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SUNY Orange partners with Adelphi University for BSW program

MIDDLETOWN (March 11) – SUNY Orange and Adelphi University (Garden City, N.Y.) have partnered to create a pathway for graduates of SUNY Orange’s Human Services degree program to pursue a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree from Adelphi University through classwork to be completed online and at the SUNY Orange Middletown campus.

Graduates from SUNY Orange’s human services program will have full-time and part-time options at their disposal in order to complete Adelphi’s innovative BSW classroom curriculum that is augmented by hands-on learning opportunities through placements with professional agencies and organizations.

The BSW courses will be taught by Adelphi instructors visiting the SUNY Orange Middletown campus. Students must apply and enroll in courses by contacting Adelphi and, once enrolled, will have access to Adelphi student support services.

The Adelphi BSW program has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) for more than 65 years. Graduates are prepared to enter direct practice in an array of areas, including case manager, community activist, family services worker, hospital social worker, human trafficking counselor, psychotherapist or school social worker.

The program is open to current SUNY Orange students who are on track to graduate with a human services degree this May, as well as alumni who may wish to return to the classroom to acquire a BSW degree.

Community members who have previously acquired a two-year degree in human services from another institution may contact Dr. Cheryl McAuliffe, director of undergraduate studies for the Adelphi School of Social Work, to inquire about potential eligibility. McAuliffe can be reached at (516) 877-4362 or at Students may also contact Ohiro Oni-Eseleh, director of the Adelphi School of Social Work at the University’s Hudson Valley Center in Poughkeepsie. He can be reached at (845) 471-3348, ext. 8101. Information is also available at

Students who are interested in SUNY Orange’s human services program can contact Christine Henderson, coordinator of human services, at (845) 341-9586 or at


Bard College spring series highlights history and art of historic Hudson River Estate

 ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON (February 27) - Bard College: The Montgomery Place Campus announces three spring series of events comprising celebrating the history and arts of one of the Hudson Valley’s esteemed historic estates.

Full deetails on our Arts and Entertainment page


Mount welcomes three new trustees

NEWBURGH February 15) – Mount Saint Mary College welcomed three new members to its Board of Trustees: Sr. Constance Kelly ’84 MSEd ’95, OP, of Croton on Hudson, N.Y.; Sr. Patricia E. Magee ’81 MSEd ’88, OP, of Ossining, N.Y.; and Michael Catania, JD, of Newburgh, N.Y.

All three individuals were elected at the December 1, 2018 meeting of the Mount Saint Mary College Board of Trustees. Their first full board meeting will be in March 2019.

Sr. Kelly, a Dominican Sister of Hope, is committed to promoting educational opportunities for students of all ages. Her dedication to this goal is reflected in her extensive history as an educator, including teaching Math, Religion, and Technology at San Miguel Academy in Newburgh, N.Y.; teaching Theology to upperclassmen and taking on the role of Campus Minister at Mount Saint Michael Academy, Bronx, N.Y.; and her time as principal of Saint Paul the Apostle School, Jersey City, N.J., among many others. Sr. Kelly is currently a member of the Dominican Sisters Leadership Team, holding several leadership roles within the congregation, including representing the Sisters on the Board of the Collaborative Dominican Novitiate in St. Louis, Mo. 

Sr. Magee is a Dominican Sister of Hope with expertise in special education. Currently, Sr. Magee works as the Special Education Coordinator at Mid-Hudson Regional Early Education Center in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. where she educates preschool children with Autism and other communication disabilities. Sr. Magee also acted as a consultant and coordinator of special education at St. Francis Hospital and Healthcare Centers in Poughkeepsie for a combined total of more than two decades, and worked extensively at Bishop Dunn Memorial School in the 1980s. Like Sr. Kelly, Sr. Magee was also a member of the Dominican Sisters of Hope Leadership Team, including Vice President of Corporate Board and overseeing the sisters’ Holistic Health Department.

Catania, a graduate of Albany Law School, is a construction and commercial attorney and co-managing partner at Catania, Mahon, Milligram & Rider, PLLC. Catania’s practice focuses on the representation of project owners, design professionals, contractors, and suppliers involved in the Tri-State construction industry. He guides clients from initial contract formation through any potential arbitration or litigation, and helps secure payments for clients through New York and New Jersey’s construction lien laws. He has been with the firm since 2008. Before that, he worked at The Rose Law Firm, PLLC, aiding with product warranty litigation and arbitration. Catania was named an Orange County Rising Star, as well as a Super Lawyers' Rising Star for six years in a row. Additionally, Catania was recently named as one of America’s Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators for 2018.




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