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S T U D E N T  A C H I E V E M E N T  C E L E B R A T I O N

On December 11, 2008, the Women’s Studies Committee held a celebration of the outstanding work done throughout the year by students in the School of Arts & Sciences. Students, who were nominated by faculty members, made short presentations of their work in Maura Ballroom. Photographed here are the presenters and faculty members: (l. to r.) Dr. Jennifer Scuro, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Event Coordinator; Estella Ayuk SAS’07,  Dianne Rios SAS’09. Vanessa Walker SAS’09,  Elaine Campos SAS’09, Karyn Mooney SAS’09, Christina Antico SAS’09,  Jee Hee Yoon SAS’08, Megan Showell SAS’09, Shannon Fell SAS’09, Jelena Krstic SAS’10, Sakina Laksimi SAS’10, Dr. Roblyn Rawlins, Associate Professor of Sociology and Chair of Women's Studies, and Eileen Schaub SAS’11.

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CNR students take time out on the Main Campus to send Christmas cards to U.S. Troops currently on duty. This special Community Service event, organized by the Office of Campus Ministry, was held in the Student Campus Center on the afternoon of December 11, 2008.

T A L E S  O F  W O N D E R  A N D  W O E  R E C E P T I O N

On December 7, 2008, the Castle Gallery held an opening reception for its current exhibition Tales of Wonder and and Woe: Fable and Fairy Tale in Contemporary Art. The exhibition, organized by Susan M. Canning, runs through February 22, 2009. For more information, including holiday viewing hours and more opening reception photos click here.

C N R  T R E E  L I G H T I N G  C E R E M O N Y

On December 4, 2008, the College Community gathered on Chidwick Walk for the blessing of the crèche and the lighting of the tree.

CNR President Stephen J. Sweeny, Campus Ministry Director Helen Wolf,  and Chaplain Fr. Joseph Flynn, OFM Cap, led the students, faculty and staff in this annual Christmas Season event.

R O S E S  I N  D E C E M B E R  C E L E B R A T I O N

Dr. Maria Cimperman, Ph.D., an Ursuline Sister who teaches at Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas, was the guest presenter at the Roses in December remembrance on two campuses of The College of New Rochelle. Dr. Cimperman presented at the New Rochelle Campus on December 3, and the Rosa Parks Campus on December 4, 2008. This annual College event honors the lives of the four women - Ursuline Sister Dorothy Kazel, lay missioner Jean Donovan, and Maryknoll Sisters Ita Ford and Maura Clarke. These four American churchwomen were martyred in 1980 while working with the poor in El Salvador. The events were sponsored by the Offices of Campus Ministry and Mission & Identity.

Rosa Parks Campus Director Dr. Barbara Adams (l.) accepting from Dr. Cimperman a biography on the life of Dorothy Kazel: In The Fullness of Life, signed by the author, Dr. Cynthia Glavac OSU, for the Rosa Parks Campus library.

F I N D I N G  G O D  L E C T U R E

On the evening of December 2, 2008, in Romita Auditorium on the Main Campus,  the Reverend Leo J. O’Donovan, SJ, president emeritus of Georgetown University, delivered the first in a series of four lectures on “Finding God In All The Galleries.” Dr. Joan Bailey, Special Assistant to the President for Mission & Identity, introduced the speaker. College President Dr. Stephen J. Sweeny described the concept of the lecture series to the College Community.

Father O’Donovan lectured on how art and faith enlighten each, sometimes correct each other, and often challenge each other. The lectures follow the liturgical year of Advent, Ordinary Time, Lent, and Eastertide. The second lecture, on Ordinary Time, will take place on February 10, 2009.

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U N I T E D  N A T I O N S  B R I E F I N G

Three students of CNR (l.-r.) Maria Loja SAS’09, Hellen Konyango SAS’10 and Jaimie Pasqua SAS’10 were among a group of 22 CNR students who attended a November 21, 2008 briefing and discussion at the United Nations on the Millennium Development Goal that targets the elimination of extreme poverty around the world. The students also toured the UN and had lunch in the Delegates’ Dining Room. This event was sponsored by the Lower Hudson Valley Catholic College and University Consortium, and the College’s delegation was organized by Rosann Santos-Elliott, Director of Student Development. It was led by Chantell Francis, Graduate Assistant for Student Development, and Dr. Anne McKernan, Director of the International Studies Program.

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CNR Drama presented the celebrated Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine musical Into the Woods in Romita Auditorium.  Students Christine Locke SAS’11, Alexandria Sarmiento SN’11, Kathleen Scott SN’11 and Cynthia Rodriguez SAS’11 were among the cast of 20 talented actor/singers who played to sold-out houses from November 7-16, 2008.  Arielle Ares was production stage manager and Laurie Castaldo directed. 

S N R  H O S T S  N E W  S T U D E N T  M I X E R  A T  J O C

The School of New Resources hosted a “New Student Mixer” on November 15, 2008, at the John Cardinal O’Connor Campus (JOC).  Several alumnae/i attended, including JOC graduate and adjunct professor, Wanda Goodin, who addressed the students about attending CNR.  Maria Moore and Sam Jeffrey also talked about their experiences as students of the college.  

The evening ended with a drawing for special prizes which included SNR knapsacks, and autographed copies of books by SNR authors Meri Weiss, Herb Boyd, and David Goewey.  The “New Student Mixer” at JOC was organized at by Prenella Philip and Delphine Hill Smith with the assistance of Judith Balfe, Director of Retention.

F I R S T  A L U M N A E / I   v s .  S T U D E N T S
B A S K E T B A L L   G A M E  I N  N E W  W E L L N E S S  C E N T E R

The College of New Rochelle hosted an alumnae/i vs. students basketball game in the Wellness Center, new home of the College’s Blue Angels sports teams, on Thursday, November 13, 2008.

On the alumnae/i team was Ruchelle Austin, former Blue Angel and 2008 NCAA Division III Statistical Champion for Rebounds Per Game, who returned to her alma mater after graduating in May 2008. Presenting Ruchelle the award is Harold Crocker, Director of Wellness Center and Intercollegiate Athletics. Also returning to the game were three former All Americans, Lois Salto ’84, Annie Fitzpatrick ’85, and Dawn Cillo ’85.

Prior to the game, CNR President Stephen J. Sweeny honored beloved former faculty member, physical education professor Kathleen LeVache with the unveiling of her portrait.

Professor LeVache's portrait was permanently installed in the main entranceway to the Wellness Center's gymnasium.

C N R  A N N O U N C E S  A R T  A W A R D  W I N N E R S

The 15th Annual High School Women Artists Exhibition closed on November 9, 2008, with the awarding of prizes to the winning artists. This year 119 artists from 35 high schools in six states were represented in the competition. In welcoming the students, parents and art teachers to the College, Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences Dr. Richard Thompson said “We value art, in all of its forms, at The College of New Rochelle.  Art is central to the life of the College as it is central to our everyday lives.”

Winning students in the High School Artists Exhibition posed with Dr. William Maxwell, Professor of Art in the Art Department of the School of Arts & Sciences (l.), and Dr. Richard Thompson, Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences, (r.) The winning students are (l.-r.) Sara Cha, a junior at Ardsley High School; Laurent Dominga Marin-Ramos, a senior at Mt. Vernon High School; and Breyanna Faulkner, a senior at Yonkers International Baccalaureate High School.

C H O C O L A T E  A N D  W I N E  T A S T I N G

What could be better than an evening spent with friends enjoying fine wine and chocolate? Not much, according to the 40 alumnae and friends of the College that gathered for the Chocolate and Wine Tasting event at CNR on November 6, 2008, including (l.-r.) Brenna Mayer, VP for College Advancement, Lois Scarpino Amend SAS’57 and Fran Choquette Broderick SAS’57. Participants learned the health benefits of chocolate and how to pair it with wine, while sampling a number of delicious choices.

D R .  M A X I N E  G R E E N E  V I S I T S  W E L L N E S S  C E N T E R

Dr. Maxine Greene (c.), founder of the Maxine Greene Foundation for Social Imagination, the Arts, and Education, addressed students and faculty in the Wellness Center on November 6, 2008.  In introducing Dr. Greene, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Dorothy Escribano (l.), called her “an international treasure” saying that Maxine Greene, is “the most famous American educational philosopher since John Dewey.” Dr. Greene spoke on the topic, “Wellness: Windows of the Imagination.”

F A L L   T O W N  M E E T I N G

President Sweeny introduced Dr. Teri Kwal Gamble, Professor of Communication Studies in the Graduate School, at the annual fall Town Meeting held on November 5, 2008.

Dr. Gamble spoke to the College Community in Romita Auditorium on the main campus. The title of her talk was “The Media Generation” and she spoke on the attitudes, abilities and outlook of today’s college age students.

C N R  G E T S  T H E  V O T E  O U T

Newly minted United States citizen, Marga Taylor, Associate Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences (c.), who was born in Germany, is all smiles as she leads a group of students to vote for the first time in an American election on November 4, 2008.

Terri Eberle, Director of Government Relations, prepares to drive another group of CNR undergraduates to the voting booth in New Rochelle. Ms. Eberle organized a college-wide  ‘get out the vote’ campaigns on all of CNR’s campuses for this historic 2008 presidential election.

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On Thursday, October 23, New York Times Religion Columnist Peter Steinfels delivered the Founder’s Day Lecture, “Moral and Social Justice Considerations of What’s at Stake in the Upcoming Election.” In response to Steinfels lecture, the College  presented a Panel Discussion, “Further Considerations of What’s at Stake in the Upcoming Election,” on Tuesday, October 28, at 7 p.m., in Romita Auditorium. The panelists who spoke also took questions from the audience of students and faculty.

The CNR panel of faculty and administrators (l. to r.) were Moderator Dr. Joan Bailey, Special Assistant to the President for Mission & Identity; Dr. Elisabeth Brinkman, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies in the School of Arts & Sciences; Dr. Walter Sullivan, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership in the Graduate School; Elza Dinwiddie-Boyd, Dean of the School of New Resources; Dr. Daniel McCarthy, Associate Professor of Political Sciences in the School of Arts & Sciences; Sr. Martha Counihan, Associate Professor and College Archivist; and Dr. Nelson Ong, Associate Professor of Political Sciences in the School of Arts & Sciences.

C N R  F O U N D E R ’ S  D A Y

On October 23, 2008, The College of New Rochelle began its Founder’s Day celebration with a Liturgy of the Eucharist in Holy Family Chapel.

Following the liturgy, a luncheon was held in the Student Campus Center. Speaking about their connection to the Ursulines and The College of New Rochelle were Director of the Rosa Parks Campus of the School of New Resources, Dr. Barbara Adams, and Director of Counseling & Career Services, Lynda Magrath. Dr. Joan Bailey, Special Assistant to the President for Mission & Identity introduced the Serviam Award winners for 2008. Dr. Bailey noted that “The Serviam Award at The College of New Rochelle, inaugurated by the Ursuline Institute and now continued by the college, highlights extraordinary volunteer service to family, church, school, community, society and/or the larger world.”

Students from the School of Nursing, School of Arts & Sciences, School of New Resources, and the Graduate School were recognized for their service. Flanking President Stephen J. Sweeny are (left to right): Dr. Joan Bailey, Special Assistant to the President for Mission & Identity; 2008 Serviam Award recipients Merin George, School of Arts & Sciences; Maria Davis, School of New Resources, Rosa Parks campus; Rashmi George, Graduate School; and Laura Enright, School of Nursing.    m o r e

C N R  F O U N D E R ’ S  D A Y  L E C T U R E

Peter Steinfels, Ph.D., Co-Director of Fordham University Center on Religion and Culture and the  New York Times’  Religion Columnist, pictured here with Dr. Joan Bailey, Special Assistant to the President for Mission & Identity, gave the Founder’s Day Lecture on the “Moral and Social Justice Considerations of What’s at Stake in the Upcoming Election.”

Following the lecture, Peter Steinfels answered questions from the audience. Dr. Steinfels is the recipients of the 2003 Laetare Medal, the University of Notre Dame’s highest award for service to the church and society, and the author of the 2003 book, A People Adrift: The Crisis of the Roman Catholic Church in America.

C N R  F I N A N C I A L  R E P O R T

Judith Huntington, Vice President for Financial Affairs, and Keith Borge, Controller, presented to the College Community the annual financial report on Wednesday, October 22, 2008, the thirtieth consecutive year of positive operating results for the College.

G O S P E L  C H O I R  P E R F O R M S  A T  C O L L E G E  S U N D A Y

CNR’s Gospel Choir performed at Shiloh Baptist Church, New Rochelle on October 19, 2008. Under the direction of Roger Francis, the choir was one of several choirs participating in Shiloh’s College Sunday.

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On October 16, 2008, in celebration of Italian Heritage Month, the College hosted a return visit of the Bersaglieri, a marching band visiting from Abruzzi, Italy.

The band, dressed in traditional costume and sporting elaborate feathered caps, entertained faculty, staff and students gathered on the Student Campus Center  Terrace.

C N R  " S L E E P  O U T "  H E L D  F O R  P L I G H T  O F  H O M E L E S S

Students, faculty and staff of CNR staged a “Sleep Out” in support of the homeless on October 8, 2008. The event, sponsored by the Office of Campus Ministry, was to educate participants about the plight of the homeless. Members of the College Community - students, faculty and staff - spent the night sleeping in “homeless” boxes on Maura Lawn in an effort to draw attention to the issues surrounding homelessness. School of New Resources Students from the Co-op City, John Cardinal O’Connor, and Rosa Parks Campuses also participated in the “Sleep Out.”  Above: Heather Wallace, SAS ’09 and Danielle DeLancey, SAS ’09, who slept out in their first year at CNR, returned as seniors to spend the night on Maura Lawn.

Helen Wolf, Associate Director of Campus Ministry, welcomed everyone to Maura Lawn and thanked the College Community and friends of CNR for making the special night both a profound educational experience and a tremendous success.  She told the late night gathering “All we ask is an open mind, a willing heart and the determination to make a difference.” The “Sleep Out” was organized by Suzette Walker Vega, the Assistant Director of the Office of Campus Ministry and student peer ministers. Ms. Vega and the peer ministers spoke to the College Community of the plight of the homeless in America.

Dale Williams, formerly homeless himself and now Executive Director of The Midnight Run, a volunteer organization that brings food to the homeless in New York City, shared his personal story of what it is like to live on the streets of America.

" L E F T  T O  T E L L "  A U T H O R  S P E A K S  A T  C N R

Students, faculty and staff filled Romita Auditorium on the afternoon of October 1, 2008, to hear author Immaculée Ilibagiza, who survived the Rwandan holocaust of 1994 and later wrote Left To Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust. A guest of the College’s Office of Mission & Identity, Ms. Ilibagiza spoke movingly of how her faith in God kept her alive while she and seven other women hid for three months in a tiny bathroom to escape the rages of a tribal genocide.  m o r e

Immaculée Ilibagiza (c.) poses with Dr. Joan Bailey, Special Assistant to the President for Mission & Identity (l.), who introduced her, CNR President Stephen J. Sweeny, and some of the many CNR students who attended the lecture.

Ms. Ilibagiza signs autographs of her 2006 book that tells of her ordeal and the tragedy of the Rwandan genocide. Proceeds from the book go to support Immaculée’s Left to Tell Charitable Fund, which has raised over $150,000 for the orphans of Rwanda.

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W O M E N ' S  N E T W O R K I N G  B R E A K F A S T

The third CNR Women’s Networking Breakfast Forum took place at The New York Times on September 16, 2008.  It was hosted by Diane McNulty SAS’75, Executive Director of Community Affairs and Media Relations at The New York Times. Seventeen College of New Rochelle professional women discussed CNR issues and were briefed by Gerry Mullany, Deputy Editor, Government and Politics, on coverage of the presidential campaign.  The briefing engendered lively discussion of the candidates and the issues as well as the coverage they have received. The CNR women then toured the editorial offices of The New York Times. (L. - r.) Brenna Sheenan Mayer, VP College Advancement, Pat Wiley SAS’72, event host Diane McNulty SAS’75, Betsy Donovan Nolan SAS’79, and President of the Alumnae/i Association Marlene Tutera SAS’71.

A N N U A L  F A L L  S E N A T E  P I C N I C

The Annual Fall Senate Picnic was held on the main campus on September 23, 2008. This event, sponsored by the Faculty Senate, brought the College Community together on a warm and sunny day to share news of the summer and discuss upcoming plans for the new semester.

Over 700 students, faculty, and staff enjoyed the noon-time special event on Maura Lawn.

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On September 23, 2008, Campus Ministry coordinated the first in a series of Monthly Service Events for the College Community. Staff and students facilitated Casino Night at United Hebrew Geriatric Center on Pelham Road, spending time with the residents playing Blackjack, Horseracing, and Roulette. Pictured at the Horseracing table are CNR volunteers Sr. Annette Nankusa, SAS ’10 and Sherly Mathew SN ’10.

B I E N A L  D E  A R T E  E X H I B I T 
S H O W C A S E S H I S P A N I C  A R T I S T S

An opening reception was held for Bienal de Arte - Latinoamericano
del Bronx 2008 (Bronx Latin American Art Biennial 2008) on September 20, 2008 at the Gordon Parks Gallery located at the School of New Resources John Cardinal O'Connor Campus.

The biennial exhibition "Historia y Memoria / History and Memory" is on view through November 26, 2008.  Call Delphine Hill-Smith at (718) 665-1310 for hours or to view by appointment.

F I T N E S S  F O R  L I F E !  D A Y

On September 18, 2008, 124 students, faculty and staff of the College participated in the 1st annual CNR Fun Run and Walk, part of  Fitness for Life! Day 2008. The purpose of this new college event was to encourage participants to strive for lifelong fitness by engaging in enjoyable physical activity and to set an example for the entire community.

Before the start of the one-mile Fun Run, CNR President Stephen J. Sweeny brought all the runners to their mark on Leland Avenue and congratulated them on their participation in the new College of New Rochelle event.  m o r e

S T U D E N T  A C T I V I T Y  F A I R

This year's  Student Activity Fair was held outside the Student Campus Center where new students were introduced to the many clubs and activities at CNR.

Campus Ministry's was one of the many tables on display. CNR Chaplain Fr. Joseph Flynn, OFM Cap. and Director of Campus Ministry Helen Wolf  were there to welcome new members and answer any questions the students had about their organization.

C O N S T I T U T I O N  D A Y

Each September at CNR a special discussion is held in Mother Irene Gill Library to discuss some aspect of our U.S. Constitution. This seminar is given by members of the College’s distinguished faculty and is another way The College of New Rochelle helps develop habits of good citizenship in the next generation of Americans. On September 17, 2008, Dr. Daniel McCarthy (l.) and Dr. Nelson Ong (r.) led a discussion on “The Supreme Court and the Constitution after the 2008 Election.”

On display in the Periodical Reading Area of Gill Library in connection with Constitution Day on campus are recent Gill Library acquisitions on the U.S. Constitution, as well a one of the College’s rare books from its Special Collection, a copy of the Magna Carta. This book was donated to CNR by Dominick Henry. Bound in fine Morocco leather, and printed on white vellum in Gothic types, with gold stamping, this unique printed limited edition uses gold leaf instead of ink letter press. 

Much of American Law is based on British Law and the Magna Carta became the code of law in the British Isles, and for that reason Sr. Martha Counihan, Archivist, included this rare book in the Constitution Day exhibit. The book is one of the treasures of the Gill Library Special Collection.

B E Y O N D  B I O :  C L A Y  B O D I E S   R E C E P T I O N

On Sunday, September 14, 2008, the opening reception was held for the Castle Gallery's fall exhibition Beyond: Bio: Clay Bodies. The exhibition is on view  through November 9, 2008 and is part of  Clay Art Center's All Fired Up: A Celebration of Clay in Westchester County which includes  a number of other participating venues throughout Westchester County.  m o r e

Some of the many Castle Gallery board members in attendance gather for a photo.  For more on Beyond Bio: Clay Bodies click here.

In conjunction with the Castle Gallery exhibition, an artist's reception was held in the Mooney Center Gallery for Grace Powers Fraioli solo exhibiton entitled Bridges, which runs through September 22, 2008. For more on Bridges. click here.

O P E N I N G  O F  S C H O O L  Y E A R
M E E T I N G  &  D I N N E R

On Friday evening, September 12, 2008, 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 and share a meal at the beginning of the fall semester.

Celebrating their 30 years of service to The College of New Rochelle, Teri Gamble, Professor, Communication Studies, GS (c.)  and Leonard Toterhi, Groundskeeper (r.)  pose with President Stephen J. Sweeny.
Click here for 2008  Service Anniversaries List

O P E N I N G  O F  S C H O O L  Y E A R  M A S S

On September 9, 2008, the CNR Community celebrated the opening of the new academic year at a special Mass in Holy Family Chapel. Fr. Joseph Flynn, OFM Cap, and President Stephen J. Sweeny offered communion to the faculty, staff and students.

Helen Wolf, Director of Campus Ministry sang the opening hymn.

S N R  P O S T E R  S E S S I O N

Students from the Environmental Wellness Course and faculty members of the School of New Resources New Rochelle Campus gathered on September 5, 2008, in Angela Hall to participate in the third annual poster session entitled, “Journey to Ways of Knowing—Environmental Wellness” Here, SNR student Marius Chiciu (r.) explains the “Climate Change” poster developed and presented by his class to Adjunct Professor Wole Akinsola (l.).

This Environmental Wellness Course helped these students explore living in harmony with the earth and explored living in harmony with the earth and their immediate community, and understanding the impact of their interaction with nature. In displaying the posters, students assessed what they had learned.

F R E S H M A N   C O N V O C A T I O N

President Stephen J. Sweeny, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dorothy A. Escribano, and the Deans of the School of Arts & Sciences and School of Nursing welcome the Class of 2012 to the Freshman Convocation on Tuesday, September 2, 2008 in Holy Family Chapel.

New freshman students of the Class of 2012 sign the Class Matriculation Book.

Associate Professor of Communications Arts of the School of Arts & Sciences, Dr. Michael Grabowski was the faculty speaker at the Freshman Convocation for the Class of 2012.

Dr. Sweeny presented a gift to each of the new students. At the conclusion of the Convocation, Dr. Sweeny reflected on the Class Quote, “The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members” by Coretta Scott King.

W E L L S P R I N G  P R A Y E R  S E R V I C E

On Sunday,  August 31, 2008, the freshmen class and their families were invited for an interfaith prayer service, the Wellspring Service of New Beginnings. It was an opportunity for parents and students to pray together one last time before orientation begins and the parents leave campus.

A blessing was said by parents over their children, and the students asked a blessing on their parents. At the end, 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 the Peer Ministers, Campus Ministry's student leaders.

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