DASH Lab Co-Founding Members


W. Mark Colvson

Dean, Library

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 (SP20)

Jax Diaz

Undergraduate, Visual Arts

Jax is a freshman Visual Arts major and freelance artist. She became skilled in Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator in high school and went on to design graphics for a few local businesses. She hopes to share her knowledge with others here at the DASH lab, and maybe make a few friends along the way!


Nicholas Keller

Undergraduate, Digital Media Production, Creative Writing (minor)

Nicholas is a senior Digital Media Production majors with a passion for cartoons and writing. Nicholas runs several Youtube channels that revolve around video games.



Anthony Lebron

Undergraduate, Journalism

Anthony is a senior at SUNY New Paltz and is majoring in Journalism. He joined the DASH Labs to learn various digital software and tools along with further developing his interpersonal communication skills.

Jasmine Tirado

Undergraduate, Digital Media Management, Music (minor)

Jasmine has a love for learning and strives to gain many skills during her time here at New Paltz. Over the course of her college career, she has learned different software skills such as Adobe Premiere, Adobe Photoshop, and Audacity. Jasmine loves making music and utilizes these softwares to market and enhance her sound.

Jason Toth

Undergraduate, Geography

Along with a concentration in Environmental Studies and a minor in Geology, Jason loves to make maps and studying Geography. The projects off and on campus has left this young man wanting more. Two completed projects; one dealing with the assessment of stop signs in New Paltz for the mayor, and a study of the orthographic effect on wildfires occurring on the west coast (California specifically). A personal project of his is the location of all rocks on campus. It will be surfacing soon for a future interactive website. The DASH Lab will not only fine tune his skills but allow him to teach others and build relationships within the program as well.

Fan Xia

Undergraduate, Digital Media Production

Fan is an international transfer student from Sichuan, China. Living and studying abroad has brought on a lot of change, which has inspired writing materials of her scriptwriter plan. Fan wants to be helpful to people who come to the DASH Lab and learn from others as well. Fan teaches Cardio Hip-hop in the Wellness Center, please go to check it out!




DASH Lab Student Staff Assistants

Therese Fischer

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


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!



Caroline Rowley

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.


DASH Board

Morgan Gwenwald


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


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 CinemasHistory in Images: Pictures and Public Space in Modern ChinaThe New Woman International: Representations in Photography and Film from the 1870s through the 1960s, and Opera Quarterly, among others.


Yvonne Kester

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 

Graphic Design

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 

Information Services

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


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.


Chrissy O’Grady


Chrissy O’Grady is a Research and Education Librarian at the Sojourner Truth Library. Chrissy has a BA in History from The College of Wooster and a MSLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While at the University of Illinois, she worked in the Research & Information Services, and Digitization Services units of the University Library. She has a background in special collections/archives, digital history and genealogy. She has experience teaching citation management software including Zotero, Mendeley and Endnote, and creating digital projects using platforms like Omeka.



Amy Papaelias

Graphic Design

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.

Jennifer Rutner


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.


Megan Sperry

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


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.