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Awards, Honors, Appointments and Recognition

Michelle Combs (Student Development) and Robin Cohen-La Valle (Student Development) wrote and received a grant from the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. Along with 16 sister SUNY institutions and 24 private colleges, New Paltz received $3,000 to support spring 2007 collegiate alcohol prevention initiatives in on-campus media and in local bars. A total of $123,000 of the governor's office's $2 million budget is being awarded to the "Underage Drinking: Not a Minor Problem" publicity campaign for campus efforts.

Cornelis de Groot (Elementary Education) has been awarded a $83,338 grant from the New York State Education Department for his project, “New York State K-8 Mathematics Mentor Network.” The project provides staff development to experienced, novice and pre-service teachers of kindergarten through eighth grade mathematics. The program helps teachers analyze and address the results of the new math assessments in their classroom practices.

The Department of Theatre Arts’ November production of “Fefu and Her Friends,” by Maria Irene Fornes, has been recognized for outstanding artistic achievement in multiple categories by the American College Theatre Festival. The following Certificates of Merit have been issued to members of the cast and production team: Certificate of Merit for Company Collaboration (Cast and Production Team); Certificate of Merit for Scenic Design, Michael Heil (Theatre Arts, associate professor) and Michelle Ferrier ’07 (Theatre Arts); Certificate of Merit for Costume Design, Lauren Klamm ’07 (Theatre Arts); Certificate of Merit for Lighting Design, Carla Linton ’07
(Theatre Arts); Certificate of Merit for Technical Direction, Chris Noble (Theatre Arts); and Certificate of Merit for Sound Design, Blair Ferrier (Theatre Arts, visiting artist). Also, student performers Marianna McClellan ’07 (Theatre Arts: Performance) and Jessica Ritacco ’08 (Theatre Arts: Performance) were nominated to attend the Irene Ryan Acting Competition at the American College Theatre Festival Conference at New Paltz in January. The student designers will also compete in the regional festival.


Alice Andrews (Psychology) has had her novel, “Trine Erotic,” translated into Brazilian Portuguese. The book will be published in August 2007.

Laurence Carr (English/Creative Writing) has a new book of microfiction published by Codhill Press titled, "The Wytheport Tales."

Howard Good (Communication and Media) has a poem, "What's Left," in the anthology “Listening to the Water” and another poem, "A Few of My Favorite Things," in the December 2006 issue of “Lily.

Presentations, Exhibitions

L.H. Roper (History) gave a paper, “The Ambiguous Crucible
of Empire: Theater, Politics, and Colonization,” at the annual
meeting of the North American Conference on British Studies
on Nov. 19 in Cambridge, Mass.

Members of the Geography Department faculty presented papers at the 2006 Annual Conference of the Middle States Division of the Association of American Geographers at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., Oct. 13-14. John Sharp and James Ryo Kiyan ’07 presented "Geographic Variation of Truth Claims: Reporting on Iraq," which resulted from a collaborative research project funded by the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience program. Kiyan also participated in the regional Geography Bowl at the conference and qualified for competition in the National Geography Bowl, which will be
held in San Francisco in the spring. Larry McGlinn presented "Cancer Clusters: Comparing Approaches to a Contested Topic" at the conference, while Jo Margaret Mano and Linda Greenow presented "Mexico comes to Main Street: Mexican Immigration and Urban Revitalization in Poughkeepsie, New York." Also at the conference, Meghan Kirkpatrick ’06 won second prize in the student competition with her presentation and research paper, "Sam's Point Management Plan: Balancing Recreational Use and Sensitive Ecosystem Protection." The paper was based on her work completed during an internship with The Nature Conservancy in the spring.

December 4 , 2006
Volume 4, Issue 23

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