The report of President Roger Bowen at the first Faculty meeting of the fall semester, which took place on September 11, illuminated a dramatic rise in EOP retention. The following recently compiled information is listed by freshman cohort indications: Freshmen in the 1995 cohort returned to start their third year at SUNY New Paltz at a rate of 74%, which is a 15% increase over the 1994 cohort and a notable increase over the average (66.8%) for the previous seven cohorts. This trend is particularly remarkable because EOP students do not meet general admissions requirements, yet they are clearly finding the academic environment a suitable one because of the support of EOP. According to the program's director, Lisa Chase, a concerted programmatic effort to improve retention of EOP students began several years ago. While there are many ongoing efforts to increase retention, the primary factors in the department's success are an increased focus on freshman year retention initiatives and a comprehensive admissions review of each applicant, said Chase. By providing a strong peer counseling component and instruction on adjustment issues in and out of the classroom, and increasing the activities which bring the EOP community together, the program is able to outfit students with the social, emotional and academic support they need to thrive in any learning environment. Additionally, because "admission is really where retention begins," said Chase, applications are reviewed very closely and careful attention is given to each student's personal statement, letters of recognition and senior year grades. This ensures that a student is matched with a proper learning institution. 1995 data rates SUNY New Paltz EOP among the top five SUNY schools which have EOP programs. Chase contributes the overall College success of EOP students to the quality of academic advising and mentorship she and her colleagues dispense daily.
The building of engineers
Occupants of the 15,000-square-foot Louis and Mildred Resnick Engineering Hall, adjacent to Wooster Science Building, have aged. The New Paltz Middle Schoolers who studied in the building last sping paid their rent by reporting on the new building's air conditioning balancing problems prior to its official inhabitation by SUNY students. Enrollment in engineering programs (up 32% according to Mary Claire Bauer) entitles students to use the building's electrical and computer engineering labs and classrooms, features of which include a digital signal processing lab, a microwave lab, an antenna lab, a control lab and a communication lab. An official dedication of the building to generous College donors Louis and Mildred Resnick of Ellenville is planned for October 29.
The generosity of College faculty and staff has resulted in the procurement of approximately $3000 in the Faculty/Staff Development Fund to be distributed for the purpose of personal maturation via Faculty/Staff Development Awards. Applications of full and part-time employees seeking full or partial funding for development events such as conferences, seminars and workshops to benefit themselves at their present positions must be received by October 30, 1998. To apply, complete an application form and attach a written statement of no more than two pages detailing the subject, location, date, etc. of the development event for which you desire funding and how it will benefit you or your career. The Awards Committee will review all applications and determine recipients and award amounts ranging from $25 to $1000. Winners, to be announced at the November Faculty meeting and in a corresponding edition of News Pulse, must claim their awards by June 30, 1999. For additional information, please call Judy Herron at x3239.
From whence they came
The New Paltz Historical Review, Volume V, is a publication of the Department of History, History Club and the Alpha Theta Xi Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta of SUNY New Paltz. It has been made possible by a grant from the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Office of the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Science. History students participating in the Seminar in History have been producing this informative booklet on an irregular basis since the 70s. For the first time, this year's authors gained access to the archives of the Huguenot Historical Society, and five of the booklet's six articles have been developed with the cooperation of that organization. The Review contains the following stories of the history of our region: "Queen Mary I: 'Bloody Mary,' " by Jean Ackers (May '98 graduate); "The Remarkable Native Americans of Minisink: Their Lifeways, History, and Exodus from the Region," by Bartley Smith (Senior); "The Nearly Never-Ending Story: A Study in Local History and Politics," by Alice Decker (May '98 graduate); "A Woman's Portrait of Huguenot New Paltz: The Letters of Hylah Bevier Hasbrouck, 1805-1861," by Susan Metcalf (May '98 graduate); "The Underground Railroad in New York," by Pedro Johnson (Senior); and "Chasing a Dream: The Borden Family in Wallkill (Ulster County), New York," by Eric Strangfeld (Senior). This publication, available through the Department of History, has been edited by Laurence Hauptman (Editor in Chief), Loyd Lee and John VanderLippe.
Anyone wishing to send a note, letter or card of condolence to the family of Peter Grassi is encouraged to do so. Please address as follows: Mrs Amelia Grass (mother) or Ms. Michelle Grassi (sister)
Woodhaven, NY 11421
Students In the News
The essays of four May '98 graduates of the bachelor's begree in nursing program were published in the "Stories From the Field: Nurse Advocates in Action" section of the July-August 1998 issue of Report, the official newsletter of the New York State Nurses Association. Written as part of their spring course work here at SUNY New Paltz, the essays of RN's Juliana Hull of Mt. Marion, Margaret Madsen of Kingston, Susan Sussner of Pomona and Hans Moore of Goshen were chosen for publication based on their successful illustration of the unique characteristics of nursing and the individuals who choose it as a profession.
Irving Weiss's (Professor Emeritus, English) manuscript/typescript of his book, Visual Voices: The Poem as a Print Object (Runaway Spoon Press, 1994), has been chosen from the Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry of Miami Beach, FL for display in an interdisciplinary catalogued exhibit. It will join other such unique couplings of imagery and language within an artistic context (see Weiss sample from Visual Voices at right) at The Neuberger Museum of Art at SUNY Purchase, to be displayed through January 30, 1999. The exhibit titled "The Next Word: Text and/as Design and/as Meaning," includes visual art, artists' books, visual and concrete poetry, graphic design and new media by artists, poets and Web-based designers. Its opening reception is September 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 pm. Selected by the exhibit's curator Johanna Drucker (SUNY Purchase Art History professor formerly at Yale University), Weiss's manuscript/typescript contains poems excluded from the book's previous printings because of time and space concerns. Additionally, the manuscript of a 1997 collection of Weiss's visual poems titled Number Poems, has been purchased by the Sackner Archive.
Alexander Young (Political Science & International Relations), three journal articles: "Taiwan no anzenhosho to Beikoku" ("Taiwan's National Security and the United States"), in Eisan Repoto (The Asian Report); "Chudai no jisei de naritatsu Taiwan no anzenhoso" ("Taiwan's Quest for International Status and Its Security Dilemma"), in Sekai Shuho (The World Affairs Weekly); and "Ts'ung neiwai chanlei ch'ingshi lunts'e Taiwan anch'uan paochang yit'i" ("The Current Domestic and International Situation and Its Impact on Taiwan's Security"), in Chungyang Jihpao (The Central News Daily).
Wednesday, September 23: The second of ten lectures in the Tenth Annual Fall Lecture Series of the Louis and Mildred Resnick Institute for the Study of Modern Jewish Life is titled "Rabbinic Ethics and Philosophy in the Context of the Greco-Roman World." It is to be delivered by renowned expert on the Dead Sea scrolls and Judaism in late antiquity, author of numerous books on such topics, and chair of Hebrew & Judaic Studies at NYU, Lawrence Schiffman. It is free, open to all and begins at 7:30 p.m. in LC 104. Information: x3545.
Friday, September 25: Omicron Sigma Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International and the SUNY New Paltz Department of Nursing are sponsoring a Conference on Theory in Nursing, to be conducted from 9 a.m. to noon by practicing psychotherapist and nationally-known nurse educator and scholar, Marilyn Rawnsley. Individuals may register immediately prior to the conference at 8:30 a.m. in the lobby outside LC 100, though advance registration by phone (Anne Champlain: x2965) is preferred. The cost of attendance, open to all nurses and other interested parties, is as follows: Conference only - $40, Conference and noon buffet luncheon at the College Terrace - $50.
Saturday, September 26: See PRESENTATIONS/EXHIBITIONS (Irving Weiss) above. The opening reception for "The Next Word: Text and/as Design and/as Meaning" at The Neuberger Museum of Art at SUNY Purchase is from 6:30 p.m. to 8 pm.
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