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Congressman Hinchey to visit
SUNY New Paltz's association with AmeriCorps became official in November of 1997. An advocate of AmeriCorps and a facilitator in our process of obtaining the necessary federal grant to institute the program here, New York State Congressman Maurice Hinchey has been invited to visit SUNY New Paltz by the Mid-Hudson Migrant Education Outreach Program (MEOP). Students and teachers of this in-school summer program are supported by AmeriCorps volunteers who provide tutoring and supervision of the 80 migrant children, ages five to 14, who are currently participating. This program, which began July 13 and ends August 14, incorporates a bi- lingual/bi-cultural thematic approach to learning. In preparation for this assignment, AmeriCorps members underwent a three-day comprehensive orientation and visited several migrant camps in Florida, New York. According to his legislative assistant Dan Ahouse, Congressman Hinchey is glad to have the opportunity to "view the fruits of the program" in place here and meet MEOP students and staff members, and AmeriCorps volunteers. On Monday, August 10, from 3 - 3:30 p.m. in the van den Berg Learning Center cafeteria, Hinchey will do just that, thanks to the collaborative effort of MEOP (Margaret Gutierrez) and AmeriCorps (Robin Cohen, Tonda Highley and Michelle Rosenbaum).

Fore fun
For those who could not make the Fourth Annual Campus/Community Golf Tournament at the Rondout Country Club in Accord on July 17, the following recap: Two teams tied for first place, both seven under the par of 72 for the course, matched cards on the # 1 handicap hole (a par five) to determine a winner. A 66-yard wedge by Nick Lyons (Administration & Finance) for eagle topped the opposing team's birdie four. Congratulations Lyons, Richard Barnhart (Campus Police), Bill Long (CAS) and K.C. Stevens (Administrative Services). Two teams tied for third place as well, both finishing six under par. Members of the 14 participating teams enjoyed good weather for the tournament and ensuing barbecue.

Don't talk to strangers
Name tags featuring the College logo are available from the Print Shop. The 2 x 4 inch tags can be printed on crack ‘n peel for self-stick, heavy paper for use in plastic name tag holders, or on Avery label sheets. Those who choose crack ‘n peel tags will be charged approximately $.09 each. The Print Shop will not supply plastic name tag holders or Avery label sheets. For more info, please contact Mary Kastner (Publications) at x3241.

Look it up
An updated Faculty/Staff Directory can now be accessed on the Web. Though hard copies of the directory will still be done on a yearly basis, the Web version will be a printable file which is updated monthly. To check it out, visit To print, follow instructions at the site. Any changes in title, extension, e- mail address, etc. should be reported to K.C. Stevens (Administrative Ser vices) at x3271 as soon as they occur.

Business as usual
Karen Donaghy of Ithaca (left) and Del Umbers of Olivebridge engage in conversation during the final week of Patricia Mullins' Sign Language I, held Summer Session II.Karen Donaghy of Ithaca (left) and Del Umbers of Olivebridge engage in conversation during the final week of Patricia Mullins' Sign Language I, held Summer Session II.





Publications: Poems, Articles, and Essays

Doris Butterfield (EOP) has published a poem titled "Things Remembered," in The Innocence of Time, an anthology of poetry compiled by The National Library of Poetry, edited by Alyssa R. Stokes and published by Watermark Press, Owings Mills, Maryland.

The following individuals have been recognized by the Educational Opportunity Program for outstanding achievements as students at SUNY New Paltz or as alumni in the workforce:


Students in the news

Elvin Avila, Ebony Edwards, Edwin Medina, Willie Orellana and Carlota Rowe (all undergraduates) were participants in a student leadership conference in Albany which focused on the development of leadership skills needed for organizing political advocacy efforts.

Angela Afriyie, Elvin Avila, Sharrade Marshall, Willie Orellana, Melanie Rodriguez, Ysemy Rodriguez and Andy Toledo (all undergraduates) attended The Higher Education Lobby Day in Albany, urging legislators to consider Assemblyman Arthur Eve's proposal to restore funding for opportunity programs to the 1994-95 level. An agreement by the Senate and Assembly to increase substantial funding to all Opportunity Programs in New York State (the first such endorsement by the Senate in three years) was later vetoed by Governor George Pataki, and funding currently remains at the 1997 level.

Meredith Kerr (Graduate Student/Humanistic Education) has been awarded an EOP graduate fellowship to assist Rachel Rigolino (English) in the development of a "Service Learning" section of Freshman Composition II, requiring students to perform two hours of community service each week which will serve as the topic of their essays in the class.

Reyna Payero, a junior and Biology major from New York City, took the spotlight in the spring 1998 EOP newsletter. Her success as a student leader is evident through her extensive involvement with the College, which includes: selection to AmeriCorps; presidency of the Coalition Association for Research and Principles, a group sponsored by the Catholic Campus Ministry; service as an EOP math tutor; participation in the Honors Program; and service on the executive board of the College Science and Technology Program (C-STEP), where current research with Maureen Morrow (Biology), "The Examination of N. Myc Oncogene for Enhancer Elements," involves DNA ligation and the search for possible enhancers which may cause cancers.


Alumni in the news

Leavonne Campbell (BS/Business Administration, 1997) is currently employed as a research analyst for Thompson Financial Services in New York City. This company, for which she researches cities and school districts that are issuing bonds for possible bond trading, interviewed Campbell on the spot when she handed representatives her resume at the SUNY Job Fair '97 which took place at Westchester Community College. She is thankful to the Career Advising and Fieldwork Placement Office for informing her of the job fair and the internship with American Express in Lake Katrine which really boosted her resume.

William Washington ( BS/Computer Science, 1997) gained employment as a computer programmer with American International Group in New York City just one week after his graduation from SUNY New Paltz. He works in the actuarial systems department of this large company which provides international insurance, designing new programs and maintaining existing ones.


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