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Welcome to the Honors Program at the State University of New York at
New Paltz

About the Program

The mission of the SUNY New Paltz Honors Program is to provide an enhanced intellectual experience in a climate conducive to interaction among highly motivated students and faculty.  This experience will seek to develop and intensify skills from a conceptual point of view in a diverse multidisciplinary analytical environment that nurtures independent thinking, creativity, respect and social responsibility.

The Honors Program consists of around 180 students. Once admitted to the program, students take special Honors seminars, which are interdisciplinary and small in size (usually around 15 students). Unlike traditional lecture courses, Honors seminars emphasize dialogue and non-lecture based learning; students are expected to come to class with something to say and to actively participate in debate and discussion.

picture of dr. patricia sullivanDr. Patricia Sullivan, Director

Office:  CH-H 111
Phone:  845-257-3456
Office Hours:
T 9:00-10:30, 1:30-2:30
W 3:00-5:00
R 10:00-11:30
F 2:00-3:00
And by Appointment

Dr. Pat Sullivan is the director of the Honors Program at SUNY New Paltz and professor in the Department of Digital Media & Journalism. She served as department chair for seven years. She specializes in the study of rhetoric or public communication and has published criticism on a variety of texts (e.g., political speeches, U.S. Supreme Court decisions, autobiographies, media coverage). Current research interests focus on gender, race, and class issues in political communication; political apologies; and ethics and political communication. She is co-author of From the Margins to the Center: Contemporary Women and Political Communication and co-editor of Political Rhetoric, Power, and Renaissance Women and New Approaches to Rhetoric. Her articles have appeared in journals such as Quarterly Journal of Speech, Communication Quarterly, Western Journal of Communication, and Women and Politics. For the Honors Program, she teaches seminars on "The Individual and Society" and "Debates in U.S. History." As a member of the Department of Digital Media & Journalism, she teaches "Introduction to Media Criticism" and "Aesthetics and Criticism of Television". She received her B.A. in English and communication from Marquette University and her Ph.D. in communication (rhetorical studies) from the University of Iowa.

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Spring 2015 Events & Trips


met NYC Trip to Museum Mile, Saturday, Feb. 21
minnewaska Minnewaska State Park Hike, Sunday, April 12




image Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Colloquium, "The Evolution of Women's and Gender Studies in Turkey." 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, in the Honors Center.
image Honors Program Welcome Back Party. 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, in the Honors Center.
image 2015 Ottaway Recipient, Alissa Quart, introduction to the campus community and Q&A with President Christian. 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, in the Honors Center.
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Reading and Book Signing for Professor Lisa Phillips new book Unrequited: Women and Romantic Obsession. 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, in the Honors Center.


Poetry Reading with Howard Good and Donald Lev.  5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, in the Honors Center.


Art opening for Robin Weinstein '14, graduate of the BFA Photography program at SUNY New Paltz, and now the campus photographer and videographer.  5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26 in the Honors Center.


Sophomore Gathering, 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27 in the Honors Center.


Free Speech Panel, Thursday, March 5, 6:30p.m. in the Honors Center.


Stacey Rein, President of United Way of Ulster County and Michael Berg, Executive Director of Family of Woodstock, will give a guest talk on "Poverty in the Hudson Valley" for Sue Books Honors seminar Education and Poverty. 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 10, in the Honors Center.


 Faculty Excellence Speaker Series

Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs Philip Mauceri cordially invites the campus community to attend the following presentations by recipients of the 2013-2014 Provost awards for excellence. All presentations will be followed by Q&A and discussion.

Feb. 23, 2015

"Out of the Ivory Tower & Into the Community: Putting Research to Work"
Eve Waltermaurer, Associate Professor, CRREO & Sociology Department 
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Awardee, Excellence in Scholarly and Creative Activity

April 14, 2015

"The Thayer Method and Creating Student-Centered Classrooms"
Hamilton Stapell, Associate Professor, History Department
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Awardee, Teaching Excellence


There will be more events added to this list as the semester progresses.