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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





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. 9:30a.m. Tuesday, March 10, in the Honors Center.


Free Speech Panel, 6:30p.m. Thursday, March 5, 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


Spring 2015 Thesis Presentations

Friday, April 24, 2015
2 - 3:20 p.m.

Time Name Title Major
2-2:15 p.m. Sarah Alloush "The Role of Accountants in Helping Companies Adapt to Climate Change Policies" Accounting
2:15-2:30 p.m. Maggie Zielinski "Career or Family: The Discrepancy Between a Woman's Biological and Social Time Clock" Psychology
3:05-3:20 p.m. Juliana Wintrob "Analysis of the Criminal Justice System in Japan, China, and Vietnam" Sociology (Criminology)

Friday May 1, 2015
1-2:50 p.m.

Time Name Title Major
1-1:15 p.m. Maddie Chilton "Music and the Developing Infant: A Cross-Cultural Perspective" Music (Contemporary Music)
1:15-1:30 p.m. Shannon Suhl "Sacred Spaces" Painting
1:30-1:45 p.m. Michael Khoury "Carbohydrate Meal Expulsion from the Crop of Musca domestica" Biology (Cellular/Molecular)
1:50-2:05 p.m. Jeremy Acevedo "Buddhist Sociology of No-Self: Notes on Achieving Nirvana for the Sexually Marginalized and Creating Positive Social Change"  
2:05-2:20 p.m. Sarah Duncan "European Colonization of Mashpee on Cape Cod: From Plantation to Federal Recognition, 1763-2007" History
2:20-2:35 p.m. Eirinn Norrie "The True Tales: A Retelling of Histories Past" English & Communication Studies (Organizational)
2:35-2:50 p.m. Anisa Arcos-Pangione "Internal Colonialism and its Role on Major World Religions" Communication Studies (Organizational & Black Studies

Monday, May 4, 2015
3 - 4:55 p.m.

Time Name Title Major
3-3:15 p.m. Carly Shaw "Self-Care Among Mental Health Care Professionals" Psychology
3:15-3:30 p.m. Mackenzie Palma "Cultural Restaurant Design" Graphic Design
3:30-3:45 p.m. Rachel Beaudoin "The Self-Portraits of Edvard Munch" Art History
3:55-4:10 p.m. Megan Rooney "The Falling Man: Don Draper's Descent into Dante's Inferno Contract
4:10-4:25 p.m. Zameena Mejia "United We Understand/Unidos Nos Entendemos" Journalism (Public Relations) & Spanish
4:25-4:40 p.m. Samantha Wright "Art Under the Vichy: Art as a National Identity" French
4:40-4:55 p.m. Kathleen Gagnon "The Trials of Integrating Restorative Justice into a Capitalist Society" Sociology (Criminology) & French

Thursday, May 7, 2015
3 - 4:55 p.m.

Time Name Title Major
3:00-3:15 p.m. Julian Mostachetti "Diremption" History & Political Science
3:15-3:30 p.m. Sarah Nirenberg "College Level Sex Education" Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
3:30-3:45 p.m. Christopher Rosedale "Food Insecurity Amongst SUNY New Paltz Off Campus Students Political Science & Business
3:55-4:10 p.m. Jessi Putnam "Dear She" Graphic Design
4:10-4:25 p.m. Monica Farrell "United Nations Peacekeeping and the Prevention of Recurring Conflict" Political Science
4:25-4:40 p.m. Nicole Hoerold "Genocide: It's History and How We Can Prevent it in the Future" International Relations
4:40-4:55 p.m. Annemarie Courtens "Historical Shifts in the Meanings and Practices of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Sociology


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