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 320 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.
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Dr. Patricia Sullivan, Director
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." 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.
Fall 2019 thesis presentations
Friday, December 6, 2019
3:00-3:20 Kerri Neville, "Effect of Concussions in Professional Sports with a Focus on the National Football League: A Meta-Analysis" (Major: Business Analytics)
3:20-3:40 Rachel Obergh, "The Importance of Movement in the Elementary School Classroom" (Major: Early Childhood Education - English B-6)
3:40-4:00 Christine Carter-Huffman, "Understanding How Definitions of Identity are Established and Altered When Literary Works are Translated to Film" (Majors: English & Digital Media Production)
4:20-4:40 Alyson Hummer, "The Tradition of Burmese Hsaing Ensembles: An Enthnomusicological Approach to the Pedagogy and Understanding of Burmese Piano and Drum Techniques" (Major: Psychology, Minor: Music)
4:40-5:00 Maria Ciraco, "Age-Related Change in Play: Insights from a Survey of Hudson Valley Adults" (Major: Communication Disorders, Minor: Deaf Studies)
5:00-5:20 Joan Lauria, "Beautiful Little Feminist: Daisy's Perspective in The Great Gatsby" (Major: English - Creative Writing, Minor: Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies)
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
10:00-10:20 Olivia Porcari, "Expanding Educational Methods for Students and Staff: Exploring Non-Traditional Models" (Major: Sociology - Human Services, Minor: Anthropology)
10:20-10:40 Erin Phillips, "Dialect and How it Affects Phonological Processing" (Major: Communication Disorders, Minors: Deaf Studies & Linguistics)
10:40-11:00 Majessa Pedrozo, "Breaking Down Barriers to Health Information: An Analysis of the Relationship Between Health Literacy, Health Equity, and Patient-Provider Communication" (Major: Communication Disorders, Minor: Sociology)
11:20-11:40 Marisa Rupolo, "Social Media and Society: A Generation Transformed and Transforming Consciousness and Culture" (Major: Communication Studies - Public Relations, Minor: Film and Video Studies)
11:40-12:00 Natalie Yee, "Just Around the Corner: Le Choux Café" (Majors: Marketing - Food Marketing and Accounting)
Thursday, December 12, 2019
9:40-10:00 Allisen Casey, "Flow and Productivity: A Pilot Study" (Major: Psychology - Industrial/Organizational, Minor: Business Administration)
10:00-10:20 Sachin Thackeray, "Iridium Complexes of Quinone-Based Phosphine Ligands" (Major: Biology, Minors: Computer Science & Chemistry)
10:20-10:40 Dariana Almeyda, "The Devil Can Site Scripture for His Purpose: Biblical Allusion in Shakespeare" (Major: Adolescence Education-English, Minor: Theatre Arts - Performance)
10:40-11:00 Helen Zhang, "Can Integrating the Theory of Multiple Intelligence and the Use of Sign Language Assist ELL Students Academically and Emotionally in the Classroom" (Major: Early Childhood Education-English B-6, Minor: Deaf Studies)
11:20-11:40 Nicole DePaola, "The Dangers of Plastic" (Major: Biochemistry)
11:40-12:00 Kelsey Fredricks, "Wilting Into Bloom" (Major: English - Creative Writing, Minor: Journalism)
12:00-12:20 Robyn Borstelmann, "How Technology Affects the Way We Read and Write" (Major: Adolescence Education-English, Minor: Creative Writing)
There will be events added to this list as the semester progresses.
Storm King Art Center. Sunday, Sept. 8 at 10:00 a.m.