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Solar car team project gears up

Solar Car advocates

SUNY Hawk Solar Car Team members (l-r) Robert Dickman '08 (Electrical Engineering), Brian Morris '08 (Electrical Engineering) and Timothy Parker '09 (Electrical Engineering), made a presentation to Congressman Maurice Hinchey '68, '70g on May 2 in Resnick Engineering Hall. The students outlined their plans for developing and building a solar car. The meeting was initiated by College Council member Vincent Cozzolino '83, who is also the CEO of The Solar Energy Consortium (TSEC). One of the goals of the organization is to promote solar energy in New York state.

Ashokan campus sale finalized

Campus Auxiliary Services (CAS) sold the Ashokan Field Campus this month to the Open Space Conservancy (OSC).

CAS had operated educational programs on the 394-acre property, located in the Ulster County towns of Olive and Marbletown, for more than 40 years. All employees will be staying on and working on the property, which will now be operated under a new name, the Ashokan Center.

OSC, an affiliate of the Open Space Institute, will subdivide the property and sell a portion to the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) to facilitate water supply operations. The remaining portion will be transferred to the Ashokan Foundation, a new, non-profit group that will continue to run educational, cultural and arts programs on the property.

As part of the agreement, NYCDEP and the Ashokan Foundation will work together to make improvements to the site to ensure that NYCDEP's activities will have minimal impacts on educational programs being run at the campus by the Ashokan Foundation.

For more information about the acquisition, visit

Printmaking partners up for show

The Printmaking Program was selected to represent the contemporary field of printmaking at Hong Ik University in Seoul, South Korea, in November. New Paltz was selected as the sole representative of the Western Hemisphere.

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of its printmaking program, the Hong Ik Art Department has selected five cutting-edge universities from five countries (United States, Australia, China, Japan and Korea) for an exhibition at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul. The exhibition will feature schools that were influential in the development of their program.

Members of the program will curate an exhibition representing printmaking professors, alumni and students whose works demonstrate contemporary views in printmaking.

In addition to the exhibition, an artist-in-residency exchange with Korean printmakers is planned for the summer of 2009 at New Paltz.

Event adds fun to problem solving

The Department of Mathematics hosted its first Integration Bee on May 1, in collaboration with the college's student chapter of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). The event drew 20 student participants from the mathematics, engineering and education departments. Winners of the Integration Bee were Kiran Kumar Megraj '08 (Electrical Engineering), who placed first, and Solomon Roberts '08 (Mathematics), who placed second.

Golf tournament to honor 'Shep'

This year's Tenth Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament has been renamed in memory of Doug Sheppard, a longtime professor, administrator and coach, who died in January.

Shep, as he was known to many, was not only the golf coach for 32 years, but also a fixture at local golf courses and tournaments in the area.

The event takes place on Monday, June 16, at the Wiltwyck Golf Club in Kingston. Registration and breakfast begin at 8 a.m. and the shotgun start of the four-person scramble format takes place at 9 a.m.

The $200 entry fee includes 18 holes of golf with cart, refreshments on the course, beverage carts, tournament logo gear and awards banquet dinner. Each player is eligible for awards, contests and prizes that will be presented at a banquet dinner at 3 p.m. in the Wiltwyck Golf Club Ballroom. The banquet is open to non-golfers as well for $50.

Proceeds from the event will go toward a scholarship endowment for New Paltz students.

Golfers can register as individuals or in teams of up to four players. Registrations need to be received by June 2. To register online for the tournament or to become a sponsor, visit or call x3295.

The event will be held rain or shine.