Mount honors John Rath and Carl Meyer at annual gala
NEWBURGH (December 10) – Mount Saint Mary College honored John F. Rath, senior vice president of commercial lending at TD Bank, and Carl E. Meyer, president and CEO of The Solar Energy Consortium, at the college’s Fifth Annual Gala reception.
Approximately 200 guests attended the event, held at the Kaplan Family Mathematics, Science and Technology Center. Honorees received the Joseph A. Bonura Award for Leadership Excellence, which recognizes individuals whose professional accomplishments and approach to management reflect the same commitment to quality, concern for neighbors and shared prosperity that have exemplified the career and character of Joseph A. Bonura. The restaurateur owns Torches on the Hudson in Newburgh, Anthony’s Pier 9 in New Windsor, and the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel.
L-R: Dr. Albert J. Gruner, chairman of the Mount Saint Mary College Board of Trustees; Joseph Bonura; Dr. Anne Carson Daly,
president of Mount Saint Mary College; and award recipients Meyerand Rath
According to Mount president Dr. Anne Carson Daly, funds raised will enable the college to provide an affordable, values-based education to thousands of deserving students, many of whom are among the first in their families to attend college.
John Rath has been employed by TD Bank since 1998 as senior vice president and group manager responsible for corporate, middle market, commercial and small business lending activities in the lower Hudson Valley. He was previously employed by The Bank of New York for 18 years.
Rath said that those who volunteer their time, money, or skills can help strengthen their community and “inspire others, the next generation, to go and do likewise.”
Past chairman and current board member for Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress, Rath recently concluded as chair of the United Way of Dutchess and Orange 2012 Campaign which raised more than $2 million. He is currently a member of the Health Quest Health System Quality and Patient Satisfaction Committee; the Bardavon 1869 Opera House; the SUNY Orange Foundation Board of Trustees; and the board of Hudson Valley Economic Development Corp. and NY BioHud Valley. Rath is also a member and former chairman of the Advisory Board for the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley, as well as co-chairman of their successful Capital Campaign.
“Mount Saint Mary College is a wonderful institution,” Rath added, “and an anchor of hope and opportunity in the City of Newburgh.”
Rath lives in Newburgh, N.Y. with his wife, Deborah. They have six children and three grandchildren.
Carl Meyer is president and CEO of The Solar Energy Consortium (TSEC), an industry-driven, not-for-profit, public-private partnership dedicated to establishing a sustainable solar industry in New York State. Through strategic alliances, TSEC brings together technology, manufacturing, financial, and research communities to commercialize solar technologies in a timely and sustainable manner.
“To be honored with the Joseph A. Bonura Award is very meaningful to me,” he said, adding, “Volunteering is a lifelong passion.”
Meyer also chairs the board of directors of the Center for Global Advanced Manufacturing (CGAM), a not-for-profit dedicated to providing manufacturers with technical and business support services to enable them to grow their companies. CGAM was founded in 2012 by executive volunteers. It is an industry/academic collaboration found to retain and grow manufacturing jobs in the Mid-Hudson and Mohawk Valley regions. CGAM focuses its support on small and medium sized businesses, and seeks to capture the economic, social, and global benefits of manufacturing for residents and businesses of the Mid-Hudson region.
Meyer recently retired as president/COO of Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. and executive vice president of CH Energy Group, a publicly traded holding company headquartered in the Hudson Valley.
For more information, visit www.msmc.edu
NFA Brings The Polar Express to life for holiday dance performance
Newburgh (December 10) – The classic children’s book, The Polar Express, was brought to life by students from Newburgh Free Academy. The all-dance production of The Polar Express featured students from the NFA Dance Department. The performance was directed and choreographed by NFA Dance Teacher Mandy Clifford and based on the book by Chris Van Allsburg and the motion picture produced by Castle Rock Entertainment.
“I selected The Polar Express because it is one of my favorite holiday stories and it had the opportunity for numerous roles,” explained Clifford. “There are over 175 NFA students involved in the production. It is not an easy task to choose a story that will translate well into an all-dance production and can be expanded for that many students. I think this production is a great way to kick off the holiday season and am proud of the work the students have put into it.”
Montgomery Montessori School, Walden Savings Bank install a Little Free Library
MONTGOMERY (December 10) – In efforts to promote literacy and the love of reading, Montgomery Montessori School and Walden Savings Bank are pleased to announce their stewardship of the second Little Free Library in the Village of Montgomery.
Young and old can "take a book, leave a book"
As a steward of a Little Free Library, Montgomery Montessori School and Walden Savings Bank’s primary role is to care for the library so that it becomes and continues a long life as a vital, engaging resource for the neighborhood or community.
"It's great to promote reading and the more you can encourage people to read, the better,” said Walden Savings Bank President and CEO Derrik Wynkoop. “The Village of Montgomery is an ideal walking community for Little Free Libraries and we are proud to be part of the growing system of Little Free Libraries around the world.”
A Little Free library is a “take a book, return a book” place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories without having to go to a traditional library. With this free book exchange, the community may stop by and pick up a book and leave another book to share. The new wooden structure is mounted in two locations on Clinton Street in front of Montgomery Montessori School and on Route 211 by Walden Savings Bank.
The Little Free Library is a movement started by co-founders, Todd Bol and Rick Brooks, in 2010 and has grown to include little libraries in most states and dozens of countries. The mission is to promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide.
Meadow Hill School hosts inaugural blood drive
NEWBURGH (December 10) - Meadow Hill School recently held an inaugural blood drive in conjunction with the New York Blood Center. Meadow Hill School Parent Teacher Organization parent Linda Bera, MHS Nurse Practitioner Rose Inman, and teachers Lourdes Font and Kristen Gunsch, spearheaded the event and helped assist the students and donors. In total, 51 units of blood were donated by staff, parents, community members and veterans.
Throughout the event, MHS students enthusiastically volunteered by working shifts to assist blood donors. In addition, the students sold baked goods, helped donors fill out forms, dispersed snacks and provided tags to place donor names on the "MHS Tree of Heroes". Some students even created a childcare corner and read to children while their parents donated blood.
Event organizers offered a special thank you to Temple Hill Academy School Nurse Teacher Maura Koennecke for her assistance with respect to launching the program at their school.
Murphy talks to Ulster BOCES New Visions students about what
grassroots organizations are able to accomplish
Ulster BOCES students get a real life lesson in government & economics
PORT EWEN (December 2) - Ulster BOCES Math and Pre-University/New Visions Government teacher Tim Priest showed his students firsthand that grassroots organizations have the ability to accomplish great feats.
Priest brought in Denis Murphy, co-founder of the support group Friends of Jaclyn (FoJ), to talk to his students about his family’s personal quest to ensure that other families of children with cancer don’t have to go it alone.
The Ulster BOCES Pre-University/New Visions students learned the value of enacting change locally and seeing how it can spread throughout the state and national level.
Murphy’s daughter Jaclyn developed a brain tumor at the age of nine. During her illness, Jaclyn was “adopted” by the Northwestern Women’s lacrosse team. She is now a student at Marist College and her survival is attributed, in part, to the team’s constant encouragement through email, texts, videos, and jerseys, and they even brought her to east coast games.
The benefits of that relationship gave Denis and his wife an idea. After seeing how much having the team in Jaclyn’s corner lifted Jaclyn’s spirits, the Murphy family set a plan into action to help other children with brain tumors have access to the same level of support.
They established a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that pairs children with cancer with athletic teams as a way to provide support and encouragement to them and their families.
Today, the FoJ Foundation has more than 350 teams participating to support children with brain tumors and their families.
Spring Valley Rotary, O&R donate over 700 dictionaries
PEARL RIVER (November 14) - For the fifth consecutive year, the Spring Valley Rotary Club and O&R have presented dictionaries to over 700 third graders from the East Ramapo School District.
O&R provided the Rotary Club with a $750 donation for dictionaries for third graders at the Margetts, Hempstead, Fleetwood, Grandview and, here, at Summit Park elementary schools. The presentation is part of the Rotary’s ongoing effort to support educational projects in the community.
“Every third grader in the elementary schools in the East Ramapo school district gets his or her own dictionary as part of the Spring Valley Rotary Club’s Literacy Project,” said the Club’s Dictionary Program Coordinator Ed Frank.
O&R’s Public Affairs Section Manager and past president of the Spring Valley Rotary Neil Winter, a current member of the Spring Valley Rotary as well, said, “Words are the keys to everyday life, knowledge and success. The looks on the students’ faces when they receive the books are priceless. You would think we had given them the world. In a way, we have.”
Back row (L-R): Dr. Joel Klein, Superintendent East Ramapo School District; Rotarians Joyce Brown, Ed Frank and Ruth Wein;
Kim Hewlett, Principal, Summit Park; O&R’s Neil Winter and Dr. Andrea Coddett – Asst. Superintendent
East Ramapo School District
School comes together to send letters to terminally ill kids
MONTGOMERY (November 14) - Students at Montgomery Elementary School are learning a new method for communicating with their peers. During the first few weeks of November they spent some class time writing letters to terminally ill children as part of their participation in the Letters Project, a New York-based organization.
Principal Marianne Serratore was enthusiastic about bringing a new perspective to her classrooms and believes that the students will learn a lot by writing to kids their age who may be in different circumstances than their own. After sharing the idea, twelve teachers jumped on board with having their classrooms participate.
The Letters Project is an organization that enables children to write letters of support to other children who are terminally ill. The LP has been working closely with schools in New York, connecting teachers and their classrooms with terminally ill participants.
The Letters Project urges the Montgomery community to join Montgomery Elementary School and their students in such an admirable cause.
Mallory Orlando, Alyssa Mazzella, and Juan Rivera
are congratulated by BOCES Director of Educational
Resources, Bill Ball, and Work-based Learning
Coordinator Roger Risko
Students of the Month honored at Rotary Luncheon
POUGHKEEPSIE November 14) - Five Dutchess BOCES students were honored for their achievements at a luncheon held today at Christo’s Restaurant in Poughkeepsie. Teachers had selected the students as the “Students of the Month” for September and October.
The Poughkeepsie-Arlington Rotary Club and TEG Federal Credit Union sponsor a luncheon and the awards each month during the school year to highlight notable student accomplishments. The winners for September and October were:
From Dutchess BOCES BETA Alternative High School:
- Steven Genovese from the Hyde Park Central School District
- Lindsey Baillergeon from Webutuck Central School District
From Dutchess BOCES district-based classes:
- Alyssa Mazzella from the Millbrook Central School District (class held at Arlington High School)
- Juan Rivera from the Beacon City School District (class held at Spackenkill High School)
From Dutchess BOCES Salt Point Center:
- Mallory Orlando from the Arlington Central School District
Students were honored for their achievements ranging from involvement in community service through their school’s Interact Club to showing an exemplary work ethic in the Work-based Learning Program. All were highly recommended by the staff at their schools.
Juan Rivera, from Pam Nester’s class held at Spackenkill High School, said he was “so happy.” He said this award couldn’t have come at a better time for him. Why? “Because today is my birthday,” he explained.
The applause, congratulatory speeches, and compliments ensure this day will be a day none of the honorees will soon forget, said Roger Risko, coordinator of the Work-based Learning Program.
Middletown Superintendent Selected for National Connected Superintendents Summit Wednesday at White House
MIDDLETOWN - Dr. Kenneth Eastwood, superintendent of the Middletown City School District, has been selected by the U.S. Department of Education as one of 100 top school leaders from across America to participate in the first-ever National Connected Superintendents Summit Wednesday, Nov. 19 at the White House.
Superintendent Eastwood is among exemplary local school chiefs who will be recognized for their leadership in helping transition their districts to digital learning. This unique conference will bring together officials from throughout America to share with one other and the Education Department promising approaches to using technology in classes.
“School districts across the country are helping teachers harness the power of technology to create personal learning environments for all students,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “We want to make sure every child – whether he or she is in the inner-city, in a rural community or on a Native American reservation – has access to knowledge and the chance to learn 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”
The White House summit will be followed by a series of 12-15 regional summits that will focus on the digital progress both made and possible by local school districts. The events will also include the unveiling of digital tools that facilitate incorporation of technology into short-term and long-range education planning.
To help spotlight the value of technology in schools, the Education Department is sponsoring a Future Ready Initiative aimed at showcasing outstanding school leadership and strategies.
“The Future Ready Initiative highlights the critical role of district leaders in setting a vision and creating the environment where educators and students access the tools, content, and expertise necessary for thriving in a connected world,” said Richard Culatta, director of the Department’s Office of Educational Technology.
Future Ready superintendents demonstrate effective use of technology in some of the following ways:
· Fostering and leading a culture of collaboration and digital citizenship;
· Transitioning schools and families to high-speed connectivity;
· Empowering educators with professional learning opportunities;
· Accelerating progress toward universal access to quality devices;
· Providing access to quality digital content;
· Creating access, equity, and excellence – particularly in rural, remote, and low-income districts;
· Offering digital tools to students and families to help them prepare for success in college;
· Sharing best practices and mentoring other districts in the transition to digital learning.
Vassar College awarded grants for significant computing infrastructure upgrades
POUGHKEEPSIE (October 29) - While Vassar is a small college, it boasts an ambitious and productive faculty research agenda. Just since 2007, Vassar faculty members have earned thirty National Science Foundation (NSF) grants totaling more than $9.5 million, in subject areas ranging from chemistry to cognitive science and economics to earth science.
The two newest NSF grants awarded to Vassar for a combined $624,000 will fund considerable expansion of the college’s computing capacity and security as part of a larger infrastructure initiative, enabling faculty to more effectively participate in large-scale data analysis and Internet-based research collaborations. Among the key results of the larger initiative, Vassar will more than double its digital bandwidth and gain the capacity for its faculty to participate in the advanced Internet2 research network, the non-profit consortium whose members include major higher education research institutions, industry, and government.
The new NSF grants come from the agency’s Campus Cyberinfrastructure – Infrastructure, Innovation and Engineering program (CC*IIE). Among its priorities is helping professors at small institutions to more readily participate in virtual research organizations with peers at institutions of all sizes across the country and around the world.
"NSF’s investments in campus cyberinfrastructure recognize the increasingly key role campus networks play in scientific discovery and education,” said Irene Qualters, director of the advanced cyberinfrastructure division at the National Science Foundation. “These two awards recognize Vassar’s opportunity to address scientific challenges through state of the art technology advances in networking and security.”
Adds Vassar’s chief information officer Michael Cato who oversaw both of the college’s successful proposals, “Not only will we help our faculty join in virtual organizations with colleagues at other institutions, but our improved computing infrastructure will make possible more robust cross-disciplinary work here at the college. All of Vassar’s departments can benefit.”
An NSF grant for $324,000 will be used to build a next-generation research computing network for Vassar, which among other gains will dramatically reduce and remove barriers to the free flow of data, providing better support for the transfer of large data sets explains Cato. Recent examples of faculty research demonstrate show why these computing upgrades are so important.
The NSF grants come at an ideal time for Vassar, with the college slated to complete its Integrated Science Center project in the fall of 2016 (http://science.vassar.edu/). A key result of the project’s ambitious facility renovations and new construction will be to bring the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Cognitive Science, Computer Science, Physics and Astronomy, and Psychology into close physical proximity on campus. In fact the Integrated Science Center will serve as the initial focal point for the dedicated science research network (the Science DMZ) that the larger NSF grant will make possible.
Saint Rose, SUNY Orange expand opportunities to earn degrees in business
MIDDLETOWN (October 23) - New transfer agreements between The College of Saint Rose and Orange County Community College (SUNY Orange) in Middletown and Newburgh will expand opportunities for Hudson Valley students who want to turn two-year business or accounting degrees into full bachelor’s degrees.
The “articulation agreements,” the first between Saint Rose and SUNY Orange, enable SUNY Orange students who earn associate degrees in accounting or business administration to transfer seamlessly to the bachelor of science programs at Saint Rose. The agreements spell out the specific courses that students should complete at SUNY Orange and their equivalents at Saint Rose. Students may transfer a maximum of 62 credits. Graduates of the SUNY Orange accounting and business administration programs will enter Saint Rose with junior status.
In addition, Saint Rose offers guaranteed two-year academic scholarships to transfer students who have achieved superior grade-point averages for all previous college work. Scholarships range up to $11,500 per year. Transfer students who are current members of Phi Theta Kappa national honor society are eligible for an additional $3,000 each year.
The College of Saint Rose now has nearly 70 articulation agreements with community colleges and other institutions throughout the Hudson and Mohawk valleys, Capital Region and beyond, designed to help provide a clear path for students seeking to continue their education.
Saint Rose and SUNY Orange continue to explore opportunities for agreements between additional programs of study.
For more information about these and other transfer agreements, visit www.strose.edu/transfer.
Dominican College launches two healthcare management programs
ORANGEBURG (October 23) - Dominican College kicked off its new MBA in Healthcare Management and Advanced Certificate in Healthcare Management programs with the inauguration of its first cohort class. The programs are designed for those with existing business skills who want to enter the healthcare industry or those already in healthcare administrative positions who want to improve their careers. The Advanced Certificate in Healthcare Management can be completed in 10 months, and the MBA in Healthcare Management can be completed in 24 months with convenient evening courses offered during eight-week accelerated sessions. Advanced Certificate Credits can move seamlessly to the MBA program.
The programs offer a quick way for those with existing business skills to enter the healthcare industry, or for those already in healthcare administrative positions to improve their careers. They were created to meet the growing demand for healthcare management executives. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment of medical and health services managers will grow 23 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.