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Dean's Awards
Seven excellent teachers were honored as such at a ceremony at the College Terrace Restaurant on September 16 commemorating their receipt of 1998 Dean's Awards for Excellence in Teaching. Dean of the School of Education, ceremony announcer and plaque-bestower, Robert Michael, told them of the College's pride in working closely with mid-Hudson Valley school districts as "we all strive to provide the best education for our children." Recipients accepted honorary appointments as adjunct clinical professors within the SUNY New Paltz School of Education. The teachers will also be recognized at an awards dinner, sponsored by the Mid-Hudson School Study Council, later this year.

A little help from his friends
The Friends of Richard Panman is headed by Linda Gluck of Linda Gluck Designs, Peter Brown (Foreign Languages), Adelaide Haas (Communication Disorders), Robin Cohen (Options/Student Development) and David Schiffman (Psychology), who have been publicizing his situation, collecting donations and in general, seeing that their friend receives the cancer treatment of his choice and the one that will provide the greatest likelihood of his survival. But Richard and his wife Sandra (EOP) have more friends than they knew. They're in the elevator, the airport and his hospital room in Kumamoto, Japan. They're on the Internet and practicing law in California. According to Sandra, "Every single person here has been incredible. It's not just the money. Everyone is carrying Richard in spirit with their hearts. No matter what, they're responsible for sending him there. It's given me hope too. We want everyone to know that we appreciate them."

When Richard and his son Seth arrived in Kumamoto earlier this month, they were met by Richard's doctor and nurse who took them to dinner, explaining that the hospital food Richard would consume over the next five days might not truly engage his appetite. Beginning the very next day, Richard received the first of at least three treatments he will undergo before returning to New Paltz. Dr. Hiroshi Maeda's innovative SMANCS therapy involves both an intraarterial treatment, designed to destroy cancerous tumors and an intravenous treatment which boosts the immune system. It differs from chemotherapy in that it specifically targets cancer cells and does not destroy the immune system in general. Since cancer cells are four times the size of regular cells, the destructive substance enters them easily while avoiding the body's healthy cells. Following the treatment, Panman spent an additional two days in the hospital where he was monitored closely. Doctors were quite satisfied with what they saw. Symptoms such as chills, slight fever and pain at the site indicated that the treatment was successful and the macromolecular anti-cancer agent had in fact entered the tumor located on the outside of Richard's stomach. He and Seth (who had prearranged to stay with his father at the hospital) returned to their hotel to await treatment number two, scheduled to begin September 28. In addition to his attending doctor, Richard has also been meeting with Dr. Maeda himself. To find out more about SMANCS, visit Dr. Maeda's Web site at:

While riding in the HAB elevator, Sandra was asked by Bruce Sillner (International Education) if there was anything he could do to help his friends. Sandra spoke of her concern that her husband and son would be going to a city where they knew no one. Sillner contacted Christine Krug (ESL), a member of the Baha'i faith, who put a message on the Internet to contact other Baha'i folks in Kumomoto. Two such women accompanied Richard throughout his first treatment. He later told his wife, "They were like angels," translating everything, eliminating the additional stressor of a language barrier. Among Richard's Baha'i friends in Japan is Nicholas Mayer, a teacher whose classroom Richard plans to visit, to talk with students about psychology.

According to Sandra, Richard sounds better than he has in a long while. Though unable to eat or swallow before he left, he has reported that since his first treatment, his appetite has returned and he is eating as much as his son. According to informal research on the eating habits of 23-year-old males, this is a good sign.

Richard's research indicates that 50% of the people living in the US in 2000 will develop cancer in their lifetime. He is keeping an audio journal of his experiences, knowing he is a test case as an American. Following his return, he hopes to play a role in securing a patent for SMANCS therapy in the US. Judy Bufano (Advancement) happens to have a friend in California who is a medical patent attorney in California. Small world.

Cards and letters for Richard should be addressed as follows:

Richard Panman
c/o Nicholas Mayer
389 Komori, Nishihara-mura
Aso-gun, Kumamoto-ken
JAPAN 861-2402


Awards, Honors, and Recognition

Elizabeth Brotherton (Art History) has been awarded a post-doctoral grant from the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science to continue her work on Chinese ink painting of the late Northern Song Dynasty. She will be carrying out her research for four months this fall. She was nominated for this award by the Asian Studies Program.


Publications: Books, Papers, Articles, and Essays

Joel Spring (Educational Studies), two books, Education and the Rise of the Global Economy, published by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Mahwah, NJ, 1998; and Wheels in the Head: Educational Philosophies of Authority, Freedom, and Culture from Socrates to Human Rights, to be published in its second edition by McGraw-Hill, New York, 1999.

David Jaffee (Sociology), an article, "Institutionalized Resistance to Asynchronous Learning Networks," in the Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks(JALN), which is also published on-line by Vanderbilt University for the ALN Web at:



Thomas Zoubek (Anthropology) presented a paper titled "Archaeological Evidence of Initial Period Ancestor Worship," at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Andean-Amazonian Archaeological Conference, held at the University of Illinois, Champagne-Urbana. Additionally, Zoubek has just returned from an archaeological field study of the Susanga area of the Viru Valley on the Peruvian north coast, made possible by a grant from the Curtiss T. & Mary G. Brennan Foundation and a Bright Ideas Award from SUNY New Paltz.


Weekly Reminders

Thursday, October 1: A lecture by Geoff Ward (professor of English, University of Dundee, Scotland) titled " ĎAnd paintings are one thing we never seem to run out of': John Ashbery and the Visual Arts" will be held in the Honors Center, College Hall at 7:30 p.m. Ward's lecture, sponsored by the Writing Board, Art History Department, English Department and School of Fine & Performing Arts, will include discussion of a group of Ashbery's poems to be published as Girls on the Run, in 1999. The lecture, free and open to the public, will be followed by a reception with refreshments. For additional information, call x3877.

Fridays, October 2, 9, 16 and 23: Think about it. Three and a half hours on a Friday night to spend as you please. That's why the Athletics Department is calling their basketball clinics for boys and girls of all abilities in grades 2-12 "Parents' Night Out Basketball Clinics." From 6-9:30 p.m. on the first four Friday nights in October, your children will learn different skills such as shooting, ball handling and defense from the College's coaching staff and players while you pursue venues of the clandestine variety. These highly individualized instruction sessions to be held in Elting Gym are $20 apiece or $70 for all four. Snacks such as pizza, soda and chips will be available, and players are also welcome to bring their own. For information or to register, contact Coach Joe Kremer at x3917.

Mondays, October 5, 12, 19 and 26: The Campus Police Department is sponsoring "The Rape Aggression Defense System," a comprehensive course for women that covers awareness, risk reduction, and realistic self-defense/martial arts tactics from 6-9 p.m. on Monday nights in October. The course will be offered again in November, on Tuesday nights. Anyone interested in taking the 12-hour course should contact Jen Wait at x3340 to register. Prices are as follows: Students - $10, staff - $15. Hurry; space is limited.

October 1-31: "Chinese New Year Folk Prints," featuring examples of late 19th and early 20th century prints drawn from the permanent collection of the College Art Gallery will be on display in the lobby of Sojourner Truth Library during regular Library hours. The prints are part of a collection donated to the Gallery by Daniel Ginsberg which includes door guardians, various symbols meant to bring happiness, children, wealth and success throughout a new year, and colorful scenes from popular novels and Chinese opera. Info: x3844.


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