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ISSUE DATE: Monday, April 20, 1998


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A welcome guest
The guest speaker and recipient of the Honorary Doctorate of Letters at this year's Commencement ceremony will be historian, writer and educator Nell Irvin Painter. Currently Edwards Professor of American History and Director of the Program in African-American Studies at Princeton University, Painter studied at the University of California, Berkeley; the University of Bordeaux, France; the University of Ghana, West Africa; and earned her doctorate in American history from Harvard University. She is the author of four books and numerous articles and reviews, mainly about southerners such as Hosea Hudson, Gertrude Thomas and Wilbur Cash.

Painter has visited the campus twice before, lecturing on Sojourner Truth, at the invitation of Women's Studies in 1991, and the Hudson Valley Study Center in 1996, just after the publication of her scholarly biography titled "Sojourner Truth, A Life, A Symbol." Since the 1997-98 academic year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Sojourner Truth and the 25th anniversary of the naming of our library in honor of this abolitionist and woman's suffrage advocate, it seems appropriate to close it with a word from her biographer. Painter will deliver her address at ceremonies planned for Sunday, May 17 at 11a.m.

Loop de loop
The road that leads from east to west on the south side of campus, formerly known as "The Loop," is now formally known as "Southside Loop." The Institutional Image Group, under the direction of Mary Kastner (Publications), has established names for previously unnamed passageways on campus and is currently pursuing the design of street signs bearing those names. Campus maps, appearing in all publications printed after April 10, will reflect the following additions/changes: Huguenot Court, Pond Road, Sojourner Way, The Courtyard, Excelsior Concourse, Haggerty Plaza, Student Union Plaza, Mohonk Ave. East, and Southside Loop. Nearby village roads have also been included to facilitate campus directions, such as Tricor Ave., Fairview Ave., and Mohonk Ave.

Additionally, new maps indicate the locations of College Theatre (which houses McKenna Theatre), Shepard Recital Hall, Studley Theatre, the Dorsky Museum, the Honors Center, Resnick Engineering Hall, Hopfer Admissions and Alumni Center, International Studies Center and Southside House. Map orders placed with the Print Shop will be filled using the revised map.

Scientific notions
Approximately 30 junior and middle schools will participate in the New York State Class B Science Olympiad to be held here at SUNY on May 2. Hosting students, coaches, teachers, chaperones and spectators, totaling numbers greater than 1000, New Paltz has the opportunity to both encourage the creative study of science and math among young people, and display its charm to approximately 500 potential students of the new millennium. With 21 events featuring tools of science such as eggs, bugs and bottle rockets, we should have no problem entertaining adolescents and adults alike, so be sure not to miss out on any of the fun. Owen Hill (Dean, Engineering) is coordinating the program on the campus for the state organization.


Awards, Honors, and Recognition

Lee Ann Bell (Educational Studies) has been appointed to a three-year term as a member of the Committee on the Role and Status of Women, a standing committee of the American Educational Research Association.


Publications: Papers, Articles, and Essays

Jonathan Raskin (Psychology), a play, "Recollections," published in Constructivism in the Human Sciences. Also, a book review, "Muddles, myths, and medicine revisited," a commentary on Cruel compassion: Psychiatric control of society's unwanted in the Journal of Constructivist Psychology.

John VanderLippe (History), three articles, "The ‘Terrible Turk:' the Formulation and Perpetuation of a Stereotype in American Foreign Policy," in New Perspectives on Turkey; "The Other Lausanne Treaty: The Official and Public Debate on Turkish-American Relations," in Turkish International Affairs Yearbook; and "The Middle East in World War II," in Loyd Lee (Ed.) Handbook of the Literature and Research of World War II.



Maryalice Citera (Psychology) chaired a symposium, "The social implications of computer-mediated communication for teamwork and bargaining," and presented a paper, "Self-awareness in computer-mediated communication," at the 13th Annual Conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology in Dallas, TX.

Michael Gayle (Psychology) presented two papers with psychology graduate students at the 69th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, "The effect of need for closure on persuasion," with Michael Ogden and "The influence of prior information on implicit memory," with Lou Vouitisis.

Nancy Stanich (Art/formerly Health and Physical Education) exhibited photography and serigraphy at "The National Association of Women Artists Regional Exhibit," a celebration of Women's History Month, at the Unison Gallery, New Paltz.


Alumni in the news

Julian Keenan (Psychology/Class of '91, Class of '94) recently defended his doctoral dissertation in neuropsychology at SUNY Albany and became Dr. Julian Keenan. Phyllis Freeman (Psychology) was an external examiner. At present, Dr. Keenan has a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical Center, Beth Israel Hospital in Boston.


Students in the news

Anthony Pioli, a computer science student from Boiceville, presented a poster of his master's thesis, "Conditional Pointer Aliasing and Constant Propagation," at the Mid-Atlantic Student Workshop on Programming Languages and Systems (MASPLAS '98) at Rutgers University. Pioli's thesis work is supported by IBM's Thomas J. Watson Research Center and the National Science Foundation, through Michael Hind's (Computer Science) New Paltz Interprocedural Compiler Project.


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