Pam Atkins, associate dean for student development and director of the Psychological Counseling Center, is retiring in August after 32 years at New Paltz. Under her leadership, the counseling center was accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services. Atkins created and taught courses in the Psychology Department; oversaw the campus peer hotline, OASIS/HAVEN; applied her Suicide Risk Reduction program to campus; served on the Graduate Council and the Institute for Disaster Mental Health (IDMH) Board. Atkins has been recognized for her therapy with students, as well as her training of interns, Orientation Leaders and Residence Hall staff.
Neil Trager, founding director of the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, is retiring in June. Trager began his association with the college in 1982 when he was appointed Director of the College Art Gallery. Through his work, the college has added more than 2,000 works of art to its permanent art collection. Trager has spearheaded fundraising efforts resulting in more than $4 million in donations. Trager's close association with Samuel Dorsky led to a major gift in 1994, to be used for the construction of new galleries on the east and west patios of the College Art Gallery. The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art opened its doors in 2003.
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.
Walter Borenstein (Spanish, Emeritus) is the translator and editor of "Road to Perfection" by Pio Baroja and "The Leper Bishop" by Gabriel Miro, which was published by Oxbow Books as part of the Hispanic Classics Series of Arris and Philips.
Howard Good (Communication and Media) was the featured poet in the March issue of Unfettered Verse. He has also recently published the following poems: "Lovesick," "For the Woman Who Walked Out During My Reading," "The True History of Cinderella," "Scarecrow" and "Ciruc" in various publications.
Joan Hollister (Business) and Sally Schultz (Business) published an article, "The Ledger of Ann DeWitt Bevier (1762- 1834): Early American Estate Manager and Mother," in the Accounting Historians Journal.
Hassan Kalhor (Electrical and Computer Engineering) and Mohammad Zunoubi (Electrical and Computer Engineering) published a paper, "Accurate Analysis of Practical 3D Periodic Leaky-Wave Patch Antennas," in the 2008 issue of International Journal of Antennas and Propagation.
Jonathan Raskin (Psychology) co-edited the 2008 volume of "Studies in Meaning 3: Constructivist Psychotherapy in the Real World" with Sara Bridges of the University of Memphis in Tennessee.
Tad Richards (English) had a poem, "Art," appear in the 10th anniversary (Spring 2008) edition of Salt River Review.
Jeremy Holmes '07 (Sculpture) was awarded a Windgate Fellowship from the Center of Creativity and Craft Design in Hendersonville, N.C. The $15,000 fellowship is awarded to 10 undergraduate students nationally for their artistic merit and promise.
Heather Kelly '05 (Women's Studies, Art) exhibited her prints at an exhibition, "Push and Pull," at the Steuben South Gallery at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn in April.
Dana Sagona '09 (Journalism) had a story, "Tan Lines and Protest Songs," which she wrote for a Literature of Journalism class, accepted by The Rambler, a magazine of personal expression.