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Awards, Honors, Appointments and Recognition

Margaret Stacklum (Nursing, Emeritus) will be honored for excellence in nursing education on May 17. District 12 of the New York State Nurses Association is sponsoring the awards program. She will be recognized for her contribution to nursing education, in particular the development of the Stacklum Diploma to Degree Model, for nurses who hold diploma degrees and wish to pursue the bachelor's of science in nursing.

Mika Roinila (Geography) was awarded the Michael G. Karni Scholarship by the Immigration History Research Center of the University of Minnesota for archival research on the project "Women's Maintenance of Finland-Swedish Identity in North America." The work will be presented with Susan Larson (UCBerkley) at the IHRC Research in Progress Colloquium on May 26.

Stacie Nunes (Physics) has been awarded $184,000 as the first installment of a five-year grant from the National Science Foundation for her project, "SUNY New Paltz LSAMP (Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation) Program."

Students in the News

Fourteen members of the Catholic Campus Ministry went to San Idelfonso, Mexico, during Spring Break. The trip was paid for by the organizationís fundraising efforts. While in Mexico, the student group assisted at a school that helps scholarship students study higher education. They also painted houses of mothers abandoned by their husbands. Visit the group's Web site at

In April, Management majors Danielle Glendenning '06, Jeff Katz '06 and Scott Perlin '06 represented the collegeís Management Association (M.A.) at the Society for Human Resources Northeast Regional HR Games in Glassboro, NJ. The team advanced to the semi-finals and ranked fourth among 16 schools. Kristin Backhaus (Assistant Professor, Management), the groupís advisor, coached the team.

Eri Yamakawa '08 (Finance) was selected to the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Third Team for women's tennis. She is the first winner of the award at New Paltz since 1998. Students must compete in an intercollegiate sport, maintain at least a 3.2 GPA and be active on their campuses or in their individual communities to qualify for this honor.


Paul Kassel (Theatre) published "Acting: An Introduction to the Art and Craft of Playing." The book discusses the theory and practice of acting while placing the actor center stage as the crucial artist in the theater. Russ Dembin '09 (Theatre Arts) provided editorial assistance. Theatre Arts faculty members Frank Trezza, Anita Gonzalez, Nancy Saklad and Kurt Daw (Dean, Fine and Performing Arts) provided critical feedback. Students in Kassel's Acting 1 and 2 classes provided feedback about the content and structure. For more information visit the Web site.

Karin Andriolo (Anthropology) published an article in the March 2006 issue of The American Anthropologist, the journal of the American Anthropological Association, titled "The Twice- Killed: Imagining Protest Suicide."

Howard Good (Communication and Media) has reviews of E. D. Hirsch Jr.'s "The Knowledge Deficit" and two other books in the May/June 2006 issue of Teacher Magazine, available online at

Hassan Kalhor and Mohammad Zunoubi (Electrical and Computer Engineering) published and presented a paper, "Accurate Analysis of Practical Diffraction Gratings," at the 2006 Progress in Electromagnetic Research Symposium held in Cambridge, Mass., in March.

Andrea Noel (Elem. Ed.) published an article, "Theme Bees," in the April/May issue of Science and Children, a peer reviewed journal of the National Science Teachers Association. The article examined the experiences of Julie Cash during the 2003-2004 school year when she used a theme lesson to teach her second grade class at the Sophie Finn Elementary School in Kingston about many subjects. "Honeybees and Apple Trees: A Close Look at Nature's Balancing Act," which was sponsored by a grant from the Mid-Hudson Teachers Center, covered many science lessons subjects such as life cycles, anatomy and the seasons. Noel and Cash's collaboration was funded in part by the School of Education's Collaborative Writing Project.

Presentations & Exhibitions

Yaser M. A. Khalifa (Electrical and Computer Engineering) presented a seminar on Evolutionary Music Composition at Aston University in Birmingham, United Kingdom, in January.

MAY 08, 2006
Volume 4, Issue 9

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