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. Fond memories, indeed.”
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.
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.