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Friends of Richard Panman
Some of you may be aware that Richard Panman (Psychology) has been treated for stomach cancer during the past two years. The treatment that offers the greatest possible hope to save his life, SMANCS therapy, is available only in Japan and costs approximately $40,000. SMANCS has been used in Japan for the past 10 years with a success rate of 25-30 percent, while patients pursuing current U.S. methods of gastric cancer treatment have only a two percent survival rate. Since the treatment is not reimbursable through the Panmans' insurance company, and he and his wife Sandra (EOP) have exhausted their personal funds, a "Friends of Richard Panman" fund has been established to send him, accompanied by his son Seth, to Kumamoto Japan. A letter from Panman, which will be available through department secretaries, details his illness and therapy choice and includes donation information. Additional questions may be forwarded to Robin Cohen at x3616 or Adelaide Haas at x3465. Checks may be made payable to Richard Panman and mailed to "Friends of Richard Panman" at PO Box 132, New Paltz, NY 12561. Your donations to this fund are graciously appreciated.
"Friends of Richard Panman" Web page

Best and the brightest
For the second consecutive year, SUNY New Paltz is among colleges and universities nationwide that have received special mention in the U.S. News and World Report college guide. The edition to serve as a guide for 1999 was issued Thursday, August 20 and cited New Paltz among the best northern regional universities, public or private. The College appears in its second tier category. Additionally, as was the case last year, New Paltz has been praised for its lowest acceptance rate among North regional universities, an indication that the College continues to maintain most selective standards for acceptance.

Lab of luxury
The Office of Special Programs recently received notification that the Educational Talent Search Project has been awarded funding for the next five years. New Paltz's proposal received such an excellent rating out of approximately 300 projects which were approved for funding, the normally four-year cycle was increased by a year. Talent Search is one of two federally-funded programs at New Paltz. It was designed to encourage junior high school and high school students to seek a college education. The other, Student Support Services, provides academic support such as tutoring and peer counseling for students while they are here at college. The project director of Special Programs, Ken Gillman, has received approval for the utilization of additional federal funds for the creation of a Special Programs computer lab in Humanities 107, to be comprised of 12-15 stations which will include an instructor's station and two stations designated for physically challenged students. The lab, which will also be equipped with a mounted projector and screen, will offer LAN access and instructional and interactive software to those students deemed grant-eligible by federal guidelines. It will also be used for tutor training and staff development activities. Look for it in late fall '98.

Piano men and women
The Summer Piano Institute, founded in 1995 with artistic director Vladimir Feltsman (Music), directed by Margaret Howe (Music), provided a magnificent musical experience for approximately 20 advanced piano students from around the world, July 13 - August 7. This four-week intensive course includes individual and group lessons, master classes, lectures, coaching, and classes in vocal accompaniment and piano chamber music. Students were given the opportunity to work with all eight internationally-acclaimed artists/teachers of the Institute, to play publicly in recitals, and to attend concerts and cultural events throughout the region and in New York City. The winner of a piano competition held during the second week, 17-year-old Daria Rabotkini of Kazan, Russia, played to a full house in McKenna Theatre with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic Orchestra (guest-conductor Joanne Faletta) on August 1.


Awards, Honors, and Recognition

John Alphonso-Karkala (English) traveled to Finland this summer as an external examiner to critically evaluate the doctoral dissertation of Ilkka Majuraa (Comparative Literature, Tampere University) titled "Demonization of the Other: mythic and symbolic structures in Gothic, Horror, and Vampire literature." While in the country, he visited the Asian Studies Department of Helsinki University to examine current research on the Tibeto-Mongolian epic "Gesar," as part of his continuous study of Asian Epic Tradition. Research included a discussion with Dr. Harry Halen, translator of the work into German and author of a monogram on transcriber of oral Khalkkha epics of Mongolia, G.J. Ramsted.

Jennifer Mead (Athletics) holds the newly-created position of full-time assistant trainer at SUNY New Paltz, whose duty it is to assist Farron Bennett (Athletics) in providing training support for each of New Paltz's 15 intercollegiate sports. Earlier this year, Mead received her master's degree in Physical Education from Indiana State University where she taught and supervised students of the National Trainers' Association (NATA)- accredited program and cared for the school's Division I tennis squads. Prior experience also includes service at S.C.O.R.E. Physical Therapy in Waterbury, Connecticut, and as a volunteer trainer at the Indiana Special Olympics Summer Games. She is a member of the NATA and the Connecticut Athletic Trainers' Association.

Richard Thornton (Athletics) is the name of SUNY New Paltz's new full-time women's basketball coach. A 1996 Trinity College graduate, Thornton's previous positions include top women's basketball assistant and men's golf coach at Division II Adelphi University in Queens, and head girls' basketball coach at Colchester High School and Harwood Union High, both in Vermont. His immediate goal: "To change the way people think about this team," whose record last year was 6-17 and last winning season was 1991-92. An aggressive style of play and the stamina to wear other teams down by being the best-conditioned team in the conference is the magic formula.


Publications: Papers, Articles, Essays and Books

David Jaffee (Sociology), Levels of Socio-Economic Development Theory, second edition, published by Praeger Publishers in Westport, Connecticut, in July.

Reva Wolf (Art History) published an article, "Thinking You Know," a case study of the limits of knowledge through an examination of relationships between a John Asbury poem and an Andy Warhol painting, which appeared in the June 1998 issue of Poetics Journal. The Journal, edited by poets Barrett Watten and Lyn Hejinian, includes essays as well as poetry, and has a monthly theme.


In Memoriam

Harold Fleisher, professor emeritus of Physics, died August 13 in Poughkeepsie. He was hired to head the College's Technology Development Center (now the Hudson Valley TDC) in 1987 and was an adjunct professor of the SUNY New Paltz Physics Department until 1997. Fleisher was a research physicist for IBM Poughkeepsie for 37 years, taught at Vassar and Marist as well, and was a fellow of the Institute of Electric and Electronics Engineers. Born in Kharkov, Ukraine, he earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in physics from the University of Rochester and his doctoral degree from Case Western Reserve University. A memorial service was held Sunday, August 16 at Temple Beth-El in Poughkeepsie.


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