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Students awarded at Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival

February 24, 2014
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Two New Paltz theatre students were winners at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, which was held Jan. 28-Feb. 1 in Hyannis, Mass. Patrick Pierpoint ’14 (Theatre Arts) won in the category for Best Comic Actor. There were approximately 250 candidates. Emma Larsen Schunk ’14 (Theatre Arts) won a scholarship for an internship with Boston’s Commonwealth Shakespeare Company. In addition, three students made it to the semi-finals round of the Irene Ryan Acting competition: Pierpoint, Katherine Cryer-Hassett ’14 (Theatre Arts), and Robert Gagnon ’14 (Theatre Arts).

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Four New Paltz students nominated for Best of Show

January 22, 2014
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Three New Paltz undergraduate students and one graduate student have been nominated as finalists in the SUNY Art Student Exhibition Series in the category of Best of Show – Fall 2013. The four finalists are: Michelle Bennett ’14g (Painting/Drawing), Helen Houghton ’14 (Painting/Drawing), Ryan Michiels ’14 (Painting/Drawing), and Stephanie Smith ’15 (Painting/Drawing). The work will be on exhibit at the SUNY System Administration Building until early February. From there, the exhibit moves on to the New York State Museum, where the works will be shown from the second week of June through mid-September. Both venues are located in Albany,...

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AMA hosts successful marketing week campaign

October 28, 2013
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The New Paltz American Marketing Association hosted their annual Marketing Week from Oct. 6-11, featuring events to promote marketing careers for students. A Light the Night Workshop invited participants to learn how to become involved with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Guest speaker Elliot Auerbach, Ulster County Comptroller, spoke on politics and campaign public relations. At the fifth annual Wine Tasting Event, attendees learned how the White Cliff Vineyard makes and markets wines. The final event of the week was hosted in Westchester, N.Y., and included a tour of the Trump National Golf Course and information about promoting to...

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Five softball players named NFCA scholar-athletes

October 28, 2013
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Five New Paltz softball players have been named NFCA NCAA Division III Scholar-Athletes

Chelsea Kull ’15, Erika Traina ’16, Katie Rutcofsky ’17, Noelle Grande ’16, and Shayna Burgess ’16 of the New Paltz softball team were selected as National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) NCAA Division III Scholar-Athletes for the 2012-13 academic year, as announced by the NFCA. In order to be picked as an NFCA Scholar-Athlete, a student-athlete must maintain a cumulative grade-point average at or above 3.5. Four other State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) schools also boasted NFCA Scholar-Athletes: The College at Brockport (10), SUNY Cortland (6), Buffalo State (2) and SUNY Plattsburgh (2). New Paltz went 20-19...

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Students present summer research projects

September 23, 2013
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Adam Rimawi ’15 (Biology) presents “Characterization of DNA-Surfactant Aggregates.” His faculty mentor was Professor Pamela St. John (Chemistry).

Seventeen students participated in the 2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE). The students worked with faculty mentors on a variety of research projects, ranging in subject matter from chemistry, biology, and geology to English, philosophy, and fine arts. Each student presented the results of their work on Wednesday, Sept. 11, and Thursday, Sept. 12, to a group of their peers in the Honors Center. For a full list of presentations and more information about the SURE program, click here.

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Undergrad presents psychology research in Hawaii

September 23, 2013
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Max Benezra ’15 (Psychology, Sociology, Disaster Studies) represented SUNY New Paltz with the results of his research at the American Psychological Association’s Annual Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii, July 31-Aug. 4. Along with his mentor, Professor Kathleen Tillman (Psychology), they presented their work, “Factors influencing whether or not school counselors report childhood physical abuse,” and won an award from their division on their poster presentation. “As an undergraduate, this experience is invaluable. It means so much to me, for my future, and for all that will come my way,” Benezra wrote in an experience statement that he submitted upon his...

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GEM Fellowship awarded to Ranysha Ware

April 8, 2013
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AMP/CSTEP student Ranysha Ware ’13 (Computer Science) was awarded a GEM Fellowship from the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science, Inc. Ware will intern at Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory this summer and then head to the University of Massachusetts-Amherst as a GEM Fellow in their Computer Science program.

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New Paltz student wins Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Award

March 25, 2013
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Cast of "The Dark I Know"

“The Dark I Know,” a musical written and directed by New Paltz student Alex Eisen ’13 and NYU student John Watts, was awarded the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) Musical Theatre Award for 2013. Eisen wrote the libretto and lyrics, and Watts was the project’s composer. Professor Stephen Kitsakos (Theatre Arts) served as faculty mentor and helped craft and develop the script and the score. “The Dark I Know” is the story of a photojournalist and her son in Germany who become involved with a Jewish family during the 1929 to 1939 rise to power of the...

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Student artwork and faculty essay published in “Keep Delete”

January 14, 2013
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Artwork by Sarah Hefetz featured in “Keep Delete”

Digital illustrations by undergraduate graphic design students in Professor Amy Papaelias’s (Art) Spring 2012 Interaction Design, an upper-level course in the Graphic Design Program, were selected for publication in “Keep Delete: turning messages into keepsakes” (October 2013, CreateSpace) by Andrea Wilkinson, Lecturer at the Media, Arts, Design faculty in Limburg, Belgium. “Keep Delete” is about turning digital messages on the verge of being forgotten, deleted, outdated, or even lost into tangible artifacts. The publication includes more than 100 designed artifacts from designers, students, and artists from around the world and essays from designers reflecting on the relationship between design...

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