A relationship between Kanazawa University and SUNY New Paltz began in the 1970s. Thanks to the efforts of long-time liaison with the Japanese university, Marleigh Ryan (Foreign Languages), and the Center for International Programs, that relationship has reached a new level. A program which previously allowed only the exchange of students of education is now campuswide. Additionally, our students have greater opportunities for exchange because access to scholarships and accommodations for those with lower levels of Japanese proficiency have been established. SUNY New Paltz junior, Chuk Lam, has recently been awarded a prestigious Japanese government scholarship for one year at Kanazawa. He will spend the 1998-99 academic year with a full courseload which includes the study of his major field, Business Administration, and Japanese.
The Fulbright Foreign Student Program has provided study opportunities for more than 70,000 U.S. and foreign students since 1946 when Congress passed the original legislation to enable the U.S. Government to promote understanding between U.S. citizens and those of other countries. The College is proud to host an outstanding scholar whose excellent academic record, serious commitment and high motivation to complete an advanced degree, and promise of significant contribution to his profession in his native country has earned him the distinguished Fulbright Scholarship. Alejandro Aranda of Buenes Aires will spend the 1998-99 academic year studying painting as a post-graduate student at SUNY New Paltz. He has studied sculpture and painting since 1987 (often under the instruction of notable Argentinean artists), is a graduate of the National School of Fine Arts "Prilidiano Pueyrredón," and has been the recipient of numerous scholarships to further his study and prizes to honor his work. In 1994, Arando began a teaching career, and has instructed students of several Argentinean primary and secondary schools in drawing, design, audiovisual techniques, and plastic activities.
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Strolling on Huguenot Street and the Rail Trail, visiting the restaurants and shops downtown, moseying about the Unison Art & Learning Center and SUNY New Paltz Art Gallery, and taking in a performance at Summer Rep seems like just another Saturday afternoon in New Paltz because it is. Only this time, up to 40 regional hoteliers and B&B proprietors will be experiencing it with the eyes of newcomers as they participate in a guided tour of the town, developed by David Cavallaro (Fine & Performing Arts); Special Projects Director of Unison Arts & Learning Center, Kristin Brown; and Director of New Paltz Development Corporation, Debbie Kwiatoski. This orientation of local accommodation proprietors will assist in an overall goal to reveal New Paltz and the surrounding region to tourists (often guests of their establishments) as the cultural destination rife with singular events and festivals, historic sites, beauty and cultural diversity that it truly is. The tour will begin at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21, ending with an 8 p.m. production of GODSPELL.
SUNY New Paltz is presently hosting the New York Geographic Alliance's (NYGA) 10th Annual Summer Institute, coordinated by Jo Margaret Mano (Geography). While living and working on campus, teachers of various grade and content levels are gaining extensive training in geographic content, classroom applications and techniques for effective presentation to colleagues, through lectures and workshops by university professors and teacher consultants. Participants of the Summer Institute, which will conclude on July 24, are selected from a statewide competition. The NYGA is part of a national network of state geographic alliances sponsored by the New York State Education Department and the National Geographic Society's Geographic Education Program.
Awards, Honors, and Recognition
Victor deMunck (Anthropology) has been accepted to participate in a three-week Comparative Research Training Program sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Room, board and software necessary for participation have been subsidized by an NSF grant.
Amy O'Connor (Residence Life) received the New Professional Award for the 1996-97 academic year, awarded to individuals whose service to their fields totals three years or less and whose contributions are above and beyond the call of duty. Announced at the SUNY Residential Life and Housing Administrators summer organizational meeting at SUNY Binghamton in June, O'Connor's award will be commemorated with a plaque in the fall.
Undergraduates John Farrugia, Stacy Ginsberg, Ray Gordon, Janice Insigna, Paul Leone, Amanda Lintz, Brian Petersen, Guy Seneque, Tristan Tosh, and advisors Jeff Brown Andrea Eddings and Kathy Neville (Residence Life) represented the College at this year's National Association of College and University Residence Halls conference which took place at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. For the third time, a SUNY New Paltz delegation has returned with the "Most Spirited Delegation" award (Legend has it no other campus has received this award more than twice.)
Patricia Phillips (Fine and Performing Arts) will spend several long weekends this fall at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts in Wilmington as part of a visual arts critic residency granted to the Center by the Mid- Atlantic Arts Foundation. Her residency will include visits with artists of the region and discussions regarding their artwork, culminating in a lecture/response to be delivered at its end.
Michael Hind (Math and Computer Science) presented "Assessing the Effects of Flow-Sensitivity on Pointer Alias Analyses" earlier this month at McGill University in Montreal and at IBM Toronto Laboratories, Toronto.
Alumni in the news
Laura Lombardi (BA/Women's Studies, May '98), a dedicated student leader while attending the College, has received the James F. Casey Award for outstanding service and contribution to students on campus throughout the 1996-97 academic year. Named a recipient at the SUNY Residence Life and Housing Administrators summer organizational meeting which took place at SUNY Binghamton in June, Lombardi will receive a commemorative plaque in the fall, as she heads for Hunter College in NYC to pursue a master's degree in social work.
Peter J. Bohan, professor emeritus of Art History and former chair of that department, died July 12 in Mount Pleasant. Bohan first studied aeronautical engineering in England, earning a bachelor's degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His career focus turned to art history at Columbia University and lead to the procurement of a master's and a doctoral degree in that field from Yale University. Bohan completed a dissertation in 19th century British architecture and trained in museum work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Yale University Art Gallery. In 1963, he began teaching medieval art and 20th century art, architecture and design at New Paltz and took the position of director of the new College Art Gallery, which he held until 1968. The recipient of many awards, including a Fulbright to England, Bohan's publications include books on American silver and gold, and articles and catalogs on architecture, painting and non-Western art. He retired from the College in 1995.
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