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Stephen Kitsakos (Theatre Arts) was recently awarded a commission to write the libretto for the chamber opera, "The Wooden Soldier," with a score by the 2007 Sackler Prize in Music Composition winner, Sheila Silver. Silver, professor of music at SUNY Stony Brook, is a prominent name in contemporary music. She is a former teacher and mentor to Kitsakos. The opera will receive a workshop with the American Opera Project in May 2008 and a premiere in February 2009 at the University of Connecticut joint venture with New York's Metropolitan Opera new works development.

Pine and Banach

Brian Pine, left, (Facilities Management) presents Mike Banach, the college machinist, with an award for his humanitarian efforts at the Facilities staff meeting on July 30 in LC 102. Pine said he wanted to recognize Banach, who is often the first responder in a campus emergency and goes above and beyond his normal call of duty. Pine said the award, an etched glass globe of the Earth, represents Banach's concern for the entire well-being of the campus community. Banach has also served on the local ambulance corps. "Many people make this place run and are deserving of these types of awards," said Pine.


Gregory Bray (Communication and Media) presented his paper, "The Role of Parents and Adolescent Trauma in Smallville," as part of the Comic Arts Conference at Comic-Con convention in July in San Diego.

Ceramics teacher and studewnts

Priscilla Bissi '06 (Ceramics) presents slides of work from her thesis in ceramics at last Wednesday's "Summer Salon," hosted by the Ceramics Department. The event, held in the College Terrace, highlighted the work of BFA students who have performed fieldwork and internships in various locations this summer and past spring. Mary Roehm (Ceramics) also announced a new initiative to support the opportunities and commissions that recent graduates are being offered, called SUNY New Paltz Emerging Artist Program. With the program, all ceramic majors are expected to have at least one fieldwork experience before graduating.


Howard Good (Communication and Media) has a poem, "Words for a Friend," in the July 2007 issue of "Why vandalism?" His poem, "How to Write a Story," was included in the July 2007 issue of "The Rose and Thorn." He also has a poem, "Machine in the Garden," in the August 2007 issue of The Orange Room Review.