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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.”


OSHA 30-hr. General Industry Training Course

MONTICELLO (July 25) - The Adult and Continuing Education Program at Sullivan BOCES is offering a 30-hour OSHA General Industry Training course starting on Monday, August 1st and continuing through August 23rd.  The course will run on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 pm – 8:15 pm at the St. John Street Education Center in Monticello.  The cost is $195.

The OSHA 30-Hour Training provides safety and health information and education for General Industry. It provides training for workers and employers on the recognition, avoidance, abatement, and prevention of safety and health hazards in workplaces in general industry. The program also provides information regarding workers’ rights, employer responsibilities, and how to file a complaint.

Through this program, workers attend 30-hours of classes delivered by an OSHA-authorized trainer. The 30-hour class is more appropriate for supervisors or workers with some safety responsibility or who desire to be more fully informed concerning OSHA Standards for General Industry. Through this training, OSHA helps to ensure that workers are more knowledgeable about workplace hazards and their rights, and contribute to our nation’s productivity.

To register or for more information, contact the Adult and Continuing Education Program at (845) 295-4900 between the hours of 8:30 am and 6:30 pm or visit us at  For program updates Like Sullivan County BOCES on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.


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. 


Trela: "... find ways to make age-appropriate literature
available to children with disabilities"

Poughkeepsie Public Library District receives NEA Big Read grant

POUGHKEEPSIE (May 31) – The National Endowment for the Arts announced the latest round of NEA Big Read grants. The Poughkeepsie Public Library District is one of 77 community organizations to be awarded a grant. Over 150 organizations across the country applied for a share of more than one million dollars to host an NEA Big Read community project.

The National Endowment for the Arts’ Big Read project is designed to “broaden our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book”. To this end, the Poughkeepsie Public Library District selected a book that highlights Mexican-US cross-cultural relations, Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea. “We are thrilled that the National Endowment for the Arts recognizes and supports the extraordinary investment of our local partners into this annual program. This will be our tenth year coordinating a community read. Many local schools, libraries, and arts organizations are on board and scheduling creative events for this fall. We plan to use the grant money to purchase books for schools and community partners, including making many books available to the public through libraries. We also plan to bring the author, Luis Alberto Urrea, here to Poughkeepsie. It’s very exciting,” commented Big Read Coordinator Jewel Ratzlaff.

Although the Big Read officially kicks-off on Friday, October 14, many partners have already been working on Big Read projects.  Dr. Katherine Trela, Assistant Professor, Special Education, at Marist College recently spoke to the Big Read Planning Committee about the work her Marist students have done this past semester.

“It is so important that we find ways to make age-appropriate literature available to children with disabilities,” Trela said. “Let’s not teach reading skills to a middle schooler using a book written for a six-year-olds. One of the best ways to bring age-appropriate material to students with low literacy skills is through Adapted Literature. The teacher candidates in my classes use well-researched concepts and nationally-accepted literacy protocols to adapt the Little Read book selection for the teachers and students at BOCES Salt Point Education Center. The project booklets become the property of the BOCES Education Center for use in classrooms in the fall, at the same time when the rest of the community is focused on the same literature.”

The Library District has also approached local businesses for funds to match the $17,000 NEA Big Read grant. Development Officer Gareth Davies says, “We are very fortunate to be able to count on the support of local funders, especially Salisbury Bank and Trust Company which has been with us from the beginning.”

The 2016 Big Read program will run from October 14 through November 19, with books and events available for all ages.  See for developments in the coming months.


SUNY Ulster Holds 39th Annual Nursing Pinning Ceremony

STONE RIDGE (May 31) - SUNY Ulster held it's 39th Pinning Ceremony on May 19th on the Stone Ridge Campus. 39 Nursing Program students were pinned and earned their Associate Degree RN.

There were 30 female and 9 male graduates. They ranged in age from 20-59 years and were a very close-knit group.

In attendance were SUNY Ulster President Alan Roberts; Vice President Kevin Stoner; the Nursing Department and many guests.

(photo: Ilene Cutler)


John Jay High School makes a significant contribution to victims of domestic violence

POUGHKEEPSIE (May 26) - Grace Smith House, the domestic violence non-profit located in Poughkeepsie, received a significant contribution from John Jay High School’s chapter of the National Honor Society.

Members of the school’s chapter presented Grace Smith House’s executive director, Michele Pollock Rich, with a check for $5,000. The students raised the funds through a variety of events, including a school-wide talent show.


YWCA of Ulster County’s Magic Circle School at Ulster County BOCES
in Port Ewen

HealthAlliance NAP SACC program helps preschoolers eat and play better, child care specialists say

KINGSTON (May 26) - Ulster County toddlers and preschoolers are eating and playing better than they were before HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley introduced a nutrition and physical activity program, child care specialists say.

“We’ve gone from kids eating only limited foods to almost all kids loving our healthy meals,” says Kelly Kohler, co-director of the Little Lambs Academy on Neighborhood Road in Lake Katrine. “They also have more energy to engage in our daily active play outside.”

The Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care, or NAP SACC, program works with early child care and education programs countywide to help day care centers and family child care homes adopt best practices so children ages 2 to 5 can start lifelong paths to healthy eating and activity.

In the case of the Little Lambs Academy, NAP SACC’s nutritional component reinforces the academy’s nearly 2-year-old Little Plates program, which provides healthful, culturally diverse foods, including fresh fruits and vegetables, every day.

“They absolutely love, love, love the food program,” Kohler says of the children.

NAP SACC, an evidence-based national program managed locally by HealthAlliance through its Community Heart Health Coalition of Ulster County, also seeks to reduce TV, computer and mobile-device “screen time,” says NAP SACC coordinator Laurie Deutsch Mozian.

Research studies published in The Journal of Pediatrics, the Journal of Public Health and other peer-reviewed journals link excessive screen time to childhood obesity and other negative health consequences.


Decker reads and chats with some of the city’s youngest learners

Port Jervis mayor visits Head Start

PORT JERVIS (May 26) - Mayor Kelly Decker visited the Port Jervis Head Start school recently. He started his day with a reading of Laura Numeroff’s "If You Take a Mouse to School" and afterwards explained to the kids what he does at City Hall as their Mayor. Decker is also a history teacher at the Port Jervis Middle School. He shared some local history about Port Jervis, and told the kids about the very site their school sits on.

“The students really enjoyed the visit and taking a photo with him,” said the school’s Center Liaison Rachael Cox. “He’s an approachable, funny person and that made the children relax. We love having community members visit our center so they can see our hard work and the dedication we have to our families and children. They also demonstrate how community members can be involved in our program.”

Head Start programs support the comprehensive development of children in the learning centers and in their own homes. Development-focused services include early learning through instruction, health education including meals and dental support, and family well-being as parents are encouraged to achieve their own goals, such as housing stability, continued education, and financial security.  Programs support and strengthen parent-child relationships and engage families around children’s learning and development.

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