News Pulse - State University of New York at New Paltz


Loyd Lee in cap and gown

Loyd Lee at May 1992 commencement.

Loyd Lee (History, emeritus) died on Jan. 9, 2007, while vacationing in the Caribbean. He was 67. Lee joined the New Paltz faculty in 1967 and achieved the rank of full professor in 1980. He served as History Department chair from 1978 to 1980. Lee continued to teach even after retiring in 2000.

"He was as fair-minded a person as I've ever met, and a man of unimpeachable integrity," said Gerald Sorin (History, emertius). "His intellect and scholarship were of the highest order."

Lee received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1992. His research focus of World War II led to publication credits including "World War II in Asia and the Pacific and the War's Aftermath with General Themes - A Handbook of Literature and Research" in 1999, which served as a companion to his earlier work, "World War II in Europe, Africa and the Americans, with General Sources - A Handbook of Literature and Research." Both were well-read, interdisciplinary handbooks on the most enduring literature related to the major topics and themes of the war.

Lee was involved in faculty governance and had recently been helping the college in its ongoing efforts to establish a Phi Beta Kappa chapter.

"Our college community is the poorer because of his passing," said Steven Poskanzer, college president. Lee is survived by his wife, Cynthia, and their two children.

A service is scheduled for Feb. 24 in Poughkeepsie.


Glenn Geher (Psychology) had his research on mating intelligence appear as the focus of the current issue of Psychology Today. The cover story, "Love's Loopy Logic," is supplemented with a Mating Intelligence Scale written by Geher and Scott Barry Kaufman of Yale University.

Howard Good (Communication and Media) was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for his poem "On Being Asked, 'Have You Written Anything Yet About Your Mother's Death?'" which appeared in the summer 2006 issue of "The Rose and Thorn." In late 2006, Good published numerous poems and a short-short story in various online literary publications.

Stephen Kitsakos (Theatre Arts, lecturer) and Gregory Allen's musical "Invisible Fences" takes the stage at the Westminster Arts Center in Bloomfield, NJ, Feb. 8-11. The piece was created in 1999 at the BMI Lehman Engel Music Theatre Program.

Tom Meyer (Secondary Education) was awarded a $19,250 grant by the National Writing Project for his work "National Writing Project: Local Sites Research Initiative." With the funding, the Hudson Valley Writing Project research team can complete the scoring of student writing - written in Spanish - collected in 2005, and student work collected in 2006.


Lee Cahn (Communication and Media) presented a paper, "An Evolving Communication Perspective on Family Violence" at the National Communication Association's annual conference in San Antonio, Texas, in November 2006.

Donna Flayhan (Communication and Media) presented a workshop, "The Toxic Aftermath of 9/11: Behind the Scenes of a Public Health Campaign," at the Health Communication Division of the New York State Communication Association Convention in October 2006. She presented her statement, "Science Only: Toxins in the Dust and Toxic Synergisitic Effects Post 9/11," at the Health Crisis Conference in November 2006.

L.H. Roper (History) presented a paper, "New Albion: Anatomy of an English Colonization Failure, 1632-1655," to the Columbia University Seminar on Early American History and Culture in December 2006.


New Paltz's student chapter of the American Marketing Association won a collegiate advertisement competition at the first Northeast Regional Marketing Conference hosted by the Pace University Marketing Association paired with Hofstra University's Marketing Association in Manhattan in November.


January 15, 2007
Volume 5, Issue 1

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