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Students hungry to serve; Mount food drive yields hefty haul

NEWBURGH (November 24) - Mount Saint Mary College students donated more than $1,000 worth of food on Monday, November 23, helping to feed local people in need this Thanksgiving.

The initiative, spearheaded by the college’s Campus Ministry, delivered the food to First United Methodist Church on Liberty Street in Newburgh, N.Y. for distribution to local families.

According to Roger May, assistant director of Campus Ministry, students donated about 100 food items over the last week. Additionally, students raised nearly $900 last month during “Spirit of the Mount Week,” which volunteers used to purchase boxed and canned goods.

Mount chaplain Fr. Francis Amodio Carm, was very pleased with the Mount’s commitment to aiding the less fortunate this Thanksgiving.

“At Mount Saint Mary College, according to our mission, we are to educate the whole person,” Cam said. “When they graduate from the Mount, service will be a value which they would naturally share in their communities.”

Back: Roger May, assistant director of Campus Ministry. Front (L-R): Biology major Andrew Suleiman of Highland, N.Y.;
education student Alyssa Picard of Torrington, Conn.; biology/physician assistant preparation major Shannon Root of Wildwood, Mo.;
psychology major Jennifer Gries of Hicksville, N.Y.; and Mount chaplain Fr. Francis Amodio, O.Carm, director of Campus Ministry.
(Photo by Lee Ferris)

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Collaborative project with SUNY Sullivan and The Roscoe NY Beer Company  

ROSCOE (November 16) - Students in SUNY Sullivan’s Principles of Advertising class in collaboration with students from the Graphic Design Workshop were recently given the opportunity to create some unique marketing materials for the Roscoe NY Beer Company, one of Sullivan County’s local craft breweries.

This is the second time the local brewery has collaborated with the college to help give students an insight of marketing. This year’s project gave the students a choice between two marketing projects to present back to the company, one being the creation of a marketing tool that would help sell the Trout Town line of beers, the second was geared towards creating a social media campaign introducing new products to the company’s line of beers.

 “This project was an excellent one for my Advertising class,” said SUNY Sullivan Professor Ron Bernthal. “It demonstrated the competitive atmosphere that exists in ad agencies, with various creative teams working on a creative concept, then presenting their campaigns to the client.”

The project was also a great fit for the College’s Graphic Design class.

“An important part of the process involved the students learning who the client’s target audience was and interpreting the message they wanted to convey,” said Mark Lawrence, Associate Professor of Computer Graphics/Graphic Design. “The winning concept did this beautifully.”

The winning concept and design was based on a point-of-sale seasonal hunting calendar that includes beer-oriented recipes.

“Working with the college has been a great opportunity for the brewery,” said Shannon Feeney, Director of Marketing for the brewery and coordinator of the collaborative project. “I love seeing the enthusiasm the students have for the project and it’s clear to see the devotion that went into the winning selection. I am thrilled to be able to take the concept they came up with and turn it into a real marketing tool for the company!”

The Hunting Calendars and Recipe Book are now available at the brewery’s tasting room as well as local shops and businesses. To get the most up-to-date information about Roscoe Beer Company, you can check out their website (, as well as follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.


Pine Bush students to attend “Emerging Leaders of the Hudson Valley” conference

PINE BUSH (October 29) - Pine Bush High School sophomores Mason Memmelaar and Chelsea Shaw of the Pine Bush Central School District were recently selected to attend the Emerging Leaders of the Hudson Valley Conference hosted by Marist College. The conference is designed to teach team building, goal setting, networking and leadership skills to Hudson Valley tenth graders.

The Pine Bush students were chosen based on their potential leadership abilities as recommended by their teachers and District administrators.

Mason Memmelaar (center) and Chelsea Shaw (second from right) joined by Marist College staff and alumni Dr. Helen Rothberg (far left),
Robin Torres (second from left), Nick Gent (back right) and Marist College President Dr. Dennis J. Murray (far right)


Ulster BOCES students receive invention grant

PORT EWEN (October 19) - A Lemelson-MIT Program InvenTeam grant has been awarded to Ulster BOCES to support students on a yearlong journey to design and build a working prototype of a robotic exoskeleton to aid hand paralysis control and recovery.

Ulster BOCES students on the 2015-2016 Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams

Ulster BOCES is one of only 14 teams of high school students nationwide to be named a 2015-2016 InvenTeam and receive the grant funding.

InvenTeams are comprised of students, teachers, and community mentors. The initiative aims to inspire a new generation of inventors by engaging students in creative thinking, problem-solving, and hands-on learning opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

The Ulster BOCES team consists of Pre-University/New Visions instructors Mark Harris (Advanced Robotics & Engineering) and Dina Navara (Health Careers), along with students Mark Castellanos of Highland High School, Laurel DelTufo and Daniel Waligurski of Onteora High School, Alexander Treloar, Farheen Fatima, Vibhuti Patel, Casey McCord, and Melissa Voerg of Kingston High School, Marisa Jankowski of Coleman High School, Elijah Leveque of Ellenville High School, Cameron Miller, Alexandra Jacone, and Adriana Crimi of New Paltz High School. Neurologist Mustafa Khan of the Lebanon VA Medical Center will serve as the community mentor. All of the participating students are in their senior year.  

“Aside from creating an emphasis on STEM-focused projects to develop interest in these career paths, the students will also have the opportunity to hone their collaboration skills,” Harris said.  “Problem solving, teamwork, and becoming proficient in technology will ensure they can compete in an ever-increasing technology-based economy.”

Pre-University/New Visions Health student Melissa Voerg of Kingston High School says the opportunity to work on the exoskeleton glove will help her to decide if she is going to pursue a degree in biomedical engineering, and it will be an impressive accomplishment on her resume.  “I was really happy when Mrs. Navara told us about it [the grant]. When I apply for college I can say I helped work on an invention that may be patentable.”  

“High school students are proving that they can identify problems worth solving and develop impactful inventions,” said Joshua Schuler, executive director of the Lemelson-MIT Program. “This year’s InvenTeams are addressing pressing societal needs and striving to solve problems they see in their communities and the world.” 

“This grant from Lemelson-MIT is definitely eye-opening as far as how others look at us. They looked at us like we were more than just high school students and that we are able to accomplish more than just high school projects. That’s a good feeling,” said Elijah Leveque of Ellenville High School. 

The Lemelson-MIT Program celebrates outstanding inventors and inspires young people to pursue creative lives and careers through invention.

Jerome H. Lemelson, one of U.S. history’s most prolific inventors, and his wife Dorothy founded the Lemelson-MIT Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1994. It is funded by The Lemelson Foundation and administered by the School of Engineering at MIT, an institution with a strong ongoing commitment to creating meaningful opportunities for K-12 STEM education.



2016 NYS Teacher of the Year returns to the Mount

NEWBURGH (October 16) - Dana McDonough, 2016 New York State Teacher of the Year and Mount Saint Mary College alumna, headed back to her alma mater on Thursday, October 8 to discuss her experiences as an educator and to aid aspiring teachers in realizing their academic dreams.

McDonough graduated from the Mount in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts in education and in 2000 with a Masters of Science in Education with a reading specialization. She is a second grade teacher at Fostertown Magnet School in the Newburgh City School District, where she has served for 22 years. The Newburgh native holds a permanent New York State certification in elementary education.

McDonough said she first wanted to become a teacher when, at the age of eight, she visited her Aunt Arlene Sosta’s elementary classroom at Gardnertown Fundamental Magnet School.

Sosta was a member of the Mount’s first graduating class of laypeople in 1964. Noting her aunt’s success, McDonough attended the Mount as well.

McDonough offered important advice to teacher candidates: “Do not be discouraged,” she said. “This is a time to dig deep and preserve…Remember, the teaching profession is a marathon, not a sprint.”

She suggested setting the academic bar high for all students and using a variety of educational techniques to keep instruction fresh.

“You will need to adapt your teaching style as you get to know your children,” McDonough said. “If you believe in them, they will believe in themselves…Be creative, have fun, and don’t forget: it’s all about the children.”

Former Mount education professor Joan Miller said McDonough shined long before being named the 2016 New York State Teacher of the Year.

“I remember her as a wonderful student,” said Miller. “She was always on point, learned what she had to learn, and did what she had to do.”

McDonough is the second Mount Saint Mary College alumna to be named NYS Teacher of the Year: Debra Calvino ‘81 also earned the honor in 2010.


Free college planning seminars for Dutchess students & families

POUGHKEEPSIE (September 28) - Dutchess County Youth Services is partnering with Cornell Cooperative Extension to present two free information seminars for high school students and their parents or caregivers to help plan for college.    There will be two seminars held – “Creating Your Path to College” on Monday, September 28th and “How to Pay for College Without Going Broke” on Monday, October 26th.   Individuals and families can choose to attend one or both.   Both seminars will be presented by Stephanie Mauro, founder and President of College Planning 101 and will be Cornell Cooperative Extension Farm & Home Center located at 2715 Route 44 in Millbrook from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

The seminars will also have information for students who have special needs including about how to best prepare for college as well as take advantage of special services that may be available to them to ensure their chosen college is the right fit for their needs.

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, “Members of our Dutchess County Youth Council identified college planning assistance as an important youth need in our community.   We are particularly pleased to have a component for students with special needs that can help make the challenging college decision making process a little easier to navigate.”

  • CREATING YOUR PATH TO COLLEGE  Monday, September 28th from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
    This seminar will give students a timeline for high school years that will get them ready to apply for colleges. Students will learn how to keep track of important events and successes in high school and create a resume they can continue to work with as they progress through school. They will learn about the differences in the ACT & SAT tests and gain an understanding as to which test they would do their best.  The seminar also explores 504 vs. IEPs and how to evaluate & select the right college.
  • HOW TO PAY FOR COLLEGE WITHOUT GOING BROKE!  Monday, October 26th from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
    Students and parents will learn what the differences are between the FAFSA and CSS Profile financial aid forms, how they affect the cost of college, what financial aid really means to a family and how need is determined.  The seminar will review parental and student assets that take away from qualifying for financial aid, how the financial aid system works and why it’s important to have expected family contribution (EFC) calculated before the student visits colleges.  This seminar will give parents/caregivers an understanding of federal and private loan programs, and the importance of planning in advance. 

Registration is requested.   Please email and include the names of attendees and whether


Saturday Arts Lab for K-12 returns to SUNY New Paltz for fall

NEW PALTZ (September 20) - Registration is now open for the SUNY New Paltz School of Fine & Performing Arts’ Community Arts School, which provides Saturday Arts Lab visual arts and piano classes for ages K-12. Classes will take place in the morning and afternoon every Saturday from Sept. 26 – Nov. 14.

This season’s course offerings include Stop-Motion Animation (grades 3-8), Photographing Your World (grades 5-8, and 9-12), Adventures in Art (grades K-2), and Piano for Beginners (group classes for ages 8-11).

The Saturday Arts Lab offers dynamic education programming. Courses are carefully designed to encourage students to explore the unique qualities of the arts and music based upon their age, grade and/or experience level. Hands-on experimentation is encouraged and investigation is supported and guided through learner-centered curriculum.

There are a limited number of full and partial need-based scholarships available, and are considered on a first come, first serve basis. For more information about registration, classes and scholarships, please call the Art Education Program at (845) 257-3850 or visit


Fall Into Adult Programming at Josephine-Louise Public Library 

WALDEN (September 20) -Josephine-Louise Public Library in Walden has scheduled a variety of fun and entertaining adult programs for the fall. Registration is required for all programs. Please register at the Circulation Desk or call 778-7621 for information.

  • Autumn Wreath Craft. Artist-illustrator Debbie Lane will show us how to create a spooky skeleton or spider wreath from yarn, ribbon and more. 6 p.m. Thursday, October 1.
  • Wines of the World: Grape Expectations. Sommelier JoAnn DeGaglia will talk about wines produced the wine harvest. Join us for tastings and discussion. Open to ages 21 and older. Please bring a wine glass for tastings. 6:30 p.m. Thursday, October 8.
  • Halloween Stamping Craft. Cathie Gaspard of Stampin’ Up returns with ideas for stamping Halloween cards and other scary crafts. Come have fun and be creative! 6:30 p.m. Thursday, October 15.
  • Notes From the Other Side. Local author Marc Fried, known for his books on Shawangunk region history and nature, will talk about Notes From The Other Side, selections from his Shawangunk Journal column. 7 p.m. Thursday, October 15.
  • Spirits, Spaceships and Spooky Stuff. Author and historian Linda Zimmermann returns to the library to discuss ghosts, UFOs and other strange phenomenon. 7 p.m. Monday, October 19.
  • JLPL will sponsor the Region 3 Meeting for Association of Public Historians of New York State. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. October 24. 9:30 a.m. registration and light refreshments;

Saturday, October 24. Registration and light refreshments, 9:30 a.m.; Walden’s History Walking Tour with village historian Mary Ellen Matise, 2 p.m.

  • Selling on eBay. Rick Feingold, an education specialist trained by eBay, will offer information on how eBay works, safe trading tips, registering on eBay, selecting items to sell, learning the value of your items, and more. 6 p.m. Thursday, November 5.
  • Thursday Night at the Movies: Unbroken. (PG-13).After a near-fatal plane crash in WWII, Olympian Louis Zamperini spends 47 days in a raft with two crewmen before he’s caught by the Japanese and sent to a POW camp. 6 p.m. Thursday, November 12.
  • Thanksgiving Stamping Craft. Cathie Gaspard of Stampin’ Up will show us how to use various stamping techniques to create a Thanksgiving-themed craft. 6:30 p.m. Thursday, November 19.
  • Wines of the World: Holiday Wines. Sommelier and wine specialist JoAnn Gaglia will discuss wines for holiday get-togethers and gift-giving. Open to ages 21 and older only. Please bring a wine glass for tasting. 6:30 p.m. Thursday, December 3.
  • Holiday and Winter Stamping Craft. Back by popular demand, Cathie Gaspard returns to show participants how to use various stamping techniques to create a beautiful winter cards and more. Open to ages 13 and older. 6:30 p.m. December 10.
  • Create a Holiday Plate. Artist-illustrator Debbie Lane returns with everything you'll need to paint a holiday plate for your seasonal table or to give as a gift. Join us for this fun craft! 6 p.m. December 17.


Internship/apprenticeship opportunities for Kingston’s youth

KINGSTON (September 8) – The City of Kingston is partnering with the Health Alliance of the Hudson Valley and the Kingston City School District to provide internship/apprenticeship opportunities for Kingston’s youth to assist income-eligible high school seniors or out-of-school youth seeking employment readiness training and job placement opportunities. For many reasons, not all youth are college- or military-bound after leaving high school and of those many are exceedingly bright, competent and interested in improving their lives and those of their families and would benefit the community by finding work opportunities here, in Kingston. This program will engage youth in becoming responsible and productive local citizens by building job skills and providing meaningful work experience that can lead to full-time job placement. Current assignments will include opportunities in the arts and nursing fields, but more placements will be available before the end of the year at local manufacturers, technology companies, and other small businesses in the City.

“As I have declared since taking office nearly four years ago, it is vital that we continue to invest in the human capital of this city,” said Mayor Shayne Gallo.  “Our youth are the future citizens of our community and in order to ensure the health and prosperity of this community, there is no better place to invest than in them. This is another opportunity to strengthen the educational corridor that has been created, to plant seeds for the workforce for the expanding Arts, Healthcare, Technology and High-tech Manufacturing centers of our local economy and to both inspire and encourage exploration of these career paths.”

For more information, contact Brenna Robinson in the Office of Community Development at 845-334-3924 or


SUNY Orange president debuts Twitter account

MIDDLETOWN (August 31) - In addition to bringing a fresh leadership style to SUNY Orange when she arrived at the College this summer, President Dr. Kristine Young has added a new communication tool to her repertoire with the unveiling of her own Twitter account.

Seeking to augment the College’s existing online and social media communications vehicles--website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr and Youtube--Young will be using her new Twitter account “@drkrisyoung” to provide her unique insights on College happenings, student and alumni success stories, connections with the greater Hudson Valley community, and the regional and national educational scene.

She also hopes to tweet updates and photos about the College and celebrate faculty, staff and alumni achievements.

“I’ve been dabbling with my Twitter account during the summer but thought it was appropriate to unveil it on the first day of classes,” Young said. “This account will allow me to offer my own personal and professional take on things, and it should supplement the additional social media platforms that the College already uses to connect with our students, alumni, staff, partners, community members and prospective students.”

Dr. Young's first tweet

Young said she is hoping to tap into just a small percentage of that larger Twitter community in order to share, virtually in real time, the many great things going on here at SUNY Orange.

Recent statistics show that 34 percent of Twitter users log into the social networking and micro-blogging service more than once per day. The College’s main Twitter account “@SUNY_Orange” has more than 1,500 followers while the SUNY Orange Facebook page listed more than 5,800 likes heading into the Fall 2015 semester. The College also posts videos to its YouTube pages while adding photos to galleries on Flickr and Instragram. SUNY Orange photos on Instragram can be searched by using #sunyorange.





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