Students Raise Money to Build Adobe Oven for Guatemalan Nutrition Center

Nutrition Center

Students in the summer 2015 study abroad class, Human Rights in Guatemala, are raising money to build an adobe oven for the Konojel Nutrition Center in San Marcos, Guatemala.

Students in the summer 2015 Study Abroad Class Human Rights in Guatemala are currently conducting a series of bake sale fundraisers to raise money to build an adobe oven for the Konojel Nutrition Center, located in the Kaq’chikel (Mayan) community in San Marcos, Guatemala. The Konojel Nutrition Center, a non-profit organization, provides 70 lunches, five days a week, to the town’s poorest children, elders, and pregnant women. In addition, they also provide a variety of educational programs. The Project Coordinator, Andrew Raphael, is a SUNY New Paltz graduate.

Andrew Raphael

New Paltz alumnus Andrew Raphael is the project coordinator of the center.

The first bake sale will be at the Mexico Solidarity Network talk on the role of corn in the political violence in Mexico on Tuesday, February 24th at 5:00 in LC 108. Bake sales will be held every Tuesday night at 5:00 during the Spanish Club’s Movie Night. Please come by to purchase some homemade goodies and help support our students’ project as well as the work of the Konojel Nutrition Center.

If you would like to make a donation please contact Anne R. Roschelle ( or Luz Porras (Languages, Literatures, and Cultures –

Join All-Faculty Band for Talent Show Benefiting Student Scholarship Fund

Questionable Authorities

 The all-faculty band Questionable Authorities will host “New Paltz Got Talent” at Bacchus Restaurant and Bar, with funds benefiting the College Council Student Retention Fund, on Friday, April 24 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Questionable Authorities is composed of professors Glenn Geher (Psychology), Peter Kaufman (Sociology), Maureen Morrow (Biology), Brian Obach (Sociology) and Anne Roschelle (Sociology).

Last year the event raised $1,000 for the Fund for New Paltz, which provides special opportunities for students.

The band invites members of the campus community who sing or play an instrument to join them as guests in performing a set-list of punk rock classics.Those who choose to perform, should let band members know their preferred song and instrument of choice and should attend one practice session with the band prior to the event.

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Professor of Journalism Releases New Book on Love and Obsession

Drawing on elements of memoir as well as her own reporting and research, Assistant Lisa PhillipsProfessor of Journalism Lisa A. Phillips’ latest book, “Unrequited: Women and Romantic Obsession,” examines the perils and power of obsessive love in women’s lives.

“What I want to do is help people going through this type of experience feel less alone, and help them see plainly the nature of what they are doing — when they are crossing a line, and when they can turn the energy of that obsession in another way, to help them benefit themselves,” Phillips explains.

Phillips’ interest in this subject is rooted in her own experience falling in love with a man who did not reciprocate her feelings. She first opened up about the experience in a widely-read column that appeared in the New York Times on Dec. 3, 2006.

In “Unrequited” Phillips supplements her own story with extensive social science research. UnrequitedAlso included are accounts of other women who have been in obsessive love and the people who have been its target, accounts culled from deeply personal interviews gathered over the course of six years writing this book.

“Those conversations tended to be really long and intense,” Phillips says. “We gave each other a lot of support.”

The unflinching honesty of the author and her interviewees drives the book’s ultimate message of understanding. The act of sharing these stories is confessional, says Phillips, “but I think it’s also a service. People have reached out to me and told me, ‘Your story gave me hope.’ That was powerful.”

Phillips will give a reading of “Unrequited” on campus at the Honors Center in College Hall on Feb. 17, at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Phillips has taught at the College since 2003. She previously worked for 12 years as a public radio journalist, contributing stories to a number of outlets including NPR. She is the author of “Public Radio: Behind the Voices,” a book profiling the most listened-to voices in public radio.

For more information on Phillips and her work, visit