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Pulsing with activity
Please note, News Pulse has collected many items of interest throughout the winter months which will be appearing in the newsletter throughout the spring, as well as new items received by the office of Public Affairs. Your patience is appreciated as we try to include all contributions as expediently as possible.

Speaking of Academic Freedom...
A faculty-student committee, working for the past few months, has put together an excellent conference titled, A Conversation on Academic Freedom. The April 30-May 1 event will be moderated by CUNY Graduate Center English Professor Louis Menand and will include presentations by a distinguished group of panelists.

The three panelists will be Nadine Strossen, a professor at New York Law School and president of the American Civil Liberties Union; Herbert London, a professor at New York University and former conservative party candidate for governor; and Carole Vance, director of the Medical Anthropology and Study of Sexuality, Gender, Health and Human Rights Programs at Columbia University. These guests have been selected for the panel due to their knowledge on the subjects of academic freedom and free speech as evidenced in their published articles on the subject. This session, open to the public, begins at 7 p.m. in LC 100 and will be followed by Q&A. On May 1, student-only discussion groups will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and faculty and professional staff-only discussion groups from 2 to 4 p.m. (Locations TBA)

Surpassing the goal
Thanks to the generosity of SUNY and CAS employees and the coordination efforts of Marda Reid (Advancement), Dale Sutton (Physical Plant - Grounds), and Pat Pole (Hudson Valley Study Center and ID-PLUS); contributions to numerous local, national and international agencies have exceeded the State Employees Federated Appeal (SEFA) campaign's goal for SUNY New Paltz of $10,000. Since many human care programs and agencies such as the Senior Homebound Meals Program, the Salvation Army, the American Red Cross, and Girl and Boy Scouts have endured cuts in funding in recent years, the donations were appreciated more than ever. To those who participated, congratulations on making a difference.

Campus-wide campus pride
Campus beautification was on the mind of Peter T.G. Brown (Foreign Languages) at a February faculty meeting when he asked for suggestions from other faculty members for improving the interior of the Humanities building. Coordinator of the President's Task Force on Humanizing Humanities, Brown hopes many will contribute ideas for the project by stopping by his office in JFT 414 or calling him at X3492. Let the success of the efforts of Brown and those who joined him in lobbying for the improvements to the "Bottom of the Tower" inspire your participation in this campus-wide strategic planning effort, the results of which will continue to foster the campus pride that is so essential to faculty, staff and students of SUNY New Paltz.

Jane Fonda, Richard Simmons coming to SUNY
The Workplace With Heart Committee is forming an audio/video library and will be highly appreciative of any donations of health and/or fitness audio or video tapes that you may wish to contribute. You will have your choice of a Workplace With Heart mug or T-shirt in exchange for your donations, so get your buns of steel over to Elting Gym ASAP and leave them with Alan Dunefsky in Room 200B.


Awards, Honors, and Recognition

Laurence Hauptman (History), a plaque and special recognition from Michael W. Schindler, president of the Seneca Nation of Indians, on behalf of the Seneca People, for his research and testimony before the House Subcommittee on Interior and Insular Affairs. The plaque reads, "We thank you for your spirit. We entrusted you to testify and reveal the truth on behalf of the Seneca people. We relied upon your dedication and commitment to the Seneca people. For this, we shall be eternally grateful."

Rose Rudnitski (Elementary Education) has been elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the Advocacy for Gifted and Talented Education in New York State, Inc.

Patricia Sullivan (Communication and Media), a book award for From the Margins to the Center: Contemporary Women and Political Communication, from the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language and Gender, presented at their annual conference at Loyola University.

Mark Wiljanen (Geography), named to the Board of Directors of the Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands.


Publications: Papers, Articles, and Essays

Sue Books (Educational Studies), an article, "The Other Poor: Rural Poverty and Education," in Educational Foundations.

Phyllis R. Freeman (Psychology) with Julian Keenan (former T.A.), an article, "The effects of family history, sobriety length, and drinking history in younger alcoholics on P300 auditory evoked potentials," in Alcohol and Alcoholism.

Julio J. González (Electrical Engineering) and Glenn Widmann, a conference paper, "A New Model for Nonlinear Friction Compensation in the Force Control of Robot Manipulators," published in the Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Control Applications, Hartford, CT, and presented at the conference by González.

Ronald G. Knapp (Geography), a paper, in Chinese, with the translated title, "Geographical Approaches to the Study of Folk Architecture," at the Eighth National Conference on Chinese Vernacular Architecture. An English translation appeared in the Proceedings of the First International Folk/Ethnic Architecture Conference, Beijing, 1997.

Gary Patterson (Business Administration), co-author with Hung-Gay Fung and Robert C. Witt, a paper, "Underwriting Cycles in Property and Liability Insurance: An Empirical Analysis of Industry and By-Line Data," in the Journal of Risk and Insurance.

Kristen Rauch (Art), two articles, "The Outdoor Classroom: A Professional Development Residency," co-authored with Carl Lashley (Educational Administration), in Impact on Instructional Improvement; and "Paintbrushes and Pens: The World of Literate Seeing," co- authored with Lorraine Almond (graduate student in Art Education), in Voices from the Middle.



Terry Adkins (Art), an exhibition of new sculpture, Guarded Table: Visionary Recital Sculpture Project at Watermark/Cargo Gallery, Kingston.

Karin Andriolo (Anthropology), a paper, "Habitat for Cooperative Thinking," at the annual meeting of the national Collegiate Honors Council, in Atlanta, GA.

Olive Ayhens (Art), work included in Aerial Perspectives: Reality, Imagination and Abstraction, at DC Moore Gallery (NYC) and singled out for positive comment by The New York Times critic Roberta Smith.

Jamie Bennett, Steve Bradford, Myra Mimlitsch Gray and Mary Roehm (all Art), an exhibition at the 1997 Sculpture Objects Functional Art in Chicago at Navy Pier.

Jaimee Uhlenbrock (Art History), a lecture, "Deconstructing Demeter: The Case of the Malophoros Sanctuary at Selinus," at Lincoln College, Oxford University as part of the College's weekly 1997 Archaeology Lecture Series.

Mark Wiljanen (Geography), a paper, "Regional Labor Force Characteristics and Recent Shifts in the Location of Industry," at the joint meeting of the Middle States Division, Association of American Geographers and the Canadian Association of Geographers, Ontario Division, at Buffalo State College.

A.J. Williams-Myers (Black Studies), a reading and book signing of Long Hammering at Barnes & Noble in Nanuet; a panel discussion, "The Inhumanity of the Death Penalty," at the University Center at Drew University, Madison, NJ.


Alumni in the news

Robert Hechler (MFA/Photography, 1990), one-person show of photographs at Cortland Jessup Gallery, Provincetown, MA.

Judith Hoyt (BFA/Printmaking, 1983), selected one of six new talents for the Sculpture Objects Functional Art Exposition at Chicago's Navy Pier.

Marcia Tinker White (BFA/Photography, 1988), was a resident-artist at the Phoenix (AZ) Center for Community Arts. It resulted in a show at the Visual Arts Center.


Students in the news

Keith Kenney, a junior and business major from Middletown, has been named to the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) men's all-SUNYAC basketball team for his outstanding seasonal average of 23 points per game.

Chris Wentzell, a senior and education major from Pine Bush, swam the 100-meter backstroke in 52.91 seconds in the SUNYAC meet at Erie Community College in Buffalo, qualifying him to compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III meet in St. Louis last month. He was the first swimmer to represent the Hawks at the nationals since 1994.

Ming-Dye Yang, completing his MFA in Sculpture this May, recently participated in a group show of 12 printmakers that began at the Atelier Circulaire, Montreal, and travelled throughout Canada. Also, he received a cash award for work that was included in the Second Egyptian International Print Triennial 1997 at the National Centre of Fine Arts and Museums in Giza.


Don't Forget!

April 6: Faculty are encouraged to take their classes to the national Campus Dialogue on Race, for the viewing of the video, Shattering the Silences: The Case for Minority Faculty to be shown at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m., and 5 p.m. in LC 100.

April 7: Faculty, professional staff and management confidential personnel are invited to attend the WITH ALL DUE RESPECT: Creating Safe and Inclusive Classroom Environments workshop which will emphasize cultural diversity in the classroom environment. Mandatory preregistration (Human Resources X3165) for the two-hour long workshop which will be held in the College Terrace can be done prior to its 3:30 p.m. startup. The first 50 faculty/professionals to register and attend will receive a $50 stipend from the Academic Task Force on Cultural Diversity.

April 14: Decorated career officer Col. Margarethe Cammermeyer will be giving a slide presentation and lecture at 9 p.m. in LC 100 regarding her experiences as a challenger of the military's anti-gay policy and her subsequent victory in the name of equal rights.


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