Student Accomplishments

Jeremy Acevedo

Jeremy has been accepted to The Washington Center for Summer Term - 2012 .  He will be participating in the Advocacy-Service-Arts program.  Jeremy has also been awarded a study abroad scholarship from the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program for the 2012 Fall Term.

Anna Maria Alfonso

Anna received 2 competitive national study abroad scholarships last year: the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship as well as the Freeman-ASIA study abroad scholarship. Additionally, she was selected to participate in the Fulbright-Hays GPA program through Bard College during the summer of 2011. It was a seven week intensive language program at Qingdao University in Qingdao, China with research practicum.  Her work focused on the realities of factory women in the region.

She also spent last fall as an exchange student at Nanjing University in Nanjing, China. 

Kathleen Brousseau

Kathleen Brousseau '13 (Art History), along with nine other SUNY New Paltz students, was accepted to present her faculty-mentored research at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research held at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in April 2013.  NCUR is very competitive in their selection but this year, SUNY New Paltz had a 100% acceptance rate of students. Kathleen will be presenting on Gothic Collegiate Architecture, focusing on architects Ralph Adams Cram and Eero Saarinen. Her faculty mentor is Art History professor Kerry Dean Carso. 

Kathleen was accepted into the Graduate program at Syracuse University.

Ariana Cember

Ariana has received a summer internship with Congresswoman Lowey's office.  Ariana has also received the 2013 Liberal Arts and Sciences summer internship scholarship.

Brittney Depaola

Brittany has received two study abroad scholarships: 

The first is the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship which is a national scholarship for students studying abroad. It is funded through the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Out of 2,800 applicants 800 students were selected.

The second is the Global Scholar Program. The SUNY New Paltz Global Scholar Program opportunity grants successful New Paltz applicants a significant reduction in the cost of their program fee. This program aims to identify eligible students who demonstrate the ability to think critically about global issues and who are willing to invest in both the New Paltz community and their host community abroad.

Kyle Fassett

Kyle has received the RSCA (Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities) and David Lavalle travel grants to present his thesis at a theatre conference.  This summer he will be interning at Yale as a resident adviser.  And in the fall he will be attending Bowling Green State University for graduate school to pursue his masters in College Student Personnel.

Lauren Gao
lauren gao picturesLauren studied abroad in Hong Kong and she shared with us her experience there.  "To say that Hong Kong's been a blast is an understatement! Study Abroad has been everything that students say it to be and even more. I'm also incredibly lucky to be attending the Chinese University of Hong Kong as it's celebrating its 50th Anniversary. Between meeting such incredible people from around different parts of the world and the locals of Hong Kong, I have learned so much about my own Chinese heritage as well as many others. Because Hong Kong is such a geographically convenient
location to many areas in Asia, I've taken the opportunity to do some traveling to other cities in China as well as Manilla, Philippines!"









Kimberly Gursky

Kimberly has been accepted into the University of Hudderfield study abroad program.

Ricardo Hernandez

Picture of Deborah Amos and Ricky HernandezRicardo is a current research assistant at the Center for Research, Regional Education and Outreach under Dr. Gerald Benjamin, distinguished Professor of Political Science.  He is the winner of the 2011-2012 Cetrino Scholarship, paying full expenses for the academic year.  Ricardo is also the Editor-in-Chief of Avant-Garde Magazine, the first women's magazine on the State University of New York at New Paltz campus.


Laura Johnsen

Psychology/EvoS/Honors/Theatre/Anthro student Laura Johnsen has just been accepted to the Anthro PhD program at Binghamton with a FULL tuition remission and a sizable stipend!

Michael Khoury

Michael has received an internship at King Industries which is a Chemical Engineering Firm in Norwalk, CT.  He will be working in the Research and Development department under a qualified chemical engineer assisting him or her in the testing of the chemicals they synthesize.  He will also be participating in the scaling up of smaller chemical reactions.

Shanshe Khosroshvili

Shanshe is a member of the Men's Soccer Team. 

Shuping Liu

Shuping has received an internship through Geneseo Office of International Program, The Washington Center - Integrated Science and Policy Internship.  The Washington Center offers a residential program in Washington, DC that includes an internship placement, an academic course taught in the evening, and a leadership forum including a lecture series, public policy dialogues on Capitol Hill, small group meetings, civic engagement opportunities and career development activities.  Internship placements can be in government agencies, corporations, or non-profit organizations, such as the Department of Energy, the National Institutes of Health or the Smithsonian Institution.

Kate Montelione

Kate was accepted to study abroad this summer at Middlesex University in Great Britain.

Amy Moschitta

Amy has studied abroad at Besancon France in Spring 2010.  She will be student teaching in Queensland, Australia in Fall 2012.  She also runs the after school program at Bright Beginnings Preschool for elementary students.

Alexandra Nasar

Alexandra Nasar was accepted into the Summer 2013 ONE Lab Program.  ONE Lab is a school for design and science directed by the organization Terreform ONE.  It is a month long session taking place at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and brings together a select number of students from all around the world.  The studio explored the idea of future cities that will grow to be more self-sufficient and productive, and the effects of technological interventions that can have profound impacts on the planet as a whole.  The course combined intense studio work with TED style lectures given by world renown architects, biologists, ecologists, industrial designers and artists offering radically new responses to the real needs and aspirations of today's world and the future.

Ann O'Brien

Ann O'Brien '16 (Visual Arts) has been accepted into the Oxfam America CHANGE Initiative. Each year, Oxfam America, a global organization working against poverty, hunger, and injustice, brings together students throughout the U.S. for this one-year leadership and advocacy training program. The application process for the CHANGE Initiative is very competitive, with only 50 students accepted each year. The experience is designed to develop student skills, expand their knowledge of global issues, and provide resources that students can bring back to their campuses to continue their work.

Regina Peterson

Regina Peterson Regina studied abroad in South Africa and she shared with us her experience there.
"I feel like a part of me will always be in South Africa, I came back looking through someone else's eyes and I am completely changed by my experience. South Africa challenged me to evaluate what really matters in my life, who really matters, what am I passionate about, and what can I offer the world? The people of South Africa were welcoming and eager to share their culture and country with you and I was ready to learn about all that South Africa had to offer. We traveled throughout Johannesburg and Cape Town attempting to understand the complex system of social welfare post-apartheid, specifically in regards child and youth care, and what we saw and heard forever changed the way I think and feel."

Kristofer Pistillo

After college Kristofer will be moving to Boston for an americorp program and he was just awarded the SUNY Chancellors Award.

Alexandra Saba

Alexandra has received the Gertrude M. Elliott Scholarship (renewable for the next two years).

Marissa Stephani

Marissa has received the Chancellor's Award.

Miriam Ward

Miriam WardMiriam Ward has been awarded the 2013-2014 Richard Eaton Foundation Scholarship from the Broadcast Education Association. The Broadcast Education Association (BEA) is the professional association for professors, industry professionals and graduate students interested in teaching and research related to electronic media and multimedia enterprises. There are currently more than 2,500 individual and institutional members worldwide. BEA scholarships are awarded to outstanding students for study on campuses that are institutional members of the organization. The Broadcast Education Association awarded nine national scholarships for the 2013-2014 year. 

The New York Women in Communications Foundation, in conjunction with New York Women in Communications Inc., announces its 2012 scholarship recipients, who will be awarded at the annual Matrix Awards—the industry event of the year, to be held on April 23, 2012at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City. This year, Miriam Ward, of Rye, New York who is a freshman at the State University of New York at New Paltz was one of the select few to receive this prestigious scholarship. Ms. Ward has been awarded the Meredith Corporation Scholarship which includes an internship at the company headquarters in New York City.

Ms. Ward will have the rare opportunity to be recognized with a select group of her peers during the event, which will feature Matrix Award winners and presenters including Glenn Close, Tyra Banks, Meredith Vieira, Rocco DiSpirito, Barbara Walters and Lesley Stahl, among others.

Rachel Wong

Rachel has won the 2013 Tomaselli award for dramatic writing.

Brianna Wright

Brianna was recently admitted to both NYU and the Greater Rochester Collaborative Masters of Social Work programs for Fall 2012 with plans to enroll in the GRC MSW program in Fall 2013 after deferring for a year.  She also was recently nominated as one of four Department of Sociology "Outstanding Graduates," pending administration approval.

Elizabeth Yakobashvili

Elizabeth will be spending the Fall 2012 semester interning in Washington, D.C. through The College at Brockport Washington Program.