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ISSUE DATE: Monday, May 11, 1998


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International acclaim
The Language Immersion Institute received a 1998 Hudson Valley Award for Achievement in International Trade at the Third Annual International Trade Dinner held at Stewart Airport last week. Sponsored by a consortium of Hudson Valley Chambers of Commerce and other groups, the banquet honored companies and individuals who have established a regional presence which benefits local economy and emphasizes the Hudson Valley as a principal area for today's global marketplace. The Institute has been selected for its excellence as a service provider in foreign language instruction.

On the rise With 11.8 percent of our undergraduates studying abroad in nine different countries during the 1996-97 academic year, we became one of only three SUNY campuses (with Geneseo and Binghamton) to have attained the New York State Task Force on Study Abroad goal of enrolling 10 percent of undergraduates overseas. This year, that figure has increased by 14 percent, setting a New Paltz all-time record of 311 undergraduates enrolled in Overseas Academic Programs (OAP). Nationally, we are ranked in the top 200 institutions that report study abroad activity.

It takes a village
Thanks to a 1997 AmeriCorps Education Awards grant which enabled the creation of the New Paltz AmeriCorps Program, the shared dream of the College and Village of "Building a Better New Paltz" for our youth is becoming a reality. The tutoring program, which takes place at the middle school, is only one aspect of this program designed to enrich the lives of the community's children. Its results are elevated grades and self-esteem of middle school students and educational funding and service-learning for the SUNY New Paltz students who tutor them. It was praised by a parent in a recent letter to the editor of The Huguenot Herald, who stated, " I can't express enough thanks for the after-school tutoring program. My child looks forward to the encouragement, help and satisfaction gained from getting tutored in this program."

Presently, 47 New Paltz students enrolled in AmeriCorps are providing this and other valuable free services to regional youth. Other AmeriCorps sites include the New Paltz Youth Center, the Children's Center, the High School Equivalency Program and the Migrant Education Outreach Program.

The Donald Bishko Memorial Award
The Athletic Department has established the Donald Bishko Memorial Award to be presented annually to the male and female student athlete with the highest G.P.A. each semester. The recipients selected for their academic proficiency in the spring '97 semester are Sarah Mercado (Sophomore/Basketball/3.93, Education) and Jonathan Frederic (Senior/Tennis/3.92, Communications). In the event of a tie, such as occurred in the fall '97 semester, additional awards will be given. Congratulations to Emily Kauffman (Class of '97/Swimming and Diving/4.0, Education), Toby Meadows (Class of '97/Soccer/4.0, History), Chris McCarthy (Sophomore/Cross-Country/4.0, Art), Greg Mikesh (Class of '97/Baseball/4.0, Education), and Lori Clark (Senior/Tennis/4.0, Education).

Publications: Papers, Articles, and Essays

Eugene Heath (Philosophy), an essay, "Mandeville's Bewitching Engine of Praise," in the April issue of History of Philosophy Quarterly, and a book review of Michael Oakeshott's posthumously published The Politics of Faith and the Politics of Scepticism, in the winter edition of The Independent Review.

Ide Katims (Nursing), a book chapter, "Values and Ethics in Nursing Practice," in The Foundations of Nursing Practice. Also, a conference paper, "Moral Basis of Filial Duty to Care for Frail Parents: Cross Cultural Perspectives," published in the Proceedings of the Fourth International and Interdisciplinary Health Research Symposium, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, and presented at the symposium.

Ronald G. Knapp (Geography) served as guest editor of the spring thematic issue, "Teaching the Geography of Asia," of Education About Asia, a publication of the Association for Asian Studies.

Mark Wiljanen (Geography), an article, "Regional Labor Force Characteristics and Recent Shifts in the Location of Industry," in the Middle States Geographer, Journal of the Middle States Division, Association of American Geographers.



John Barker (Art), photographs on display through July 5 in the 1998 Ruttenberg Foundation Awards Exhibition at the Friends of Photography in San Francisco.

Jamie Bennett (Art) will be exhibiting his work at the National Museum of Scotland, in Edinburgh, in June.

Francois Deschamps, Ann Lovett and Clifton Meador (all Art), work on display through May 31 in a group show, "Cover to Cover," at the Rice Gallery at the Albany Institute of Art and History.

Wilma Feliciano (Foreign Languages) participated in Encuentro femenino, an invitational scholarly meeting sponsored by SUNY Albany (SUNYA) at the Universidad Interamericana in San Germán, Puerto Rico. The Encuentro is the concluding activity of Albany's Internationalizing Women's Studies: Cross Cultural Approaches to Gender Research and Teaching, a three year project funded by the Ford Foundation. Also, she presented her syllabus, "Latin American and Latina Women Dramatists," developed as a result of her participation in the 1997 conference, "Gender Research in Global Perspective," at SUNYA.

Jo Margaret Mano (Geography) served as the moderator for the state finals of the National Geographic Society's National Geography Bee in Albany.

Alumni in the news

Yumi Roth (MFA/Metals, 1998) received a commission for a wall piece by the Mary Kay Cosmetics firm. The piece will be exhibited with other commissioned works at the Puck Building in New York City.

Geoffrey Detrani (MFA/Painting, 1996), Darin Seim (BFA/Painting, 1995) and Tracy Spadafora (MFA/Painting, 1995), work included in a show, "The Group," at Lorraine Kessler Gallery in Poughkeepsie through May 15.

Students in the news

Gina Marotta (Senior/Sports Medicine/Softball) ranked nationally in two categories in the latest release of the NCAA Division III Softball Statistical Leaders. Now, in addition to leading the Hawks in batting average (.519); at bats (77); runs (29); hits (40); doubles (12); home runs (four); total bases (76); slugging percentage (.987); stolen bases (six); on-base percentage (.526) and least strikeouts (one), Marotta leads the nation in triples per game (0.60) and is second nationally in runs batted in per game (2.10).

Ethel Wesdorp (Junior/Women's Studies), a transfer student from Ulster County Community College, has received two scholarships from that institution: The Fredenberg Scholarship and the Organization of Professional Administrative Personnel Scholarship.


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