The 21st Annual Convocation, the college's formal opening to the new academic year, is scheduled for noon on Aug. 22 in Julian J. Studley Theatre. Members of the campus community are encouraged to attend and welcome the college's newest students. Those planning to attend the ceremony can sign on to my.newpaltz.edu to register. A picnic lunch will be provided on the Old Main Quad, immediately following the ceremony. Faculty marching in the ceremony should arrive in academic regalia and be ready to line up at 11:40 a.m.
The following faculty promotions have been announced: Lee Bernstein (History) has been promoted to associate professor; Karanja Carroll (Black Studies), assistant professor; Shafiul Chowdhury (Geology), associate professor; Megan Coder (Library), senior assistant librarian; Giordana Grossi (Psychology), associate professor; Judith Halasz (Sociology), assistant professor; Carmen Lizardo (Art), associate professor; Stephen Macaluso (Library), associate librarian; Bruce Milem (Philosophy), associate professor; Jonathan Schwartz (Political Science), associate professor; Suzanne Stokes (Art), associate professor; and Stephen Vinson (History), associate professor. All promotions take effect at the start of the 2007-2008 academic year.
President Steven Poskanzer is the host of a WAMC Radio special that will air at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 2. Joining him for the presidential roundtable are Vassar College President Catherine Bond Hill and Bard College President Leon Botstein. They will discuss topics such as what makes each institution distinctive; what each believes is their institution's biggest vulnerability; what is the nature of faculty work and careers at their institution; what role each institution plays in the Hudson Valley and New York; how each campus walks the fine line of creating a safe campus while respecting privacy rights; and addressing the needs of people with disabilities. The program can be heard on the following stations: WAMC 90.3 FM and 1400 AM; WAMK, 90.9 FM; and WOSR, 91.7 FM.
The offices of Public Affairs and Institutional Research have developed a readers survey to help shape the editorial direction of News Pulse. The survey covers questions about content, distribution and the future of the print publication. All members of the campus community are invited to share their thoughts on the campus's faculty and staff newsletter. Complete the survey. Those who cannot access a computer can request a paper copy, by contacting the Office of Institutional Research at x3229.