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College community heralds fall arrival
of about 1,700 new students, 35 new faculty

About 950 first-year students will move into their new homes on campus next Monday, Aug. 20, during the annual Moving-In Day. They will be joined by about 725 new transfer students. Overall enrollment did not grow at the college. The college is operating at or near capacity at the undergraduate level and therefore has been in a no-growth mode.

With an acceptance rate of 32 percent for first-year students and 36 percent for transfers, New Paltz remains one of the most selective universities in the Northeast. From an applicant pool of almost 16,000, New Paltz received 12,545 freshmen applications, a 4.2 percent increase over last year, and 2,993 transfer applications. For the 17th consecutive year, New Paltz has led all SUNY university colleges in total applications received. The college continues to attract qualified students from all backgrounds. Of the first-year students reporting their ethnicity, 27 percent come from traditionally under represented groups, and 339 international students from 35 countries plan to attend New Paltz in the fall. New Paltz has more students studying abroad and more international students combined than any other SUNY college.

With the additional funding approved by the state Legislature and the governor last year, President Steven Poskanzer said that the college's top priority for the 2006-07 academic year was to hire even more full-time, tenure-track faculty.

To that end, the college welcomes 35 new full-time faculty members to its teaching roster for the fall 2007 semester. Of the new cohort, 15 positions are new lines and the remaining hires fill positions vacated by retirements or resignations.

The new faculty and their corresponding departments are:

Karl Bryant, Sociology/Women's Studies; Natalie Cartwright, Mathematics; Yolanda Chavez-Cappellini, Foreign Languages; Thais daCunha, Elementary Education; Tim Dewar, Secondary Education; David Elstein, Philosophy; Megan Ferguson, Chemistry; Patricia Fitzpatrick, Foreign Languages; James Fossett, Art; Will Hermes, Communication and Media; Mary Holland, English; Benjamin Junge, Anthropology; Catherine Kelly, Nursing; Myeong Kim, Economics; Kate McCoy, Educational Studies; Dylan McGee, Foreign Languages; Juliet Menasche, Elementary Ed; Junhong Min, Business; Josephine Moffett, Educational Administration; Cyrus Mulready, English; Margaret Owuor, Elementary Education; Andrew Perry, Library; John Rayburn, Geological Sciences; Jeffrey Reinking, Biology; Andrew Schonebaum, English; Corwin Senko, Psychology; Anyuan Shen, Business; Akira Shimada, History; Michael Smith, Educational Studies; Stephanie Solt, Black Studies; Gretchen Vogelgesang, Business; Davina Vora, Business; Daniel Werner, Philosophy; Heather Whalen Smith, Library; and Jason Wrench, Communication and Media.