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Awards, Honors, Appointments and Recognition

Martha Tait-Watkins, (School of Education) obtained licensure as a New York State Mental Health Counselor, one of four new professions being licensed by New York State effective January 2006. Other new licensed professions include: Marriage and Family Therapist, Creative Arts Therapist, and Psychoanalyst.

The campus community is invited to say good-bye to Barbara Petruzzelli, assistant director of the Sojourner Truth Library, on Friday, Feb. 17, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Library Staff Lounge. Petruzzelli has accepted the position of library director at Mount St. Mary College in Newburgh.

Shafuil Chowdhury (Geology) was recently selected as one of two recipients of the Loewy-Mohonk Preserve Liaison Fellowship Program for his project, “Creation of Baseline Water Quality Data for Marakill Watershed, Mohonk Preserve.” On March 17, Chowdhury will be appointed as a research associate of Mohonk Preserve. The fellowship includes $2,000 to use toward student assistance in the project.


Kerry Carso (Art History) published a review of Sarah Burns's book, “Painting the Dark Side: Art and the Gothic Imagination in Nineteenth-century America,” in the spring 2005 issue of Winterthur Portfolio: A Journal of American Material Culture. Also, in the issue was a review of Bryant F. Tolles Jr.'s “Resort Hotels of the Adirondacks: The Architecture of a Summer Paradise, 1850-1930,” by William Rhoads (Professor Emeritus, Art History). Rhoads also published an essay, "The Long and Unsuccessful Effort to Kill Off the Colonial Revival," in a recent issue of Re-Creating the American Past.

Tad Richards (English) contributed critical and biographical essays on such poets as Henri Coulette, J.V. Cunningham, Donald Hall, Kenneth Fearing, Donald Finkel, Carolyn Forche, and Jazz in American poetry, to The Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Poets and Poetry.

Chih-Yang Tsai (Business) recently published an article, "On Detecting Nonlinear Patterns in Discriminant Problems," in the 2006 issue of Information Sciences.

Robert Waugh (English) has published a book, "The Monster in the Mirror: Looking for H. P. Lovecraft," through Hippocampus Press, due out this month.

Other Interesting Endeavors

Chancellor John Ryan has asked President Steven Poskanzer to accompany him on a trip to China Feb. 21-March 1 in connection with the opening of SUNY’s new office in Beijing. Poskanzer is the only comprehensive college president asked to go on this trip, which may also include the presidents of the four university centers and FIT. Poskanzer hopes to increase donations and raise the visibility of the campus during his travels.

Presentations & Exhibitions

The Honors Program Spring 2006 Faculty Lecture Series presents Lewis Brownstein (Political Science and International Relations) who will speak on Wednesday, Feb. 15. His talk is titled "Fighting Terrorism: The Israeli Experience.” On Feb. 21, the series continues with Lee Bernstein (History) who will give a talk titled, “The Age of George Jackson: Covert Education in American Prisons During the 1960s and 1970s.” Both sessions take place in the Honors Center (College Hall, Room CH-H111) at 5 p.m. For more information, call x3933.

On Feb. 8, at the Asian Studies Spring Festival, Tao Jie ’81 discussed how New Paltz continues to influence her teaching of American literature in China. Now a professor and deputy director of Women’s Studies at Beijing University, Tao is also a specialist on the subject of William Faulkner and has edited publications on feminism in China. She was one of the first students from the People’s Republic of China to earn a graduate degree in English.

Kristine Harris(Asian Studies) participated in the "International Forum for the Centennial Anniversary of Chinese Cinema" in Beijing, in December 2005. As one of 50 specialists in film, Harris met with participants and previewed the new China Film Museum. Harris also presented a paper in Shanghai, "The Metropolis in the Cinematic Imagination of Republican China," at the "International Symposium on Popular Culture and Social Change in Modern China," hosted by the East China Normal University and the Chinese Academy for Social Sciences.


The library has three database trials for the campus community to try out. LitFinder, Literature Online, and Culturegrams are accessible from the database page at LitFinder is accessible through March 6, while Literature Online and Culturegrams are accessible through March 18. Check them out and send feedback to or call x3729.

FEBRUARY 13, 2006
Volume 4, Issue 3

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