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The College of New Rochelle
Celebrates Class of 2012 at 105th Commencement

More than 1,000 baccalaureate and master’s degrees were awarded at The College of New Rochelle's 105th Commencement on May 19, 2012, at Radio City Music Hall. Carla Harris, Managing Director, Emerging Manager Platform, Morgan Stanley Investment Management, gave the Commencement address.  m o r e

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A R O U N D  C N R

CNR Celebrates 74th Annual Alumnae/i College

A group of 1962 alumnae pose with their hats.  

The College of New Rochelle celebrated its 74th annual Alumnae/i College on June 9, 2012 when classes ending in 2s and 7s reunioned. The members of the class of 1962 celebrated their 50th reunion in style, each wearing a unique hat.  m o r e


Luisa Maria Garcia SAS'14 Recognized as an "Emerging Voice" by The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation and Ford Motor Company Fund
Luisa Maria Garcia SAS'14, a communication arts major in the School of Arts & Sciences at The College of New Rochelle, was one of two undergraduates selected by The Alliance for Women in Media (AWM) Foundation and Ford Motor Company Fund as a scholarship recipient of the “Emerging Voices” program.  m o r e




Verizon Foundation Presents $75,000
to The College of New Rochelle’s School of New Resources

Pictured (l.-r.): Kevin Service, Northeast Area President, Verizon Communications, and CNR Trustee; CNR President Judith Huntington; Patrick Lespinasse, Director of Government Affairs, Verizon Communications.

Students at The College of New Rochelle’s city campuses are now able to take full advantage of SMART Board® technology thanks to a significant grant of $75,000 given to the School of New Resources by the Verizon Foundation.  m o r e


Family, Friends, and Community Remember
Mary Fischer Bell ‘34 on her 100th Birthday
Mary Fischer Bell ’34 was remembered on June 25, 2012, on what would have been her 100th birthday, by family, friends, and the College Community. Mary was a loved and admired alumna of the College, and was awarded both the Ursula Laurus Citation and Angela Merici Medal.
    Mary, her husband Ralph, and her family established a scholarship fund on Mary’s 75th birthday, and instead of exchanging birthday presents, Mary and Ralph would each make gifts to the CNR scholarship fund that they had established, which they continued for the rest of their lives. The family also provided funding for the Reading Room in Gill Library.  m o r e
Pictured above (l.-r.): Joseph LeVaca and Elizabeth Bell LeVaca


CNR Hosts Regional Economic Development Meeting

Pictured (l.-r.): Leonard S. Schleifer M.D. P.h.D., President & CEO of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and The College of New Rochelle President Judith Huntington

The College of New Rochelle hosted local business and community leaders for the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council Meeting on June 29, 2012.  m o r e


CNR History Professor Supervises
NBC's Olympic Research Room in London

Dr. Amy Bass, Professor of History and Director of the SAS Honors Program at The College of New Rochelle, will supervise NBC’s Olympic Research Room this summer in London, England. This will be Dr. Bass’ eighth Olympic Games as supervisor. 
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New Math and Science Lab
Unveiled to Donor Anne Marie Hynes SAS’71


Pictured here: Anne Marie Hynes SAS’71

Anne Marie Hynes SAS’71 visited CNR in July 2012 to view the new state-of-the-art Mac Math Lab, which she generously helped to provide. The lab, now available to all students studying math and science at the New Rochelle campus, consists of 14 Mac books, an iMac for instructor workstation, and SMART Board. The lab has wireless capability and includes specialized software such as statistical analysis (SPSS) and Matlab. The lab furniture is user friendly and is designed to enhance communication and collaboration among students and faculty.


President Judith Huntington and Provost Dorothy Escribano
Meet with Congressman Jose Serrano

Pictured (l.-r.): Provost Dorothy Escribano, Congressman Jose Serrano, and President Judith Huntington

President Judith Huntington and Provost Dorothy Escribano met with Congressman Jose Serrano on May 15, 2012, to discuss federal policy affecting access to education for students who attend The College of New Rochelle.  m o r e


CNR Hosts The New Rochelle Art Association's Centennial Exhibition

The New Rochelle Art Assocation's Centennial Exhibition "Then and Now" was on view in the College's Mooney Center Gallery from June 16 through July 9, 2012. The exhibition featured work by current members as well as original art by some of New Rochelle's most famous artists and illustrators of the past including Norman Rockwell, Joseph Leyendecker, and Walter Beach Humphrey. To view the video of the exhibition click here.


Westchester Chemical Society Honors
CNR Student for Achievement in Chemistry

Pictured (l.-r.): Dr. Peter Corfield, Ramya Bharathi SAS'15, and Dr. A. Rolande Hodel

Ramya Bharathi SAS'15 was among ten local students recognized by the Westchester section of the American Chemical Society (WCS) for outstanding performance in her first year chemistry coursework. m o r e

Student Profile

“If I attended a different school, I never would have followed this path. Because CNR has a NCAA Division III program, I’m able to maintain a 3.8 GPA and still attend all of my games and practices without guilt that my academics are suffering. It's easy to balance.

Christine Biskup
School of Arts & Sciences
Class of 2013
Graduate School
Class of 2014
Major: History and Education
Minor: Special Education
Hometown: Highland Falls, NY
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F A C U L T Y / S T A F F  F O C U S

Susan Acampora, Associate Professor, Library, attended the Yale Divinity Summer Environmental Symposium: Religion and Environmental Stewardship, June 5-7, 2012.  Professor Acampora also attended the 2012 annual conference of The Association for Gravestone Studies from June 19-24, 2012 at Monmouth University West Long Branch, New Jersey.  The conference explored current research in the study of cemetery and memorial art in the United States and abroad.  Susan is co-authoring a project that integrates art, photography, and narrative in celebration of the art of memorials.


Dr. Amy Bass, Professor of History and Director of the SAS Honors Program, gave a talk at Bates College, Lewiston, ME, on June 9, 2012.  Her talk, entitled The Road Less Travelled, featured her work as both a professor and a television consultant for NBC Olympic Sports, and the work of glass artist Fred Kaemmer, as examples of the variety of things one can do with a liberal arts education.  Dr. Bass also published a two-part piece entitled London 2012:  A Woman's Place is on the Field for the University of Minnesota Press Blog. The piece focuses on the complicated gender politics swirling around the upcoming London Olympic Games, where Bass will yet again serve as Supervisor of the NBC Research Room.  It will be her eighth Olympics working for NBC.


Lilleth Newby Beckford, Assistant Professor and Reference Librarian at the Co-op City Campus, presented at the LOEX of the West LOTW Conference at Woodbury University in Burbank, CA, June 6-8, 2012, in a session entitled A Garden of Juicy Shrubs: Librarian and Teaching Faculty Plant Little Cuttings.  The theme of the conference was Creative Landscapes: Information Literacy for All Terrains. The presentation focused on a semester-long collaboration between a CNR-embedded librarian and a teaching faculty, which facilitated the delivery of information literacy skills to students in an SNR course and resulted in the significant improvement of student learning outcomes.


Kathleen S. Mannino, Assistant Professor, Library, presented Technology Tools and Universal Design: A Librarian’s Quest for Access for All on May 11, 2012 at the Westchester Library Association Annual Conference which focused on techniques which she has used successfully to assist patrons with physical disabilities.  She has collaborated with other Gill Librarians in exploring Second Life and other virtual worlds to enhance the patrons’ use of academic libraries, particularly patrons with physical disabilities.


In May 2012, Dr. Roblyn Rawlins, Associate Professor of Sociology in the School of Arts & Sciences, published the article “‘Whether I’m An American or Not, I’m Not Here So You Can Hit on Me’: Public Harassment in the Experience of U.S. Women Studying Abroad” in the peer-reviewed journal Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal.  On May 11, 2012, Dr. Rawlins delivered a research paper entitled Negotiating, Reappropriating, and (Re)presenting Expert Knowledge of Motherhood: The Mothers’ Club of Cambridge, 1878-1904 at the MIRCI International Conference on Mothers and History: Histories of Motherhood in Toronto, Canada.


Emily Stern, Associate Professor of Art in the School of Arts & Sciences, had a solo exhibition at The Forge Gallery, Milford, PA, in May 2012. In April
2012, she participated in a group art exhibition entitled Visions of Nature at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, NY.


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