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Diverse campus makes New Paltz 'hot'

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The newest faculty members on the campus of the "Hottest Small State School" in the country are (back row, l-r) Andrew Perry (Library), Karl Bryant (Sociology, Women's Studies), Jeffrey Reinking (Biology), Cyrus Mulready (English), Thais daCunha (Elementary Education), Jason Wrench (Communication and Media), Natalie Cartwright (Mathematics), Benjamin Junge (Anthropology), Michael Smith (Educational Studies), James Fossett (Art), Patricia Fitzpatrick (Foreign Languages), Andrew Schonebaum (English), Anyaun (Daniel) Shen (Business), David Elstein (Philosophy), Junhong Min (Business), Myeong Hwan Kim (Economics), Davina Vora (Business), Gretchen Vogelgesang (Business), Kate McCoy (Educational Studies) and Stephanie Solt (Linguistics). Also joining the New Paltz campus community are (front row, l-r) Heather Whalen Smith (Library), Tim Dewar (Secondary Education), Dylan McGee (Foreign Languages), Mary Holland (English), John Rayburn (Geological Sciences), Catherine Kelly (Nursing), Megan Ferguson (Chemistry), Margaret Owuor (Elementary Education), Daniel Werner (Philosophy), Corwin Senko (Psychology) and Juliet Menasche (Elementary Education). Missing from the photo are Yolanda Chavez-Cappellini (Foregin Languages), William Hermes (Communication and Media) and Akira Shimada (History).

As one of the nation's hottest destinations for higher education, New Paltz gains its cool reputation from the people on campus.

New Paltz was named the "Hottest Small State School in America" in the 2008 "How to Get into College" guide published on Aug. 20 by Kaplan and Newsweek.

L. David Eaton, vice president for enrollment management, said the "coolest" thing about New Paltz is the environment it fosters. He said New Paltz's identity is tied to the open, diverse and artistic environment created by the people who live, study and work on campus.

"The students, faculty and staff that are drawn here value the kind of engaging environment New Paltz offers," he said. "It also doesn't hurt to be located in an eclectic college town that is a 'hot' destination for visitors in its own right."

The outstanding faculty, who Eaton said are at the core of the academic enterprise, welcomed 35 new members to their ranks this fall. Selected through a highly competitive search process, the newest faculty and possess degrees from some of the best universities in the nation and around the world. They teach courses across New Paltz's uniquely broad curriculum in education, the sciences, fine arts, performing arts, liberal arts, business and engineering.

Provost David Lavallee said that the "Hottest Small State School" accolade couldn't have happened with out the talented and dedicated faculty who engage students in their classes and independent projects.

"Knowing each of our new faculty member's intellectual interests and educational background, I am confident that our reputation will shine even brighter in the future," said Lavallee.

Eaton added, "It also could not have happened without the hard work and dedication of the New Paltz professional faculty and classified staff."

Diverse campus makes New Paltz 'hot' He said staff members all across the campus interact every day with the college's internal and external constituents in order to meet the needs of the entire community through campus services, facilities, co-curricular programming and information technology.

New faculty member William Hermes (Communication and Media) described New Paltz as a "fullservice" college specializing in a multitude of subjects, including art, business and science. "New Paltz seems to distinguish itself in all of those fields," he said.