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Amy Cheng (Painting) has been awarded a Fulbright senior lecture/ research grant to teach and conduct research in Brazil from July to December 2008. She will be a visiting professor at the University of São Paulo and will teach in the graduate painting program. She will also travel to Northeast Brazil to research Brazilian folk and decorative art.

The Institute for Disaster Mental Health, under the direction of James Halpern (Psychology), has been awarded a $45,000 grant by Health Research Inc. for his project, "Disaster Mental Health: A Critical Response – Instructor Candidate Training," which involves instructor candidate trainings for healthcare facilities and psychological first aid.

Rief Kanan (Business Administration) was awarded $14,505 by the Orange County United Way for his project, "Orange County United Way Needs Assessment Project by the Business Institute," which will assist the organization in determining the highest priority community health and human service needs in the county over the next three to five years.

The Office of Undergraduate Admission recently underwent a staff reorganization to address the college's increasing recruitment efforts. Lisa Jones, formerly director of transfer admission and articulation, has been appointed dean of admission and will assume responsibility for providing leadership to the entire Undergraduate Admission department including senior staff members Kimberly Strano, assistant dean and director of freshman admission; Richard Bodenschatz, associate dean of admission; Mike Salerno, coordinator of transfer admission; and Shana Circe, coordinator of on-campus recruitment.


Ted Clark (Business) presented a paper, "Using Marketing Research Projects for Curriculum Enhancement," coauthored with Kristin Backhaus (Business) and Associate Dean Chih- Yang Tsai (Business), at the Northeast Decisions Sciences Institute conference in New York City on March 29.


Penny Freel (English) and Rachel Rigolino (English) published an article in the fall 2007 issue of Journal of Basic Writing. "Re- Modeling Basic Writing" examines the success of the Supplemental Writing Workshop (SWW) Composition Program, which is now in its 11th year at New Paltz.

Hon Ho (Biology) published a paper, "Redescription of Phytophthora melonis" in Mycotaxon, an international journal of fungal taxonomy and nomenclature. It was co-authored by M.E. Gallegly of West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.V., and C.X. Hong of Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Va.

Ron Knapp (Geography/Asian Studies, Emeritus) had an article, "Rainbows and Centipedes: 20th Century Discoveries of China's Lost Bridges" featured as the May 2008 cover piece in "Orientations," an international magazine of Asian arts.


Igor Gembitsky '08 (Biology), Jackie Martin '09 (Geology) and Tom Schramm '09 (Geology) presented posters at the 2008 National Conference on Undergraduate Research at Salisbury University in Salisbury, Md.

Kristina Marsella '08 (Marketing, Management), Catherine Effertz '08 (Management), Shaina Miller '09 (Management), Craig Lecker '08 (Management), Michelle Rosas '08 (Marketing, Interpersonal-Intercultural Communication) and Erika DeWitt '09 (Marketing) – members of Management Association, New Paltz's Society for Human Resource Management chapter, competed at the Northeast Regional Human Resources Games at Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I. The two New Paltz teams were coached by Kristin Backhaus (Business) and sponsored by the Mid-Hudson Human Resources Association. One team ranked in the top 10 out of the 24 teams competing.

Iryna McCloskey '08 (Political Science), Matt Murray '09 (International Relations), Stephen Morseman '09 (Political Science), Melissa Newberg '06 (International Relations), Ivan Pavlenko '10 (International Relations), Ben Schollnick '09 (Political Science), Danhui Wang '11 (International Relations) participated in the Diplomacy and World Trade mock-negotiation on April 8 with Algerian diplomats. S. Ilgu Ozler (Political Science) worked with the students to prepare for the simulation, which was sponsored by The Levin Institute, Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP), Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) and U.S. Department of Commerce.