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SUNY Orange names new VP for administration and finance
MIDDLETOWN (May 19) - Daniel Hall, vice president for finance and facilities at North Hennepin Community College in Brooklyn Park, Minn., for the past four years, has been named SUNY Orange’s new vice president for administration and finance as announced by College President Dr. Kristine Young.

With more than 25 years of public and private sector senior-level administrative experience in higher education, non-profits and government, Hall possesses a wealth of financial management and operations experience. At SUNY Orange, he will be a member of Young’s executive leadership team and will oversee the business office, maintenance and facilities, safety and security, human resources, payroll and institutional research.

“Dan is a seasoned chief financial officer whose breadth of knowledge and experience spans multiple industries and geographical regions,” Young said. “He has demonstrated an ability to successfully align financial resources with the institution’s mission during his stops in higher education, and I know our faculty, staff, and administration are eager to draw from Dan’s experience in that area.  Throughout the interview process, I found Dan to be creative and collaborative, and his resume and references back that up. He values shared governance in higher education. I expect he will quickly acclimate himself to our College community and will develop a strong working relationship with Orange County leadership. I look very forward to having Dan join the College’s executive team.”

At North Hennepin, Hall was a member of the president’s cabinet and executive team, directing administrative and auxiliary functions including finance, accounting, budget, facilities, physical plant, risk management, environmental health and safety, bookstore, and printing services.

He successfully led the development of a new 60,000-square-foot Bioscience and Health Careers Center, which was completed on schedule and $1 million under budget. He aligned the college’s financial resources to more fully support North Hennepin’s master plans for academics, student affairs, facilities and information technology. He also brought transparency to the college’s budgeting process and served on a variety of committees.

A native of Oregon, Hall holds bachelor’s degrees in economics and urban and regional governments from Willamette University in Salem, Ore., in addition to his master’s. Hall is expected to begin his tenure at SUNY Orange on July 25.


von Stackelberg

Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County welcomes new parenting and family life educator

MIDDLETOWN (May 19) - Julika von Stackelberg has joined Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County as a Parenting & Family Life Educator, announced Denyse Variano, Family and Consumer Sciences Issue Leader.

“Julika comes with a background in parenting education, working with parents one-on-one, in groups and as a workshop leader and public speaker,” said Variano. “She also has extensive experience in marketing, outreach and fundraising with non-profit organizations. Julika’s experience and background is a great combination for what we are hoping to achieve over the next few years in our Family and Consumer Sciences.  Parents and caregivers today are faced with a plethora of new challenges, especially when it comes to managing family and work life. In response, Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County is in the process of expanding the programming we offer, especially for working parents.” In addition to program delivery, Julika will be reaching out to the local community to help increase visibility and awareness of the programs Extension offers for parents and caregivers. Plans include ‘lunch-and-learns,’ as well as one-on-one support.

Julika will lead Parenting in this Wild New World - 5 Simple Tools for Successful Parenting, a workshop to be presented at the Albert Wisner Library in Warwick in conjunction with Family Central on June 9.

“As a parent of three, I have first-hand experience of how challenging it can be to parent in this ‘wild new world,’” said von Stackelberg, “That’s why I am excited to join the Cornell Cooperative Extension in this capacity -- supporting parents and caregivers of Orange County as they strive to provide a nurturing environment for their families.”


Faith Christian Academy announces National Honors Society Recipients 

TOWN OF POUGHKEEPSIE (May 6) - Faith Christian Academy in Poughkeepsie held its third annual National Honor Society Induction Ceremony at its new Casperkill Campus located at 25 Golf Club Lane in the Town of Poughkeepsie. The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation’s premier organization which was established to recognize outstanding high school students. The NHS serves to honor students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921. 

L-R: Jordyn Britton, Isaac Sabado, Yuan (Sherry) Xue, Shijia Zhang, Iliana Soto, Madison Mackin, Eshaa Munder, Olivia Kamwela,
Michael Averin, Sidney Beck and Alexandra Beck

“We take seriously the selection of those students who are inducted into the National Honor Society,” said FCA Headmaster, Alex Averin. ”We want to be sure the students uphold the Christian values of our own school and that they will maintain this excellence as members of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious student recognition program.”  

The 2016 FCA students were inducted into the Bettie Damiani Chapter of the National Honor Society which was named after the founder of the School, Mrs. Bettie Damiani. The Chapter is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors who have a cumulative average of 90% or higher. Recipients are elected based on their application, Faculty Council review, personal essay, letter of recommendation and academic standing.   


Mahopac Middle School student delivers comfort to cancer patients

CARMEL (May 3) –Caitlin Andersen, 13, was all smiles this week when she delivered some of the 150 comfort bags she and the community made for cancer patients at Putnam Hospital Center.

Full details on our Health Page


Pistol Permit Pre-Licensing Course May 21st   

MONTICELLO (April 24) - The Adult and Continuing Education Program at Sullivan BOCES is offering a 4-hour Pistol Permit Pre-Licensing Course on May 21st at the Kauneonga Lake Fire Hall from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm. The cost is $80.

This is a non-shooting course which introduces the pistol permit applicant to the basic skills necessary for safe storage and handling of firearms and ammunition, and provides a brief overview of New York State laws that cover firearms and use of force.  Upon completion of this course students will receive an NRA Firearms safety certificate that they will present with their pistol permit application.
Students will be taught the basic rules of firearms handling, the primary cause of firearms accidents, basic firearms nomenclature, safe loading and unloading procedures and components, basic care and cleaning and ways to safely store firearms in the home.  Students will also receive instructions on what to look for when purchasing their first handgun.

The instructor for this course is a 22 year veteran of law enforcement, a New York State Certified Firearms Instructor, FBI Certified Firearms Instructor, Police Academy Use of Force Instructor, NRA Certified Instructor and retired United States Marine.

The course will also be given on June 25th.

To register or for more information, contact the Adult and Continuing Education Program at (845) 295-4915 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.

The Adult Program at BOCES enhances our community, one family at a time.


Sullivan BOCES offering Common Core Math for Parents

MONTICELLO (April 24) - The Adult and Continuing Education Program at Sullivan BOCES is offering a Common Core Math for Parents course at the St. John Street Education Center in Monticello.   Classes will run on Mondays and Wednesdays, May 23rd through June 20th, from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm. The cost is $100.

The Common Core State Standards require that students demonstrate understanding of math concepts in ways that many parents find perplexing.  This course will help parents to gain a better understanding of the new standards and the problem solving techniques that are typical in the common core classroom.  By the end of the course, parents will have a working knowledge of how to help their children with homework assignments.

The course facilitator has been trained through the NYSED/CUNY Teacher Leader Mathematics Institutes in Albany and recently published her findings of a practitioner research project she coordinated that focused on mathematics problem solving in the Common Core Era.

To register or for more information, please contact the Adult and Continuing Education Program at (845) 295-4915 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.

The Adult Program at BOCES enhances our community, one family at a time.


Town of Poughkeepsie Youth Police Academy

TOWN OF POUGHKEEPSIE (April 21) - The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department is accepting  applications for the 2016 Youth Police Academy. This 5-day program runs from Monday, June 27 to Friday July I. Applicants must be Town of Poughkeepsie residents who will be entering I 0th, 11th or 12th grade in September of 2016.

Full details on our Community Page


SUNY Orange Foundation issues scholarship challenge

MIDDLETOWN (April 11) -- The SUNY Orange Foundation has launched a $100,000 Scholarship Challenge Match for alumni, friends and supporters of the College, as well as individuals, organizations and businesses throughout the greater Hudson Valley.

Through April and into early May, the Foundation will match all scholarship donations ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 “dollar-for-dollar” when those donations establish a new scholarship or add to an existing scholarship fund. The Scholarship Challenge Match was initiated to commemorate the April 29 inauguration of SUNY Orange President Dr. Kristine Young as well as the 10th anniversary of the Foundation’s Leadership Awards (to be held April 14).

“Think about how much influence you, your company, church group, or organization can have on the life of a student at SUNY Orange,” says Terry Saturno, chair of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. “Your $5,000 scholarship gift will have even more impact when the Foundation doubles your generous contribution. For example, a new scholarship, perhaps in honor of a loved one, immediately becomes a $10,000 fund. You could award a $2,500 scholarship to one student every year, for the next four years.”

Donors may determine whether their contribution will support a new SUNY Orange student or encourage the achievements of a continuing student, pursuing his or her dream.

The Foundation can assist donors in structuring their new scholarship. Information is also available at the Foundation’s web site (

Donations can be made in one payment, or dispersed in equal installments of up to 24 months with the use of a credit card. Scholarship pledges, which will also be accepted, must be completed within three years. New gifts or signed pledges must be finalized by May 10, 2016. Gifts or pledges must range from $1,000 to $5,000. Gifts are eligible to be matched until the $100,000 Challenge Fund is fully committed. Pledges or credit card gifts will be matched when the total gift is received.


Pine Bush High School launches student-run newspaper

PINE BUSH (March 30) – The Pine Bush Central School District recently announced Pine Bush Press, a new program at Pine Bush High School. Pine Bush Press is an entirely student-run newspaper created by students, for students. The newspaper has been designed to include a digital component, hosted on social media websites popular among students.

“The District is proud to announce Pine Bush Press as an entirely student-driven initiative for student journalists to contribute to the community and report on contemporary issues,” said Pine Bush School District Superintendent Joan Carbone. “Students will have the opportunity to read about school, community and world news and opinions curated by their peers for the first time in the history of the District.”

Pine Bush Press is a student-led initiative created to share relevant school, culture, science, technology and world news. It also features an opinion column and online feedback form to solicit peer involvement. Students run each newspaper meeting, source publishers and create a unique layout for the paper. Funds to create the paper were raised entirely by students, requiring no money from the District. The online version can be found at

“The launch of Pine Bush Press represents the maturity and ambition of our students to take an active role in our increasingly global society,” said Pine Bush High School Principal Aaron Hopmayer. “We look forward to seeing Pine Bush Press grow and develop and applaud our students for taking the initiative to spearhead this project.”


Worsley, center
, with Fox 5 Sportscaster Russ Salzberg and Santulli

Rockland Legislature honors East Ramapo coach by proclaiming Willie Worsley Day

NEW CITY (March 21) – The Rockland County Legislature recognized a beloved Spring Valley High School basketball coach by proclaiming March 18, 2016 as Willie Worsley Day.  Worsley is an inspirational member of the community who has become an icon to many.

Worsley was honored during a tribute at Spring Valley High School, where Legislator Laurie Santulli (R, Congers), who teaches social studies at the school, presented him with the Proclamation. 

“Coach Worsley has touched the lives of so many students and athletes in our community,” Legislator Santulli said. “His philosophy is that we are all family and that if you can change the life of just one person, you are a success.”


Over 250 students from three dozen schools participated

Westchester County partners with Pace University for 2nd annual #WestchesterSmart Mobile App Development Bowl

WHITE PLAINS (February 29) - More than 250 tech-savvy students from 36 high schools and colleges across the New York-metropolitan region today joined together to kick off the second annual #WestchesterSmart Mobile App Development Bowl at the Westchester County Center in White Plains.  

Sponsored by Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino and Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, the competition challenges students to develop mobile applications that improve an aspect of daily life for people ages 65 and older.

“The competition showcases the extraordinary talents of our region’s future generation in ways that help benefit our seniors,” Astorino said. “It’s a double win – we’ve created a platform for students to test their technology skills, while our seniors benefit from applications produced by those skills. Last year was a great success, and we’re already building on it this year.”

Once again the theme of this year’s kickoff was basketball’s “March Madness” – but with a technology twist. The Marching Cobras of Westchester were on hand to energize the teams as they made their entrance into the County Center, for a giant pep rally. The teams then got down to work attending workshops to help them develop their apps.

Contestants will present their apps to a panel of expert judges on April 15 at Pace University’s campus in Pleasantville. Winners will receive cash prizes and paid internships with Westchester County and local businesses. The winning teams will also have an opportunity to work with the Seidenberg staff to launch their app on the App Store, receiving full rights and access to make updates.

Participants and their family and friends are encouraged to join in on the excitement on social media channels using the hashtags #WestchesterSmart and #AppBowl.

“I am personally excited to be a part of this year’s #WestchesterSmart Mobile App Development Bowl,” said Dr. Jonathan Hill, the Interim Dean of Seidenberg. “It’s great to celebrate like-minded individuals who bring a contagious enthusiasm for creativity and technology. Everyone at Seidenberg and Pace University alike is proud to support the work being done by these students to help those in need in our community.”





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