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Welcome, Jacqueline Andrews

Jacke Andrews
(From left to right): Shelly Wright (President’s Office), Jacqueline Andrews and Jan McLaurin (Sponsored Programs) at the Office of Institutional Research’s Aug. 4 Open House. Andrews joined the campus community as the assistant vice president for institutional research and planning on July 17.

Provost announces faculty and
library promotions

Faculty promotions have been announced. The following were promoted to associate professor: Kristin Backhaus (Business), Devon Duhaney (Secondary Education), Ben Endres (Educational Studies), Giorgio Melloni (Foreign Languages), Itty Neuhaus (Art), Brian Obach (Sociology) and Mohammad Zunoubi (Electrical and Computer Engineering). Full professorship has been awarded to Amy Cheng (Art), Carole Cowan (Music), Jonathan Raskin (Psychology) and Robert Waugh (English). These promotions take effect Sept. 1.

The following library staff members have been promoted: Valerie Mittenberg to Associate Librarian; Edward Springer, Senior Assistant Librarian; and Elizabeth Strickland, Associate Librarian. These promotions were effective July 1.

Moving-In Day help needed

Volunteers are needed for Moving-In Day on Thursday, Aug. 24.

Responsibilities include managing the flow of traffic and
directing first-year and transfer residents and their families to
unloading areas. Participants receive a Welcome Week T-shirt.

There are three shifts available: 8:45-10:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m.-
12:30 p.m. and 12:30-2:30 p.m.

To volunteer, contact Linda Knoth (Student Development) at
x3088 or She will notify volunteers of
their assignment locations.

Campus hosts national child safety instructor program

Michele HalsteadSUNY New Paltz recently hosted a program that prepares instructors to teach young children how to protect themselves against violence.

Jen Wait (University Police), Jennell Kelsey (University Police) and Michele Halstead (Administration and Finance) along with participants from the University at Albany, SUNY Purchase, Plattsburgh State, the Ohio State Police Department, the Goshen Police Department, New Jersey and the local area completed the 30-hour RadKids instructor certification program last week.

This is the first time the not-for-profit organization has offered certification for its Personal Empowerment and Safety Education Program in New York. Steven Daly, RadKids executive director and a former police officer, led the course Aug. 2-4 at New Paltz.

The 15 participants learned the history of violence against children and were trained in techniques designed to teach 5- to 12-year-olds skills in decision-making and basic self-defense. Topics covered in the student program include home, school and vehicle safety; realistic defense against abduction; and self-realization of personal power.

In the fall, Wait, Kelsey and Halstead will begin offering the family-centered program to the children and family members of New Paltz faculty and staff, as well to students in the New Paltz School District.

For more information, contact Wait at x3340.

August 14, 2006
Volume 4, Issue 15

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