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Ronald Knapp (Geography) was one of two faculty members (the other being William Reid of SUNY Albany) appointed Distinguished Professors by the SUNY Board of Trustees at a June meeting held at the College at Plattsburgh. Conferred on individuals who have achieved national or international prominence within a chosen field and constituting a promotion above that of full professor, the title recognizes Knapp both for his internationally acclaimed works on China's cultural and historical geography, and as a leading figure in the shift of his field toward environmental study, place and space. According to Vice President Bill Vasse, the appointment is not only an honor for the campus, but it shows the emerging importance of Knapp's scholarship. Focusing on Chinese domestic architecture throughout many centuries, Knapp is "blazing a trail in relating the artifacts of human society, like domestic architecture, with the realities of specific environmental conditions," said Vasse. A Distinguished Service Professorship acknowledging extraordinary service contributions to the community, state or nation was awarded to William Bruce of SUNY Alfred at the meeting as well.

Tending the garden
Much to the dismay of prideful New Yorkers, the New York Supreme Court has ruled that Ellis Island belongs primarily to the state of New Jersey, settling a century old dispute, and bringing fame to SUNY New Paltz class of '73 Geography alum, Richard Castagna. Armed with the maps and atlases, aerial photographs and satellite-based Global Positioning System of his trade, Castagna determined that the Apple is not quite as Big as we thought. In the summer of 1996, he testified on behalf of New Jersey to the following findings: Although an 1834 agreement between the two states split the then three-acre island into above-water land and below-water land owned by New York and New Jersey respectively, landfill has increased the island by 24.5 acres since the agreement was signed, giving New Jersey jurisdiction over 23 acres, while New York can only claim 4.5. When the federal government began its massive filling project to expand the island, it sought riparian right from New Jersey and it was New Jersey to which the check was issued. Ellis Island, located approximately 1,300 feet from Jersey City and a mile from Manhattan is identified on federal government maps as Ellis Island, New Jersey. Due to Castagna's impressive geographical aptitude derived from a solid educational background at SUNY New Paltz, we're considering forgiving him.

It's a different world
All professional and support staff have been invited to attend an informative and amusing production developed for visiting family members of incoming freshmen titled "Realities," to be performed every Monday in July, at 2:15 p.m. in McKenna Theatre. This summer's 14 Orientation leaders, peer advisors to the 145 freshmen who visit each week, will enact a series of skits they have created based on transition issues facing young students and their families as the college experience launches all into new phases of life. Staff members are also welcome to stay and observe the hour-long parent Q & A period following each 45-minute performance. Parents, grandparents, friends and service providers of young adults, this experience will facilitate understanding and communication. A poignant time will be had by all. No RSVP required.

Decisions, decisions
A revised campus map bearing parking lot numbers will now be used as the standard map in the Office of Publications (graphics and printing services). However, a version without the lot numbers is available if desired, so make your preference known when placing map orders with the Print Shop.


Awards, Honors, and Recognition

Elizabeth Brotherton (Art History), a postdoctoral fellowship, from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, for research to be conducted in Japan in fall 1998.


Publications: Books, Papers, Articles, Essays

Victor de Munck (Anthropology) has edited a volume titled "Romantic Love and Sexual Behavior: Perspectives from the Social Sciences" which has been published by Praeger. Additionally, de Munck presented a paper, "Publics and Intimacies," at the International Society for the Study of Interpersonal Relationships which took place in June on the Skidmore campus in Saratoga Springs.

Amy Kesselman (Women's Studies), an article, "Women Versus Connecticut: Conducting a Statewide Hearing on Abortion," published in Rickie Solinger (Ed.) Abortion Wars: A Half Century of Struggle. Additionally, she presented a paper, "Women's Liberation and the New Left in New Haven Connecticut," at the annual meeting of the American Historical Association which took place in Seattle.



Carl Lashley (Educational Administration), a presentation, "Graduate Preparation for Education Administration," a representation of SUNY New Paltz's Certificate of Advanced Study in the Educational Administration program, at "Look Before You Leap," a meeting of the School Administrators Association of New York State, held in Fishkill.

Maureen Morrow (Biology) lead a workshop titled "DNA Sequence Analysis: From Nucleotides to News," at "What Works: Alternatives to Lecture-Based Learning in Math and Science," a Project Kaleidoscope Northeast Regional Meeting, held at Wheaton College in Massachusetts. She also presented "DNA Sequence Analysis: Computer Based Discovery and Analysis" at the 7th National Conference of the Council on Undergraduate Research, held at Occidental College in California. Both presentations described the use of Internet and software- based classroom assignments which allow students to explore aspects of lecture material or laboratory data.

Patricia Phillips (Fine and Performing Arts) visited the Minneapolis College of Art and Design for two days during its ongoing six-week intensive program, Institute for Public Art and Design, where she presented a lecture about her work and met with collaborative teams to discuss and evaluate group projects. Phillips is a leading critic in Public Art today; has published work in Artforum, Art in America, Flash Art, Public Art Review and Sculpture; and is the curator of numerous exhibitions on urban themes.


Alumni in the news

Paul Nicholson (Biology, 1986), interim director of EOP at SUNY Purchase, received a 1998 Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Administration at Purchase's Commencement in May.


Students in the news

Mary Hart (Senior/Elementary Education) published a poem, "Poor Man," written as part of her course work in Nancy Rowe's (Elementary Education) Creative Expression in Language Arts, which appears in the July issue of the regional monthly magazine, Chronogram.


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