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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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John Bellinger, former State Department legal advisor, speaks on international law

SUNY New Paltz welcomed John Bellinger to campus Monday, April 27, for a lecture entitled “Confronting the Islamic State: Challenges for International Law and International Justice.” Bellinger, a globally-recognized expert…

Spring 2015 Events & Trips

Honors End-of-Semester Party. 6 p.m. Thursday, May 7, in the Honors Center.


"Confronting the Islamic State: Challenges for International Law and International Justice", discussion with John Bellinger. 7 p.m. Monday, April 27, in Lecture Center 100


"The Superman Letters." Join us for a film screening of Miriam Ward's Honors Program Thesis. 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23, in the Honors Center.

image "Mao's Golden Mangoes: Symbols in the Cultural Revolution." Presentation by Alfreda Murck. 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, in the Honors Center.

"Surviving World War II: A Child Hidden in Plain Sight." Join us as Suzanne Federman shares her story about being hidden in France when she was a child during World War II. 5 p.m. Monday, April 20, in the Honors Center.


"Surviving World War II: Navigating Hitler's Auschwitz." Join us as Honors student Shayna Skibinsky's grandfather, Elemir Frid, shares his story about surviving the concentration camp in Auschwitz. 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, in the Honors Center.


Dinner & Discussion with the 2015 Ottaway Recipient, Alissa Quart. 5 p.m. Monday, April 13, in the Honors Center.


Presentation with freelance magazine writer Dionne Ford. 11 a.m. Friday, April 10, in the Honors Center.


Spring 2015 Thesis Presentations

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

Time Name Title Major
2:15-2:30 p.m. Maggie Zielinski "Career or Family: The Discrepancy Between a Woman's Biological and Social Time Clock" Psychology
2:30-2:45p.m. Danielle Roberts "An Approach to Jazz Through African Worldview" Music (Jazz Performance) & Black Studies
2:50-3:05p.m. Michael Khoury "Carbohydrate Meal Expulsion from the Crop of Musca domestica" Biology (Cellular/Molecular)
3:05-3:20 p.m. Juliana Wintrob "The Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong: The Protestors' Demands for Democracy" Sociology (Criminology)

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

Time Name Title Major
1-1:15 p.m. Maddie Chilton "Developing Harmony: Parent-Infant Bonding"
Music (Contemporary Music)
1:15-1:30 p.m. Shannon Suhl "Sacred Spaces" Painting
1:30-1:45p.m. Emily Smith "Self-Handicapping in Strategic Board Games: The Relative Importance of Winning and its Interaction with Self-Handicapping Behavior" Psychology
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"  Sociology & Philosophy
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 "Ecopsycholgy in a Time of Collective Trauma"
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
3-3:15 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 and the Need for International Legal Reform" 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.