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Launched! The College's new web site ( has officially been launched! It is easily navigable and provides more information and photos than ever before. WebKit ( is the place to find the latest information on Web changes and to make the recommended graphics changes to faculty/staff/departmental sites (see August 10 News Pulse). Three new "Quick Reference Guides," which enable speedy responses to College queries, can also be found at WebKit. One is for faculty/staff/departments to find the new Web addresses of the College's most frequented sites, the second permits Admissions to quickly access commonly sought departmental information within its own site, and the third allows Financial Aid to do the same. Feedback on the new site is welcome and should be dispensed by use of the feedback form ( or by clicking on "feedback" at the bottom of the new home page. Though no faculty/staff/student/ departmental addresses have been altered, links to certain pages have changed, so e-mail Webmeister Rachel Reuben ( or dial x3274 if you can't find something.

Talk about role models
Edward Paulino, a doctoral candidate at Michigan State University, is a former EOP student and 1991 graduate of SUNY New Paltz. He has been selected for a Fulbright Student award to study in the Dominican Republic during the 1998-99 academic year. Paulino himself is Dominican and was raised bilingual in New York City. His historical dissertation research will explore the events following the massacre of thousands of Haitians in the Dominican Republic in the fall of 1937, ordered by then-dictator Rafael Trujillo. This little-known holocaust extinguished men, women and children in an attempt to "Dominicanize" the border, even targeting Dominicans of Haitian descent. Paulino, who intends to create the first extensive study of post-massacre events and Trujillo's border project, happily reports that this peripheral Caribbean region is "very fluid" once again, a border culture with a flavor all its own, cultivated since the assassination of Trujillo by Dominican military in 1961.

This first-generation college student delivered an inspirational speech on July 29 in LC 100 to participants of EOP's fifth freshmen orientation of the summer, at the invite of Lisa Chase (EOP). His advice: parental involvement eases the coping process for college students; active pursuit of the best education possible means communication with teachers and EOP advisors; and good role models serve as extremely influential guideposts for students.

In with the new
Though not required, academic robes are fashionable this year for faculty attending the Twelfth Annual Fall Convocation, which will take place on Friday, August 21. Since the event is not to be held on the weekend this year, but the first day of the fall semester, fuller participation has been visualized. Scheduled activities begin at 10 a.m., so contact your dean's office to determine where to congregate. By 11:30 a.m., all should be assembled in the Curriculum Center of Old Main, rooms B-9 and B-11, for the ceremony. The convocation address titled "Art For Our Sake" will be delivered by Beverly Brumm (Theatre Arts) at noon in Studley Theatre (Old Main), and a picnic for faculty and new students on the Old Main quadrangle will follow. This event has been developed as a cooperative effort by Robin Cohen (Student Development) and Pat La Spina (Liberal Arts & Sciences). It is part of a comprehensive new student weekend titled "Experience New Paltz: Orientation '98 - Part II," to be held August 20- 23, featuring academic and social activities, directed by Cohen and sponsored by the division of Student Affairs. A lecture titled "Backing into the Future: Diversity in the Twenty-First Century" is to be delivered by Carlos E. Cortés, professor emeritus at University of California at Riverside, at 8 p.m. on Sunday, August 23 in LC 100. Admission is open and free.


Awards, Honors, and Recognition

Joel Neuman (Business Administration) has been quoted extensively on aggression in the workplace in an article which appeared in the July 12 edition of The Washington Post, titled "Incivility at Work--Slings and Arrows on the Job." Neuman's research indicates that workplace aggression arises when budgets are reduced, work forces become more diverse, management changes, computers are used to monitor worker productivity, pay cuts are planned and companies hire more part-timers and fewer full-timers.

Reva Wolf's (Art History) book, Andy Warhol, Poetry, and Gossip in the 1960s, was mentioned favorably in a July 14 New York Times article, "A Louder Voice for Poetry," by Holland Cotter. Wolf's 1997 book, stated Cotter, provides "a fascinating glimpse" of the interactions between New York City writers and artists of that decade. Cotter refers to the period from 1960-1980 as the "mimeograph revolution" in American literature because advances in duplicating technology during those years led to an abundance of notable self-published pamphlets and books featuring an interplay of literature and art.



Mary Jane Corry (Professor Emeritus, Music), Kate Van Winkle Keller (Sonneck Society for American Music) and Robert Keller (computer consultant) have created a text data base and index on CD-ROM titled "The Performing Arts in Colonial American Newspapers, 1690-1783." The publication provides access to 50,000 issues and 10,000 supplements of 500 Colonial American newspapers published in 50 towns from Maine to Florida, for research in the performing arts and related humanities fields. It includes references to music, poetry, dance and theater published during those years. Funding for the data collection and indexing was provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities and SUNY New Paltz, under the auspices of the Research Foundation of SUNY; Kalamazoo College; Newberry College; SUNY Oswego; West Virginia University; the Library of Congress; and Readex Microprint Corporation. It is available from University Music Editions, New York City, for use on a self-contained (non-network) computer. To view sample topics and pages of data, visit the publisher's website at

Thomas Olsen (English), a book review of Peter Burke's The Fortunes of ‘The Courtier': The European Reception of Castiglione's ‘Cortegiano,' published in the spring 1998 edition of the quarterly journal, Italica. Additionally, Olsen has published an article, "Unquiet Americans: Paul Theroux's ‘Saint Jack' and the Re-Vision of Graham Greene," in the April 1998 edition of Symbiosis: A Journal of Anglo-American Literary Relations.



Maureen Morrow (Biology) and Mohammed Saed (Electrical Engineering) attended a NASA/JOVE retreat last month in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Morrow presented her outreach activities with the "Liftoff to Learning" video series and Saed presented a poster on his research titled "A New Uniplanar Coplanar Waveguide/Slotline Balanced Microwave Mixer."


Alumni in the news

Beth Rubin (BA/Sociology, 1977), currently an associate professor of Sociology at Tulane University in New Orleans, co-authored a new study, "Beside the Golden Door: Policy, Politics, and the Homeless," with colleagues James Wright and Joel Devine. The study explores the history of homelessness and argues that, while descriptively accurate, factors such as mental illness and substance abuse fail as a causal account of the rise of this social problem. The authors contend that poverty and housing trends have created a situation which destines a certain percentage of the population for homelessness, and personal factors are critical only in the prediction of who those people are.


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