LA&S Outstanding Graduates Honored

Students from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who excelled academically and outside of the classroom were among graduates honored during the campus-wide Outstanding Graduate Awards ceremony, held Thursday, Dec. 11 in the Multi-Purpose Room.

Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Philip Mauceri presented the students with certificates.

Congratulations to all LA&S Outstanding Graduates:

Alexis Moody

Asian Studies
Dennis Gross

Mia Faske
Carly Rome
Hayley Ward

Communication Disorders
Sarah McNamara
Shayna Burgess
Heidi Schmidt (Graduate)

Digital Media and Journalism
Gianna Canevari
Julio Olivencia
Alexandria Fontanez*

Maya Slouka
James Frauenberger
Karissa Keir
Danielle Brown (Graduate)

Kevin Vogelaar
Jessica Pierorazio (Graduate)
Jonathan Mandia*

Languages, Literatures & Cultures
Alexandria Fontanez*
Sarah Walling

Latin American & Caribbean Studies
Adam Repose

Elizabeth Saunders
Jonathan Mandia*

Political Science/International Relations
Andrew Roepe

Hannah Lake
Stefany Batista
Geoffrey Ralls
Morgan Gleason (Graduate)

Sarah Alestalo
Imuetinyan Odigie
Allison Smalley

Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Sudies
Emily Holmes

*Received multiple departmental awards.

Lecture to Address Race, Gender and Mass Criminalization

SUNY New Paltz Department of Sociology and Students Against Mass Incarceration present “The Problem with Carceral Feminism: Race, Gender and Mass Criminalization,” a public lecture by Dr. Beth Richie, on Monday, Nov. 17, at 3:30 p.m. in Lecture Center 100.

Ritchie is a professor of African American Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, Criminology, Law and Justice, and Sociology at the University of Illinois in Chicago.

Richie‘s scholarly and activist work emphasizes the ways that race/ethnicity and social position affect women’s experience of violence and incarceration, focusing on the experiences of African American battered women and sexual assault survivors.  Richie is the author of Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence and America’s Prison Nation (NYU Press, 2012) and numerous articles concerning black feminism and gender violence, race and criminal justice policy, and the social dynamics around issues of sexuality, prison abolition, and grassroots organizations in African American Communities. Her earlier book, Compelled to Crime: the Gender Entrapment of Black Battered Women, is taught in many college courses and is often cited in the popular press for its original arguments concerning race, gender and crime.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

This event received generous support from CAS, the Office of the Provost, the Department of Black Studies, the Department of History, the Scholar’s Mentorship Program, the Honors Program and Residence Life at SUNY New Paltz.  Co-sponsors include the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, Native American Studies Program and the Humanistic and Multicultural Education Program.

LA&S Faculty Lends Support to International Women’s Day


(L-R): Kathleen Dowley, Coordinator of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program; Donna Goodman of the MidHudson WORD organization (Women Organized to Resist and Defend); and Ilgu Ozler, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations and Mid-Hudson Amnesty International Chapter; attended the International Women’s Day event on March 6.

Faculty from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences showed their support for women everywhere by attending the International Women’s Day celebration on March 6 in the Coykendall Science Building Auditorium.

The meeting called for an end to violence against women:  in the home, on the street and in all public and private spaces; reproductive justice for all women, including full access to contraception, abortion, health care and child care; full equality for women in all areas of society; a living wage for all, equity in the workplace, with paid family leave; an end to racism, sexism, anti-LGBT bigotry, sexual harassment at work and the commercialization of women in mass media.

Speakers included Ilgu Ozler, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations and chair of the Mid-Hudson Valley Amnesty chapter; Donna Goodman, a UUP delegate, coordinator of the Mid-Hudson WORD chapter, and an editor of the Activist Newsletter; Daniella Monticciolo, member of the New Paltz Feminist Collective on campus; Urban Lyrics (a campus slam poetry group); Himali Pandya of Grace Smith House (a women’s and children’s shelter); Lydia Johnson, of UUP Stony Brook and president of the Long Island chapter of CLUW; and Leah Obias of Damayan, an activist organization of Filipina domestic workers.

The event celebrated the many advances women have won through struggle and signaled the hard work necessary to eliminate the remaining obstacles to full female equality. It was sponsored by the Mid-Hudson chapter of WORD (Women Organized to Resist and Defend), the Mid-Hudson Valley chapter of Amnesty International, and the Hudson Valley Activist Newsletter.