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Newburgh UNICO presents annual scholarship

NEWBURGH (August 23) - Newburgh Chapter of UNICO National President Antonio Simoni congratulating his grandson, Antonio Simoni, who is this year’s recipient of the Chapter’s annual college scholarship. At the presentation during a recent meeting, Chapter members were visibly moved and impressed when young Antonio read the essay he submitted for award consideration. He explained in detail the pride he has for his Italian heritage and how it has helped him to grow and mature.

UNICO National is largest Italian American service organization in the United States.Each year, the UNICO Foundation and UNICO National Chapters donate approximately $1 million to various charities.   Scholarships continue to be one of the primary objectives for deserving students from chapter locations throughout the chain. 

For further information about the organization, please contact the Membership Committee Chairperson at


St. Christopher’s, Inc., expands development department; hires director of institutional advancement

DOBBS FERRY (August 23) – With the need to pursue more funding opportunities and grow its programs, St. Christopher’s, Inc. has announced the appointment of Julie Wynohradnyk as the new Director of Institutional Advancement. In this capacity, Wynohradnyk will play an integral role in providing leadership for all fundraising and stakeholder relations, as well as lead public relations efforts including marketing and brand development. Wynohradnyk will report directly to Chief Development Officer, Eric Lebenson.

“We are all excited to welcome Julie to our St. Christopher's family. Her level of enthusiasm, incredible work ethic and unique skill set will help our Development Department grow ‘by leaps and bounds,’ said Dr. Robert Maher, CEO of St. Christopher’s. “Julie, with joining our Chief Development Officer Eric Lebenson and Development Associate K.P. Jackson, will make this department one of the strongest and most talented in our agency.”

Wynohradnyk began her career in public relations at Definition Branding & Marketing in New York City, where she quickly evolved from account coordinator to account executive, and successfully managed accounts in consumer, technology and pharmaceutical markets. She then served as Senior Account Executive at Westchester-based, full-service marketing and public relations firm, Thompson & Bender before taking her most recent role as an Account Director at HL Group, a strategic marketing and communications firm in New York City. At HL she successfully worked on clients such as: Expedia, Diane von Furstenberg, Tanger Factory Outlets and Jessica Seinfeld’s GOOD+ Foundation.

Additionally, Wynohradnyk is an active volunteer for the North Rockland Youth Hockey Association, devoting her time and efforts to get children on the ice who otherwise would not be able to afford it.

“I am thrilled to be joining the development team and look forward to working with the many talented individuals at this organization to advance the great work being done,” said Wynohradnyk. “Relationship-building has been a critical component of my career. During this tenure, I have created multiple bonds and have been able to engage a diversity of business leaders and organizations that could potentially lend a supporting hand to St. Christopher’s.”

St. Christopher’s, Inc. is an innovative adolescent development organization dedicated to helping children with special needs and their families.



SUNY Orange announces Darlene Benzenberg as registrar

MIDDLETOWN (August 9) - SUNY Orange President Dr. Kristine Young announces the hiring of Darlene Benzenberg as the College’s new Registrar.

Benzenberg, with more than 15 years of registration experience for both two-year and four-year educational institutions, most recently spent the past four years as associate university registrar for Rutgers University-Newark. During that same time, she was the registrar for the university’s School of Public Health.

At SUNY Orange, Benzenberg will direct a staff that expedites the transition of students from initial enrollment to degree completion while ensuring adherence to academic policy, preserving academic integrity, safeguarding academic records, and providing accessible and reliable administrative services.

Working with other departments at the College, the Registrar’s Office facilitates students registration, coordinates the academic calendar, develops course schedules, creates final examination schedules, monitors student grades, and maintains student records and transcripts.

Prior to her time at Rutgers-Newark, Benzenberg spent five years as registrar at Mount Saint Mary College (2006-11) and six years as coordinator of registration services at SUNY Sullivan. She also has spent time as a software consultant and information technology assistant.

Benzenberg acquired an associate’s degree from SUNY Sullivan prior to earning her bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership and communication from Marist College.


Furman's book pushes the origins of many arithmetical notations
further back in time

SUNY Ulster department chair Douglas Furman co-edits, published book on early mathametical notation

STONE RIDGE (July 16) - Douglas Furman, Associate Professor of Mathematics, Coordinator of the Math Collegian Program and Department Chair of Sciences, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM), has announced that a book he co-edited, Writing the History of Mathematical Notation: 1483-1700 (Docent Press, 2015), has just recently been published. He has also been appointed as a member of Docent Press' Editorial Board. Docent Press specializes in the History of Mathematics and Computing.

This book takes as its starting point two renowned histories of mathematical notation, those of Florian Cajori and Johannes Tropfke, and through careful examination of additional texts pushes the origins of many arithmetical notations further back in time. The book takes full advantage of recent large-scale digitization initiatives by including snippets from original texts that show the early usage and evolution of these notations.

Doug Furman has been a distinguished and celebrated professor at SUNY Ulster for the past 11 years.  Professor Furman received a B.E. degree in electrical engineering from Stony Brook University. After several years of working as a telecommunications engineer he received an M.S.T. degree in mathematics from Florida Atlantic University. He has taught at both the high school and college level. He has led two academic travel abroad tours to Greece, Turkey and Southern Italy (2010) and Northern Italy (2011), as part of a History of Mathematics course.

SUNY Ulster President, Dr. Alan Roberts, remarks, “Associate Professor Furman is a well-respected and admired teacher on campus, and this achievement is a testament to the breadth and depth of the mathematical expertise he brings to our students. SUNY Ulster prides itself on the fact that so many of our faculty members are not only educators, but working professionals and esteemed academics in their fields.”


SUNY Orange to offer public health degree program

MIDDLETOWN (July 25) - For Hudson Valley residents seeking a career in one of many healthcare-related sectors, SUNY Orange now offers a Public Health academic degree program that will provide graduates with the foundational knowledge necessary to pursue a wide range of professions.

In addition to being offered at SUNY Orange, the new Public Health degree will be partly available through the Hudson Valley Educational Consortium, meaning regional students attending Rockland and Sullivan community colleges may also enroll in the program.

Public health professionals work within a variety of settings, including state and local health departments, hospitals, workplace wellness programs, government agencies, educational institutions, research organizations, and international development agencies.

The two-year program, which will result in an Associate in Science (AS) degree, is designed specifically for students to transfer to the appropriate upper-level college or university of their choice, where they can complete a bachelor’s degree in public health or a related field of study. The curriculum includes core courses in public health along with those general education requirements that would be included in the first two years of study at a four-year institution.

“The Hudson Valley is experiencing great job growth in the healthcare industry, and we expect that will continue for many years,” said Dr. Kristine Young, SUNY Orange president. “SUNY Orange has a rich heritage of providing quality education in highly specialized health professions like nursing, radiologic technology, dental hygiene and others. This new Public Health degree is a natural extension of our healthcare expertise that will serve a wide cross section of our students now and into the future.”

Prospective students interested in the public health degree program may contact the Admissions Office at (845) 341-4030. Current students should contact their advisor for more details on courses that may be offered during the Fall semester.


Grace Smith House holds third Connect for Respect: Leadership Institute

POUGHKEEPSIE (July 25) - The Grace Smith House’s Prevention Program hosted their third annual Connect for Respect: Leadership Institute from July 12th through July 15th at Dutchess Community College. The Leadership Institute, which was sponsored by The United Way of Dutchess-Orange, had 18 students participating from 11 Dutchess County Middle Schools. These students learned leadership and communication skills that will enable them to take an active stand against bullying and cyber bullying in their schools and communities. For their final project, students created a public service announcement (PSA) to bring awareness to these issues. The PSA will be launched in the month of October for Bullying Awareness Month. Be on the lookout for #WeAreUnited.

The Grace Smith House’s Prevention Program provides free workshops to students, administrators, and families, educating them on the issues of bullying, cyber bullying and internet safety. One in four kids are bullied on a regular basis, 39% of social network users report being cyber bullied, and approximately160,000 children miss school every day due to fear of being attacked or intimidated by others. When a bystander intervenes, more than half of the time the bullying behavior stops within 10 seconds. This is why the Prevention Program and educating young teens about bullying is so important.

For more information or to book a workshop, contact Community Educator Monica Idema, 845-452-7155 x33,; or Prevention Educator Maxine Valencia, 845-452-7155 x35,                                                                                    

For general information about Grace Smith House, Inc. which has served the community for 35 years, visit


Dorsky Museum announces Bradley Walker Tomlin: A Retrospective

NEW PALTZ (July 18) - The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz, in partnership with the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, N.Y., is organizing the first retrospective and catalogue of renowned American painter Bradley Walker Tomlin (1899–1953) since 1975.

Full details on our Arts & Entertainment Page


SUNY Orange Radiologic Technology Program receives JRCERT accreditation

MIDDLETOWN (July 12) - SUNY Orange’s Radiologic Technology program recently gained accreditation from the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).

The JRCERT accreditation is effective immediately and will apply to the upcoming graduates of the Radiologic Technology program who will complete their degree requirements in August. The Class of 2016 pinning ceremony is scheduled for 6 p.m., Friday, Aug. 5 in Kaplan Hall on the College’s Newburgh campus.

The College and its Radiologic Technology program have long been accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The additional JRCERT accreditation, pursued voluntarily by SUNY Orange, is not required for SUNY Orange graduates to gain licensure. However, it is a value-added accreditation.

Graduates from the SUNY Orange Radiologic Technology program sit for the certification exam given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists in order to become a radiographer. Each year, SUNY Orange graduates approximately 20-25 students from its Radiologic Technology program. Over the past five years, SUNY Orange graduates have a 100 percent pass rate on the ARRT licensing exam, with 98 percent (102 of 104) passing on the first attempt.


Scott with some backpacks

Successful kindergarten supplies drive organized by RECAP staff

SCOTCHTOWN (July 5) - In mid-June Center Liaison Luisa Scott from RECAP’s Head Start school in Scotchtown was telling friends about her idea to send her two classes of preschool students off to Kindergarten with supplies. The group got to work around midnight creating an Amazon wish list, an online registry that included backpacks, pencils and notebooks. Scott shared her project with friends and family through social media on National Children’s Day, the second Sunday in June, and donations started coming in.

“I shared my list every two or three days with an update on what we collected.” said Scott.  “I used the hashtag National Children’s Day and friends of friends started contacting me with support. One works for Crayola and is helping organize a donation of crayons and markers. I’m hoping to do this every year and start earlier and include our other two centers as well. That’s what we do as a program. We’re giving children that head start. This is about adding something else and getting them one step closer to being ready. It takes some stress from parents, giving them one less thing to worry about as their children are starting a new chapter.”

Scott came to the program in May of last year and has a bachelors in speech pathology from Lehman college and is working on her Masters in early childhood education with a bilingual extension. She was previously a lead teacher at a day care center in Peekskill, and built her experience as an intern at the Virginia Marx Children’s Center, a laboratory school, at Westchester Community College.

The school’s Moving Up Ceremony was on Monday, June 27 in one of the classrooms. The standing-room-only event featured songs and dance, and students received diplomas in front of parents, volunteers and staff. The backpacks, filled with supplies, were presented at the end as they made their final exit from preschool. 





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