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ISSUE DATE: Monday, April 27, 1998


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Corporate consultants
President Roger Bowen has formed an Industry Advisory Board for the College, to ensure that the people of New York State, and the Hudson Valley in particular, benefit from the information, technology and innovation resources of the SUNY system. A symbiotic relationship between the College and regional businesses offers an opportunity for New Paltz to benefit from the valuable expertise of local industry leaders while identifying ways to use its resources to support economic growth as effectively and efficiently as possible. Seventeen founding members representing local companies held an organizational meeting last month and will meet as a board twice each academic year to review SUNY New Paltz programs and participate in executive development and enrichment programs. This project is being coordinated by Hadi Salavitabar (Business Administration).

Words are cheap
Woody Allen, Albert Camus, Arthur Conan Doyle, Sigmund Freud, Maya Angelou, Bob Vila... Whoever keeps you up into the wee hours, bespectacled and captivated, you may find his or her masterpieces on sale at the library for $.50 or $1 over the next few weeks. A part-time geography student, Kevin McGovern of LaGrange, has donated 16,000 books to the library, 8,000 of which have already been sold to a paperback dealer, generating more than $1,300 for the Friends of the Library. The remaining hardcover books have been grouped for sale according to topic, from art to women's studies, and can be purchased during regular library hours through May 15, or as long as supplies last. To determine the subject matter of current sales, contact Barbara Petruzzelli (Library) at x3677.

A good sign
Forty-six feet long and four feet high, a sign welcoming guests approaching campus from the north side will be placed on the hill adjacent to the Old Main circle in time for commencement ceremonies. It will be similar in style to the stone wall sign at the College's main entrance on Route 32S, and feature the same temporary (no pun intended) wooden letters. Permanent aluminum letters designed to match the print type of the College logo will be placed on both signs shortly thereafter.

Adios y buena suerte
Members of the departments of Elementary Education, Secondary Education and Educational Administration and Supervision will begin teaching courses at the Universidad de Especialidas Espiritu Santo in Ecuador next month. Specialization in Administration of Bilingual Programs and Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) courses will be taught as part of a master's degree in education sciences program, the first graduate degree program ever offered by an Ecuadorian University. It has been developed in conjunction with SUNY New Paltz to provide Ecuador's future educators with the professional tools necessary to create successful programs for bilingual schools in that country.

Progress report
Raymond Schwarz (Student Affairs) added his testimony to those of associate vice chancellor for university life, William J. Murabito, and president for student affairs at SUNY Brockport, Ryan Nobles, at the New York State Assembly Hearing on Student Alcohol and Drug Use that took place at SUNY College at Old Westbury last month. Recognizing that prevention programs should involve not just increasing students' knowledge and awareness, but decreasing students' misperceptions regarding the alcohol consumption of their peers, New Paltz has been successful in actually reducing student binge drinking, as well as public misconduct and personal problems related to alcohol abuse. According to Schwarz, this type of social marketing/positive norming campaign is one of the primary reasons our prevention program has been recognized as one of the best in the country by both the US Department of Education and the US Department of Health and Human Services.

A midspring afternoon's dream
Sunday, May 3, is a day to frolic in the forest. One of the last remaining examples of the ecosystem which once covered most of the Hudson Valley will be the setting for a "Celebration of Children, Community & The Forest," a festival featuring hiking, biking, crafts and activities, performances by the SUNY New Paltz Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Vocal Ensemble, and a talk on birds of prey given by Heinz Meng (Biology). The Black Rock Consortium, a unique alliance of 19 academic institutions, including New Paltz, is sponsoring the event, to be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine, at Black Rock Forest. The location is a 3,785 acre preserve in Cornwall used by consortium members for field-based education, training, research and conservation. Admission is free; donations will be accepted. For additional information, please call (845) 534-4517.

Hard proof
Statistics reported by the Application Processing Center in Albany have confirmed what we have always suspected about New Paltz: it's the best. An education at this institution is a coveted thing. For the seventh consecutive year, our Office of Admissions has received the most undergraduate applications of any SUNY university college. All members of the campus community deserve a note of congratulations for their contribution to the continued success of this college.

A few good men
The board of trustees of The College at New Paltz Foundation, Inc. welcomes the following recent appointees:

Donald J. Stewart of East Patchogue is president and chief executive officer of the National Executive Service Corps (NESC), a nonprofit management consulting firm dedicated to strengthening the management of nonprofit organizations, schools and government agencies. He also holds various positions with numerous other coalitions and committees, including chairperson of the Parents Council at SUNY New Paltz where his son, Ian, is a sophomore and theatre arts major.

John F. Vorisek of Pound Ridge is the owner of Sound Enterprises in NYC and the creator of Trans/Audio, Inc., the technical facility responsible for the sound production of such movies as "Serpico," "Kramer vs. Kramer," and "The Untouchables." A longtime advocate for SUNY New Paltz, Vorisek served on the College Council from 1969 through 1997, and was recognized by the Council for his commitment to the College's growth and development as a high-quality educational institution.

Edwin Bell of New Paltz is a photographer, poet, retired administrator, and the man whose astuteness while on a 1994 visit to the White House brought about the addition of African American art to its walls. Positions held by Bell while at New Paltz include: assistant professor of physical education, director of EOP, director of the Minority Recruitment Program, and several positions in Admissions, the last of which was associate dean. In 1987, after 20 years with the College, he resigned to become vice chancellor of student affairs at SUNY system administration, a position he held until 1994.

Let it be known
The President's Office (x3288) wishes to know of any faculty or staff who will be awarded (or whose spouses or children will be awarded) undergraduate or graduate degrees during the May 17 commencement ceremony.

Awards, Honors, and Recognition

Elisa Davila (Foreign Languages) was the subject of a feature story on cultural pride, by Nancy Gavilanes, in a recent issue of Saludos Hispanos. An illustration of Davila by Dan Lacey accompanied the story.

Jo Margaret Mano (Geography) received a New York State archival grant, made under the Larry J. Hackman Research Residency Program, to finance historical research of the New York Surveyor General's Office: 1784 - 1834 (Surveyor General Simeon DeWitt).


Publications: Papers, Articles, and Essays

Karin Andriolo (Anthropology), an article, "Gender and the Cultural Construction of Good and Bad Suicides," in a special publication of Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior.

Ronald G. Knapp (Geography), three primary encyclopedia entries, "China, North"; "China, South"; and "Geographical Approaches," and three secondary entries, "Jiangxi"; "Zhejiang"; and "Shadong," in Paul Oliver (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World. A revised version of "Geographical Approaches" appeared in Proceedings of the First International Folk/Ethnic Architecture Conference.

Gary Patterson (Business Administration), a paper, "Volatility Linkage Among Currency Futures Markets During Trading and Non-trading Periods," and a discussion of a paper, "A Direct Comparison of Economic and Accounting Measures of Interest Rate Risk," at the Southern Finance Association Conference.

June Trop Zuckerman (Secondary Education), two articles, "Representations of an Osmosis Problem," in The American Biology Teacher and "Science Supervisors' Stories: A Way to Communicate Pedagogical Values," in Science Educator.



Terry Adkins (Art), a show, "Terry Adkins: Distant Mirrors," at the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton. "... it is primarily on issues of sculptural form and constructive process that his works' effectiveness rests," said The New York Times, March 15, praising Adkins' minimalist-style sculptures. A catalog was produced for the show as well.

Gerald Benjamin (Liberal Arts and Sciences), a presentation on New York State Government, to CUNY and SUNY student leaders of Hispanic origin, as part of a statewide program sponsored by Hispanic members of the New York State legislature.

Jamie Bennett (Art), a show, "Jurjani Series - The Language of Ornamentation," at the Susan Cummins Gallery in Mill Valley, CA. Also, work included in "Masters of American Enamel," at Ann Steel Gallery of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and on display at the Danish Museum of Art in Copenhagen in a show titled "American Craft: Selection from the Permanent Collection of the American Craft Museum." Additionally, Bennett was a keynote speaker at the National Enamel Conference.

Eugene Heath (Philosophy), a paper, "The 'rising of the wild duck': Cautionary Reflections on Computer-Mediated Education," at a symposium sponsored by the Pacific Meeting of the American Philosophical Association Committee on Philosophy and Computing.

Kathy Kraus (Continuing and Professional Education), a paper, "Faculty and Administrator Responses to Distance Education: THE EASTNET Initiative," at the regional meeting of the Association of Continuing Higher Education and the Continuing Education Association of New York, held at West Point.

Kristen Rauch (Art), two workshops, "The Art & Science of Hot Air Balloons" and "OPUS 40: An Interdisciplinary Outdoor Experience," at the New York State Outdoor Education Conference, Leeds. Also, two workshops, "Bookmaking: Portraying Ourselves, Inside & Out" and "Higher Education Round Table," at the New York State Art Teachers Association Conference.

George A. Schnell (Geography), two papers, "Physiography and Cultural Landscape: A Study of Carbon County, PA," at the Pennsylvania Academy of Sciences meetings in Malvern and "Population Growth, Decline and Distribution in Pennsylvania's Anthracite Region, 1880 - 1990," at the annual meeting of The Pennsylvania Academy of Science in Monroeville.

Mark Wiljanen (Geography), a paper, "The Predictive Performance of Regression Models of Regional Industrial Employment," at the 94th Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, held last month in Boston.


Alumni in the news

Daniel J. Prager (BS/Electrical Engineering, 1996), currently a systems engineer at the Developments Division of Hi-Tech Systems Services in Poughkeepsie, a paper, "New Equations for Biasing the BJT-CE Amplifier," as part of a senior design project with Julio J. Gonzales (Electrical Engineering). The paper was published in IEEE Transactions on Education, the most prestigious journal on engineering education, and presented by Prager and Gonzales at the Workshop on Academic Electronics in New York State, sponsored by the Rome Laboratory, at the Embassy Suite Hotel in Syracuse.


Students in the news

Erin Conklin, a junior and Elementary Education major from Suffern, pitched the first no-hitter in New Paltz softball history, the first game of a double-header against Russell Sage College on April 14. Conklin struck out nine, walked four and scored four runs (a 7-0 Hawk victory), then fanned four, walked three and earned two runs (a 7-4 Hawk victory) before unlacing her cleats that afternoon. Batter, batter, batter, swinggg....

Lori Clark (Senior/Elementary Education/Tennis) and Christine Monti (Junior/Art Education/Cross Country) were among 117 student-athletes named to the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Commissioner's List for excelling academically, as well as athletically, this past fall semester. Each maintained a cumulative average of 3.9 or better.

Keith Kenney and Jasmine Sanchez, both juniors, business majors and basketball players, made 1st Team All- Conference and Honorable Mention All-Conference, respectively, for their skill on the basketball court last fall.


Don't Forget!

A Conversation on Academic Freedom
The panel discussion, followed by Q & A, begins at 7 p.m. on April 30 in LC 100. Student discussion groups and Faculty discussion groups should assemble at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. respectively, on May 1 in LC 100.

In Memoriam
C. Thomas Barr, Professor Emeritus of Music, died April 13 in Kingston. He came to New Paltz in 1964 as chair of the Music Department, retired in 1988, and continued teaching as an adjunct professor. Barr studied music education at Miami University in Ohio and the University of Michigan before earning his doctorate from Columbia University in 1956.

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