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Alumni in the News

Lee Cutler ’88 was elected to the American Federation of
Teachers Executive Council. Cutler is president of the Nanuet
Teachers Association and a member of the New York State
United Teachers Board of Directors. He is a middle school
English teacher in the Nanuet Union Free School District and
has served on numerous NYSUT board committees, including
its human and civil rights committee, women's history committee
and higher education committee.

Retired professional staff member Naomi Gaskin ’86 published
an article based on her research, titled “Rx for Mice: Take
Enrichment and Call Me in the Morning,” in the December 2005
issue of the American Association for Laboratory Animal
Science newsletter, Tech Talk

Awards, Honors, Appointments

The School of Business has received a check for $5,000 from
Shannon Smosarski ’95, president of Shannon Data and Audit.
The plaque will be placed by a seating area in van den Berg
Hall. There are a number of these seating areas throughout the
building and the School of Business has plans to dedicate all of
them to other donors.

Students in the News

The Residence Hall Student Association (RHSA) at New Paltz
was recently named as a finalist for the Daniel Siller/Association
of Colleges and University Housing Offices International
“ Program of the Year” Award to be presented in June at the
National Association of College and University Residence Halls
(NACURH) Conference. “Rep Your C.O.L.O.R.: Spirit Day
2005,” also known as “Calling Out Loud Outstanding
Residents,” built upon an 18-year tradition at New Paltz, by
adding a Spirit Barbecue and a community service aspect to
events that include field day competitions, banner creation and a
lip-syncing contest among the 13 residence halls on campus. Avi
, national communication coordinator for NACURH,
Robert Mosysey, a Scudder Hall resident advisor, and Lori
Troise, a Deyo Hall RA, prepared the competition bid documenting
the creation and implementation of Spirit Day 2005.
The RHSA is creating a musical skit to be presented at the
national conference, which takes place at the University of
California at Berkeley.


Chris Whitaker (Disability Resource Center) published a short
story, titled “Different,” in the February 2006 issue of the
Chronogram. The story was selected as winner of the One Book,
One New Paltz Creative Writing Contest coordinated by Pauline

Mohammad R. Zunoubi and Hassan A. Kalhor (Electrical and
Computer Engineering) published a paper titled, "Diffraction of
Electromagnetic Waves by Periodic Arrays of Rectangular
Cylinders," in the February 2006 issue of Journal of Optical
Society of America.

Presentations & Exhibitions

The Honors Program Spring 2006 Faculty Lecture Series presents Ron Knapp (Geography Emeritus) has been named the Joseph G. Astman Distinguished Conference Scholar at Hofstra University. He will present the keynote address, titled “China's Great Merchant Mansions: The Architectural Traces of Commercial Networks at the Asian Merchant Cultures,” at the Crossroads conference, scheduled for March 9 - 11.

Thomas Mounkhall (History) will speak at 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 9, in the Honors Center (College Hall, Room CH-H111). His talk is titled “Egypt Through the Eyes of a World Historian.” For more information, please call x3933.

The Mid-Hudson Human Resource Association and Management Association of SUNY New Paltz will host “Who Wants to Be a Human Resource (HR) Professional!”at the College Terrace on Thursday, March 9. Students and business professionals can compete for prizes by answering human resource questions typically found at the Northeast Region HR Games and on HR certification exams. Networking and registration begins at 5:15 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m., followed by the game session. The cost is $20 for students and $30 for professionals. To register, please contact Shaun Hoff, Student Chapter Liaison, at or Kristin Backhaus, MA Advisor, at by Wednesday, March 1.

Judith Sloan and Warren Leher will give a performance based on their book, “Crossing the Blvd.: Strangers, Neighbors, Aliens in a New America,” at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 2, in the McKenna Theatre. The multi-media presentation of the book focuses on portraying the lives of new immigrants living in Queens, through slides, sounds, storytelling and character monologues. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call x3819.

FEBRUARY 27, 2006
Volume 4, Issue 4

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