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SUNY Orange Foundation names new executive director
MIDDLETOWN (August 7) - The SUNY Orange Foundation announced that Dawn Ansbro of Goshen, has been named the Foundation’s new Executive Director. Ansbro, who began in her new role on Monday, Aug. 6, brings more than three decades of experience to the position; including extensive work in development, strategic planning, marketing, public relations, community outreach, and fundraising. She succeeds Dr. Russell Hammond, who is retiring on Nov. 30.
Ansbro is a creative and self-motivated executive with a successful track record of building non-profit organizations, establishing and growing innovative programs, and collaborating with the community. Before joining the SUNY Orange Foundation, she was Executive Director of the Orange County Arts Council in Sugar Loaf, N.Y., where she had served since 2011. Ansbro also held development positions with Bon Secours Charity Health System (Suffern, N.Y.) and the Lycian Centre (Sugar Loaf). Ansbro also worked for Call Center Services in Cresskill, N.J., for 12 years, where she rose to the position Director of Client Relationships before leaving in 2002.
“Dawn’s extensive experience as a collaborative and effective leader over a broad range of organizations will make her an invaluable asset to the Foundation,” said Chairman Derrik R. Wynkoop. “I think all stakeholders will benefit from Dawn's background and leadership style. The success she had with the Arts Council over the past seven years was remarkable; she is leaving that organization a tremendous legacy.”
Ansbro holds a Bachelor of Professional Studies Degree in Fashion Merchandising from Marist College and a master’s degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. In 2013, she received the YWCA and Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson Woman of Achievement Award. In addition to remaining active with the Arts Council; Ansbro is affiliated with Leadership Orange, The Orange County Citizens Foundation, and is an Advisory Board Member of the Orange-Ulster BOCES Career and Technical Education Center in Goshen.
Hammond will stay on during the transition in a consultative capacity until Dec. 1.
The SUNY Orange Foundation, founded in 1987, has a primary mission to generate funds and build resources to enhance learning and engagement opportunities for students, alumni, and the community. www.sunyofoundation.org/
Three RCC faculty/staff members earn SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence
RAMAPO (August 5) – A trio of Rockland Community College faculty and staff members has been selected to receive the 2018 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence. Josephine Coleman, Associate Professor of Business, earned the award for faculty service; Michael Albin, Coordinator of Academic Advisement, for professional service; and Edwin Gonzalez, Senior Account Clerk/Typist in the Bursar’s Office, for classified service. The award recognizes consistently superior professional achievement in the State University of New York, the country’s largest comprehensive system of higher education with 64 campuses.
As a member of the Business department, Coleman developed introductory accounting online courses to promote the online business degree, as well as a course in forensic accounting. She also serves the students by conducting tutoring sessions in the college’s tutoring center. A certified public accountant, Coleman has 20 years of experience in the financial field in both the private and public sectors. She has taught at RCC since 1999 and has been a full-time instructor since 2007. Coleman assumed leadership roles upon earning full-time faculty status. She served as RCC’s faculty senate president for two, two-year terms, served on the regional Faculty Council of Community Colleges, and has conducted Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CETL) workshops at the college on various financial topics. “I hope my help can make a positive impact on my students as they reach for their dreams,” she says.
Albin, an 11-year RCC employee, advises and counsels degree-seeking students, and hires, manages and trains staff in the Academic Advisement Center. He has collaborated with the Student Development Center to hold fairs such as “A Slice of Success” and “PASSport to Success” that heighten awareness of the support services available. His commitment to RCC’s students is evident from his participation in student depression screenings and creation of informational videos to familiarize students with the college’s academic advisement and registration process as well as its academic forgiveness policy. He also initiated, introduced and trained faculty and staff on the SAGE early referral system, and has taught as an adjunct faculty member the past five years.
Gonzalez wears several hats for the college. A 13-year RCC employee who earned an Innovator of the Year award from his colleagues in 2017, he assists students who visit the bursar’s office seeking clarification and help with their bills. Also a technologically savvy employee, he creates spreadsheets, writable PDF files and report queries and helps his colleagues informally with computer programming requests. Gonzalez is responsible for processing and posting students’ financial aid packages to their accounts and making sure they are reconciled correctly in his reports to the federal Department of Education, the state Education Department and to RCC.
Town of Hyde Park Historical Society Museum invites visitors
TOWN OF HYDE PARK (August 5) - The Town of Hyde Park Historical Society Museum is open on Saturdays from 10-2 and Sundays from 1-4 through the end of October.
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Woodstock Day School welcomes new head
WOODSTOCK (July 25) - Progressive educator David Penberg’s new position as the Head of Woodstock Day School represents a kind of homecoming. “My love affair with the Catskills began when I was a student at Bard,” Penberg says.
After graduating in 1977, he taught English as a Second Language in Bogota, Colombia, beginning a remarkable journey that has taken him to schools in Mexico City, Hoboken, New York City, Barcelona, and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
“Culture has been my elixir,” he says. “I’ve been educated by the world and acquired cultural fluency by relinquishing the familiar and embracing the diverse.”
While he’s been an urban educator most of his 34-year career, Penberg says he’s kept a deep connection to the pastoral aspect of New York State, running Environmental Science Academies with Bank Street College at Bard (1989-97) and spending most weekends in a renovated 1867 hay barn in Delaware River Valley. He is thrilled to put down roots at Woodstock Day School and to begin the process of growing and evolving with WDS.
With faculty and students, Penberg plans to raise the identification of WDS as a progenitor and leader of progressive education in the Hudson Valley.
The Woodstock Day School 2018-19 school year begins on Thursday, September 6th.
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