Capstones in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Capstones in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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Picture the New Paltz student in the home stretch of her capstone project.   After years of exploring, inquiring, synthesizing, integrating, and—let’s face it, toiling—capstone students plunge into a pool of unknown depth, driven by passionate conviction. 

Seminar Standouts

Seminar Standouts

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In his senior English seminar, entitled, “Skins, Paper, Screens,” Associate Professor Cyrus Mulready invited students to view books as material objects and explore the ways in which a book’s design, or use in everyday life, might add new dimensions to its textual reading.

Poughkeepsie Stories

Poughkeepsie Stories

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When a highly motivated student parlays a successful capstone project into an independent study with a faculty mentor, the results speak to the dynamic exchange of ideas at the heart of liberal learning.

Passion Fruit

Passion Fruit

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The Digital Media Production major marries the technical and aesthetic concerns of filmmaking with a Liberal Arts focus on research, creative problem solving and storytelling. Digital Filmmaking, the major’s capstone course, asks students to create two high-quality finished projects, a short narrative or music video and a documentary, which form the foundation of students’ professional portfolios. 

Crazy for Camus

Crazy for Camus

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Sisyphus, the mythological boulder-lifter synonymous with futility, might seem an unlikely hero for the bright-eyed Philosophy major Rachel Silverbloom. But in contemplating the figure through the lens of Albert Camus’s philosophical essays, she has found a sense of intellectual purpose and an uncompromising, personal vision.

Global Style

Global Style

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Mariah Brown and Danielle Plotkin had not met before enrolling in Kimberly Ruth’s Entrepreneurial Journalism course. But their passion for West African culture and fashion made them perfect partners in developing a project they deemed “a fashionable global exchange of ideas and style.”

The Future of Storyboarding

The Future of Storyboarding

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While creating work samples for a storyboarding internship last fall, Chelsea DeMott sought a better way to convey her artistic vision. She envisioned an interactive, web-based computer program that allowed filmmakers to test virtual equipment like lighting and cameras, create actor avatars and make storyboarding a more dynamic, useful process.