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Dinner conversation
College Auxiliary Services and Residence Life are sponsoring a Faculty Dining Program this semester, designed to give faculty, students and student staff the opportunity to interact in an informal setting. Seventy-two resident assistants (RAs) and six activities assistants (AAs) will each invite one faculty member to dine in Hasbrouck Dining Hall based on the interests of the students which he or she represents. When the appropriate paperwork has been submitted, the Program Development Team will ensure that the faculty member (and a spouse, partner or child if desired) receives a meal pass. Since the Development Team is also maintaining a database of invitations so no faculty member is invited to dine repeatedly, additional methods of feeding the family may be required. Prior to the meal, an RA or AA will meet the faculty member and guest at the SUB or a residence hall and lead them on a brief tour of the building which includes introductions. This program has been designed to encourage a connection between students and faculty members who share similar academic interests and wish to discuss life experiences and current student issues.

May I see your ID?
With days of dreading those words long since replaced by ardent yearning, faculty and staff members may be glad to know that CAS has provided a means of gratification. Two meal plans for faculty and staff are now available, thanks to requests made via last semester's Campus Bookstore's Faculty Survey. Both are accessible through a validated Faculty/Staff SUNY ID card. Interested parties should go to the ID/Meal Plan Office, SUB 44, or call x3034. For a listing of Dining Service hours this fall, visit the CAS Web site at:

Lexis-Nexis directs us
Sojourner Truth Library has entered into a one-year subscription for Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe. It began this summer following a three-month trial during which the premier full-text database offering comprehensive information on business, law, legislation, medicine, health and news received an extremely positive response from users. It can be reached by using one of six computers located on the main floor of the library, solely dedicated to such on-line databases, or from the library home page at:


Spring and Fall 1998 Faculty Appointments

Zoradi Aponti (Foreign Languages), Lecturer; Kristin Backhaus (Business Administration), Assistant Professor; Wendy Bower (Communication Disorders), Lecturer; Michele Bowman (ESL), Lecturer; Melissa KatzmanBraggins (Art), Visiting Assistant Professor; Theodore Clark (Business Administration), Lecturer; Cornelius DeGroot (Elementary Education), Assistant Professor; James Dembrowski (Communication Disorders), Assistant Professor; Joseph Dufour (Nursing), Lecturer; Mary Eckman (Foreign Languages), Assistant Professor; Ernelle Fife (English), Visiting Assistant Professor; Eileen Flicker (Elementary Education), Assistant Professor; Karla Goddard (Communication Disorders), Lecturer; Mary Hafeli (Art Education), Lecturer;Baback Izadi (Engineering), Assistant Professor; Nancy Johnson (English), Assistant Professor; Rief Kanan(Business Administration), Lecturer; Michael Lalicki (Theatre Arts), Visiting Assistant Professor; Joel Lefkowitz(Political Science & International Relations), Lecturer; Alexandra Lord (History), Visiting Assistant Professor; Max Lydy (Theatre Arts), Assistant Professor; Douglas Maynard (Psychology), Lecturer; Christine McDowell- Duffield (Theatre Arts), Assistant Professor; Michael Muffs (Educational Administration), Assistant Professor; Aiah Ndomaina (Foreign Languages), Assistant Professor; Thomas Nolan (Biology), Assistant Professor; Michael Otis (Engineering), Lecturer; John Phillips (Secondary Education), Visiting Assistant Professor; Jin Ping (Music), Visiting Assistant Professor; Robert Reuss (Sociology), Lecturer; Nancy Rowe (Elementary Education), Visiting Assistant Professor; Aileen Schulte (Sociology), Assistant Professor; Susan Seligman(Music), Lecturer; Jessica Siegel (Communication & Media), Lecturer; Tamm Sissac (Library), Information Systems Librarian; Brett Stone (Business Administration), Lecturer; Barbara Sudick (Art), Visiting Associate Professor; Christine Susskind (Foreign Languages), Lecturer; Cathleen Tezeloff (Math & Computer Science), Lecturer; Karsten Verbeurgt (Math & Computer Science), Lecturer; Nathaniel Williams (Black Studies), Assistant Professor; Sheila Beller Yoshpe (ESL), Lecturer.

Note: Newly appointed staff members will be identified in an upcoming newsletter of Human Resources.


Publications: Chapters, Articles, and Essays

Ronald Knapp (Geography), a chapter, "Chinese Villages as Didactic Texts," in (Ed.)Wen-hsin Yeh Landscape, Culture, and Power in Chinese Society, published by the Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 1998.

Thomas Zoubek (Anthropology), two articles, "An Interesting Stone Sculpture from Huaca El Gallo/Huaca La Gallina, Viru Valley, Peru," published in The Journal of Field Archaeology; and "Un Monolito Formativo: Evidencia de Un Culto de Agua," published in La Revista del Museo de Arqueologia de la Universidad de Trujillo, Peru.



Leatrice Mendelsohn (Art History), a public lecture titled "The Velvet Hero: Bronzino's ‘Portrait of a Gentleman,' " will be presented in the Uris Auditorium of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City at 4 p.m. on October 16.

William Rhoads (Art History) will present a gallery talk titled "Ivar Evers and the Colonial Revival in the Mid- Hudson Region" on Thursday, September 17 at 2:45 p.m. in the North Gallery of the College Art Gallery. The talk is in conjunction with "Ivar Elis Evers— New Paltz Watercolors, 1930-1950," the exhibition on display through September 20 which presents the landscape and architecture of New Paltz and the surrounding area in watercolors by the former New Paltz architect, painter and utopian farmer who died in 1954.

Rose Rudnitski (Elementary Education) was a keynote speaker and expert panel member at a conference titled "Giftedness: Alliances for Reshaping the Future," sponsored by the Ibero-American Federation on Giftedness and Talent, The Brazilian Ministry of Education and Sports, and the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization. Rudnitski spoke on reshaping curriculum for the gifted through reconceptualizing knowledge and giftedness at the conference in Brasilia, Brazil, August 26-29.


Alumni in the news

Three SUNY New Paltz journalism alumni are presently working at the Times Herald Record. Lisa Johnson Ramierez (Class of '90) is employed at the Middletown office as an editor; and Heather Yakin and Margaret Sena-Stahl (both Class of '97) are reporters in the daily newspaper's Newburgh office. A fourth, Arthur Zaczkiewicz (Class of '96), recently left the newspaper's New Paltz bureau to freelance in Manhattan.


Weekly Reminders
Also see the online Calendar of Events

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 and can be viewed during regular hours as follows: Tue-Fri: 10-4, Tue evening: 7-9, Sat & Sun: 1-4. Gallery information: x3844.

September 4-18: The photo-text exhibit titled "Love Makes a Family: Living in Lesbian and Gay Families" is on display in the lobby of Sojourner Truth Library.

Tuesday, September 15: The Hudson Valley Philharmonic (HVP) String Quartet, with faculty guest pianist Sylvia Buccelli (Music), will perform a concert at 8 p.m. in McKenna Theatre. The Quartet includes violinists Carole Cowan (Music) and Emily Faxon, violist Valentina Charlap-Evans and cellist Susan Seligman (Music). Tickets are available at the door, one hour prior to performance. Prices are as follows: General admission - $6, SUNY staff and senior citizens - $5, students - $4. For additional information, please call x3904.

Wednesday, September 16: The second lecture of this fall's Art Lecture Series will take place at 7 p.m. in LC112. It is to be delivered by Josely Carvalho, a Brazilian-born poet, visual artist and activist whose work addresses issues that reflect her identity as a Latino woman. Subsequent lectures in this series, all free with open admission, are scheduled for October 7, 14, 21, 26 and 28; and November 11. Information: x3830.

Thursday, September 17: See PRESENTATIONS/EXHIBITIONS (William Rhoads) above. This gallery talk is free and open to the public.

Friday, September 18: All faculty and staff are invited to the courtyard between Haggerty Administration Building and the SUB at 3 p.m. on Friday, September 18 to partake of light refreshments and welcome the College's new vice president for Advancement, Richard Podgorski. If the courtyard is empty and wet, seek shelter and merriment in the 10th floor lounge of Jacobson Faculty Tower.


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