DASH Lab Co-Founding Members
W. Mark Colvson
In his role as the Sojourner Truth Library dean, W. Mark Colvson is responsible for providing strategic leadership for the library. He works with faculty, staff and students to build connections collegewide, integrating library resources and services with academic departments and support services; supporting students and faculty in personal and collaborative research and scholarship; working closely with staff to improve library services including the continued integration and use of information technology; and supporting and initiating regional partnerships.
Melissa Yang Rock, Co-founder and Coordinator
Geography, Asian Studies, WGSS
Melissa Y. Rock is an Assistant Professor in the Geography Department and Asian Studies Program at SUNY New Paltz. She received a dual-PhD in Geography and Women’s Studies from The Pennsylvania State University. Melissa’s research centers on the social and spatial implications of urban redevelopment in Beijing, China–paying particular attention to the ways in which shifting urban and economic policy prompts a reformulation class identities and gendered divisions of labor. She teaches courses on human, cultural, urban and feminist geographies, as well as courses on contemporary China and geopolitics. Melissa integrates digital video essays, podcasts, blogs and other digital technologies into her courses.
DASH Lab Student Interns (FA19)
Hollie Burton is a junior majoring in Geography with an Environmental concentration. The social science aspect along with the processes involved in creating a map are what attracted her to her major. She enjoys being outside and drinking coffee. Hollie hopes that in joining the DASH Lab intern staff she’ll be able to share what she knows as well as learn from others.
Undergraduate, Digital Media Production (Spanish Minor)
Undergraduate, Digital Media Production (Communications, Film & Video Studies minors)
Noah Gomez is currently a senior majoring in Digital Media Production with minors in Communication and Film and Video Studies. He loves being able to create things and tell stories, and digital media is a great medium for both of these things. He is excited to continue to work with the DASH Lab as an intern so that he can share his passion with others.
Undergraduate, Digital Media Production & Theatre Arts
Kayla Jones is a junior at SUNY New Paltz with a double major in Digital Media Production and Theatre Arts. Her last internship took place at The Theater Center in Midtown Manhattan as a marketing and social media intern for their many productions. Her favorite project during this experience was creating an updated promotional video for the longest running off-broadway show, Perfect Crime. Kayla’s favorite aspects of creating digital video is directing and editing. She also can be seen directing theatrical productions around campus. Kayla is incredibly excited to join the DASH Lab team to expand her knowledge of various digital programs as well as be able to educate others in the community.
Undergraduate, Digital Media Production (Art Studio minor)
John Kiessel is currently a senior majoring in Digital Media Production with a minor in Art Studio. He enjoys working as a team to develop and tell a story. He is excited to join the DASH Lab intern staff so that he may learn from and teach others.
Undergraduate, Digital Media Production
Jillian Pugliese is majoring in Digital Media Production. She has interned with the campus organization Democracy Matters, where she helped to maintain their social media accounts as well as plan events. She is skilled in Adobe Premiere and Audacity. Jillian joined the DASH Lab to further develop her skills in these programs and learn new ones.
Undergraduate, Public Relations (Film and Video Studies minor)
Marisa Rupolo is a Senior majoring in Public Relations and minoring in Film and Video Studies. Marisa’s passion for photography and videography coupled with her love for storytelling will allow her to use her knowledge and creativity to educate and also learn from her peers in the DASH Lab. Marisa is excited to collaborate with her peers through the use of digital media to create a meaningful and lasting impact. Marisa joined the DASH Lab to sharpen and expand her software skills through fostering a welcoming learning environment.
Liam Salisbury is a Junior majoring in Geography with a concentration in Urban Planning. Liam enjoys working with people, and joined the DASH Lab as a chance to work with people and hear their differing perspectives while working towards a common goal. In their free time Liam takes part in advocacy clubs around campus.
DASH Lab Student Staff Assistants
Undergraduate, Digital Media Production
Therese Fischer is a freshman at SUNY New Paltz and is majoring in Digital Media Production. She is an intern for the Newburgh Community Photo Project, a grassroots community-based photography program in her hometown. Last year, she received first place in a national video competition called Career Safe. Therese is eager to learn more about the art of video production, while assisting others in the DASH Lab.
Nathaly Munoz is a freshman with a strong passion for Art Education. She went to high school at the Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School located in Washington Heights Upper Manhattan. She considers herself a “Uptown Girl”. She traveled abroad to India in 2018 which gave her an appreciation for meeting new people and exploring new cultures. She is super excited for the next 4 years at SUNY New Paltz. She hopes to help many students who pass by the DASH Lab this year!
Undergraduate, Digital Media Production & Public Relations
Caroline Rowley is double majoring in Digital Media Production and Public Relations. She has interned with Woodstock Film Festival as a PR Coordinator and made Marist College’s MCCTA promotional video for “Anything Goes”. Her passion for filmmaking started early on in high school and attending SUNY New Paltz has strengthened her specific love for editing. Caroline joined the DASH Lab to broaden her knowledge in technology and complex softwares while educating her peers as well.
Morgan Gwenwald is head of special collections at SUNY New Paltz. She is a photographer who’s work has appeared in many publications. Before coming to the Sojourner Truth library Morgan was the Executive Director of In the Life, the LGBTQ television program, carried on PBS. She also volunteers as a co-coordinator at the Lesbian Herstory Archives in Brooklyn, which is the oldest and largest collection of its kind.
Kristine Harris is an Associate Professor and Deputy Chair in the Department of History and a member of the Asian Studies Program. A China specialist with a research focus on twentieth-century film and media, visual culture, and gender studies, Harris has also served twice as Visiting Associate Professor of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago. Her recent publications have appeared in the Harvard New Literary History of Modern China, the Oxford Handbook of Chinese Cinemas, History in Images: Pictures and Public Space in Modern China, The New Woman International: Representations in Photography and Film from the 1870s through the 1960s, and Opera Quarterly, among others.
Visiting Librarian – Systems and Tech Support
Yvonne Kester came to Sojourner Truth Library in February 2018 from Skidmore College, where she worked as a library systems analyst for over 6 years. She has worked in a variety of library positions, starting as a student worker at SUNY Broome in the early 1990s, when they were making the transition from the card catalog to an electronic system. She has worked in a medical library and a public library, and she spent 3 years working in the Preservation Unit at New York State Library while earning her master’s degree in library science from UAlbany. She holds a BA in English and General Literature from Binghamton University.
Joshua Korenblat is an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at the State University of New York at New Paltz. Prior to joining the Art Department faculty at SUNY New Paltz, Joshua worked as an art director, artist, writer, and educator. Joshua has an MFA in Interdisciplinary Visual Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art, an MA in Teaching from Brown University, and an MA in Writing from Johns Hopkins University. Also, Joshua has a dual-degree BFA and BA from Washington University in St. Louis in Printmaking/Drawing and Comparative Literature (Italian). From 2007 until 2014, Joshua was on the Graphic Design faculty of the Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts, Washington, DC campus, a certificate program offered by the Boston University College of Communication.
Professionally, Joshua has seven years of experience in the Art Department at National Geographic Magazine and Science News. Joshua is also a cofounder and Art Director at Graphicacy, an information graphics and data visualization firm. Graphicacy makes complex data more human and understandable for wide audiences, and specializes in educational topics, including interactives, animated explainer videos, illustrations, and canonical data visualization posters. At the DASH lab, Joshua wishes to explore the convergence of design, illustration, animation, art, writing, and data visualization with digital humanities topics.
Kristy Lee is Head of Information Systems at the Sojourner Truth Library, State University of New York at New Paltz (SUNY New Paltz). She holds an MSc in Library and Information Studies from Robert Gordon University of Aberdeen, Scotland. She is currently working towards her second master degree in Information Design and Technology at the State University of New York Institute of Technology (SUNYIT).
Kristy serves as the team leader of the library’s Computer/Technology Support, the chair of library web design team, and the library liaison to campus IT, Teaching and Learning Center, Instructional Media Services and Academic Computing departments. An active member on campus central committee of education technology, Kristy participates in mobile device exploration projects and pilot programs. She has a strong interest in emerging technology and mobile learning. For the past few years, she presented multiple topics of mobile technology, e-readers & e-books, and mobile library website design/implementation at various statewide library and librarians’ conferences. After serving on the SUNY consortial Discovery Search Task Force, Kristy is currently in-charge of the new discovery search implementation and customization at SUNY New Paltz library.
Cyrus Mulready’s research and teaching focus on Shakespeare and the literature and culture of early modern England. He has published essays on dramatic romance, book history and Philip Sidney’s Defense of Poesy; these materials form the basis of his book, Romance on the Early Modern Stage: English Expansion Before and After Shakespeare (Palgrave, 2013), which indentifies a tradition of romance on the early modern stage that was shaped by England’s overseas ambitions.
Amy Papaelias is an Assistant Professor in the Graphic Design program at SUNY New Paltz.She teaches a variety of coursework, ranging from basic 2D design principles to advanced interaction design. In her creative research, Professor Papaelias develops experimental typography and visual representations of speech that challenge the arbitrary relationship between visual and verbal communication. Her work has been recognized in a variety of online and print publications (including Print, Communication Arts, DesignObserver.com, Typographica.org). She has presented her creative and pedagogical work at Theorizing the Web, TypeCon, AIGA Design Educators Conference, and UCDA Education Summit, among others. In 2013, she participated in One Week One Tool, an NEH-funded Summer Institute in the Digital Humanities and co-authored the paper, “Play as Process and Product: On Making Serendip-o-matic,” presented at Digital Humanities 2014 in Lausanne, Switzerland. She is currently a co-editor of “Critical Making: Design and the Digital Humanities”, a special issue of the design journal Visible Language, to be published in Fall 2015.
Jen Rutner started her career in academic libraries working in lab similar to the DASH Lab as a student employee. Since then, she has served as the Assessment and Marketing Librarian at Columbia University Libraries and as an Analyst at ITHAKA S+R (a higher education consulting group). Today, she is thrilled to be a part of the Reference and Instruction Team at Sojourner Truth Library. Jen specializes in studying information seeking and production behaviors, and answering the most random questions at the Help Desk at STL.
Digital Media & Journalism
Megan Sperry (MFA) is an Assistant Professor in the Digital Media and Journalism Department at SUNY New Paltz. She is documentary filmmaker & educator whose work ranges from documentary films to published news articles, still photography and multimedia installations, all with a focus on current social issues. In addition to creating multimedia messages, Megan is interested in educating people in film production, non-linear editing and integrated media studies.
Madeline Veitch is a Research, Metadata & Zine Librarian at the Sojourner Truth Library. In her cataloging and metadata work, she strives to increase access and discoverability of materials in the Library Catalog and to New Paltz scholarship in the SUNY Digital Repository (DSpace). She serves as a departmental Liaison to Art, Art History, Art Education, and Biology, and loves providing library instruction and research support to all library users. She founded the New Paltz Zine Library in 2014, and co-manages it with librarian Lydia Willoughby and the support of an all-star cast of interns. The Zine Library supports the creation and circulation of zines, which allow readers to become authors who speak beyond the confines of the traditional publishing model. In the Zine Library’s collection-building, classroom workshops, and other programs, we further campus values of creativity, critical social inquiry, and interdisciplinary research through the promotion of student expression on social and political issues.
When not at the library, Madeline can be found hiking or making zines. Her research interests include user experience, information-seeking behavior, and zines and critical pedagogy.