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F E A T U R E  S T O R I E S

The Trustee Gala Honors
the Dedicated Work of President Stephen J. Sweeny

Pictured here (l-r): Gala co-chairs Hugh Johnston and Elizabeth LeVaca, President Stephen J. Sweeny, and Board of Trustees Chair Michael N. Ambler

More than 400 faculty, staff, alumnae/i, and friends of The College of New Rochelle gathered on April 7, 2011, at the Trustee Gala to pay tribute to Dr. Stephen J. Sweeny, who will retire in June 2011 after 35 years of service to the College, including 14 years as President.  m o r e

TO WATCH VIDEO of Stephen J. Sweeny Trustee Gala Tribute, click here.

The CNR Community Lends a Hand at Community Service Day 2011

At CNR, service is an essential part of who we are as a community. Faculty, staff, students, and alumnae/i all joined in to volunteer at the College's sixth annual Community Service Day, which was held on April 6, 2011.  m o r e

The Changing Face of Education Forum Brings Local Educators Together
On March 3, 2011, the Changing Face of Education forum provided opportunities for new information and discussion with colleagues relative to both national and state financial crises. It gave participants the opportunity to discuss and clarify their understanding of a host of critical issues including ways to maximize resources in these financially stressful times, integrating the new Common Core Standards in ELA and Mathematics, and the new Teacher/Leader Effectiveness Model. Dr. Walter Sullivan, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership in the Graduate School and Director of the Center for Educational Policy and Practice, acted as a facilitator and coordinator. Dr. Ronald Valenti, Director College & District Partnerships, Dr. Constance Iervolino, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the Graduate School, and Estee Lopez, an Instructor in the Graduate School, presented.  m o r e

TO WATCH VIDEO of Education Forum Keynote Speech, click here.

A L U M N A E / I  S P O T L I G H T

“So much of what I have been able to do and be professionally has been due to the education and values I received from CNR. I am especially thankful for the fellowship I was given to complete my BA, the wise guidance I always received from Sister Dorothy Ann, and the support of all my professors at the Psychology Department, especially Dr. Eileen Canty.”

Pilar Ramirez SAS'72

Center for Promoting
Economic Initiatives, Banco FIE
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Alumnae/i Networking Luncheon
Hosted by Valerie Salembier SNR’73 at the Hearst Building

Pictured (l-r): Bridget Foley SAS'78, Judith Huntington, Valerie Salembier SNR’73. Pictured below (l-r): Karen Parks SAS'93 and Mary Sue Murphy SAS'73

On March 28, 2011, Valerie Salembier SNR’73, Senior VP, Publisher & Chief Revenue Officer, Harper’s BAZAAR, graciously hosted a networking luncheon for a small group of alumnae/i at the Hearst Building. Valerie shared the historic story of the award-winning building as well as her own experience at CNR.  m o r e

Alumnae/i Gathered in Naples, Florida,
to Reconnect and Tour the Naples Botanical Garden

Pictured (l- r): Mary Clare Freaney Dooley SAS'64, M. Virginia Hartcorn Fortney SAS’40, June Evangelist McCann SAS'60, Barbara Sweeny, Dr. Stephen Sweeny, Virginia Curren Kenney SAS’47, Anne T. Vitale, Polly Waldron, Maureen Ward, Patricia Ward SAS'67, Margaret Reilly Antalec SAS’59, and Joseph Antalec.

Alumnae/i and friends of The College of New Rochelle gathered for a tour of the Florida and Asian Gardens at the Naples Botanical Garden followed by a lunch on March 14, 2011. To view more pictures from the Naples event, click here.
Alumnae/i in the Florida area also gathered for events in Vero Beach and Palm Beach in February. To read more about these events, click here. To view more pictures from the Vero Beach event, click here, and to view more pictures from the Palm Beach event, click here.

CNR GOLD Networking Event Discusses Life After CNR

Panelist at the Life After CNR GOLD (graduates of the last decade) Networking Event discussed "Life After CNR" with current students and other alumnae/i. Pearl Hayes Sullivan SNR'03 served as moderator and Tara O'Neill Brant SAS'98 served as mistress of ceremonies.  m o r e

A R O U N D  C N R

The College of New Rochelle Celebrates
the Life of St. Angela Merici and Student Service

Pictured here (l-r): President Stephen J. Sweeny, Loren Smith SNR-CC, and Dr. Kristine Southard, Campus Director of the Co-op City Campus.

Originally the College of St. Angela, The College of New Rochelle celebrated the feast day of St. Angela Merici on April 13, 2011. Students, faculty and staff, alumnae/i, and friends gathered on April 13, 2011, to celebrate the life of St. Angela and also honor the community service of four students. Clover McLennon SN, Loren Smith SNR-CC, Hellen Konyango SAS, and Sylvia Siciliano GS, were all recognized with an Ursuline Educators Service Award for their outstanding service.  Pictured here (l-r): President Stephen J. Sweeny, Loren Smith SNR-CC, and Dr. Kristine Southard, Campus Director of the Co-op City Campus.  m o r e

First Annual Spirit of Sweeny Award Given at CNR's Spirit Competition

In the midst of the Spirit Competition on March 16, 2011, the first annual Spirit of Sweeny Award was given to Praniece Little SAS’13. The award was established in honor of our 12th President, Dr. Stephen J. Sweeny, who dedicated 35 years of exceptional service and tirelessly advocated for The College of New Rochelle. The Spirit of Sweeny Award is presented to a student who exemplifies the spirit of the President and love for the College. 
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Faculty Display Their Professional Talent
at the Castle Gallery's Spring Exhibition

Margie Neuhaus, Associate Professor in the School of Arts & Sciences Art department, poses by one of her pieces in the exhibition.

Students, faculty and staff, alumnae/i, and friends gathered for the opening reception of the Castle Gallery's Spring 2011 exhibition on April 10, 2011. Thankful for the professional talent within our own educational institution, the exhibition features work from The College of New Rochelle’s art faculty, including full time and adjunct professors from the School of Arts & Sciences Art Department and the Graduate School Art Department.  m o r e

Notre Dame Professor Dr. Kathleen Cummings
Lectured to a Full House on Women Religious

Pictured here (l-r): President Stephen J. Sweeny, speaker Dr. Kathleen Sprows Cummings, and Vice President for Mission and Identity Dr. Joan Bailey.

Dr. Kathleen Sprows Cummings engaged a full crowd in Romita Auditorium on March 1, 2011, with her lecture, "Telling Herstory: Women Religious in the American Catholic Past."   m o r e

CNR Welcomes Local Students to the
Sonia Kovalevsky Mathematics Day for High School Girls

Dr. Richard Thompson, Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences, welcomed students to a full day of fun and informative workshops and games involving math on April 1, 2011, for the annual Sonia Kovalevsky Mathematics Day for High School Girls. The high school students were guided through the busy day on campus by CNR undergraduates and faculty members from the School’s math and science departments. Hands-on workshops were held on cryptography, forensics, chemistry and graph theory, among other problem solving workshops and contests.  m o r e

The Dowell Lecture Examines Feminism in 2011

Pictured (l-r): Dr. Richard Thompson, Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences, Emilie Zaslow, Ph.D., and Jennifer Scuro, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Women's Studies Program.

The 2011 Dowell Lecture, hosted by the Women's Studies Committee, featured Emilie Zaslow, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Pace University. Zaslow is the author of Feminism, Inc: Coming of Age in Girl Power Media Culture.  m o r e

TO WATCH VIDEO of 2011 Dowell Lecture, click here.

Sustainability Panel Addresses Food Supply, Stewardship, and Sustainable Practices

On March 14, 2011, the Sustainability Garden Panel “Food for Thought: Gardens for Promoting Children’s Health and Education” addressed changes in the food system that have resulted in a distance from food supply and the health and environmental consequences of the disconnect.  m o r e

C N R  S T U D E N T  N E W S

Student Profile

“Anywhere else, you don’t have as much of an opportunity to interact with the high levels of the staff. I appreciate it more because of my previous experience. The people who have always been here for their undergraduate degree might think this is how it is everywhere. But it’s not!”

Rauldon Boyce
School of Nursing
Second-Degree Student
Hometown: Jamaica, NY
Class of 2011
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Luisa Garcia SAS'14 Recognized
Among Industry Greats at NYWICI Matrix Awards

For a brief moment, Luisa Garcia SAS'14 shared a Waldorf=Astoria stage with Rosie O'Donnell, Idina Menzel, Arianna Huffington, Sheryl Sandberg, and Gwen Ifill, to name a few. She was being recognized at the New York Women in Communications Matrix Awards luncheon on April 11, 2011, as the winner of a prestigious scholarship.   m o r e

CNR Students "Plunge" into Community Service
for the People of Ecuador

CNR students and staff members traveled to Ecuador for the 2011 Plunge Service Trip during March spring break to work with communities in and around Guayaquil with the organization Rostro de Cristo (RDC). RDC is a volunteer and retreat program of the Catholic Church based in Duran, near Guayaquil.   m o r e

Six CNR Athletes Elected to the HVWAC All-Academic Team

Congratulations to eight CNR athletes who were elected to the inaugural All-Academic Team of the Hudson Valley Women's Athletic Conference (HVWAC). Students elected must be a sophomore or higher, maintain a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA, and participate in one of the conference’s fall sports – cross country, soccer, tennis, and volleyball. Of the 58 athletes named to the fall All-Academic Team, six CNR athletes were honored.  
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Scientist-In-Residence Sr. Mary Virginia Orna
Speaks to Students About Women Scientists

Out of more than 375 inductees into The National Inventors’ Hall of Fame, only 13 are women and seven of the 13 women are chemists. This fact, along with more detailed and inspiring biographical information about the inductees, was included in Sr. Mary Virginia Orna’s lecture, "Women Chemists in the National Inventors’ Hall of Fame."  m o r e

Students Participate in the
Northeast Regional Honor Council's Annual Conference

Kristen Diaz SAS’11, Darianna Parra SAS’11, and Cassandra Irons SAS’12 participated in “Resurgam, I Will Rise Again,” the Northeast Regional Honors Council’s annual conference in Portland, Maine, which began on March 31, 2011. The students presented their research on thematic panels on April 2 and at the poster session on April 3, 2011.   m o r e

Chemistry Majors Attend the Nichols Symposium
and Medal Award in Honor of Professor Julius Rebek, Jr.

Pictured here (l-r): Denise Dailey SAS'14,  Professor Julius Rebek, Jr., and Zuleyka Hernandez SAS'14

Denise Dailey SAS'14, Zuleyka Hernandez SAS'14, and Assistant Professor of Chemistry Elvira Longordo, Ph.D., attended the 2011 William H. Nichols Symposium and Medal Award Ceremony on March 18, 2011.  The 2011 Nichols Award honoree, Professor Julius Rebek, Jr., posed with the students for a photo. Dailey later reflected that it was "like meeting a modern day Einstein." The students, who were chosen based on merit, demonstrated academic excellence, especially in lecture and laboratory techniques. 
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Students Study Modern Spain Firsthand

Faculty and students photographed as they are about to leave for Spain.

Students in the School of Arts & Sciences’s class Modern Spain: Nationalism and Identity, paused before boarding vans to Newark Airport and beginning their one-week spring break travel and study course in Barcelona, Madrid, and Toledo. Students taking the 1-credit travel study experience spent three days in Barcelona, four days in Madrid, and one day in Toledo. They gathered information and material for their final project during the trip and will present their findings for the entire College Community before the end of the semester. m o r e

CNR Students Impress Potential Employers
at the Career and Internship Fair

CNR students were described by a potential employer as "exceptional – always professional, knowledgeable, and eager to join our team" at the Career and Internship Fair on March 10, 2011. Thirty-five employers from several different industries, including health care, human services, education, government, and business, attended the Fair.  m o r e

Elizabeth Johnston SAS'13 Awarded Honorable Mention, Association of Division III Independents
Congratulations to Elizabeth Johnston SAS'13 who was awarded an Honorable Mention for her achievements on our Blue Angels basketball team by the Assosication of Division III Independents. m o r e

Hellen Konyango SAS'11 Awarded the Bacchus Area 11 Outstanding Student Award

Hellen Konyango SAS'11 was awarded the Bacchus Area 11 Outstanding Student Award at the Bacchus Area 11 Conference at The College of New Jersey on March 5, 2011. The conference, for peer health educators from New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, focused on "Building Healthy College Communities" and was attended by by almost 150 students and advisors.   m o r e

F A C U L T Y / S T A F F  F O C U S

Dr. Amy Bass, Associate Professor of History and Director of the Honors Program in the School of Arts & Sciences, has published the seventh book in her series Sporting at Temple University Press. The book, Distant Corners:  American Soccer's History of Missed Opportunities and Lost Causes by bestselling author David Wangerin, is about the fluctuating American appetite for soccer over the years and how American soccer differs from its popular global counterpart, football. The Library Journal said that it is “an essential read for soccer and sports fans everywhere.”

Dr. Susan Conte, Associate Professor of Guidance and Counseling in the Graduate School, presented “My Body, My Biography:  The Use of Narratives of Self-Injury as a Path to Wholeness” at the Power of Social Work Annual NASW Conference in Albany on March 11, 2011. On March 9, 2011, she co-presented “For the Love of It: Finding Joy and Meaning in the Later Years of Life” for geriatric residents at Andrus on the Hudson, in Hastings, NY. On November 9, 2010, she co-presented “Celebrate What’s Right with the World:  Spirituality in Later Life” to the same audience. In November of 2010 she was also elected to the Southern Westchester Diaconate Council of Catholic Parishes.

Dr. Andrea DeCapua, Associate Professor of Multilingual/Multicultural Education in the Graduate School, published Breaking New Ground: Teaching Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education in U.S. Secondary Schools. Breaking New Ground introduces readers to and engages them in the implementation of an instructional model that has been developed over many years of working with SLIFE (Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education). In addition, Dr. DeCapua presented three papers in March, “I Would Suggest Talking to Her Pediatrician About it: Advice to Mothers,” which was presented at the annual AAAL conference in Chicago; “Designing Projects for Demonstration Students with Limited/Interrupted Education,” which was presented at the annual TESOL Convention in New Orleans; and “Preparing Educators to Teach Students with Limited/Interrupted Education,” which was also presented at the annual TESOL Convention in New Orleans.

Dr. Kenneth J. Doka, Professor of Gerontology in the Graduate School, published his 27th book, Spirituality and End-of-Life Care, which offers tools for assessment and intervention to assist counselors and individuals in utilizing spiritual strengths as they face illness and death. Additionally, Dr. Doka was the recipient of the Helping Hand Award, presented by A Caring Hand: The Billy Esposito Foundation on April 6, 2011. Dr. Doka also did four presentations in a speaking tour of the Western Florida Coast in January, 2011, presenting in Naples, Fort Myers, and Sarasota on generational differences in grief. He published two articles, Grief, Dementia and Multiple Loss, in Bereavement Care, an Australian journal, and Religion and Spirituality: Assessment and Intervention in the Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care. He also recently spoke on “Gender Differences in Grief” to the Central Conference of American Rabbis in New Orleans.

Cristina de Gennaro, Professor of Art in the School of Arts & Sciences, was awarded a fellowship for an artist residency at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, NM, from September 1 - December 1, 2010.  She focused on developing a new body of drawings while in residence.  

Deborah Hunt, Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing, gave a presentation on “Women and Cardiac Issues” at the Advance Job Fair and CE Event at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

Emily Stern, Associate Professor of Art in the School of Arts & Sciences, was honored by having her drawing, "Knitted Night," selected by Isabel Lark, of Isabel Lark Fine Art, for a gala at the Lancaster Art Museum in Lancaster, PA, in April 2011 called "Art of the Party." Isabel Lark is an art dealer and art advisor specializing in "bringing the New York art scene to Lancaster, PA."

Dr. Walter Sullivan and his daughter Meghan Troy, a teacher in the Scarsdale School District, presented at the annual New York State Council of School Superintendents (NYSCOSS) conference on February 28, 2011, in Albany, New York.  Their presentation “Addressing the Needs of Our Students in a Global World” had a focus on curriculum, technology, and processes that will enhance 21st century learning skills of critical thinking, problem-solving, and team collaboration.  Dr. Sullivan and Ms. Troy shared examples of these skills that exist in schools in spite of federal and state mandates.

Dr. Geraldine Valencia-Go, Associate Professor of Nursing in the School of Nursing,. was nominated for an Excellence in Teaching Award sponsored by Nursing Spectrum of Gannett Publications, and was selected as a New Jersey/New York finalist for the national level of the award. She has recently been appointed to a six-year term on the editorial board of New York State Nurses’ Association and will serve as the guest editor for the fall issue of the journal. 

Robert Wolf, Professor of Art Studio in the Graduate School, was the subject of an article published in the Journal News on April 10, 2011. The article, Through the looking lens, Trends In Digital Photography You Simply Must See, studied his photo therapy class which explores the therapeutic use of photography.

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Liturgy of Thanksgiving
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Holy Family Chapel
Trustee Dedication of
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March 29— June 17, 2011

Castle Gallery
The Spring 2011 Exhibition features work from The College of New Rochelle’s art faculty, including professors from the School of Arts and Sciences’ Art Department and the Graduate School’s Art Department.
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