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Schedule for 2013 Reunion: Sept. 20-22
Subject to change, check back for updates: Last updated Sept. 18, 2013
(New format or activity for 2013)
Refer to Reunion Brochure or Online Registration Form for any applicable fees
IMPORTANT: Freebies and Discounts from over 50 New Paltz establishments await alumni via "Hawk Haunts" on the Reunion Registration Form (see Saturday, 6 p.m. listing). Offers run from Friday, Sept. 20 to Sunday, Sept. 21, at the discretion of participating establishments. An Alumni Reunion wristband is required, so be sure to select "Hawk Haunts" on Reunion Registration Form.

Check-In & Registration Reunion attendees will be provided with a list of activity/venue locations at Check-In.
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Student Union Building (SUB) Room 100
Obtain your New Paltz give-away item, Hawk Haunts discounts/freebies wristband, Athletics and Wellness Center access/pass, event tickets, and activity schedule while enjoying a complimentary snack. Register now.

Campus Bookstore
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Show your wristband for a discount on select items. Register now.

Athletic and Wellness Center
7 a.m - 9 p.m.
Complimentary limited-use passes available to pre-registered Reunion attendees. Register now.

All Campus Tour
10 – 11:30 a.m. or
2 – 3 p.m.
Explore the latest developments on campus, including the newly-renovated Old Main and Student Union Building. Riding and walking tours will be available. (Repeated on Saturday at 11:00 a.m.) Register now.

Heritage Alumni Luncheon
Noon – 2 p.m.
The Heritage Award honors alumni and faculty whose devotion to the ideals of the college serve as shining examples to the entire New Paltz community and whose extraordinary dedication embodies the spirit of the college. All classes are welcome to attend. Honorees are Robert '66 '70g & Jane (Hausz) '68 Thorn, and former EOP staff member Linda Delgado-Baker '84 '86g & Doug Baker, Biology emeritus faculty. Register now.

Alumni Welcome Reception
2:45 – 4 p.m.
Event includes wine, beer, soft drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and musical entertainment by Absolut A Cappella, SUNY New Paltz's co-ed a cappella student group. Register now.

School of Fine and Performing Arts Lecture and Reception
4 - 5 p.m.: Reflections on the Whirlwind: Turns out you need more than sunscreen
Open to current students (Location: College Hall, Shepard Recital Hall)
Barbara (Biszick) Lockwood '80, an "Award-winning Independent Scholar" will speak about her life in music, business, research, and the arts.  Her book, Restless Giant: The Life and Times of Jean Aberbach and Hill and Range Songs (Univ. of Illinois Press, 2010), captured the award for "Best Research in Recorded Rock or Popular Music" from the Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC), 2011, and was honored at the 2011 International Country Music Conference with the Belmont Book Award for "Best Book on Country Music."  Open to students, faculty, alumni, and community. Register now.
5:15 p.m.: Reception
Honors Barbara (Biszick) Lockwood '80 and her mentor, SUNY New Paltz Professor Dr. Mary Jane Corry, Faculty Emerita. Register now.

School of Education Panel on Collaborative Projects and Community Outreach
4 - 6 p.m.
A panel of School of Education faculty will highlight innovative projects that have improved the quality of regional educational services and teacher education practices at SUNY-New Paltz. Light refreshments will be provided. Register now.

School of Science and Engineering Alumni Reception
5 – 6 p.m.
All alumni of the School of Science and Engineering are invited to this informal reception to reconnect with old friends and faculty, and discover some of the research and projects currently in progress. Register now.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Alumni, Faculty & Student Networking Reception
5 – 7 p.m.
Please join us for a reception to meet and greet faculty, students, and alumni and to hear presentations by the recipients of the LA&S Scholarships for summer internships, hosted by the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences Advisory Board, Student Advisory Group and the Dean. Register now.

Psychology Department Colloquium and Dedication in Honor of Richard Panman
5 - 6 p.m.
All Psychology alumni are invited to a memorial dedication to honor Professor Richard Panman, a colloquium by Professor Glenn Geher on his recent book Mating Intelligence Unleashed featuring the work of alumni, and reception. Register now.

School of Business AACSB Accreditation Celebration
5:30 - 8 p.m.
School of Business alumni and a guest are invited to celebrate the School's success in earning the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International accreditation. This event will showcase the School, students and educational activities, as well as provide an opportunity for alumni to meet business students and catch up with alumni, faculty and staff. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres will be served. Seating is limited, so register early! A formal invitation with additional details will be mailed in August to business alumni. Register now.

Lantern Society Dinner
6 – 8 p.m.
Program includes 3 course meal, complimentary wine, beer, and soft drinks throughout ceremony.
The Lantern Society Induction Dinner has become a Reunion tradition, commemorating the historic student events of Lantern Night and the Moving Up Day Ceremony established in 1929. While the old-time student events held on campus recognized the achievements of current students, the Lantern Society commemorates golden anniversary alumni. This Reunion event inducts the Class of 1963 and those from previous years who have not yet received their Lantern Society medallion, honoring all alumni who graduated from New Paltz 50 or more years ago. The Reunion event ties back to the former campus event, at which all classes held a mass practice and sang their original humorous songs, concluding with a symbolic Moving Up and Honor Convocation. Register now.

Wine Tasting new event added Aug. 21
6:15 p.m.-?
As part of the "Hawk Haunts" program, head over to Fox and Hound Wine & Spirits, 20 New Paltz Plaza, 845-255-7475, and show your Alumni Reunion wristband for a free wine tasting with complimentary food/snacks. Also show your Alumni Reunion wristband for "10% off any purchase from Friday, Sept. 20 to Sunday, Sept. 22." To obtain your Alumni Reunion wristband needed for "Hawk Haunts" discounts and freebies, register for "Hawk Haunts" on the Reunion Registration Form.

"Star Struck" Observatory Viewing
8:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Note: This is a weather permitting event – please read below.
If the weather is clear, please join us for star and planet gazing at the Muriel and Jack Smolen Observatory, which boasts several telescopes for your viewing pleasure. A typical night will include planets, star clusters, binary stars and nebulae. Telescope viewings can only take place when the sky is clear; call the observatory at (845) 257-1110 to hear a message indicating if the viewing has been canceled due to poor viewing conditions. Register now.


Check-In & Registration Reunion attendees will be provided with a list of activity/venue locations at Check-In.
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Student Union Building (SUB) Room 100
Obtain your New Paltz give-away item, Hawk Haunts discounts/freebies wristband, Athletics and Wellness Center access/pass, event tickets, and activity schedule while enjoying a complimentary snack. Register now. For Check-In or assistance after 5pm on Saturday, go to SUB 2nd Floor.

Campus Bookstore
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Show your wristband for a discount on select items. Register now.

Athletic and Wellness Center
10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Complimentary limited-use passes available to pre-registered Reunion attendees. Register now.

Explore Historic Huguenot Street
9 – 10:30 a.m.
Get a healthy dose of history as you tour New Paltz's own National Historic Landmark district. You'll visit three original stone houses that were altered in the 1830s, 1890s and 1940s, enabling 300 years of history to be told on the street, displaying both continuity and change in American history. Lead by a Historic Huguenot Street Tour Guide. Register now.

Fall Alumni Day at the Athletic and Wellness Center
10 a.m. - Noon
Former Hawk athletes will take on the current New Paltz baseball, softball and lacrosse teams on our home fields. Join in as a former player or come cheer on your classmates and friends. Visit for further information.

Director's Tour of The Dorsky Museum
10 – 11 a.m.
Join Director Sara Pasti before the museum opens at 11 a.m. for a private alumni and their guests tour of current exhibitions, including Anonymous: Contemporary Tibetan Art and Screen Play: Hudson Valley Artists 2013. Register now.

College Radio Station Tour
10 – 10:30 a.m.
A brief tour will be given at the campus radio station for all interested alumni. If you were part of WRNP or WFNP be sure to come by and see how today's students continue the legacy of those alumni who contributed their voices and talents. Register now.

Art Education Alumni Reception
10 a.m. – Noon
The Art Education Alumni Service Award will be presented to Rebecca Barsi '10, followed by a tour of the Samuel Dorsky Museum. Coffee and danish/bagels will be served. Register now.

School of Education Open Discussion on Issues in Education
10 a.m. – Noon
School of Education Dean Michael S. Rosenberg and a small group of faculty will facilitate a discussion on current issues in education.  Share your views on issues facing teacher education and public schools such as teacher evaluation, alternative routes to licensure, and the privatization of education. This is an ideal opportunity to provide input to School of Education faculty and educators on how best to address the many challenges facing public education and teacher preparation.  A social with light refreshments will follow the discussion. Register now.

Theatre Alumni Career Discussion
10 – 11:30 a.m.
A panel of distinguished SUNY New Paltz alumni will discuss their career paths in theatre. Speakers will include recent successful graduates as well as established practitioners in both the performance and design areas. Panelists: Rose Burnett Bonczek '80, professor of theater arts and program head of the BFA in Acting at Brooklyn College; Danny Paul '83, Broadway wardrobe supervisor and star dresser; Emiliano Pares '93, Broadway prop supervisor; Marianna McClellan '07, actress, New York, Actors Theatre of Louisville; Gayle Reiss '11, production management, Broadway, Berkeley Playhouse; Ian Whitt '12, actor, Actors Theatre of Louisville. Register now.

Tau Omicron Pi "Toppers" Fraternity ▲ new event added Aug. 21
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
"Toppers" are holding an on-campus get-together to spend the day on campus with fellow brothers rekindling old memories and friendships, and to see some other classmates at Reunion weekend, followed by dinner at the Gilded Otter Brewery (part of the Hawk Haunts program). Contact "Toppers" Reunion organizer Dr. Peter Epstein '70 at or 847-634-0598 for more information.

Generations Reception
Note: Event (initially listed for 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.) is to be rescheduled for another weekend. To identify yourself as a "generations" family for future contacts, email or 845-257-3230.

All Campus Tour
11 a.m. - Noon
Explore the latest developments on campus, including the newly renovated Old Main and Student Union Building. Riding and walking tours will be available. Register now.

All Class BBQ Free for Children under 13.
Noon – 2 p.m.
An opportunity for all Reunion attendees to gather for a casual lunch, with areas designated for networking with classmates. Enjoy a personal appearance by Augie, SUNY New Paltz's goose-herding Border Collie, and his trainer/handler Mike Malloy and hear what they're doing for our college's green initiatives. Register now.

Clio Luncheon
Noon – 3 p.m.
Clio sisters from across the years will gather for lunch and lots of memories. For more information or to RSVP, contact Paula (Tucciarone) Rozelle '72, at 914-793-1955; email: or Chris (Charvat) Osborn '72 at 845-282- 8067; e-mail:

Multicultural Networking Social and Light LunchFree event for alumni, however space is limited.
Noon -2:30 p.m.
The Department of Black Studies and the Latin American & Caribbean Studies Program, along with the Scholar's Mentorship Program (SMP), Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), AMP and C-STEP programs welcome all alumni to participate in the first ever Multicultural Networking Social. This social is open to all alumni regardless of affiliation to either department or program. Register now.

SUNY New Paltz  vs. Wheaton College Women's Soccer Game
1 p.m.
Cheer on and support our soccer team in this not to be missed match up.

Career Connections: Re/Inventing Yourself in a Changing Workplace
1:45 - 2:45 p.m.
Open to current students (Location: SUB 409)

Today's ever-changing business and non-profit work environments often require us to re-position ourselves to meet evolving needs and take advantage of new opportunities.  Panelists will share tips for how they've invented or reinvented themselves for professional advancement and career success. The panelists' employers or client accounts have included Adobe, Google, IBM, Harvard School of Business, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Latham & Watkins, Burberry, Tory Burch, H&M, JCPenney, Walgreens, Welch Allyn, Nobel Biocare, Lockheed Martin, Carrier, OHL, Pass & Seymour/Legrand, Travis Perkins, and Pyrotenax.

  • Justin Mass '01 (Secondary Education 7-12 English, Men's Tennis), currently Sr. Manager, Learning Technology & Design for Adobe, has held a number of learning technology, instructional technology, and eLearning design and development positions over the years, leveraging his undergraduate studies in education and picking up a SUNY master's degree in educational technology to round out his abilities. His industry requires him to constantly evolve to adapt to a changing educational and business landscape in which he must address corporate competition and demanding customer expectations.
  • Wesley Dean, principal of KDA Web Technologies, Inc., serves as a consultant to Google Premiere Development Partner White Stratus, for which he vets New Paltz internship candidates and technical employee and contractor prospects and mentors colleagues. Wes, an entrepreneur since his youth, worked as an engineer for IBM and a web architect in higher-education, while positioning himself over the years to become an expert in Google Cloud Platform development. He is currently developing solutions for UK, Netherlands, Australia, and USA-based clients.
  • Brenda Dow, Director of Alumni Relations at SUNY New Paltz, has mentored and advised dozens of students and colleagues over the years. She has been a journalist, assistant catalog buyer/assistant merchandiser, media relations coordinator, webmaster, public relations director, account executive, market researcher, vice president of client relations, and fund-raising operations specialist, among other roles in corporate, non-profit, ad agency, and higher-education settings.

Delta Kappa Zeta Reunion
2 p.m.
Brothers and friends of Delta Kappa Zeta will gather at P&G's to reminisce. Please contact Sandy Strauss at

Theatre Alumni Tribute to Joe Paparone
2 - 3:30 p.m.
Alumni and current students pay tribute to Professor Joe Paparone who is retiring after 43 years of service to Theatre Arts. Share your memories and reflections. Register now.

Hudson Valley Artists 2013: Artists' Gallery Talk
2 – 3:00 pm
Museum Director Sara Pasti and several of the exhibiting artists will discuss the work on display at SDMA in Screen Play: Hudson Valley Artists 2013. Open to Alumni and the Public. Register now.

Hike at Mohonk Preserve
2 – 4 p.m.
The wonders of nature abound as one of our own SUNY New Paltz faculty members (schedule to be Glenn Geher, Jeff Miller, Hamilton Stapell) will guide you on a walk along amazing trails on this memorable easy-to-moderate hike along West Trapps. The perfect setting and views for an autumn day in New Paltz. Includes transportation to and from preserve. Register now.

Skies of the Season
2 – 2:45 p.m.
Enjoy the stars and constellations in the day time at the John R. Kirk Planetarium. Learn how and when to view planets, galaxies and meteor showers. Hear about recent discoveries in space. This activity is not suitable for children younger than 8. Limited seating. Register now.

Book reading by Dr. Sadie A. Penzato '66, '68g, '76cas ▲ new event added Aug. 21
2:30 p.m.
As part of the "Hawk Haunts" program, head over to Russo's Italian Deli (owned by Dr. Penzato's niece), 164 Main St. at S. Oakwood Terrace, 845-255-1485. Dr. Penzato will read from her memoir "Growing up Sicilian and Female," on a New Paltz immigrant-family farm in the late 1930s-early 1940s. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. Show your Alumni Reunion wristband for "10% off any deli food or beverage order." To obtain your Alumni Reunion wristband needed for "Hawk Haunts" discounts and freebies, register for "Hawk Haunts" on the Reunion Registration Form.

The New Alumni Strategic Plan: What does it mean for You?
3 - 3:45 p.m.
Open to current students (Location: SUB 409)
Join the L. David Eaton, chair of the alumni ad hoc task force and Vice President of Enrollment Management, and Brenda Dow, task force vice-chair and Director of Alumni Relations. Hear about the work of the ad hoc task force charged with creating a new mission statement and draft strategic plan for global alumni engagement. Session will provide an overview of findings from alumni input sources, what you can expect for future alumni outreach, and how you can get involved. All alumni are invited to meet up afterwards at the All Class Mixer (4 p.m. start) for a drink and snacks, so be sure to register for that activity as well on the 2013 Reunion registration form. Register now.

Music Student Concert and Reception
3 – 4 p.m.
Enjoy music performed by talented students from our own Jazz Studies Program. Follows Hudson Valley Artists 2013 – Artists' Gallery Talk. Light refreshments will be served. Register now.

Orange & Blue Society Reception
3 – 4:30 p.m.
This invitation-only event recognizes special donors to the SUNY New Paltz Foundation.

Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) Reception  Free for Children under 13.
3 – 6 p.m.
EOP alumni are invited to enjoy a reception celebration and network with current students, faculty and staff. This year's EOP social features DJ Jay Smooth. Enjoy music and dancing, hors d'oeuvres, slide show, and raffle with prizes. A small play area is available for children. Register now.

Black Box Theatre Alumni Reception
4 – 5 p.m.
An open reception for Theatre alumni to meet and greet. All are welcome. Register now.

All Class Mixer
4 – 6 p.m.
An opportunity for all Reunion attendees to reconnect with old friends or make new ones, while enjoying light appetizers and wine, beer, or soft drinks. Special guests include current and retired faculty; check online for the latest list of faculty/staff expected to be in attendance. Opportunities for class or affinity group photos. Register now.

1962-63 Basketball Celebration Reception
5 - 6:30 p.m.
Class of 1963 alumni are invited to join members of this championship team and their guests for this 50th anniversary celebration. Bring your memories, and contact Athletics in advance to submit any basketball memorabilia to be displayed at the event. Honorees are Henry Ardanowski, Keith Ashby, Don Bartsch, Ed Black, Bob Dillman - Captain, Jim Doyle (deceased), Joe Facciolli, Dave Hawkins, Howard Hayes - Manager, Alex Hazelton, Mike Hazelton, Martin Jacobson, Mike Kellett, Joe Long, Richie Mandia, Bob Mathes, Albert Miller - Asst. Coach, John Morris - Captain, Bob Raskin, Fred Sadler (deceased), Jeff Schultz, Doug Sheppard - Coach (deceased), Luther Showaker, Ed Szymanski, Bob Thorn - Manager, and Bob Vischnik. Register now.

Hawk Haunts
6 p.m. - ????
The college has been historically intertwined with the village of New Paltz, such that no trip back to campus would likely be complete without visiting a favorite "Hawk Haunt" from the past or enjoyed by current students. A number of participating vendors will be displaying their 'Reunion Hawk Haunts' sign indicating that they have a special offer or discount for Reunion attendees who show their wristband. "Hawk Haunts" participating businesses will be listed online and provided at Reunion check-in.  Meet-up locations for affinity groups or class years, as designated by their official Reunion coordinator, will be listed online and in the check-in materials. Register now.

1950s Class Reunion Dinner
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Program includes 3 course meal, complimentary wine, beer, and soft drinks during event.

Limited seating in an intimate space, so register early. Register now.

Class of 1963 50th Reunion Dinner
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Program includes 3 course meal, complimentary wine, beer, and soft drinks during event.
The 50-year journey, living the dreams made in college, will come together. Come celebrate New Paltz days with stories, songs, memories and laughter. Toast those formative years and share your reflections. Register now.

Late 1960s Reunion Dinnernew event added Aug. 21
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Program includes 3 course meal, complimentary wine, beer, and soft drinks during event.
For 1965 to 1969 alumni and friends who are not attending the Class of 1963 Dinner, a special dining option is being offered in the Student Union Building, with a relaxed, unstructured environment for casual conversation and mixing. A number of late-60s era alumni will be on campus as part of athletics festivities, so this is a great opportunity to see more alumni from those New Paltz years. In addition to a table for the 45th-anniversary class, the Alumni Office is happy to reserve tables for other groups or classes to sit together at this venue (email with your name, group/class name, your phone number, and anticipated number of group attendees).

1970s and 1980s Class Reunion Dinner
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Program includes 3 course meal, complimentary wine, beer, and soft drinks during event.
Two decades come together during a retro evening filled with memories. Hear period music and view photographs from a back-in-the-day New Paltz, while mingling and dining with fellow alumni. Enjoy 70s-80s covers by New Paltz's all-faculty band Questionable Authorities, whose members -- Professors Glenn Geher, Peter Kaufman, Maureen Morrow, Brian Obach, Annee Roschelle -- regularly rock it out in the Hudson Valley area. Don't miss this chance to collectively reminisce the bliss of New Paltz from a very different era. Register now.

The Celebration Continues for Professor Joe Paparone
Hosted by McKenna Productions (NOTE: Independent off-campus event with separate registration and payment due September 10 to McKenna Productions, and is not eligible for the early-bird discount.)
6:30  - 10:30 p.m.
Alumni and friends will gather at Stonehedge Restaurant, West Park, NY, to continue to pay tribute to Professor Paparone. September 10 deadline for receipt of payment by McKenna Productions Ltd. For details or to register, contact Joanne Bernardo '09g at or 845-257-3865.

Alumni-Student Open-Mic Talent Showcase featuring TBA ImprovNote change in event start time (now 8:30 p.m.)
8:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Open to current students (Location: Old Main, Studley Theatre)
Special event featuring SUNY New Paltz's own student-actors group 'To Be Announced' (TBA) Improv. Register now for a limited number of performance slots for New Paltz alumni and future alumni (aka students) to "come as you are" and show off music, dancing, spoken-word comedy, or other talent. No charge to participate; however, an online form outlining the act and sound/equipment needs must be completed at to reserve a spot, which will be filled on a first-come, first-filled basis. Event sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations, The Center for Student Development, TBA Improv, and Residence Life Student Association (RHSA).



Athletic and Wellness Center
Noon - 10 p.m.
Complimentary limited-use passes available to pre-registered Reunion attendees (requires pick-up at Reunion Check-In hours on Friday and Saturday). Register now.

Alumni VIP Brunch
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Enjoy an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet in Hasbrouck Dining Hall while connecting with other alumni at the specially reserved 'Alumni VIP Table' in this open-seating space for current students. See how today's students are dining with selections that include the Wild Mushroom vegan dishes, Trattoria pizza station, 360 grill with made-to-order eggs, and more. Register now.

Mohonk Mountain House Brunch
11:30 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Conclude Reunion with a gourmet brunch seated with fellow alumni at this historic New Paltz institution. Advance registration required. Includes access to Mohonk grounds and trails for the day. Register now.


Photo credit (left image): Chris Thurston