"Having gone to a large state
school as an undergraduate, where I spent most of my time running
around from one department to another to get anything done, The College
of New Rochelle is refreshingly user friendly."
The College of New Rochelle
Kelly, tell us
something about your interests, and your family, and where you are from?
I am originally
from Schenectady, New York, although I had been working in New York
City in advertising for the past ten years. I always thought about
becoming an art teacher, and figured it was now or never to change
careers. After student teaching last semester I realized that I made
the right choice. I absolutely loved teaching! My parents are
both social workers. My brother is an artist, and my sister is a
college did you attend for your undergraduate degree?
I went to the
State University of New York at New Paltz, and received my BFA in
photography in 1994.
did you decide to attend The College of New Rochelle?
There were a
number of reasons: 1) CNR had the specific graduate program I needed,
and went perfectly with my background. 2) It was a reasonable tuition
for a private school. I couldn't even get my mind around paying $1000
credit for most other private schools. 3) I loved the fact that the
graduate classes weren't mixed with undergraduate students. As an
adult returning back to college after ten years, I preferred classmates
of my peers- fellow adults with second careers. Also, as an adult, I
cherish and enjoy being in a class and I wanted to be surrounded by
people that felt the same way. 4) Since I went to a state school for
undergraduate, I wanted to experience a private school for graduate
work. 5) The campus was convenient and I loved the campus, specifically
the architecture of the buildings and the wonderful renovated Gill
do you attend classes on campus?
The majority of
my classes are in the Mooney Center, which is the main arts facility on
is your major?
My major is art
you have any favorite teachers?
That's a hard
question, because quite honestly I've been extremely happy with all of
my teachers. Two professors, however, particularly stick out in my
mind. One is Beth Colleary who teaches secondary art methods and art
history. She expects 120% out of her students and as a result
I've produced some of my best work because of her. Artistically and
emotionally, Sheila Kreimelman. She teaches watercolor painting at the
college. She got me thinking of myself as an artist again after my very
long artistic block. For me, her classes were more like therapy then
work. My classmates and I literally cried on our last day of class with
her! We didn’t want to leave her.
has surprised you the most about the Graduate School?
That there's no
hassle involved in being a student. Here’s a good example. I remember
walking out of the financial aid office within thirty minutes and
having taken care of all my business and thinking: That's it? That's
all? Am I missing something? Having gone to a large state school
as an undergraduate, where I spent most of my time running around from
one department to another to get anything done, The College of New
Rochelle is refreshingly user friendly. Secondly, since it's a small
school, I've been fortunate to have the same students in my classes. We
have all become very close and encourage one another to succeed. Also,
I enjoy knowing my professors intimately and seeing the same smiling
faces on campus.
you have a job on campus?
incredibly blessed to have a graduate assistantship at the Castle
Gallery. My position there enables me to have professional
experience within an art setting: setting up exhibits, putting together
educational kits, and general administrative work. I absolutely love
the work and it enables me to have a balance between academics and
professional work, and use some of my previous experience.
do you expect to graduate, Kelly?
What are your career plans?
I hope to become a
high school art teacher, God willing.
find out if CNR is the right choice for you, please contact:
of the Dean
The College of New Rochelle
29 Castle Place
New Rochelle, NY 10805