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Rachel (Crum) Kaufmann ’75g (Education) reports: “Having turned 100 years old in February 2022, I am recalling days at New Paltz fondly. Horseback riding up to Mohonk in the fall moonlight, ice skating on the Schuylkill, learning our penmanship (one year of instruction) to records of The Blue Danube, roller skating and archery under the guidance of physical education instructor Mary Deane, working on illustrations for the Paltzonian, practice teaching on the campus, summers waiting tables at the Minnewaska resorts—all of this in wartime, as the boys in our class went off to military service. I taught primary grades in Spring Valley, New York, for 40 years after New Paltz, returning to campus for a master’s degree in the 1970’s. In retirement, I have been active with painting, quilting, travel, grandchildren, and regular visits back to New Paltz, Minnewaska and Mohonk. Now I live in Ithaca, New York, near my daughter, and enjoy reminiscing over photos, yearbook, and campus mailings. Fond memories, indeed.”

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Carole Pflugfelder Rhodes ’75g (Art Education) reports, “I taught elementary art for five years. Had a full career doing office, exhibit and memorial design for the federal government in Washington, D.C. Now I’m in North Carolina and the love of art and education continues as my retirement is filled with teaching art to at-risk children and immigrant women who have never had to joy of learning to draw. I also volunteer creating artificial flower arrangements and wreathes for sale in a local charity shop. New Paltz enabled me to be capable of using art skills in so many different ways. It has been a blessing!”

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Joel Milgram (Elementary Education) lives in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. He is retired after a 30-year teaching career at the University of Cincinnati.

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Rosario (Ross) Prizzia ’67g (Secondary Education 7-12: Social Studies) had the third edition of his textbook titled, “Climate Change and Disaster Management” featured in the University of Hawai‘i–West O‘ahu’s online news site. 

Cynthia Winika (Art Education) showcased artwork in an exhibition titled, “Radical Fiber: Threads Connecting Art and Science" at the Tang Teaching Museum of Skidmore College in Saratoga, New York, from December 2021 through June 2022. The exhibition’s focus is to draw attention to the world's coral reefs and their fragility, an indicator of health of the oceans due to global warming. Winika also has a mixed media piece in artists@Home, a portfolio of works by A.I.R. artists responding to the impact of ecological exploitation on our home environment, organized by Daria Dorosh. “Extraction: Art on the Edge of the Abyss,” an international public awareness project initiated by the Codex Foundation that will be housed in the Nevada Museum of Art. 

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Robert Devine (Political Science) has retired after practicing personal injury, wrongful death, and trusts and estate law, in Manhattan for 50 years. Some of his notable clients included Johnnie Cochran, The Cochran Firm, Philip M. Damashek, Philip M. Damashek. P.C., Scheinder, Kleinick, Weitz, and Damashek, P.C., Scheinder, Kleinick, Weitz, Damashek, and Shoot, P.C., Pazer & Epstein, P.C., Godosky and Gentile, P.C., Dankner Milstein, P.C. and Hecht, Kleeger, and Damashek, P.C., The Jacob D. Fuchsburg Law Firm. He is going to enjoy retirement on his estate in central Florida with his wife of 57 years, and lifelong best friend, Deborah.

Gayle “Jake” Jacobs Olson-Binder (Education) has been elected president of the Association of California School Administrators Retired Charter for Region 18 for San Diego County. She is working on many legislative issues to protect teachers’ retirement benefits. She previously served as chair of the State Retirement Committee as well as President of the Council for Student Services and Special Education. Gayle was twice selected as Administrator of the Year.

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Joanne (Sabarese) Greenway (French) published her third chapbook of poetry titled “Low-hanging Fruit.” Her poems tell the story of growing up in upstate New York.  

C. Otis Sweezey (Theatre Arts) retired from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) after teaching for nearly 50 years. He was a professor in the Department of Theater and Dance, teaching and designing scenery, costumes, and lights. This past summer he designed scenery for “A Little Night Music” for the Union Avenue Opera Company, in St. Louis, Missouri. This is his third set that he has designed for that company. He has designed scenery and costumes for several other professional theater and dance companies. He lives outside of St. Louis, in Edwardsville, Illinois.

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Dave Rappaport (Economics) is presenting a new exhibit of 24 derivative monochromatic watercolor paintings in support of the Society of Honor Guards of the Tomb of the Unknown Solider for public view, as well as adding paintings to the current exhibit  “The Changing Face of Courage” at the Military Women’s Memorial in Arlington, Virginia. Images include iconic historical events surrounding the first Unknown soldier and the interment at Arlington National Cemetery as well as portraits of recent Honor Guards who kept watch over the Tomb.

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Ellen Brief’s (Art History) collages were included in “Opposing Forces” at the Katonah Museum of Art Artist’s Association show held in April 2023. This juried exhibition, featuring artwork expressing the tensions caused by opposition, was displayed in the 100-year-old barn of the Ridgefield Artist Guild in Connecticut. Ellen’s collage “Collision” incorporates recycled segments from her mono-prints with an original monotype print. “Opposing Horses” is a collage made from handmade paper created at the Women’s Studio Workshop in Kingston.

Joshua Kraushar (History) has written a very humorous memoir titled “In The Daze Of My Youth.” The vignettes include his time spent living and going to school at New Paltz in the 1970s.

Bonnie Lieberman (Elementary Education) is licensed by the state of New York as a reading specialist. She holds a B.S. in elementary education and M.S. in K-12 education with an emphasis on reading. She taught kindergarten and first grade in Albany, New York, and ELA for more than 15 years in a children’s psychiatric hospital. She is a mom, grandma, wife, dog lover, and writer. Her three picture books feature quirky characters struggling to build friendships, and a community that learns how to embrace the differences between themselves and others. Her books are: “The Radiant Rainbow Cap,” “Will Allie B. Able To Make New Friends?,” and “Seriously Silly.”

Richard Pravda (Political Science) has earned a master’s in museum studies from the School of Professional Studies of the CUNY Graduate Center/New York Historical Society. After 40 years of practice in civil litigation, he intends to enter a new field of law. He and his wife reside on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

Pat Richter (Education) has been living in New Jersey for about 15 years, but still visits the New Paltz area at least twice a year. She is winding down her consultant business and only works with small, local nonprofits while building up a chair yoga practice with seniors. She is busy with gardening, cooking, crafts, pets, and cultural activities.

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Eric Gray (Political Science) published his second book titled, “Bases to Bleachers: More Personal Baseball Stories from the Stands and Beyond.” The book can be purchased at online stores or a signed, personalized copy directly from the author. Upon graduation, Gray made his way to San Francisco where he spent his professional career administering job training programs for the U.S. Department of Labor. His wife and kids are, like him, huge baseball fans. This is his second collection of folks' baseball memories, stories that in one way or another, all touch upon America's pastime. Eric can be reached by email at eric.baseballstories@gmail.com.

Karen Marlib (Education) reports, “A Bucket List dream was to win my Team Districts and Sectionals and finally take it all the way to the Nationals Tournament. At the age of 68, ten months after a hip replacement, my dream actually came true. My 65+ tennis team representing the U.S. Middle States (New Jersey, Delaware, and Pennsylvania) traveled to Surprise, Arizona, to battle for the U.S. National Team Championship. I’m incredibly proud to say we, the Super Señioritas, won the National Championship on Feb. 6, 2022. My motivation was sparked over 40 years ago in New Paltz. We were awarded our championship medals and I truly embraced this awesome achievement.”

Denis Simon (Asian Studies, Political Science) reports, “On Jan. 1, 2023, I will start a new academic and administrative position at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I will do some teaching in international business strategy and China business as well as direct the corporate partnership program at the Business School. In addition, I will run a Global Business and Technology Seminar series that will focus on critical issues in competitiveness and innovation.”

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Charles Dumas (Political Science) is a professor emeritus in the School of Theatre at Penn State and received the 2022 Lion’s Paw Medal during the society’s 2022 Convocation Ceremony. The ceremony took place over Blue-White Weekend, on April 23, 2022. Dumas was also chosen by the 2022 National Black Theatre Festival (NBTF) to receive the Living Legend Award at the Opening Night Gala Awards Banquet on Aug. 1, 2022.

Dan Kohane (Political Science) was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel at its Winter Meeting in March. 

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Israel Helfand, Ph.D. (Political Science) recently self-published a book with his wife, Cathie, called, “The YUMMY Marriage.” It contains wisdom from their 40 years as marriage counselors and sex therapists running their “Marriage Quest” retreats. It contains advice for young people who are not yet married as well as couples in crisis looking for guidance. It’s available on Amazon and Apple Books.

Rabbi Mark Novak (Education) is founder and spiritual leader of MOSh: Minyan Oneg Shabbat, the world’s only exclusive Zoom-a-gogue. Think theater meets sacred text meets pop culture meets mysticism and maybe you get a taste. Novak received his rabbinic ordination in 2012 from ALEPH, and in MOSh has co-created a spiritual community that draws from Jews and non-Jews alike from across the U.S. and Canada. He is also co-founder of The Multifaith Storytelling Institute, which trains spiritual leaders in the use of storytelling in their work as clergy, pastors, lay leaders and spiritual directors. 

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Debbie Babitt (Theatre Arts) published her next thriller titled, “First Victim,” which launched on June 28, 2022.  It has received acclaim from best-selling authors like Michael Connelly and Lisa Gardner.

Charles Helmig (Photography) went on to receive his professional degree in gardening at the New York Botanical Garden. Helmig became gardener at Gramercy Park, Bryant Park, and Kips Bay Towers. He was a gentle soul, always smiling, who loved to share his knowledge and passion in photography and gardening. He passed away in August 2021 in his favorite borough, Queens, New York.

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Carrie Decker (Art History) relocated back to the Hudson Valley from a career in New England as a business systems analyst. She retired and began a non-profit for the fine arts. Decker incorporated a mobile art van that travels throughout the Hudson Valley bringing art to communities with limited resources. She has gained a presence in Poughkeepsie (birth city) and works with children, adults, seniors, vets, autism residents, and people with disabilities. Check out her website at CrazyOverARTontour.com.

Andrew Garn (Photography) has his latest photography book, "New York Art Deco: Birds, Beasts & Blooms” (Rizzoli books) was released in November 2022. “New York by Neighborhood” (Rizzoli) was published in Spring 2022. He is also the creator (photographer) of “Wildflowers of NYC” (Cornell University Press) and “The New York Pigeon” (Power House books). He lives and works in New York City (not Brooklyn).

Dr. Lawrence Kahn (Communication Studies) has retired as a chiropractor and naturopathic physician after a successful 35 years in practice in Pennsylvania.

Karin Schlenker (German) reports, “After 30 years in education, I will be retiring! I have taught all levels of German and French from grades three through university as well as English and ESL (I had a double major in German/English). The last 16 years I was at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan, teaching mostly German. Before teaching, I worked various office jobs. I am excited to go on to the next adventure, although I will miss teaching and the students, but not the grading!”

John Stegmayer (Political Science) is a Saugerties attorney and has retired from his position as a Family Court Support Magistrate after 28 years with New York State’s Third Judicial District, during which he presided over support and paternity proceedings in Rensselaer, Columbia, Greene, and Ulster Counties. A former board member of the College at New Paltz Alumni Association and president of both the Ulster and Greene County Bar Associations, Stegmayer has recently accepted a part-time position as an Assistant Ulster County Public Defender, assigned to the Family Court Unit. He has also opened his own law office on Wall Street, Kingston, New York.

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Luba Havraniak (Business Administration) had the opportunity to become the Director of Recruitment and Human Resources at Griswold Home Care of Winston Salem.

Debra Kosinski (Accounting) ’03g (Educational Administration) ’05cas (School Business Administration) was appointed by the New Paltz Board of Education as the District’s new Assistant Superintendent for Business. Debra assumed her new position on July 7, 2022.

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Sylvia Caminer (Theatre Arts) directed a film titled, “Follow Her” that was featured at the 2022 Woodstock Film Festival.

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Doug Bartow (Graphic Design) began his new role as Director of Design at Overit, a marketing and design company based in Albany, New York. He also hired two more recent graduates, Johanna Turano ’19 (Graphic Design) and Lauren Gay ’20 (Graphic Design).

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Dale Wolfield’s ’93g (Ceramics) ceramic work was selected and included in “Strictly Functional Pottery National” in 2022 at the Lancaster Museum of Art in Pennsylvania. The first of its kind, SFPN provides an opportunity for functional pots to receive a much-deserved spotlight. Every year they proudly feature some of the most talented ceramic artists from across the country.

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Matthew Corozine (Theatre Arts) recently published his first book titled, “IF YOU SURVIVED 7th GRADE, YOU CAN BE AN ACTOR: Applying the Meisner Technique to get outta your head in Acting and in Life.” It is now available on Amazon and in major bookstores.

Craig McGuire (Journalism) recently published a book titled, “Carmine and the 13th Avenue Boys: Surviving Brooklyn’s Colombo Mob,” the true story of Carmine Imbriale, a street-level operative in one of the most violent crews in the Colombo Family. Now in hiding, Imbriale teams up with true-crime veteran writer Craig McGuire to take you inside the 13th Avenue rackets at the height of their violence. Since graduating New Paltz, and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, McGuire has covered many subjects as an NYC-based writer and digital content expert, from reporting a Coney Island beat and reviewing Manhattan Nightlife to writing about world history, Wall Street finance and Silicon Valley technology. This is his third book and can be purchased on Amazon. 

Margaret (Meg) Von Seggern (Visual Arts; Art History) graduated from Syracuse University on May 14, 2022, with an M.S. in Communications and a specialization in Journalism. She was accepted into Rensselaer Polytechnical Institute’s, Ph.D. in Communications program and awarded a four year, full-time, fully funded student with a teaching assistantship. Her research will focus on data-driven journalism that relates specifically to underserved and underrepresented populations in NYS and lack of equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility.

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Heather Hendershot (Elementary Education) earned a doctorate in Education from Manhattanville College in May 2022.

Stacey Lamar (Nursing) is a recent honoree of Hudson Valley Magazine's “Best of the Hudson Valley 2022.”

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Julie Langdon (Biology) has been recognized by Vedder Price in their 2023 Best Lawyers in America list in the Litigation – Patent category.

Julie Majak (Educational Administration) was chosen by SUNY Empire State University to serve as their next Vice President for Administration and Finance. Majak began her new position on Aug. 15, 2022.

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Garett Brackett (Elementary Education) is a logistics supply officer for the National Disaster Medical Services and received the COVID-19 Pandemic Civilian Service Medal for exemplary service to the nation as part of the federal medical response to the pandemic. Brackett serves on a Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) out of Atlanta, Georgia. NDMS is a federal program that supports communities with medical care, veterinary care, and mortuary assistance during disasters or public health emergencies at the request of states.

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Jason Bryden (Public Relations) is the Coordinator of Athletics Statistics and Media Services at Washington College. Jason received the 2022 CoSIDA Achievement Award in the College Division. This award goes to individuals with 10 or more years of experience in athletic communications for outstanding service, and who are associate or assistant directors and have not served in the lead role of overseeing a sports communications office.

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Lauren Corvino (English) reports, “I published my first picture book in Australia titled, ‘The Nearby Nanna.’ The picture book is having great success in Australia where I currently live and is stocked at a national chain here as well as being sold in the United States at Barnes & Noble, Walmart and Amazon.” 

William Kane ’02g (Marketing) is pleased to announce that his wife, Yvonne Kane (Chin-Cho Shih) ’03g (Finance), became an American Citizen on July 6, 2022.  It was a five-and-a-half-year Department of Homeland Security process, beginning with submitting a K-1 Marriage Visa in December 2016, ending with the Naturalization submission and testing on July 6, 2022 in San Francisco, California. William and Yvonne were married on Sept. 27, 2017 in Peace Park, New Paltz, New York. They currently live in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Lisa Cohen (Taub) (Childhood Education) was one of 20 recipients of the NYC Department of Education’s most prestigious award, “Big Apple Teacher of the Year” for the field of Physical Education in June 2022. Candidates nominated went through a rigorous interview process, as well classroom observations. Lisa also presented her lesson colleagues during the NYC Chancellor’s Conference Day in June. Lisa was surprised with this award while teaching by her district Superintendent and the Office of Wellness Programs. 

Stephanie (White) Holden (Communication) gave birth to her third child, Ivy Willow Holden, on Feb. 15, 2022, 7.5 ounces and 21 inches long.

Aaron Lamb (Anthropology) and Jessica Patchett ’04 (Psychology) celebrated their 16th wedding anniversary in October. Now residing in Virginia and raising two awesome kids, Luna and Leo. “Love the beach and miss The Gunks.”

Jess Mullen (International Relations) has been hired as Executive Director of a highly respected local clean energy organization called Communities for Local Power.

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Vanessa (Vasadi) Figueroa (Biology) and Billy Figueroa ’05 (Computer Science) welcomed their second child, a boy name Malakai Valentino Figueroa. He was born on Oct. 11, 2022, in Boca Raton, Florida, weighing 7lbs, 2oz and 20 inches in length. Big sister Milana is thrilled to have a baby “bruddah” as she lovingly calls him, and she is so gentle, helpful and kind to him. Malakai has a very sweet and calm disposition, and he is the perfect completion to the Figueroa family unit.

Kyomi Gregory-Martin (Communication Disorders) received tenure and promotion effective Sept. 1, 2022, to Associate Professor at Pace University in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department. Her research interests include child language acquisition and assessment in culturally and linguistically diverse populations, parent/teacher training and prevention models in speech-language pathology, inter-professional education, cultural humility/responsiveness, and regional dialect differences. She writes: “I am forever grateful to my undergraduate experience at SUNY New Paltz doing a dual minor in Black Studies and linguistics and being a part of the Minority Recruitment Program (MRP). I had the pleasure of taking a course by the late Margaret Wade-Lewis titled 'Black English' that laid the fundamental foundation for my area of research in my Ph.D. program at Louisiana State University.”

Danielle Sofer (Music) joined the faculty at the University of Dayton as a tenure-track assistant professor in music theory and music technology and had her first monograph published with MIT Press, on July 5, 2022. 

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Jordan Bell ‘10g ‘17g (English, Humanistic-Multicultural Education) is an award-winning Black Studies, English, and Philosophy educator who teaches courses through a critical lens. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Urban Education at the CUNY Graduate Center with research interests that center around critical race theory, black crit, culturally responsive and sustaining education (CRSE), Healing Centered Engagement, and Racial Literacy. Jordan also serves as the Chair of the State University of New York (SUNY) Black Faculty and Staff Collective (SBFSC) where the collective works to support Black folx at SUNY and beyond.

Nora Gomez-Strauss (Art Education) joined the Whitney Museum of American Art as Assistant Director of Digital Content as of Sept. 28, 2022.

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William Borchert, Jr. (Asian Studies, History, Biology) ’16 (Contract) received his Ph.D. in Population Health Sciences from Harvard University and SM in Epidemiology from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Thomas Murphy (Adolescence Ed: Social Studies) ’13g (Special Ed: Adolescence Ed) earned tenure as a teacher at Poughkeepsie High School.

Abe Uchitelle (Political Science) was appointed to the SUNY New Paltz College Council.

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Lauren Brois (Childhood Education 1-6) is the Director of Sustainable Westchester’s EnergySmart Homes and GridRewards Programs. Sustainable Westchester is a nonprofit organization representing Westchester County municipalities and facilitates collaboration on sustainability initiatives.

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Ian Whitt (Theatre Arts) was awarded a full scholarship at the Savannah College of Art and Design to pursue an MFA for up to five years. This comes after the last 10 years running a video business in midtown Manhattan providing audition prep and technical services to actors as well as live-streaming to various not-for-profits including theatre companies, churches, and charitable organizations. Ian worked as an actor on CBS, Disney/FX, Sundance TV, and various others including in New York theatre. Most recently he completed the programs in improv comedy and musical theatre improv at UCB, The People’s Improv Theatre, and Magnet Theatre.

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Owen Kelso ’14cas (School Leadership) was selected as the new principal for the junior/senior high school of the Cooperstown Central District.

Jacob Meglio (Economics; Biology) is co-founder and managing partner of Arrowood Farms in Accord, New York.

Brenna McCaffrey (Anthropology) earned a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York for her dissertation, “All Aboard the Abortion Pill Train: Activism, Medicine, and Reproductive Technologies in the Republic of Ireland,” which she successfully defended in March 2022.

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Kelly Cusack (Journalism) is currently an Account Executive at Sopheon, an enterprise innovation management solution provider, working with some of the biggest names in innovation: Honeywell, 3M, Hershey, Land O' Lakes, Mondel─ôz, and many more. Kelly partners with leaders in customer packaged goods, chemical, high-tech, aerospace/defense, and other verticals with complex new product development processes to streamline product development, portfolio management, and overall innovation.

Marco DaSilva (Painting) reports, “This year, my artist book, ‘Selfie Tableau,’ was accepted into the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art at the Watson Library. This was a major honor in my career as an artist and just wanted to share! Selfie Tableau examines the idea of the ‘selfie’ as a contemporary self-portrait through 50 colleges. There is an art to the curation of a selfie and these collages explore that through storytelling in the form of a tableau. Inspired by symbology personal to my life, each work has a specific narrative and is made with the same materials. For each work I printed out a selfie and painted on top of it with black and white acrylic paint, then collaged it with pink and blue construction paper to create this collection of stories.”

Melissa Lachetta (Geography) began working full-time as program manager for New Yorkers Clean Power, a nonprofit organization whose campaign is to help New York transition into a greener and cleaner economy.

Thomas Pulaski (Marketing) ’16g (Business Administration) currently runs Pulaski Fence Corporation with his brother. They provide fencing enclosure, combiner-box mountings, and occasional solar array racking installation.

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Gabriela O’Shea (English) hosted four bicycle rides in May 2023 to support the Love Your Brain Foundation’s Ride for Resilience campaign, one of which was on the River-to-Ridge trailhead in New Paltz. After being in a bicycle accident that resulted in a coma and a TBI, Gaby became an advocate for cyclists and for people with disabilities.

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Mimi Schmidt (Sociology) currently works for Curbside Compost as an administrator and in operations. Curbside Compost is a composting company and services commercial and residential customers in Westchester and Fairfield counties.

Abigail Waldron (History) wrote her first historical book titled, “Queer Screams: A History of LGBTQ+ Survival Through the Lens of American Horror Cinema.” This is a historical look at the queer experiences of the horror genre’s characters, performers, authors, and filmmakers. Offering a fresh look at the horror genre’s queer roots, this book documents how diverse stories have provided an outlet for queer people – including transgender and non-binary people – to find catharsis and reclamation. Waldron lives in Brooklyn and is the Education & Program Coordinator for King Manor Museum. 

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Reshma Gheevarghese (Biology; Mathematics) is now a Forensic Scientist II - DNA Analyst for the Cuyahoga County Regional Forensic Science Laboratory in Cleveland, Ohio.

Gisell Huiracocha ‘20g (International Business, Business Administration) was named the 2023 Excellence Award winner at Success Academy. 

Vivian Jaworsky (Psychology) started her Master of Arts in Social/Organizational Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University in fall 2022. Jaworsky has already co-authored 10 research reports in her previous role as a Research Analyst with The Conference Board, a nonprofit think-tank. Her time at New Paltz and a handful of her professors helped her build confidence and find her passion.

Dynahlee Padilla-Vasquez (Journalism) and Joseph got engaged on Feb. 14, 2016 in the backyard of Ridgeview Hall at SUNY New Paltz, facing the mountains. They were middle school sweethearts, but New Paltz is where their love as adults truly bloomed. Fast forward to March 11, 2022, they tied the knot in front of so many families and friends, including two tables dedicated to New Paltz alumni; all the way in Winchester, Virginia. It was a night to remember! 

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Shanaya Alexandre (Psychology; Black Studies) is a 3rd grade teacher at Success Academy Bergen Beach and was named a 2022 and 2023 Excellence Award winner at Success Academy. The Rookie of the Year Award recognizes first-year professional associates who have embraced the challenge and demonstrated significant growth, based on outcomes and observed practice.

Brianna Fitapelli (Psychology) was accepted to join Adelphi University’s Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. Over the past several years, Fitapelli has secured and sustained employment in psychiatric hospitals and research organizations, working to improve mental health care for under-resourced populations. She plans to continue this work throughout her doctoral studies and hopes to open a private practice and continue supporting innovative research in NYS mental health facilities.

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Austin Jefferson (Digital Media Production) is an Associate State Politics Reporter at City & State in Albany.