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Public Relations:

Communication & Media, SUNY New Paltz's largest department, offers degrees in communication, journalism and radio-television production. It is now also equipped to educate students wishing to pursue careers in that field of greatest reward, public relations, encouraging work in the Hudson Valley in various public relations capacities. According to Robert Miraldi, this field in which approximately 200,000 people work today is an important part of a functioning democratic society. Both businesses and individuals need to explain themselves to citizens, who then make choices about public policies and company products, stated Miraldi. One of the key teachers of the new program will be Shelly Wright, whose resume includes both newspaper reporting and public relations. Introductory and advanced courses, as well as courses in persuasion and journalism, will provide skill and theory for the future professionals whose jobs it will be to determine what the public sees and hears about the world.

Certified Public Accounting:
This summer, Business Administration introduced the first series of courses to provide Continuing and Professional Education (CPE) credit for certified public accountants in the mid-Hudson area. Four new courses, Personal Financial Planning, Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management for Accounting Professionals, Accounting and Auditing Annual Update Course and Accounting Issues for Not-For-Profits, enabled summer session students to earn 100 CPE hours. Other new courses will be offered in late fall '98. Rief Kanan, Hadi Salavitabar and Susan Briggs have coordinated this program as part of the department's overall mission to serve the community, develop business affiliations, and generate job opportunities and internships for SUNY New Paltz students.

American Culture Studies:
The Institute for International Business has implemented a program into its course work which will provide keys to American culture. Twenty-three students will learn about American culture and the rewards of volunteering time and energy for the benefit of others through organizations such as FAMILY of New Paltz, the Darmstadt Shelter and the United Way of Ulster County. In addition to time spent learning firsthand about the daily operations of such organizations, students will complete projects using their newly acquired business skills such as fundraising, researching or publicizing to benefit the organizations. This program is the brainchild of Gail Parisi, who has entrusted its administration to Bob Eddings.

Come again
Don't forget to experience Convocation '98 on the College Web site (, compliments of Rachel Reuben (Public Affairs). It features the photography of Nancy Pizio (Public Affairs), the welcoming speech of Rose Rudnitski (Elementary Education), the Convocation address of Beverly Brumm (Theatre Arts), and now includes Raymond Gordon's (Senior, Elementary Education/Music and Music Performance) rendition of "America the Beautiful," performed to a crowded Studley Theatre as the ceremony commenced on the afternoon of August 21.

No loitering
As you vehemently anticipate the College's new on-line Calendar of Events and instructions in News Pulse for completing a form to submit your event information, consider the following: E-mail Rachel Reuben ( or fax hard copy containing the who, what, where, when, why of your scheduled affair to 3345 and specify that it is a contribution to the calendar. This will ensure your function's appearance on the calendar ASAP (which will encourage greater attendance at your event), score you points with Public Affairs staff and prove one less thing you have to worry about later.


Awards, Honors, and Recognition

Ann Lovett (Art) has been awarded a production grant from Women's Studio Workshop to create a new artist's book, Relation, which will visually investigate an intimate relationship by blending multiple lists of words and overlapping images with text. Additionally, Lovett's work is included in the Artist's Book Collection at the Museum of Modern Art (NY) and the Yale University Arts of the Book Collection.


Publications: Papers, Articles, and Book Chapters

Mary Sawyer (Secondary Education), a paper, "Preparing new teachers for the new standards and assessments: Some basics," published in the quarterly journal, The English Record. Additionally, Sawyer presented two papers, "What should my voice be like? Helping preservice teachers develop teaching portfolios," at the National Council of Teachers of English Spring Conference in Albuquerque, NM and "Strategies for teaching literature in untracked classrooms" at the Mid-Hudson English/Language Arts Council Spring Conference, held at Vassar College.

George Schnell (Geography) and Mark Monmonier (Syracuse University), a chapter in Ecology of Wetlands and Associated Systems, titled "Protecting Freshwater Wetlands in New York: State Mapping and Local Response," published by The Pennsylvania Academy of Science (1998). The chapter contains two sections. The first details content, publication, legal definitions and delimitations of wetlands maps, and the other covers local response, explaining how New Paltz and surrounding towns cooperate in the protection of wetlands. It includes a case study of the recent defeats of mall proposals in New Paltz in which wetlands played an integral role.



The Cultural Diversity Task Force of the Academic Senate has sponsored a photo-text exhibit, "Love Makes a Family: Living in Lesbian and Gay Families," on display in the lobby of Sojourner Truth Library until September 18. The exhibit was funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and features interviews by Pam Brown and Peggy Gillespie and the photography of Gigi Kaeser (all of Family Diversity Projects Inc., Amherst, MA). For additional information, contact Pat Clarke (Women's Studies) at x2975.


Weekly Reminders

September 1-20: "From Function to Form - The Intersection of Art and Craft" (Betty Wilde-Biasiny, curator) in Chandler Gallery and "Ivar Elis Ever-New Paltz Watercolors 1930-1950" (biographical sketch by William Rhoads) in North Gallery remain on exhibit at the College Art Gallery through September 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 Tenth Annual Fall Lecture Series of the Louis and Mildred Resnick Institute for the Study of Modern Jewish Life begins 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. Additional information: x3545.

Friday, September 11: The first Faculty meeting of the fall semester is scheduled for 3 p.m. in LC 102. Additional fall meetings have been set for October 23, November 20 and (if needed) December 4. Spring meetings have been planned for February 12, March 19, April 23 and May 7. Your participation in governance of this college is earnestly encouraged and beneficial to all those who work and learn here. For additional information, contact Presiding Officer Rose Rudnitski at x2862. Additionally, Faculty are invited to attend a reception to honor 1997-98 Chancellor's Awardees and Distinguished Professors, new Faculty, and those recently promoted or granted continuing or permanent appointment, to be held at the home of President Bowen and his wife, Barbara, 29 Cedar Ridge Road, New Paltz, immediately following the meeting. Rain date: 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, September 12.


Items may be submitted for publication in News Pulse by contacting Nancy Pizio (x3187) or (x3245) at the Office of Public Affairs [e-mail is preferred, sent to: with hard copy faxed to x3345]. We appreciate your patience as items are included as expediently as possible. Past issues are now available online!