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Marist launches two new concentrations in Master of Public Administration Program

POUGHKEEPSIE (June 26) - Responding to a growing job market for nonprofit administrators and data analysis experts, Marist College has announced the addition of two new concentrations in its Master of Public Administration (MPA) program: Nonprofit Management and Analytics.

“By adding these concentrations, our program is both responding to a marketplace need and offering expanded career paths to professionals of all stripes,” said Jay Bainbridge, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Public and Nonprofit Administration in Marist’s School of Management. “Research shows job growth is expected to be greater than average in these areas. These additions also allow us to continue to improve the MPA program and keep the curriculum current with the needs of professionals in the field.”

Nonprofit organizations play a crucial role in society, and their leaders now have the opportunity to enhance their professional competencies in a program geared specifically toward this sector. The nonprofit management concentration provides an overview of how nonprofit agencies differ from public and for-profit entities in mission, governance, funding, and staffing, and will consider current issues facing the nonprofit sector. As more public programs are operated by nonprofit organizations, public managers must understand this critical "third sector."

Today’s leaders need to make data-driven decisions, and the new analytics concentration allows for an in-depth study of the critical issues related to managing data in organizations. The concept of data as a resource, the data environment, the database approach, and the need for data modeling are all examined in detail. The analytics skills students learn in the program will help them manage their organizations in more strategic ways.

Both concentrations will be available in the fall 2018.

“These new offerings expand the Marist MPA program’s distinctiveness, while leveraging existing institutional strengths by providing additional concentrations targeted at different market niches,” said Bainbridge. Nonprofit Management and Analytics add to the existing popular concentrations in Public Management, Ethical Leadership, and Healthcare Administration.

The MPA degree program, which is offered in Poughkeepsie, Albany, and Queens as well as fully online, is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA). NASPAA is the recognized global accreditor of master's degree programs in public administration. Its two-fold mission is to ensure excellence in education and training for public service and to promote the ideal of public service. The program is designed for working professionals and is fully flexible; students may opt for a full or part-time course of study and a hybrid of on-the-ground and online courses.

More about the MPA program here.


Chabad Hebrew School celebrates accomplishments; offers free tuition for new families

CHESTER (June 26) - Chabad Hebrew School, directed by Rabbi Pesach and Chana Burston, is offering free Hebrew School Tuition for new families, for any age student, joining Chabad Hebrew School for the first time.

Full details on our Religion Page


Ulster County’s fourth annual Teen Dating Violence Video Contest winners

ELLENVILLE/SAUGERTIES (June 8) Ulster County Executive Mike Hein congratulated the winners of the Annual Teen Dating Violence Video Contest.  The Contest Committee was formed as a subcommittee of the Ulster County Inter-Agency Council on Domestic Violence with the goal to raise awareness about the national issue of teen dating violence.  The contest encouraged students to produce creative short informative videos that identified signs of unhealthy or abusive relationships, while including local domestic violence resources.  This year there were three high schools who participated; Ellenville, Saugerties and Kingston. 

  • Winning 1st place was a video titled “Get Help” created by students from Saugerties High School: Alexis Metcalf, Becky Sauer, Brandon Salmi and Dylan Smith. 
  • Winning 2nd place was a video titled “The Perfect Couple” created by students from Ellenville High School: Christian Valdez, Anastasia Keener, Joyce Valdez, Justin Guliano, and Donnie Paes. 
  • Winning 3rd place was a video titled “Love Isn’t Perfect” created by students from Saugerties High School: Ethan Carroll and Julie Raleigh.

The winning videos from Saugerties High School and Ellenville High School can be viewed at:

Saugerties participants, placing first and third

Ellenville participants, placing second

Teachers Tim Lukaszewski from Ellenville High School and Scott Wickham and Jackie Hayes from Saugerties High School acted as media coordinators who worked with their students. The contest winners and participants received certificates from County Executive Hein and the winners also received gift cards from the Teen Dating Violence Video Contest Committee.  Gift cards were made possible thanks to the Ulster County Police Chiefs Association.

“Once again, the students who participated in our Teen Dating Violence Video Contest produced outstanding videos to help raise awareness of the national issue of teen dating violence,” said Hein.

Michael Iapoce, Esq., Ulster County Commissioner of Social Services and Chair of the Inter-Agency Council on Domestic Violence said “The student and educator participation in the contest embraces what seems to be a growing nationwide trend of teens becoming more involved in addressing current social/safety issues that exist in today’s world on their school campuses. These issues are extremely important and locally we are encouraged that youth in our community see the need to advocate for education and awareness and use their creative talents to achieve this goal.  Congratulations and thanks to all of the High School administrators, staff and students that participated in raising awareness about this important topic."


Head Start preschools enrolling for fall

MIDDLETOWN (June 4) - Regional Economic Community Action Program (RECAP)’s Head Start schools are accepting applications for the fall school year. The schools, in Middletown, Scotchtown and Port Jervis, offer free federally-funded preschool for children ages 3 and 4 from families who meet income guidelines. Ten percent of enrollment is reserved for children with disabilities including severe disabilities.

Children must be age 3 by December 1, 2018 and family must meet federal income guidelines. Transportation may be available. Interested applicants may call (845) 343-4191 for information or visit to print an application. Prompt enrollment is recommended and families are encouraged to contact staff for assistance.

Head Start programs support the comprehensive development of children in the learning centers and in their own homes. Development-focused services include early learning through instruction, health education including meals and dental support, and family well-being as parents are encouraged to achieve their own goals, such as housing stability, continued education, and financial security. 


Popular Summer Programs Offered at Dutchess County’s Bowdoin and Wilcox Parks

POUGHKEEPSIE (May 31) - The Dutchess County Parks Division will once again host its popular summer programs for children ages 9-17 at Bowdoin Park in the Town of Poughkeepsie and Wilcox Park in the Town of Milan.

Full details on our Community Page


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Arlington High School wins “Be Tick Free!” contest

POUGHKEEPSIE (May 17) - The Dutchess County Tick Task Force, proclaimed May as Tick-borne Disease Awareness Month at the Dutchess County Legislature Board Meeting Monday night. As part of awareness, The Dutchess County Tick Task Force, together with the Department of Behavioral and Community Health, hosted the 2018 “Be Tick Free!” Media Contest. 

County Legislator Donna Bolner, from District 13 and Chair of the Tick Task Force, explains that the media contest is one way Dutchess County youth can become better aware of the dangers ticks pose to their families and pets.

Arlington High School students, Kevin Desnoyers (11th Grade) and Max Wilkinson (10th Grade) were honored as winners of the “Be Tick Free” Video Competition, along with fellow students Rachel Priebe (12th Grade) and Erin Traut (12th Grade), at last night’s meeting of the Legislature.  The goal of the contest was for students to use their digital media skills to teach others how to prevent Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.  Middle and High School students were asked to create a 30- or 60-second live action or computer animated public service announcement on how to prevent tick-borne disease. 

School officials, family, and friends were on hand as Dutchess County Legislator and Tick Task Force Chair, Donna Bolner and the Tick Task Force presented the Arlington students with a prize award courtesy of the Dutchess County Tick Task Force. They also received a “Be Tick Free!” backpack with tick-bite prevention materials, a tick removal kit, and hand sanitizer.

Bolner and the Tick Task Force are committed to efforts in controlling the tick population. The mission of the Tick Task Force is to develop long-term goals and make recommendations to the Legislature in the efforts of understanding and safely controlling ticks and reducing Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases. 

To learn more about what Dutchess County has to offer, please visit the Dutchess County Tick Task Force site at:


Vassar students, alums, awarded research and teaching fellowships

ARLINGTON (May 17) - Vassar College announced 12 students and recent graduates have been awarded prestigious research and teaching fellowships. Four Vassar senior and five recent graduates will be teaching or conducting research in foreign countries next fall under Fulbright Fellowships awarded this month by the federal government. Two others received research grants from the National Science Foundation, and one senior won a “100 Projects for Peace” prize.

Lisa Kooperman, assistant dean of fellowship and pre-health advising, said the college is a perennial leader in producing Fulbright Scholars and National Science Foundation grant recipients. “Over the last five years, 44 of our alumnae/i have received Fulbright grants, and 17 have been awarded NSF grants,” Kooperman said. “Vassar has been among the top Bachelor’s institutions in the country in producing Fulbright winners for the past 13 years.”

The Fulbright Scholars are: Aviva Thal ’18, a Hispanic Studies major from Wilson, WY; Sarah Evans ’18, an International Studies major from Jackson, WY; Jason Goldman ’18, a Sociology and German double major from New Rochelle, NY; Yasmine Seghir ’18, a Political Science major from Winchendron, MA; Elijah Ness ’17, an Urban Studies and Chinese major from Northampton, MA; Westin Sibley ’17, a Psychological Studies major from Riverside, CT; Jessica Au ’16, a Chinese and International Studies major from Freemont, CA; Jelena Borak ’15, an English major from Boise, ID, and Daniela Weiner  ‘12, a History and Italian major from Carrboro, NC.

Thal will be teaching English in Colombia. Evans will conduct research on agro-economic networks in Argentina. Goldman will teach English in a public school in Germany. Seghir will study International Politics at Aberystwyth University in the United Kingdom. Ness will study geography in Taiwan. Sibley, Au and Borak will teach English in Taiwan, and Weiner will be doing research for her PhD dissertation at the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research in Germany. 

Two Vassar alumnae/i, Anthony Graves-McCleary ’15 and Carrie Elizabeth Perkins ’14, won National Science Foundation Grants. Graves-McCleary will conduct his research in Mathematics at the University of California at Los Angeles. Perkins will study ecology at the University of Maryland.

Alexandra Sams ’18, a Geography major and Religious Studies minor from Los Angeles, is the recipient of a Davis World Scholars 100 Projects for Peace Prize. Sams will travel to Ladakh, India this summer to conduct a media literacy workshop for local teens, who will produce short films about the influence of corporate media on their community.


SUNY Orange student wins statewide environmental art contest

MIDDLETOWN (May 9) – SUNY Orange visual communications student Andrew DiMartino, of Warwick, recently captured first place in the “Plastic-Free Waterways Through Art” competition sponsored by the Syracuse University Environmental Finance Center and the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute.

Artwork was submitted by college students from across New York State as part of a campaign to raise awareness about water pollution caused by single-use plastics and to inspire the use of reusable alternatives. Top designs were showcased during a one-night gallery event on May 4 at Orange Hall Gallery at SUNY Orange’s Middletown campus. The evening also included presentation of the contest awards, along with a brief talk by Asher Pacht, Director of Environmental Programs at Beacon Institute.

DiMartino’s winning submission was a wood block print on canvas.

Three SUNY Orange students earned honorable mention, including Anthony Martini, of Monroe (graffiti/comic style drawing); Megan Dilorenzo, of Wallkill (original digital artwork); and Brandon Diaz, of Middletown (original digital art). In all, 28 SUNY Orange visual communications students, under the supervision of professor Joe Litow, submitted works to the contest.

DiMartino, holding award

His winning entry




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