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F E A T U R E  S T O R I E S

Commencement Honors Archbishop
Timothy Michael Dolan and President Stephen J. Sweeny

On May 26, 2011 The College of New Rochelle celebrated its 104th Commencement as it graduated the Class of 2011. The College awarded 1,100 baccalaureate and master’s degrees on graduates of the School of Arts & Sciences, School of Nursing, Graduate School, and School of New Resources during Commencement Exercises at The Jacob Javits Convention Center.  m o r e


Awards Bestowed on School of Arts & Sciences Graduates
at Hooding Ceremony

On May 25, 2011, the School of Arts & Sciences held the traditional Hooding Ceremony at the Holy Family Chapel on the New Rochelle Campus.  m o r e.
Click here to view the program and award recipients. 


School of New Resources Holds
Hooding Ceremonies at all Campuses

Prior to the 104th Commencement of the graduating Class of 2011, the traditional Hooding Ceremonies for the School of New Resources were held on all the campuses of The College of New Rochelle.   m o r e


Graduate School Celebrates Traditional Hooding
at The Wellness Center

On May 23, 2011, the Graduate School held the traditional Hooding Ceremony in The Wellness Center on the New Rochelle Campus.  m o r e


School of Nursing Celebrates Hooding Ceremony
at the Holy Family Chapel

On May 24, 2011, the School of Nursing celebrated the traditional Hooding Ceremony at the Holy Family Chapel on the New Rochelle Campus.  m o r e


CNR Community Celebrates the Retirement of President Sweeny
by Renaming the Student Center

The College Community gathered to celebrate President Stephen J. Sweeny on May 20, 2011 with the dedication of the Student Campus Center in his name. The building was renamed the Stephen J. Sweeny Student Center in recognition of Dr. Sweeny's 35 years of service.   m o r e

TO WATCH VIDEO of the Sweeny Student Center Dedication, click here.



A L U M N A E / I  S P O T L I G H T

“Three years flew by; and, after I graduated, I realized how much I had grown, intellectually, emotionally and spiritually. Being in a small college helped me focus more on myself and helped me work towards overcoming my shortcomings and building on my talents.”

Merin George SAS'09
Special Education Teacher
Shield Institute, New York
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CNR Welcomes Alumnae/i Back to Campus
for the 73rd Annual Alumnae/i College

CNR celebrated its 73rd annual Alumnae/i College on June 11, 2011.  Graduates of The College of New Rochelle returned to campus to reconnect with friends and visit the campus.  m o r e


A R O U N D  C N R

The College of New Rochelle Honors Athletes
at Annual Athletics Banquet

The College of New Rochelle honored its athletes at their annual Athletic Banquet on May 11, 2011, at Beckwith Pointe Beach Club. Dr. Colette Geary, Vice President for Student Services, welcomed the crowd of athletes, parents, coaches, and faculty and staff.   m o r e


SNR Students Celebrate Before Graduation

On March 12, 2011, members of the School of New Resources Class of 2011 from Brooklyn, Co-op, DC-37, John Cardinal O’Connor, New Rochelle, and Rosa Parks campuses participated in the pre-graduation celebration. Remarks were given by Rosa Napoleone SAS’75, President of the Alumnae/i Association, Elza Dinwiddie-Boyd, Dean of School of New Resources, and Dr. Kristine Southard, Campus Director Co-op City Campus.   m o r e


CNR Launches Faculty/Staff Blog, The Castle View

The College of New Rochelle recently launched a blog, The Castle View, as a venue for faculty and staff to write about current events, professional interests, or their experiences at CNR. Click here to view the blog.


Honors Students Present Their Research at Honors Conference Day

Pictured here is Justinne Orjuela SAS'11 and Marga Taylor, the Associate Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences. Justinne's project, titled "Columbian Women and Armed Conflict: Investigating Women's Rights Abuses Under the Lens of International Law," investigates the UN Human Rights Council recommendations to the government of Columbia and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).

Students from the School of Arts & Sciences Honors Program presented their research at the Honors Conference Day on April 28, 2011. This event, a requirement for those who seek an Honors Diploma, demonstrates the labor, talent, and motivation of Honors students and their work with dedicated faculty mentors.


Sustainability Garden Used as Teaching Tool
for Local Second Grade Students

Here, Dr. Kostel-Hughes instructs the ‘student-gardeners’ on the work to be done in the College Sustainability Garden

Second grade students from Trinity Elementary School in New Rochelle were invited to the Main Campus of CNR to visit the College’s sustainability garden for a series of hands-on activities that focused on the science of plants and soil.   m o r e


Students Present Their Findings from Travel in Spain

Ten students in Modern Spain: Nationalism and Identity, a class within the School of Arts & Sciences, presented research papers from their recent travel and study course to Barcelona, Madrid, and Toledo. The undergraduates, led by Dr. Anne McKernan, Associate Professor of History and Director of International Studies, and Dr. Nereida Segura-Rico, Associate Professor of Modern Languages, spoke to the faculty and students on May 2, 2011.   m o r e


C N R  S T U D E N T  N E W S

Student Profile

My professors have had a great impact on my life as a student in the past year. With their help, I have really developed my writing skills, and my abilities in front of a camera.”

Luisa Maria Garcia
School of Arts & Sciences
Major: Communication Arts
Class of 2014

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Tania Veloz SAS'12 Selected for National Hispana Leadership Institute's "Latinas Learning to Lead"

Tania Veloz SAS'12 has been selected as one of 22 Fellows in the National Hispana Leadership Institute's (NHLI) "Latinas Learning to Lead" (LLL) 2011 summer program in Washington, DC. NHLI’s "Latinas Learning to Lead" program promotes and fosters the development of young college-age Latina leaders through training, mentoring opportunities, access to national networks, and tools to create a community impact through their leadership projects.


Akosuah Agyei SAS'12 Presents at the American Chemical Society's 59th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium

Pictured here are (left to right), front row: Alyssa Beasley SAS'12, Akosuah Agyei SAS'12, Denise Dailey SAS'14. Back row: Zuleyka Hernandez SAS'14, Dr. Elvira Longordo.

Akosuah Agyei SAS'12, a chemistry and biology major, gave a presentation and talk at the American Chemical Society's (ACS) 59th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium on May 7, 2011 held at the College of Mount St. Vincent. Akos' presentation was based on the research that she conducted in the laboratory of Dr. Susan B. Horwitz at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine Summer Undergraduate Research Program during the summer of 2010.   m o r e


CNR Wellness Coaches Participate
in the 2011 New Jersey Peer Institute

Pictured here are
(left to right), a representative from the Peer Institute, students Suting Liu SN'14, Tanika Charles SN'14, and Gabrielle Paul SN'14

Several CNR student Wellness Coaches and their advisor, Dr. Adrienne Wald, attended the 2011 New Jersey Peer Institute supported and hosted by Alcohol Drug and Education Program at The College of New Jersey and held at their Ewing, NJ campus on May 24-26, 2011.    m o r e


Denise Dailey SAS’14 Honored by Westchester Chemical Society

Chemistry major Denise Dailey SAS’14 was recognized by the Westchester Chemical Society, a local section of the New York Section of the American Chemical Society, for her outstanding performance in a first year chemistry course sequence, Chemical Principles I and II.  m o r e


Gospel Choir Wows Audience
at Their Annual Spring Concert "I Have No Doubt"

The College of New Rochelle Gospel Choir presented their annual spring concert, “I Have No Doubt,” on April 30, 2011, along with the Grace Baptist Church Children’s Choir and HTC Crazy Praise Choir. The Gospel Choir sang Hear My Prayer, Gain the World, Ride on King Jesus, Grateful, Magnify The Lord, Lord Your Mighty, Lift Him Up, This is the Air I Breathe, and I Have No Doubt.    m o r e


F A C U L T Y / S T A F F  F O C U S

Dr. Susan Conte, Associate Professor in the Human Services Division of the Graduate School, presented a paper at the National Association of Social Workers’ annual Power of Social Work Conference, entitled:  My Body, My Biography:  Understanding the Narratives of Self-Injuring Women as Paths to Healing and Wholeness.
The conference was held in Albany, New York on March 11, 2011.


Dr. Kenneth J. Doka, Professor of Gerontology in the Graduate School, received The Dr. Robert Fulton CDEB Founder's Award at the International Death, Grief and Bereavement Conference on June 6, 2011. The award is from the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse Center for Death Education and Bioethics, for outstanding university teaching, research, publication, and professional service in the field of death, dying, and bereavement.


Dr. Nereida Segura-Rico, Associate Professor of Spanish in the School of Arts and Sciences, presented a paper at the 2011 Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) in New Brunswick from April 7-10, 2011. The paper entitled La memoria como prisión en El secreto de sus ojos (Memory as prison in The Secret in Their Eyes) was part of the panel "Trauma and Memory in Literature and Film of Latin America."


Dr. Stephanie Squires, Associate Professor of Special Education in the Graduate School, received a recognition award from the Suffolk County Executive on June 1, 2011. The award is for "advocating understanding and tolerance on Long Island in its schools, between its students, teachers, and parents."  In addition, Dr. Squires co-presented at a conference at Manhattanville College on June 14, 2011 to parents of bi-lingual students.  The session entitled "Helping your Child with Special Needs Succeed in School" will be conducted in both English and Spanish.


Dr. Nick Smart, Associate Professor of English in the School of Arts and Sciences, attended the 21st Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf  at the University of Glasgow in June.  Dr. Smart gave a paper titled "So Mighty a Result: Woolf's Critical Ego" and was a panelist at the conference's plenary roundtable on Woolf, Queer Theory, and Pedagogy.


Dr. Walter Sullivan, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership in the Graduate School, presented two days of workshops for teachers at the Scarsdale Institute on June 3-4, 2011. The workshop was entitled "The Teacher and School Law" and consisted of discussion and practical applications of the law to schools and the classroom.


Dr. Geraldine Valencia-Go, Associate Professor of Nursing in the School of Nursing, was given a 2011  New York/New Jersey finalist award for Excellence in Teaching by Nursing Spectrum, Gannett Health Group. She has been accepted as a member of the Editorial Board of the New York State Nurses’ Association Journal and has reviewed manuscripts of research studies and new textbooks. She will serve as the guest editor of the Journal’s Fall/Winter issue.

She also continues to serve as consultant to long-term care facilities to strengthen staff communication.


Professor Robert Wolf presented a demonstration of "The Uses of Creative Artwork in Ongoing Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy" for the Institute for Creative Analysis on May 1, 2011. The presentation was held at Pure Vision Arts in New York City.


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