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Solar Car advocates

College President Steven Poskanzer (seen here with H. Faruk Karadogan, right, rector of the Istanbul Technical University, at the May 2006 Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony at New Paltz) will attend the annual commencement ceremony at Istanbul Technical University, New Paltz's partner in the SUNY-YÖK dualdiploma program, on June 24.

Fabric recycling fits greening efforts

In a continuing effort to reduce the amount of waste it produces, the college recently saved 3,700 pounds of fabric from being thrown away by temporarily installing 14 Planet Aid collection bins outside each of the residence halls on campus at the end of the spring semester.

Planet Aid, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people in developing countries, placed the bins on campus during the week of May 12 to collect clothes, shoes, linens and other items from students moving out of the residence halls for the summer months.

The collected items, or proceeds from the sale of the items at thrift stores, will benefit community development projects in Africa and Asia.

For more information about many of the college's green initiatives, visit

Science colloquium stars experts

The School of Science and Engineering will resume its Colloquium Series this fall with three lectures.

On Sept. 25, Günter Wagner of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale University in New Haven, Conn., will speak about how gene regulation changes in a lecture titled, "Evolution of Gene Regulation as it Pertains to the Origin of Evolutionary Novelties."

On Oct. 23, David Hanson, professor of chemistry and founding director of the Learning Communities Program at SUNY Stony Brook, will present, "Guided Inquiry Learning," a lecture about the process-oriented, guided-inquiry strategy for teaching and learning.

On Nov. 20, William Herbst of the Astronomy Department at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn. will discuss a unique star behavior, which he and his students discovered more than 10 years ago, in a lecture titled, "The Case of the Winking Star: New Insights into the Formation of Terrestrial Planets."

All presentations take place in the Coykendall Science Building Auditorium and begin at 4 p.m.

For more information, contact the School of Science and Engineering at x3728 or visit

Leadership 101

Leadership 101

Forty-three school leadership interns were recognized at the
Educational Administration Department’s 34th Annual Internship
Luncheon at the West Point Officers’ Club in Garrison on April 29.
Additionally, Jodie Maasen-Waizenegger ’08cas was awarded the
David Gee Scholarship and Pamela Peterson ’08cas was honored
with the Outstanding Intern Award. In attendance were Educational
Administration faculty and staff, including Risa Maines; Rose
; Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at SUNY
System Risa Palm; Josephine Moffett; (back row, l-r) Michael
Muffs; College President Steven Poskanzer; David Gee, who
received the Outstanding Faculty Award at the event; Robert Dillon;
and School of Education Dean Robert Michael. Photo by Jan
(Educational Administration)