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Awards, Honors, Appointments and Recognition

This fall, the Department of Foreign Languages will welcome Abeer Mahmoud Fahmy from Cairo, Egypt, to teach Arabic language and literature as a Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant.

The FLTA Program is sponsored by the U.S. State Department and administered through the Institute of International Education. It promotes educational and cultural exchanges by funding graduate assistants from around the world to teach language and serve as cultural ambassadors.

Fahmy completed her bachelor’s degree in English Linguistics at Helwan University in Cairo in 2003. Now a graduate student in cognitive linguistics and stylistics at Helwan, she was appointed as a lecturer in English based on her position on the dean’s list. She teaches English as a second language in various faculties, such as science, engineering and tourism.

As a graduate student at SUNY New Paltz, Fahmy will take courses in American literature, Native American and ethnic history, and American politics and government. She will teach elementary Arabic 101 and 102; Arabic literature in English will be offered in the spring 2007 semester.

Fahmy will also organize cultural events such as presentations on Egyptian folklore and traditions, textiles, architecture and calligraphy – even an Egyptian dinner with folk dances.


Thomas Festa (English) has published his first book, “The End of Learning: Milton and Education” (New York and London: Routledge, June 2006). A separate essay, "Place, Source, and Voice in Paradise Lost," appears in the April issue of English Language Notes.

Alumni in the News

Elise Gold ’92 (Humanistic/Multicultural Education) is a recipient of the 2006-2007 Rita Paprin Memorial Fellowship through Adelphi University. The award recognizes her work in the advancement of service and support for people with a dual diagnosis of a developmental disability and mental illness, her organization of programs to affect public school policy on the issue of bullying, and her interest in legislative activities and community process. Gold is on the clinical staff at Crystal Run Village Inc., a provider of community-based programs for more than 700 people with intellectual disabilities living in the counties of Orange, Rockland and Sullivan.

Jeannette M. Konior ’85, ’93g (Education), who is certified by the State of New York to teach elementary and secondary students, recently had two books for new teachers republished. “Survival Skills For The New Elementary Teacher” provides first-time teachers with insights into such topics as managing a classroom and instituting disciplinary measures. “Survival Skills For The New Substitute Teacher” details what a new teacher can expect to find when they enter the classroom and how to get the attention of students.

Presentations, Exhibitions

Oliver Brooks ’06g, Mike Brown ’06, Ricardo Febre ’06g, Jeesoo Lee ’06g and Steven Rossi ’06g, all graduates of the Art Department, will present an exhibition, titled “Opposition/Nonopposition” at the Dorsky Gallery in Long Island City, July 9-August 4 with an opening reception at 2 p.m., Sunday, July 9. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 11a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, contact Rossi at

JULY 3, 2006
Volume 4, Issue 13

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