News Pulse


What's New

Publications: Papers, Articles, and Essays


Alumni in the News


In Memoriam

Submit Items

Past Issues


What's New?


Straight up
This spring, the Office of the Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Office of Admissions co-hosted a reception for students of the Bachelor of Arts/Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (BA/DO) Program with the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYCOM). This seven-year medical program, the first of its kind among SUNY schools, was established at New Paltz in 1995. Its participants spend three years studying here and the subsequent four at NYCOM. Thanks to the BA/DO program and its student advisor, David Strauss (Chemistry), 27 New Paltz scholars are currently in various stages of realization of the shared dream of becoming doctors. This fall, three are headed for NYCOM, four will begin a third year at New Paltz, nine will begin a second, and the 11 high school grads who passed the rigorous selection process by New Paltz and NYCOM (350 applied) will enter the College as freshmen. A high school average of 90 or better and a minimum SAT score of 1250 is required of all program applicants. While at New Paltz, students must maintain a GPA of 3.27, both overall and in premed math and science classes.

Outback in 17 days
The Center for International Programs and the School of Education, in conjunction with the University of New England in Armidale, New South Wales, hopes groups of students and teachers from New Paltz interested in learning about the natural environment of Australia will soon be doing just that on a yearly basis. A 17-day pilot excursion to Northern and Central Australia is currently underway, and if it proves successful, new groups will explore the outback every year. This year's crew, lead by Richard Reif (Education/Secondary Education) will join students and teachers from Australia and other parts of the world on an Australian Eco Tour which focuses on biodiversity, examined through the study of plants, birds, reptiles, marsupials and termites; the geological features of land forms; and the Aboriginal peoples' relationship with the land, often revealed through artwork. In addition to lectures by National Park rangers and Aboriginal tribe leaders, highlights of the tour include visits to: The Riversleigh Fossils, which includes impressions of carnivorous bats of the Pleistocene Era and the gigantic marsupial of the Pleistocene Era known as Diprotodon; Nourlangie Rock, Aboriginal artwork reflecting 20,000 years of continuous occupation and environmental change; Manngarre Monsoon Rainforest; the glorious red-glowing 65 meter high sheer cliffs of Standley Chasm; and Katherine Gorge, a 13 gorge system, home to 58 species of reptiles and amphibians, 168 species of birds, numerous fish and flora, and Johnstone River crocodiles (swimming permitted)!

Martin Puryear visits
Fine and Performing Arts' contributions to the cultural experience of campus life do not go unnoticed. Among spring semester productions which included an annual Choral Festival involving regional high school choirs and guest conductor Patricia Fleitas, BFA and MFA group exhibitions, and a Student Dance Concert, a lecture by internationally-renowned sculptor and MacArthur Fellow Martin Puryear provided yet another opportunity for enhanced education here at SUNY. This lecture was part of the Art Lecture Series, organized by the Student Art Alliance.

From Sierra Leone, West Africa where he studied with local carpenters and cabinetmakers while on a Peace Corps assignment, to Yale in the late 1960s where minimalism grew rampantly, Puryear cultivated his own brand of sculpture which challenges traditional distinctions between art and craft. Potently allegorical and possessing both a minimal aesthetic and elegant craftsmanship, his sculptures reflect western, Asian, African, natural and architectural sources. A major retrospective of his work opened at The Art Institute of Chicago in 1991, traveling then to the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C., the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and finally to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. An urban garden, produced in collaboration with landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh, at the New School for Social Research in New York City, is his most recent project.


Publications: Papers, Articles, and Essays

Howard Good (Communication and Media), a book, Girl Reporter: Gender, Journalism, and the Movies (Scarecrow Press). Also published were various essays in Education Week, Quill, Teacher's Magazine and the American School Board Journal; and a poem, "Ancestors," published in Midstream.



Andy Biegel and Nancy Dubetz (Elementary Education) presented the School of Education's five-year, dual certificate, Elementary Education/Special Education Inclusion Program, which provides instruction for teachers of integrated or mainstreamed classrooms, at a combined conference of the New York Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and the New York State Association of Teacher Educators, which took place in Albany.

President Roger Bowen, a presentation and discussion with speakers from private and public institutions at a conference titled "The College and University in the Information Age: A Town Meeting for Administrators." This annual meeting of the American Association of University Administrators took place in Buffalo in June.

Richard Halpern (Math and Computer Science) and Stacie Nunes (Engineering) gave presentations as participants of a panel titled "Developing a Winning NSF Grant with Faculty Involvement," at the Council for Research Development Region II Conference at West Point.

Michael Hind (Math and Computer Science) presented "Assessing the Effects of Flow-Sensitivity on Pointer Alias Analyses" at Rutgers University.

Chui-chun Lee, Barbara Petruzzelli and Wilma Schmidt (Library), a panel presentation, "The Learning Library: Curriculum Integration, Courses & Collaboration," at the 7th Annual SUNY FACT Conference on Instructional Technologies held at SUNY Cortland.

Robert Michael (Education) participated on a panel as a member of the Teacher Center/Higher Education Statewide Advisory Committee which presented, "On-Going Professional Development for Practicing Teachers: Collaborative Efforts Between Teacher Centers and Institutions of Higher Education," at a combined conference of the New York Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and the New York State Association of Teacher Educators.

Rose Rudnitski (Elementary Education) presented the opening keynote at the 7th National Conference of the Australian Association for the Education of the Gifted and Talented (AAEGT), which was held in Hobart, Tasmania. The speech was titled "Reaching a Higher Standard: Caring and Altruism in Curriculum for the Gifted."


Alumni in the news

Jonathan Tuscanes (BA/Geography, May '98) co-authored an article, "Mapping the Road to Understanding," with Mohonk Preserve Natural Resource Specialist, John Thompson. It appeared in the summer 1998 issue of the Preserve's quarterly newsletter, Ridgelines.


In Memoriam

Alice Matzdorf, an employee of the College for more than 20 years and staunch advocate for disabled students, died suddenly July 1 in New Paltz. She began seeing to the needs of New Paltz students in 1970 as assistant to the vice president for academic affairs. By the end of that decade, she had moved to Student Affairs to coordinate the new Office of Special Programs, working specifically with disabled and international students as advocate and advisor. Although she retired in 1985, Alice continued her work in these areas on a part-time basis through 1993. A memorial service will be held Sunday, July 12 at 2 p.m. in the Nadia and Max Shepard Recital Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that contributions be made to the Alice Matzdorf Memorial Fund c/o The College at New Paltz Foundation.


Items may be submitted for publication in News Pulse by contacting Nancy Pizio (x3187) or (x3245) at the Office of Public Affairs [e-mail is preferred, sent to: with hard copy faxed to x3345]. We appreciate your patience as items are included as expediently as possible. Past issues are now available online!