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Awards, Honors, Appointments and Recognition

Robin Cohen-La Valle (Student Development, Associate Dean) wrote and received a $10,600 grant administered through SUNY Central Administration's Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention office. As part of a $100,000 SUNY-wide pilot project, the New Paltz piece, "Impacting Alcohol Use on Campus: Applying Best Practices in Harm Reduction/Early Intervention, Health Promotion and First-Year Student Education," received the second- highest level of support for a four-year college.

Robert Piluso (Foreign Languages, Emeritus) was made a Knight (Chevalier) in the Ordre des Palmes Académiques (Order of Academic Palms). This honor was bestowed in recognition of Piluso’s dedication to the promotion of French language, literature and culture during his teaching career and his leadership in the Alliance Française de Westchester and the Alliance Française de Greenwich, Conn.

Denis Fred Simon ’74 (Asian Studies/Political Science) was awarded China's 2006 Friendship Award. Simon is provost and chief academic officer of the Neil D. Levin Graduate Institute of International Relations and Commerce under the State University of New York. He and the other 48 recipients were invited to the celebration in Beijing of the 57th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. This included a meeting with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and a state banquet hosted by Premier Wen on the eve of the National Day on Oct. 1. The annual award, set up in 1991, is the highest honor the Chinese government confers on foreign experts working in and for China. Chinese Vice Premier Hui Liangyu presided over the awards ceremony, which was held in the Great Hall of the People in Tiananmen Square.


Russell Hilliard (Music Therapy) had an article, “Music Therapy in Pediatric Oncology: A Review of the Literature,” published in the Journal of the spring 2006 issue of Society for Integrative Oncology.

Hassan A. Kalhor (Electrical and Computer Engineering) and Mohammad R. Zunoubi (Electrical and Computer Engineering) published and presented a paper, "Theoretical and Experimental Analysis of Practical 3-D Periodic Leaky-Wave Slot Antennas" at the 2006 Mediterranean Microwave Symposium.

Presentations, Exhibitions

Laurence Carr (English/Creative Writing) will have his new short play, “Porch By Moonlight,” read along with other short dramatic and prose pieces at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14, at St. Andrew's Church in New Paltz. The event is produced by Mohonk Mountain Stage Company.

Donna Flayhan (Communication and Media) gave a presentation, “Toxic Synergy and Co-morbid Conditions: PTSD and Chemical Sensitivity – An Overview of the Scientific Literature on Solvent Induced Panic Attacks and Dose Sensitivity to Pharmaceuticals Amongst the Chemically Sensitive,” on Sept. 7, at Holliswood Hospital in Queens. The talk was based on her research on The Lower Manhattan Public Health Project.

Students in the News

Michael Brown ’06 (Sculpture) received honorable mention in the 2006 International Sculpture Center Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award. He will be recognized, along with the sculpture faculty, in the October issue of “Sculpture” magazine. Brown and Steven Rossi ’06g (Sculpture) were nominated to exhibit their work this summer in an exhibition of SUNY alumni at the Dorsky Gallery in Long Island.

The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art’s third Peekskill Project took place Sept. 16-17. Three sculpture students were selected to exhibit their site-specific work among the more than 100 artists. They are Daniel Bejar ’06g, Hyom Kamg ’06g and Donald Bruschi ’07g.

In Memoriam

Dr. Gerald Gorman, former College Council member and chair, died on Aug. 25, 2006. The cause of death was pneumonia, resulting from advanced Parkinson’s disease. The former Kingston physician and Ulster County legislator resided in Annapolis, Md., at the time of his death. Gorman was appointed to the College Council in 1975, and served as chair from 1978 to 1984. He was active in such groups as the Kingston City Democratic Society, the Ulster County Division of the Mid-Hudson Philharmonic and an Anne Arundel County Parkinson support group in Maryland. Survivors include his companion, five children and six grandchildren. Donations, in lieu of flowers, should be sent to the: Anne Arundel County Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association, PO Box 893, Severna Park, MD 21146.

October 9, 2006
Volume 4, Issue 19

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