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Chancellor recognizes students

Seven New Paltz students were among the 238 State University of New York students honored by SUNY Chancellor John Ryan with the 2007 Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence on April 18 in Albany.

Ann Marie Battaglia '07 (Secondary Education/Mathematics); John Hauser '07 (Accounting/Finance); Alicia Mejias '07 (Management/Marketing); Regina Musicaro '07 (Psychology); Jumpei Onozuka '07 (Accounting/Finance); Kimberly Stanistreet-Clouston '07 (Psychology); and Jaime Zottola '07 (Communication) each received a framed certificate and medallion, which is traditionally worn at commencement.

The awards are given out annually to students who earn a grade point average (GPA) of 3.78 or higher and record a significant contribution to their campus or local community.

Evolution is focus of new minor

The college will unveil a new 18-credit interdisciplinary Evolutionary Studies minor this fall.

The program, which includes classes from departments such as anthropology, English and psychology, offers a course, Evolutionary Studies Seminar, that will feature expert speakers on varied topics tied to evolutionary principles and applications. The lectures included as part of this course will be free and open to the public.

"Ours is the second such program in the nation," said Glenn Geher, chair of the Evolutionary Studies Program Development Committee. "We hope that this program will help students across varied majors to learn about what evolution really is - and what it really implies about being human."

For more information about the Evolutionary Studies minor, contact Geher at x3091.

Ottaway professors honored

The college held its annual dinner on April 30 to honor the current Ottaway professor. Trudy Lieberman (third from left), one of the nation's best consumer reporters, is the college's sixth James H. Ottaway Sr. Visiting Professor of Journalism. (Left to right) James Ottaway Jr., Sydney Schanberg, Lieberman, College President Steven Poskanzer, Ann Cooper and Bernard Stein attended the event. Schanberg, Cooper and Stein are former Ottaway professors. The Ottaway professorship was started six years ago after the college received support from James Ottaway Jr., the now retired publisher of the Ottaway Newspapers group whose flagship newspaper is the Times Herald-Record of Middletown. Ottaway said he is pleased with the high quality of the professors who have visited the college to teach the next generation of journalists. Also in attendance were James Moss, former publisher of the Times Herald-Record; Meg McGuire, managing editor of the Record; Barry Rothfeld, publisher of the Poughkeepsie Journal; Stuart Shinske, executive editor of the Journal; and members of the Department of Communication and Media.

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