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PULSE SNAPSHOT: Honored by opportunity

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Antonio Bonilla (left), assistant director of the Educational Opportunity Program at New Paltz, inducted Rita Celariste, senior EOP advisor, as an honorary member of the Beta Omicron Chapter of the Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society on April 27. Celariste, who has been with EOP for 10 of the 14 years she has worked at the college, joined the 57 EOP students inducted into the academic organization.

PULSE SNAPSHOT: Hawk' mentoring game

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The New Paltz Student Athletic Advisory Council (SAAC) sponsored a Kids Sports Night on April 20. At the event, New Paltz student athletes met with 60 children, ages 5- 12, from the local community and taught them sports skills in basketball, soccer, volleyball and hockey. The college students also shared team-building exercises with the elementary and middle school children. Photo submitted


Robin Cohen-La Valle, associate dean of students, and Michelle Combs, director of Student Development, entered the college in the National Prevention Excellence Awards competition sponsored by the Outside the Classroom program. The college was one of eight colleges to receive an award for comprehensive prevention programs at the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA)/American College Personnel Association (ACPA) conference in Orlando, Fla. in March.

William Rhoads (Art History, Emeritus) recently joined the Board of Trustees of the Ulster County Historical Society following the request of John McEnrue (Facilities Design and Construction), who serves on the board as treasurer.


Ken Nystrom (Anthropology) presented a paper that explored the impact of X-ray exposure on ancient DNA preservation at the 6th World Congress on Mummy Studies in February in the Canary Islands.


H. A. Kalhor and M.R. Zunoubi (Electrical and Computer Engineering) presented two papers, "Teaching Engineering Students Energy Conservation" and "Equal Opportunity in Engineering Education," at the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Mid-Atlantic Section Conference at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, N.J., in April.

Brian Obach (Sociology) and Eve Waltermaurer (Sociology) published a paper, "Cross-Course Collaboration in Undergraduate Sociology Programs," in the April issue of Teaching Sociology. Erin Connelly '04 (Sociology), Mitch Monsour '04 (Sociology) and Jason Letts '04 (Sociology) assisted in the development of the project.


In April, the Zeta Zeta (New Paltz) Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society in education, inducted 69 new members - School of Education undergraduate students with overall grade point averages of 3.55 or higher and graduate students who have earned a 3.75 GPA or higher. This semester, the chapter will deliver 450 donated children's books to nine firstyear teachers in local high-needs school districts and the community, as part of a project with the Reading is Fun initiative.

The New Paltz Women's Soccer Team, led by coach Colleen Bruley, spent spring break (March 19-23) in Sutton, England. The team ventured to London to see the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Buckingham Palace and the Tate Modern Museum of Art. A trip highlight was attending an English Premier League game and playing in two games, one against the Epson Eagles (1-0 win) and the other against the Wangas Ladies Football Club (0-1 loss).

Liz Baker '08 (Marketing), Dan Bolt '07 (Marketing), Andriana Heinke '07 (Marketing) and Steve Melendez '08 (Finance) - led by faculty advisor Ted Clark (Business) - won the 3rd Annual Business Plan contest held by the School of Business on April 27. The team received a $2,000 scholarship award for first place in the competition. The students' plan included a dynamic market research and solutions group called North Star Market Research, which would offer services such as surveys, focus groups and local demographic analysis for companies in the Mid-Hudson Valley.


In the April 23 issue of News Pulse, it was mentioned that the New Paltz American Marketing Association Collegiate chapter placed eighth at the Collegiate Conference competition in New Orleans. It was not stated that the chapter placed eighth among the 128 (out of 400) colleges that qualified to compete.