Teacher of the year
Patricia Mullins (Communication Disorders) has been selected "Teacher of the Year for Part-Time Faculty" by the department of Liberal Arts & Sciences, to be formally announced at the first general Faculty meeting this fall. As a recipient of this award, Mullins will assist with the development of teaching programs for faculty during the upcoming academic year. She was nominated by her colleagues in the program and has been described by Anne Balant (Communication Disorders) as an "ambassador of deaf culture, a dynamic force among our faculty, and an institution within Communication Disorders." In addition to her position as an instructor of sign language, Mullins has developed a film and resource library on sign language and deaf culture and has organized a sign language club at the College. "When I got the call from the dean, I fell off the chair," Mullins was quoted by the relay service operator enabling our phone conversation. "I just enjoy teaching and sign language. It makes the class fun," said Mullins, who believes she was nominated because of the many positive comments of her students over the years. Furthermore, Mullins' name appears in the acknowledgments of Richard A. Tennant and Marianne Gluszak Brown's The American Sign Language Handshape Dictionary, noting her support of the book and generous inclusion of Tennant in her classes here at New Paltz.
A Teacher of the Year for Full-Time Faculty will not be announced until spring '99 as Gerald Benjamin and committee see fit to extend the application period until October 20. Applications should include supportive evidence of teaching excellence such as SEI's, reports of classroom observations by colleagues, letters of support, unsolicited comments by students and colleagues, and evidence of innovative pedagogy, including the development of new or special techniques specifically appropriate to the subject of instruction. Candidates are encouraged to supply a statement of teaching philosophy.
Trees in the news
The contract to install a high temperature water line to service the buildings on the north side of the SUNY New Paltz campus which was awarded to Merlex Inc. by the SUNY Construction Fund has been halted. A drain line must be relocated, which requires approval by the Construction Fund of new drawings for the site. Meanwhile, visitors to the north side of Wooster Science Building are enjoying a mountain of dirt atop which Dale Sutton and James Moylan (Physical Plant) have planted a white birch tree. According to John Shupe (Physical Plant), the wild tree was due to be removed from the woods near the pond and has been temporarily stationed at the summit as a spoof, pure tomfoolery devised by President Bowen himself, aided and abetted by Johanna D'Aleo (Finance & Administration). White birch trees are notoriously slow-growing, explained Shupe, who expects the hot water line to be in place by the end of October and the 30-space parking lot to be paved in its vicinity to be completed by the winter.
Another tree drawing concern these days is a maple located between the library and Fairview Ave. Years ago, when the campus was expanding in that direction, trees were planted there at the request of appreciative Fairview Ave. residents. With the consent of Shupe, one such maple has been "adopted" by Lois Stokes, who noticed from her home on the dead end street that it wasn't flourishing as she felt it could under the care of her own garden hose. With all due respect to our grounds crew, who are quite competent but too few in number to devote such attention to each tree and shrub which deserves it, the President's Office brought Stokes' concern to Shupe, who visited the Stokes residence soon after. It was determined that Stokes' request was for the best: the mutual pleasure of a flourishing maple tree. Lois Stokes is the wife of the late Charlie Stokes (Educational Administration). Her concern for the beauty and health of our shared environment is appreciated.
In case you missed last week's Convocation ceremony, Public Affairs staff, ever on the ball, have prepared a Web site which will enable those less auspicious to enjoy its highlights nonetheless. Designed by Rachel Reuben and featuring the photography of Nancy Pizio, the site includes the welcoming speech of Rose Rudnitsky (Elementary Education) and Convocation address of Beverly Brumm (Theatre Arts). Experience Convocation '98 at www.newpaltz.edu\current\fallconvocation.html. It's nearly as rewarding as the experience, minus the hamburgers and the pleasure of seeing President Bowen pitch a softball (pictured below). The following recap of the Faculty softball game which followed Convocation has been contributed to News Pulse by Gerald Benjamin (Liberal Arts & Sciences).
The Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences handily defeated the Faculty of Education in the First Annual Faculty Softball Game, held at Hasbrouck field in the center of the Village on the afternoon of Convocation day. The winning pitcher was Roger Bowen. The losing pitcher was Bob Michael. Other players for Liberal Arts and Sciences were: Anne Balant, Tom Olsen, Rob Miraldi, Howard Good, Todd Quinlan, Michael Hind, Tarun Biswas, David Jaffee, Eugene Heath, Lew Brownstein and Gerald Benjamin. Other players for Education were: Mike Whelan, Bethanne Grant, Rich Kelder, Rose Rudnitski, Cathy Whittaker, Rich Reif, Andy Beigel, Marianna Beigel, Peter Beigel, Mary Sawyer and Kees DeGroot. Spotted in the crowd were Shelly Green, Bill Whittaker, Jessica Seigel and--sidelined by injury--Harry Stoneback. Home runs and incredible defensive plays were too numerous to mention. Despite predictions to the contrary, serious bodily harm was avoided by all. A raffle held in connection with the game produced $135 for Friends of the Library. Raffle winners were Richard Barnhart (New Paltz sweatshirt) and Mary Sawyer (Two prizes!!!: Lunch for two at Main Course and a WAMC tote bag filled with WAMC stuff). Our thanks to: the Village of New Paltz for making the field available; Alan Dunefsky for the loan of bases, bats and balls--and for excellent fungo hitting; Food Service for the ice water; and Campus Auxiliary Services, Main Course and WAMC for providing raffle prizes.
Summer school indeed
The School of Education and the Center for International Programs have initiated a relationship with the University of the Virgin Islands. Three New Paltz students attended summer school in Charlotte Amalie on St. Thomas Island for five weeks, returning in late July. Their participation in this program is a result of the efforts of Lorraine Taylor (Educational Studies), who traveled to the university with the students and spent a week during Summer Session II settling the propitious pupils in. It is believed that this first collaboration of the University of the Virgin Islands and SUNY New Paltz could be the start of a beautiful friendship, resulting in a formal exchange program between the two universities. Given climatic differences, the issue of New York January will be taken into consideration when SUNY New Paltz arranges to host the tropical travelers.
Disabled Student Services has purchased a data base software program called "Able Aide," a case management system and accommodation matching program designed for disability service providers at postsecondary institutions. For the sixth semester in a row, the number of students registered with that office has increased, and this system will ensure the specific student tracking and reporting requirements of the office and SUNY New Paltz. Additionally, 63 textbooks on tape have been acquired through Recordings for the Blind & Dyslexic, to be utilized by students with learning disabilities or visual impairments.
Publications: Papers, Articles, and Essays
Eugene Heath (Philosophy), an essay, "On the Normative Implications of a Theory of Spontaneous Social Order," in TIME, ORDER, CHAOS, an anthology edited by J. T. Fraser, et al.
Michael Hind (Mathematics & Computer Science) and Anthony Pioli (graduate student/Computer Science), a conference paper, "Assessing the Effects of Flow-Sensitivity on Pointer Alias Analyses," will be published by Springer-Verlag in the proceedings of the 5th International Static Analysis Symposium, as part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science series. Hind will present the paper at the symposium to be held September 14 in Pisa, Italy.
Joel Neuman (Business Administration) and Robert Baron (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) have published another article based on research on workplace aggression. "Workplace Violence and Workplace Aggression: Evidence Concerning Specific Forms, Potential Causes, and Preferred Targets," appears in the 1998 Yearly Review issue of the Journal of Management, which was printed in August.
Andrew Sharma (Communication & Media) has published a chapter titled "India and its Media: Commercialization, Liberalization and Democratization" in Global Media Economics: Commercialization, Concentration and Integration of World Media Markets, edited by A. Albarran and S. Chan-Olmstead and published by Iowa State University Press, Ames, Iowa.
Rimer Cardillo (Art), an exhibition, "Rimer Cardillo: Araucaria," held at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, April 16-August 23. Trained primarily in Uruguay and Germany as a printmaker, Cardillo's recent work, utilizing a wide range of materials and techniques such as prints, mixed media, sculpture and installations, maintains a connection to printmaking using new technologies and non-traditional and organic materials. Its theme is a representation of land and nature as a strategy for the reconstruction of both ancestral and contemporary histories of South America. "Nature is both a reflection of the past and the hope for the future," explained Marysol Nieves, senior curator of the exhibition, who has been "inspired by the depth of [Cardillo's] character, integrity, and vision" and is delighted to have been given the opportunity to share his work with a large audience. The exhibition and accompanying 47- page catalogue were made possible through a grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, with additional support provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council for the Arts.
John Raskin's (Psychology) one-act play, "Recollections," has been produced by the Hand to Mouth Players at the FDR Theater on the VA hospital grounds in Montrose. It was performed on three consecutive nights this month as part of a Playwrights/Directors Workshop at the theater.
Alumni in the news
Laura Love (BA/Fine and Performing Arts, May '98) was accepted by three graduate schools for study in Acting. She has chosen to attend Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois, which has awarded her a full graduate scholarship and living expense stipend to obtain her MFA.
Alicia Davis (MAT/English Education, 1997), a first-year teacher of creative writing at Arlington High School during the 1997-98 academic year, received favorable mention in a recent article in the LaGrange Ledger. Written by Carey K. Cooper, the article praised Davis and principal of Traver Road Primary School in Pleasant Valley, Joyce Craw, for their cooperative effort to infuse the education of their students. Adolescents learning to write creatively from Davis (who of course learned the trade herself at SUNY New Paltz) traveled to the elementary school last spring to read aloud from children's books they had written. The youngsters came to understand a tangible relationship between writing and reading, and the future Seusses were given the opportunity to see firsthand their literature received by its audience.
The following faculty members have been promoted from associate professor to full professor, effective September 1, 1998:
Lee Anne Bell (Educational Studies), Lewis Brownstein (Political Science), Louis Saraceno (Foreign Languages), and Tulin Sener (Business Administration).
The following faculty members have been promoted from assistant professor to associate professor, effective September 1, 1998:
Sue Books (Educational Studies), Eudora Chikwendu (Black Studies), Ann Dean (Educational Studies), Julio Gonzalez (Electrical Engineering), Elaine Hofstetter (Secondary Education), Edward Lundergan (Music), Glenn McNitt (Political Science), Joel Neuman (Business Administration) and Kristin Rauch (Art).
Wilma Schmidt (Library), formerly senior assistant librarian, has been promoted to associate librarian, effective July 1, 1998.
August 31 - September 9
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Tuesday, September 1: Two exhibitions begin at the College Art Gallery. The 7th Annual Hudson Valley/Catskill Mountain Regional Exhibition titled "From Function to Form--The Intersection of Art and Craft" (Betty Wilde- Biasiny, curator) will be held in Chandler Gallery. "Ivar Elis Evers--New Paltz Watercolors 1930-1950," with biographical sketch prepared by William Rhoads (Art History), will be exhibited in North Gallery. Both exhibitions will remain at the Gallery through Sept. 20 and can be viewed during regular hours as follows: Tue-Fri: 10-4, Tue evening: 7-9, and Sat & Sun: 1-4. Gallery information: x3844.
Wednesday, September 9: The Louis and Mildred Resnick Institute for the Study of Modern Jewish Life begins hosting "Guide for the Perplexed," the Tenth Annual Fall Lecture Series, coordinated by Rabbi William Strongin (History). Presentations on thinkers and themes in the history of Jewish philosophy begin with "Conceiving Creation," by professor of Hebrew Bible at the University of Chicago, Tikva Frymer-Kensky. It is free, open to the public, and begins at 7:30 p.m. in LC 104. The entire series of 10 lectures, to be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday nights through November 18, can be audited by individuals by registration through the Center for Continuing Education or taken as a three-credit course by matriculated students (see fall schedule of classes for details). For more infomation, call x3545.
Donations to the fund established for Richard Panman (Psychology) should be made out to "The Friends of Richard Panman" and mailed to PO Box 132, New Paltz, NY, 12561. Please contribute if you can. Additional information regarding Panman's illness and the fund can be obtained through department secretaries or by calling Adelaide Haas at x3465 and Robin Cohen at x3616.
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