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Judith Huntington Becomes President-Elect
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
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.’’
the press release on
the new President-elect, click here.
CNR Opens Fall Semester with Traditional
Photographed at the service, Vice
President for Student Services,
Geary, and a new student, lit a candle for the Wellspring Prayer Ritual
of New Beginnings.
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
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,
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
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
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
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.
Meeting & Dinner
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.
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
A L U M N A E / I S P O T L I G H
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.
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Lecture Focuses on the Ursulines and Ellis
(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
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.
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.
WATCH VIDEO of “Women
and Spirit” Lecture, click here.
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
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
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.
Exhibit Opens at Castle Gallery
(13% baboon, 36% bear, 46% human, 5% wild boar) 2010, digital c-print.t
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
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
WATCH VIDEO of Castle Gallery's Fall 2010 exhibit Nature/Culture, click here.
Campus Community Enjoys Fitness for Life!
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
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
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.
WATCH VIDEO of Dr. Murray Low's Fitness Day
Lecture, “The Power
of Fitness," click here.
Educator/Author Joe Cuseo Speaks at SNR
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
Professor Cuseo, who holds a doctoral degree in
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,
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
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
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,
CNR Trustee and member of the New Rochelle School Board of Education;
and Superintendent of the City School District of New Rochelle Richard
In the opening workshop, kindergarten teacher, Maia
shown addressing the kindergarten teachers on the subject of using
Thinking Maps to support fundamental cognitive
were also made by Debbie Yellin, Sue Mercatante, Ramona Pinero, and
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
Dr. Ron Valenti, Director of College and District
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
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.
R S T U D E N T N E W S
“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.”
School of Arts & Sciences
Double major: Chemistry & Biology
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CNR Wellness Education Launches
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,
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.
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.”
CNR "Be Powerful" Video
WATCH VIDEO from the
Admissions Office that profiles Zena Jamal, a junior nursing major, and
her experience at CNR, click here.
Campus Ministry Helps
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
Amy Bass, Associate
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
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.
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
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.
was published by the American Association on Intellectual and
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,
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
sustainability garden. While the garden is intended to be a
tool to educate our entire student body about food issues, this grant
specifically supports the development of curriculum and an
course for CNR's undergraduate childhood education students in
SAS. This will provide our education students
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
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
Health Counselor's Association (AMHCA). This workshop
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
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
appeared at a group exhibition at the Pratt
Institute in the Dean’s Gallery in Brooklyn.
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