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Convocation speaker to welcome students to ‘Schoolsville’

SUNY Chancellor’s Award-winning professor Pauline Uchmanowicz (English) will share her thoughts on higher education at the college’s 20th annual convocation ceremony, which will begin at noon on Friday, Aug. 25, in the Julien J. Studley Theatre. Uchmanowicz’s speech, “Lessons from ‘Schoolsville,’ or How to Graduate in Four Years,” will draw upon the poem, “Schoolsville,” by former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins. It is told from the point-of-view of a former schoolteacher remembering his students who never graduated.

Pauline Uchmanowicz

Uchmanowicz, who has taught at New Paltz since 1996, said she is honored to participate in the formal welcoming ceremony for new students.

“Looking at them is like looking at our future,” she said.

With her speech, Uchmanowicz will share her belief that knowledge, like poetry, can provide human beings the tools needed to develop a successful mind, body and heart. Uchmanowicz will join members of the administration and faculty in presenting the incoming class with an introduction to the academic experience and intellectual expectations at New Paltz.

The ceremony will begin with musical performances by current students. Lourdesa Hults ’08 (Music) will perform her rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Naomi Edelman ’08 (Music) will sing the New Paltz alma mater. Junghyun Lee ’08 (Music Therapy/Music) will provide piano accompaniment.

College President Steven Poskanzer will make remarks before Assistant Provost Laurel Garrick Duhaney presents the introduction. John VanderLippe (History), presiding officer of faculty governance, will lead the procession of faculty and staff.

Gerald Benjamin, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will then introduce Uchmanowicz, a 2004 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching recipient. At New Paltz, in addition to her role as an associate professor, she is the director of Writing Across the Curriculum and of the University Writing Board. She also received a SUNY New Paltz Athletes Faculty Appreciation Award in 2002.

Uchmanowicz has received accolades outside the college, as well. They include a University Graduate Fellowship from the University of Rhode Island in 1992 and a University Research Grant Program Award from Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich., in 1996.

Uchmanowicz has published articles in such publications as “College English,” “Writing Program Administration” and “Writing on the Edge.” Her poetry and essays have appeared in such literary magazines as Ploughshares, Crazyhorse, and New American Writing. She is also a regular feature writer for local magazines, such as Chronogram, Upstate House, and Catskill Region Guide, as well as a food columnist for The Woodstock Times.

For more information on convocation, contact Judy Albertson (Development) at x3972.

August 14, 2006
Volume 4, Issue 15

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