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SUNY Ulster Graduate Selected for 2014 Hites Transfer Scholarship


SUNY Ulster Alumna Renee ShilohDuffy has been selected as one of only 10 students in the country to receive Phi Theta Kappa's 2014 Hites Transfer Scholarship, the Society's most prestigious and largest scholarship offering. 

Duffy of Hurley earned her Associate's in Individual Studies in May. She will receive a $7,500 scholarship toward her studies at Bard College this fall in its written arts program with a concentration in Irish and Celtic studies.

Duffy graduated from SUNY Ulster with a 3.92 GPA and earned a perfect 4.0 seven of her 10 semesters. She is a 2013 recipient of SUNY Ulster's "Start Here, Go Far" award, a member of the Phi Theta Kappa New York State First Academic Team Award and one of only two students in New York State to receive The Coca Cola Silver Scholar Award.  Duffy was selected to participate this past year in the first-ever Eleanor Roosevelt Community College Emerging Leaders Program. 

The Hites Transfer Scholarship Program, made possible by support from the Hites Family Community College Scholarship Foundation and the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation, supports the outstanding academic achievement of Phi Theta Kappa members.

Scholarships of $7,500 each were awarded to 10 students based on applications submitted by members. Students enrolled in associate degree programs and eligible to transfer to a regionally accredited baccalaureate degree-granting senior institution in the fall of 2014 were eligible to apply. Judges reviewed and scored applications for academic rigor, engagement and leadership.  The 2014 Hites Transfer Scholars were selected from more than 2,200 applicants.

SUNY Ulster Offers High School Equivalency Classes Starting this Month


SUNY Ulster will offer a course to help prepare students for the Test Assessing Secondary Competency (TASC) assessment needed to earn the High School Equivalency (HSE) certificate.

The TASC has replaced the General Education Diploma or GED in New York State.

Designed for students who did not graduate from high school but want a certificate equivalent to the traditional high school diploma, the program provides instruction in language arts, writing, reading, math, science and social studies.

The course also will focus on preparing students for college and assist those seeking enrollment in a SUNY Ulster degree or certificate program. Passing the TASC exam provides an opportunity for adults to continue their education. SUNY Ulster accepts GED/TASC graduates who meet its qualifications for admission. 

The class will meet on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 8 through Oct. 21.  The morning session runs from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and meets at the Business Resource Center (BRC) in Kingston and the afternoon session meets at the Stone Ridge campus from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Course fee is $20.

For additional information, call Continuing and Professional Education at (845) 339-2025. Registration online is available at

The Culinary Institute of America Restaurants Receive Achievement of Excellence Awards

at 2014 American Culinary Federation National Convention


The American Culinary Federation(ACF), the nation's premier organization of professional chefs, honored three The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) restaurants, Hyde Park, New York, with ACF Achievement of Excellence Awards at the 2014 ACF National Convention in Kansas City, Missouri, July 25-29.


The CIA restaurants were among 20 operations to receive the award from ACF National President Thomas Macrina, CEC, CCA, AAC. The award recognizes foodservice establishments that exemplify a commitment to excellence and a passion for the culinary arts. Criteria for the award include nomination by an ACF chapter, member or individual in the foodservice profession; consistent dedication to excellence in foodservice; and involvement in the community.


"All of the students, faculty, chefs, dining room instructors and administrative staff strive every day to simultaneously create an unparalleled educational experience and make CIA restaurants world-class dining destinations," says Waldy Malouf, senior director of food and beverage operations, CIA. "The American Bounty Restaurant, The Bocuse Restaurant and Ristorante Caterina de' Medici are truly honored and proud to receive the Achievement of Excellence Award from the esteemed American Culinary Federation."


"Achievement of Excellence Awards are presented to foodservice establishments that go above and beyond to promote the culinary industry and provide customers with a rewarding experience," said Macrina. "The American Bounty Restaurant, Ristorante Caterina de'Medici and The Bocuse Restaurant are three such establishments that I am proud to recognize. The Culinary Institute of America's commitment to providing hands-on learning opportunities for their students through these restaurants is noteworthy."


American Bounty Restaurant

The restaurant focuses on using seasonal and local products from the Hudson Valley, New York, in contemporary and traditional regional dishes. It was opened in 1983 to offer fresh, inventive and regionally-based American cuisine. The menu was created by researching American food traditions and ingredients.


Ristorante Caterina d'Medici and the Al Forno Trattoria

These restaurants serve authentic regional Italian cuisine and serve as hands-on classrooms for the study and promotion of the culinary traditions of Italy. Both are located in a Tuscan-style villa overlooking the Hudson River. Ristorante Caterina d'Medici offers formal dining, while the Al Forno Trattoria provides a more casual setting, with menu items such as wood-oven pizza and panini sandwiches.


The Bocuse Restaurant

This restaurant serves re-imagined classic French cuisine and is named after world-renowned chef Paul Bocuse. CIA students serve and create the dishes that include black truffle soup, beef strip loin and tableside ice cream created using liquid nitrogen.


The 2014 ACF National Convention provided attendees with numerous opportunities to advance their professional development and enhance their culinary skills through informative workshops and seminars, cutting-edge demonstrations, a trade show featuring nearly 100 exhibitors, national competitions and ACF's annual national awards. More than 1,000 chefs, cooks, students and foodservice professionals attended the annual event.

Mount Introduces New Library

                                          MSM President Anne Carson Daly Speaks at Library Opening 

Mount Saint Mary College unveiled the Kaplan Family Library and Learning Center on Thursday, August 14.

Library director Barbara Whitney Petruzzelli and Mount President Anne Carson Daly were among the featured speakers during the event which introduced the learning center to community members.

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James Finn Cotter Library Dedicated at Mount Saint Mary College

In recognition of 50 years of service to Mount Saint Mary College, the Villa Library was recently named in honor of English professor James Finn Cotter, of Newburgh, N.Y.


Cotter's friends, colleagues and family, including his siblings, his children, and his grandson, Dante, attended the dedication ceremony.


"James Finn Cotter has been described as a 21st century Renaissance man, here at the Mount and in the wider academe circles," explained Fr. Kevin E. Mackin, OFM, president of Mount Saint Mary College. "Jim simply has a passion for lifelong learning, and his passion makes for great leadership."


James Finn Cotter, professor of English at the Mount, thanked those who helped mold him into the scholar he is today.

Cotter is the author of "Inscape: The Christology and Poetry of Gerald Manley Hopkins," "Beginnings: The First Twenty-Five Years of Mount Saint Mary College," and "A New Life: Learning the Way of Omega." As a scholar, he has penned articles on Hopkins, Dante, Geoffrey Chaucer, Sir Philip Sidney, and J.D. Salinger. As poet and literary critic, he's been published in America, Commonweal, The Hudson Review, The Nation, The New York Times, Sparrow, Spirit, Thought, Times Herald-Record, and other periodicals.


A celebrated translator of Dante's "Commedia," Cotter is a seasoned theater and arts reviewer, a recipient of a Fulbright-Hays lecture grant to teach English in Algeria, a recipient of a National Endowment of the Humanities grant, and president of the International Hopkins Association for 30 years.


During the 50 years that Mount Saint Mary College has celebrated commencement, only two people have led commencement procession: Cotter and professor emeritus James McEnery of Cornwall, N.Y. He first led the procession and was master of ceremonies from 1964, when Mount graduated its first class of 32 students, through 1970.


Cotter also wrote the Mount's alma mater in 1964.


In his five decades at the Mount, he has inspired scores of students and fellow professors.


"It was said, and will be said, that you are an accomplished scholar," said Sr. Catherine Walsh, OP, professor of communications and chair of arts and letters. "But I will also say that you're an exceptional teacher."


Stephanie Weaver, a senior English major from Rockville Centre, N.Y., wrote of Cotter: "You have focused not only on literature and theory, but also on the intellectual development of your students."


The longtime professor gave a humble smile to the standing-room only crowd at the library dedication.


"It's a great honor," said Cotter.


He pointed out that the year he began his tenure at the Mount, 1963, was also when author C.S. Lewis passed away.


"I'm a great fan of C.S. Lewis and his book, "Surprised by Joy." Certainly I'm surprised by joy today."


He then proceeded to give a brief lesson from his book,  "A New Life: Learning the Way of Omega."


Housed in what used to be the Mount's first building, the wood-paneled, Victorian-era James Finn Cotter Library has long been an educational hub for some of the best and brightest presentations the college has known. In addition to the Mount's own academics, the library has served as a lecture site for scholars like Nancy Marie Brown, author of "The Abacus and the Cross: The Story of the Pope Who Brought the Light of Science to the Dark Ages," New York Times best-selling author Stephen Mansfield, who discussed the spiritually of our 16thpresident in "Lincoln's Battle with God," and Sr. Diane Kennedy, OP, the vice president for Mission and Ministry of Dominican University in Illinois, who recently congratulated many of the Mount's Ralph and Aquinas Scholars.

In February at the James Finn Cotter Library, 1970 Mount grad Sr. Jo-Ann Iannotti, OP will discuss literature and spirituality. Her poetry has appeared in national and international magazines. The event is free and open to the public.


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