| Blackboard | Hawkmail | Library | Zimbra

A-Z Index | Contact Us | People-Finder

Current Students  |  Prospective Students  |  APPLY NOW

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 is small, consisting of around 160 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 2:00-3:00
W 3:00-5:00
R 10:00-12:00
 F 1:00-3:00
(and by appointment)

Dr. Pat Sullivan is the director of the Honors Program at SUNY New Paltz and a professor in the Department of Communication & Media. 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 Communication & Media, she teaches "Theories of Persuasion"; "Political Communication"; "Introduction to Media Criticism"; "Aesthetics and Criticism of Television"; "Argumentation"; and "Communication and Gender." 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.


Spring 2014 Events

 flyer for event

Screening of American Promise, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 4 in the Honors Center.  There will an informal discussion held after the film, led by professors and students.


 poster image

"Income Distribution and Economic Growth in Mexico:  Vulnerabilities and Challenges in the Development Process", a presentation by Francisco Martinez-Hernandez. 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, located in the Honors Center.

 sara image

"Strung Together":  Art Opening for Honors student, Sara DeLessio.  Friday, March 7 at 5:00p.m. in the Honors Center.
 "Transnationalization of Jamaica's Urban Soundscapes:  Yaad/Yard-Hip Hop Music and Culture", a presentation by LaTasha Brown, Assistant Professor of Black Studies. Wednesday, March 12, 5:00p.m., located in the Honors Center.

"The Two Faces of Seneca", a presentation by James Romm.  Wednesday, April 2nd at  5:30p.m., located in the Honors Center.

"Before 'Zainichi': Korean Communities and Literature in Wartime and Postwar Japan", a presentation by Dr. Christina Yi of the Univeristy of British Columbia. Monday, April 21, 3:00p.m., located in the Honors Center.

flyer for planetarium show There will be a Planetarium Show led by Professor Raj Pandya for the Honors Program on Tuesday, April 22 at 7:30p.m.  The Planetarium is located in CSB.

Spring 2014 Thesis Presentations

Friday, April 18, 2014

2:30-2:45 Tovah Goldfarb, "Misconceptions in U.S. History Education: The Case of Columbis" (Childhood Education B-6 - History Concentration)
2:45-3:00 Michael Costa,"Whine Sampling: Understanding Whining in Young Children" (Psychology, Disaster Studies & Sociology)
3:00-3:15 Rachel Silverbloom,"Sisyphus Smiles: Finding Happiness in the Absurd" (Philosophy)
3:30-3:45 Sasha Ribowsky,"The Waning Wolf" (French, Digital Media Production)
3:45-4:00 Cameron Burkhart,"The House of Too Much Trouble: A Poetic History of Coney Island at the Turn of the Century" (English - Creative Writing Concentration)
4:00-4:15 Sinead Atkinson,"Terra Incognita: The Dramaturgy of Eric Overmeyer's 'On the Verge'; or, the Geography of Yearning" (Theatre Arts - Performance Concentration)

Monday, April 28, 2014

11:15-11:30 Melissa Warren,"Darlings Reincarnate" (English - Creative Writing Concentration, German)
12:00-12:15 Brittney DePaola, "Autism for the Newly Graduated Clinician:  Welcome to Holland" (Communication Disorders, Deaf Studies)

Friday, May 2, 2014

1:00-1:15 Christine Richin, "Inside Voices:  A Collection of Poetry" (English, Psychology)
1:15-1:30 Jeremy Acevedo, "A Buddhist Sociological Perspective of Sexuality" (Sociology, Philosophy)1:30-1:45 Brenna McCaffrey, "Finding Feminist Theory in Reproductive Rights Activism in the Hudson Valley" (Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Anthropology)
2:00-2:15 Regina Peterson, "The Legacy of Apartheid:  A Minority System of Education"  (Sociology-Human Services Concentration, Communication)
2:15-2:30 Deborah Walnicki,"Yoga as an Alternative Therapy for Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma" (Sociology-Human Services Concentration, Spanish)
2:30-2:45 Chelsea Allocco, "Cryptographical Topics and Experiments in DES and RSA" (Computer Science, Mathematics)
2:45-3:00 Annmarie Arsanious, "Social Injustice in Education: Examining Misrepresentations and Borders that Affect Students Everyday" (Adolescence Education: English)

Monday, May 5, 2014

10:00-10:15 Ari Kaputkin, "Effectiveness of 3D Time Mapping for Representing Select Topics" (Geography, Asian Studies)
10:30-10:45 Alyssa Field, "Speech and Linguistic Outcomes of Cochlear Implant Recipients: The Impact of Age at Implantation" (Communication Disorders, Deaf Studies, Linguistics)
11:00-11:15 Forrest Weaver, "The Effects of Economic Liberalization on Income Inequality in Latin America" (International Relations, French)
11:15-11:30 Maria Pianelli, "PLACE:  A Reflection in Three Parts" (Journalism-Public Relations Concentration)
11:30-11:45 Ariana Cember, "The Emergence of Homonationalism and Homonormativity in Global Political Systems" (Political Science, Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies)
11:45-12:00 Elizabeth Yakobashvili, "Transmisogyny:  The Intersection of Transphobia and Misogyny" (Sociology-Criminology Concentration, Law and Politics)



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