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Aileen Hanel (Language Immersion Institute) has been awarded a $225,000 grant by The Dyson Foundation for her project titled "Speaking Proficiency in English for Adults and Kids: An English Immersion Program for the Whole Family (SPEAK)."

Hon Ho (Biology) has been appointed as an editorial board member of the Research Journal of Botany. He also serves on an international advisory committee to oversee the World Phytophthora Collection at the University of California, Riverside. Ho also published two articles in the April and May 2007 issues of Acta Ecologica Sinica.

Karen Sumnick (Records and Registration) has been promoted to assistant registrar and Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS) encoder. She previously worked in the Admissions Office as a transfer articulation specialist. Sumnick is an alumna of New Paltz, having earned a bachelor of science in management in 1995 and a bachelor of science in accounting in 2006.


A number of Communication and Media faculty members presented papers at the New York State Communication Association Convention, held Oct. 19-20 in Kerhonkson. Donna Flayhan (Communication and Media) presented "Don't Panic, Don't Tell: Disasters and Public Health in Manhattan and New Orleans." Mary Kahl (Communication and Media) delivered a symposium paper on "Faulty Faculty Communication During Organizational Crises and Disasters." Robert Miller (Communication and Media) presented a paper, "Five Outdated Assumptions for Revision: Communicating with Today's Students." Bernadette Morris (Communication and Media) presented a paper, "Fostering an Environment of Compliance through Communication: Heeding the Academic Calendar."

Rachel Rigolino (English) and Joan Perisse (English) presented at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) annual conference in New York City on Nov. 18. Rigolino read a paper about One Book/One New Paltz. Perisse gave a presentation on activities that extend student-learning outside of class.

John Sharp (Geography) presented his research at the 30th Annual Applied Geography Conference, held Oct. 17-20. His paper, "Geographic Variation of Truth Claims: Reporting on Iraq," was co-authored with J. Ryo Kiyan '06 (Geography) as part of the SUNY New Paltz Summer Undergraduate Research Experience in 2006.


Kevin Caskey (Business) published an article, "Supporting SME e-Commerce Migration Through Blended E-Learning," in the December 2007 issue of the Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development. He co-wrote the article with Brian Subirana, associate professor in the Information Systems Department at the IESE Business School at the University of Narvarra in Barcelona, Spain. Caskey present his research at the Measuring Complexity in Mid-Range Products session at the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) conference in Seattle, Nov. 4-7.

Thomas Festa (English) published "'All in All': The Book of Common Prayer and Hamlet," in the September 2007 issue of the of the Oxford journal "Notes and Queries."

Howard Good (Communication and Media) published a book, "Journalism Ethics Goes to the Movies." He edited the collection written by international scholars and contributed a chapter titled "Journalism and the Victims of War" about the movie "Welcome to Sarajevo." He also published his third chapbook of poetry, "Strangers and Angels."

Joan Hollister (Business) and Sally Schultz (Business) published an article, "The Elting and Hasbrouck Store Accounts: A Window Into Eighteenth-Century Commerce," in the November 2007 issue of Accounting History.

Tad Richards has poems in "The Weather Channel", "Home Planet News," and "The Blue Hula" in the online Munyori Poetry Journal, which can be viewed at


Twenty members of the School of Business's chapter of the American Marketing Association and faculty advisor Ted Clark (Business) attended the 51st annual Advertising Career Conference hosted by the Advertising Women of New York (AWNY) at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City on Nov. 13.

Thomas Schramm '09 (Geology) presented a poster at the Geological Society of America meeting held last week in Denver, Colo. Schramm was awarded second place for the presentation of his work in a contest run by the Paleontological Society. With nearly 100 students presenting, ranging from the undergraduate to Ph.D. level, Schramm stands out as the only undergraduate to receive a commendation. The research was done in collaboration with Alex Bartholomew (Geology).