of Arts & Sciences and School of Nursing was held on September 7, 2010, in Holy Family Chapel on the Main Campus. Associate Professor of English in the School of Arts & Sciences Dr. Nick Smart delivered the faculty address to the Class of 2013.
    The theme for the Class is a quote of Harriet Tubman, “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”
Photographed here (l to r) are: Dr. Smart; Dr. Mary Alice Donius, Dean of the School of Nursing; Dr. Dorothy Escribano, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs; President Stephen J. Sweeny; and Dr. Colette Geary, Vice President for Student Services.

CNR Graduate School Hosts
New Rochelle Kindergarten Teachers Colloquium 2010

The Graduate School hosted more than 50 kindergarten teachers from the New Rochelle School District for a half-day series of workshops on September 8, 2010. The event was organized by Graduate School Instructor, Professor Estee Lopez, and Angela Ruta, Assistant to the Dean of the Graduate School. The teachers were welcomed to the Main Campus by Dr. Walter Sullivan, Associate Professor of Education Leadership in the Graduate School; Mary Jane Reddington SAS’45, former CNR Trustee and member of the New Rochelle School Board of Education; and Superintendent of the City School District of New Rochelle Richard Organisciak.
    In the opening workshop, kindergarten teacher, Maia Starcevic, is shown addressing the kindergarten teachers on the subject of using Thinking Maps to support fundamental cognitive skills. Presentations were also made by Debbie Yellin, Sue Mercatante, Ramona Pinero, and Estee Lopez.

Leadership Academy Held At CNR
Fifty building and district administrators from the Mt. Vernon City School District attended a Leadership Academy at CNR this summer. The Academy focused on leadership strategies to improve the quality of teaching and classroom instruction. Dr. Connie Iervolino and Dr. Richard Maurer, members of the CNR Graduate Educational Leadership faculty, planned and facilitated instruction at the Leadership Academy workshops.
    Dr. Ron Valenti, Director of College and District Partnerships, and Luisa M. Iadeluca, Program Coordinator for the St. John Fisher College Ed.D. in Executive Leadership at The College of New Rochelle, organized the conference, and Dr. Walter Sullivan, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership in the Graduate School, assisted with the planning.

Bienal De Arte Exhibit at Gordon Parks Gallery

A featured exhibit of the Bronx Latin American Biennial, “Exodo: Exploring Further Evidence,” is currently in the Gordon Parks Gallery on the John Cardinal O’Connor Campus. The show is part of the Hispanic Bronx Festival, which engages in a collaborative partnership between several organizations that provide direct services to community, in education, health, and cultural endeavors. This exhibition includes artists Liliana Avalos, Rafael Carabano, Luis Carle, Pablo Caviedes, Ricardo Celma, Sonia Cunliffe, Alejandro Delfin, Melanie Diaz, Jorge Opazo Euicker, Xavier Figueroa, Guillermo Lorente, Adal Maldonado, Diego Marcial Rios, Renelio Marin, Jesus I Valdez Martinez, Carolina Mayorga, Luis Pagan, Ramon Peralta, Iris Perez, Aixa Requena, Claudio Roncoli, Catalina Schliebener, and Antonio Tovar. Curated by Alexis Mendoza, Miguel Lescano and Luis Stephenberg.

C N R  S T U D E N T  N E W S

Student Profile

I realized that I can become both a doctor and a researcher. Meanwhile, the more I did cutting-edge research the more I wanted to become a researcher. I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to participate in this internship because it gave me a window into my future career.”

Akosuah Agyei
School of Arts & Sciences
Class of 2012
Double major: Chemistry & Biology
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CNR Wellness Education Launches
"Healthy Mondays" on Main Campus

Front row (l. to r.): Yelitza Castanos SN’11; Alyssa Beasley SAS‘12; Christine Cady SAS’14; Erika Alvarado SAS'12; Tania Veloz SAS'12; Hellen Konyango SAS’11; Dr. Adrienne Wald, Wellness Education Director. Second row (l. to r.): Jessica Kottwitz SAS’12; Virna Echeverria SN’11; Kerese Clark SN’11; Sasha Morgan SN’11; Thomas Assumma, MS, Health Educator.

The CNR Wellness Coaches, under the direction of Dr. Adrienne Wald, Director of Wellness Education, launched the 2010 "Healthy Monday" program on September 13, 2010, in the Student Campus Center with a showing of a video on Fitness Day 2009.
   The Healthy Mondays program features a different aspect of health and wellness each week including Move It Mondays, Mindful Mondays and Make It Count Mondays. They also initiated ‘meatless’ Monday. According to Dr. Wald, “Monday is the logical day to commit to improving health and wellness− the day to trigger and sustain healthy behavior. Meatless Monday is not a vegetarian campaign. It is really a national public health campaign that aims to prevent heart disease, diabetes, stroke and cancer by encouraging Americans to reduce their saturated fat intake by 15 percent.”

New CNR "Be Powerful" Video

TO WATCH VIDEO from the Admissions Office that profiles Zena Jamal, a junior nursing major, and her experience at CNR, click here.

Campus Ministry Helps Manhattan Homeless

The Office of Campus Ministry hosted its first Midnight Run of 2010-2011 on October 6. Under the leadership of Campus Minister Jennifer Lakin, seven CNR students and one alumna brought food, clothing, blankets, and toiletries to the homeless on the streets of Manhattan. Joining them were Fr. Dan O’Reilly and six students from SUNY Maritime College’s Newman Club. CNR completes six Midnight Runs each academic year.

F A C U L T Y / S T A F F  F O C U S

James Allen, Instructional Staff in the School of New Resources at the Brooklyn Campus, completed a one year sabbatical in Africa on June 30, 2010. While based in Uganda, he also conducted research and field work in Ethiopia and Rwanda. Combining study earlier completed in Egypt and Kenya, with planned visits to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Sudan and Tanzania, will enable him to finish his study of the Batwa people and their contributions to the origins of Nile Valley Civilization.

Dr. Amy Bass, Associate Professor of History and Director of the School of Arts & Sciences Honors Program, had a book signing at Where the Sidewalk Ends, a bookstore in Chatham, MA on Cape Cod.  Her latest book, Those About Him Remained Silent: the Battle over W.E.B. Du Bois, was published in November 2009 and details the struggle over the memory and legacy of the great civil rights leader in his hometown of Great Barrington, MA.
  YBP Library Services recently ranked this book #12 on a list of 20 best selling U.S. History books from October 2009 to present.  The list was published by libraryjournal.com.

Dr. Kenneth J. Doka, Professor of Gerontology in the Graduate School, just published a chapter entitled “Struggling with grief and loss” in S. Friedman and D. Helm’s (Eds) book, End-of-Life Care for Children and Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.  The book was published by the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Ana Fontoura, Dean of the Gill Library, was selected by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) to attend the national workshop entitled “Work Restructuring in the Library” in Indianapolis, IN.  The workshop, which took place in July and offered as part of the CLIR/CIC program “Leadership through New Communities of Knowledge,” was made possible through the support of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Dr. Faith Kostel-Hughes, Director of Environmental Studies, Dr. Diane Quandt, Associate Professor of Education in the School of Arts & Sciences, and Dr. Roxanne Zimmer, Associate Professor of Communication Arts in the School of Arts & Sciences, received an environmental mini-grant from the George Candreva Foundation to support the campus sustainability garden.  While the garden is intended to be a teaching tool to educate our entire student body about food issues, this grant specifically supports the development of curriculum and an entire course for CNR's undergraduate childhood education students in SAS.   This will provide our education students unique undergraduate training in how school gardens can be used to teach standards-based content while also learning the practicalities involved in establishing and maintaining a school garden. The grant also supports outreach efforts to schools in the New Rochelle district to provide resources for those interested in establishing their own gardens.

Dr. Mary Virginia Orna, Scientist in Residence, was recognized by The American Chemical Society (ACS) as an ACS Fellow, an honor bestowed upon 192 distinguished scientists who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in chemistry and made important contributions to ACS. With more than 161,000 members, ACS is the world’s largest scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. The 2010 ACS Fellows were honored on August 23, 2010, during the Society’s national meeting in Boston.

Dr. Frank T. Rizza, Associate Professor of Human Services in the Graduate School, presented a workshop entitled “Creating Change Through Humor” at the national, peer-reviewed conference of the American Mental Health Counselor's Association (AMHCA).  This workshop investigated the concepts of humor, laughter, and how these may be used to help clients change when they are undergoing counseling. 

Dr. Walter Sullivan, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership in the Graduate School, received The Distinguished Service Award from The New York State Council of School Superintendents, which is the Council’s highest honor. It was presented at the NYSCOSS Fall Leadership Summit during the Annual Banquet on September 26, 2010, at the Hall of Springs in Saratoga Springs. The Award was established in 1967 and is given yearly to a retired school superintendent who has exhibited an exemplary commitment to public education.

Dr. Ron Valenti, Director of College and District Partnerships, has co-authored a textbook on doctoral research titled Completing a Professional Practice Dissertation: A Guide for Doctoral Students and Faculty.  The book provides readers with an overview of the dissertation process, ranging from data collection and literature review to a detailed examination of quantitative and qualitative research methods.  

Robert Wolf, Professor of Art in the Graduate School, exhibited his artwork this summer. His photograph Tree Hugger appeared at the group exhibition Tribute at the Blue Door Gallery in Yonkers, and his stone sculpture Contemplation appeared at a group exhibition at the Pratt Institute in the Dean’s Gallery in Brooklyn.

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