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Big business
The Institute for International Business and the Institute for Professional Development, in conjunction with Marine Midland Bank, will host the 2nd Annual Trade Symposium on Friday, October 9 in the College Terrace Restaurant from 10 am. until 2 p.m. Participating symposium organizations include: Chamber of Commerce of Orange County, Inc.; Chamber of Commerce of Ulster County, Inc.; Greater Southern Duchess Chamber of Commerce; Mid-Hudson Pattern for Progress; International Business Network of Greater New York; New Paltz Chamber of Commerce; Poughkeepsie Area Chamber of Commerce; Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce; and Windows on Worldmarkets (formerly Windows on Wuhan).

The keynote address titled "Great Strategy!...But, What Do I Do Different on Monday?" will be delivered by Norma Rosenberg, the director of international strategy and planning at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Traditionally only accessible to Fortune 500 companies, Rosenberg's expertise offers a tremendous opportunity for small businesses. Rosenberg works with senior partners of PricewaterhouseCoopers in the development of international and regional strategies for clients. Her particular areas of expertise are strategic planning and implementation, change management, and businesses process reengineering. Prior to joining this company and its predecessor, Coopers & Lybrand Coopers, she had a 16-year career with the U.S. Government, culminating as acting director of the National Archives consulting group. Additionally, she serves as an advisor to the Foreign Policy Association, has written numerous articles for professional journals, and has been a guest lecturer for organizations such as Strategic Management Society and the World Trade Institute.

Louise Gorman, the U.S. product manager of international cash management, payments and electronic banking of Marine Midland Bank, will also deliver a speech. It is titled "Preparing for EMU: The Introduction of the European Economic and Monetary Union" and offers valuable advice and insight for those involved in international business, especially in reference to the upcoming currency conversion. Gorman's previous positions with Marine Midland Bank include global product manager/electronic banking at the HSBC Group Headquarters in London and global operations manager/electronic banking in Hong Kong. She is a frequent speaker on the European Monetary Union and other issues related to international payment systems.

Test anxiety
As October begins, so too does that special time when members of the class of 2002 will have their first college papers and exams returned to them. SUNY New Paltz is experiencing notable success in recruiting freshmen of outstanding academic profile, so approach with caution the inevitable few pacing indignantly outside your office when next you arrive for office hours. There is no escape. Data suggests that the retention of freshmen is enhanced by frequent and timely evaluation of their work, and the Faculty Handbook states that " Faculty must give students in undergraduate courses at least one major grade on a paper, exam, or other appropriate basis of assessment by the mid-point of the semester." (p.5). This fall, that date is October 16. Who are these tenacious teenagers who may dare to question your refined assessment proficiency? According to information compiled by David Eaton (Enrollment Management), the freshman class consists of the following: 806 students representing Haiti, Jamaica, Jordan, Korea, Japan, the People's Republic of China, Poland, the Slovak Republic, Switzerland and the U.S. - 23 percent of which have high school academic averages of 90 or better; 11 percent of which were in the top 10 percent of their graduating classes; and 10 percent of which are graduates of parochial and preparatory schools. Additionally, we are furthering the knowledge of 3 valedictorians and a salutatorian; a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist; and members of the National Honor Society and National Academic Honor Societies. They have a mean combined SAT of 1130 and a mean high school grade point average of 87.9. As indicated by the chart below, this profile is steadily improving and well established.

Showing some initiative
Coming soon to a Web-wired computer near you: Computer-Based Training. Thanks to Computer Services, by late October, faculty, staff and students of the College will have access to convenient, cost-effective software training 24-hours a day through a SUNY contract with CBT Systems, Inc. This is a great opportunity. Choose from approximately 200 software program titles to be learned at your own pace, from your own workstation. A list of titles will be available on the Web, accessible through a CBT link on the Academic Computing page ( as soon as it has been established. Linda Smith is the coordinator of this project and the woman whose job it is to introduce and promote the use of CBT on campus. Patrick Turner is the technical coordinator who is currently supervising installation of CBT on our local server and dealing with security issues. A data base of all qualified users on campus will also be established. The SUNY Training Center has administered the CBT initiative with technical support from the SUNY Information Technology Exchange Center.


Publications: Books, Book Reviews, Papers, and Articles

Harry Stoneback (English) will be reading and signing copies of his new book of poetry titled Singing the Springs at 5 p.m. on October 9 at Ariel Booksellers. According to critic W. Evans Benton, "Above all, these poems have voice, and voice in poetry is everything." Stoneback also provided this service on October 2 at H.A.S. Beane Books in Stone Ridge.

President Roger Bowen published a book review of Bradley Richardson's Japanese Democracy: Power, Coordination, and Performance (Yale University Press) in the summer 1998 issue of Pacific Affairs. Bowen is a political scientist whose primary research is related to Japan. Since 1981, he has been an associate in research at the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University.

Brian Schmidt (Political Science & International Relations) published an article titled "Lessons From the Past: Reassessing the Interwar Disciplinary History of International Relations," in the September 1998 issue of International Studies Quarterly.


Students in the news

Sandra Landron (Senior/ English and Psychology) from Staten Island, a student aide in the Financial Aid Office, has been named the first recipient of the SUNY Financial Aid Professionals Scholarship award. "We're just so proud of her," said Daniel Sistarenik, director of Financial Aid, whose staff nominated Landron for the award. She was recommended to the state-wide selection committee based upon her personal essay, work ethic and financial need. Landron spent the summer in Washington D.C. where she worked for the Coalition of Hispanic Health and Human Services Organizations, a national not-for-profit organization which addresses health issues of the Hispanic community. While in the capital city, Landron was given the opportunity to attend several White House briefings concerning issues of Hispanic health and human services, and to meet President Bill Clinton. Landron aims to begin law school next fall and pursue a career in public policy.

Dylan McGee (Senior, Asian Studies and English/Secondary Education) has received a prestigious scholarship of the Ministry of Education in Japan to study advanced courses of his own choice for a full year at Kanazawa University which began October 1. He is the sixth New Paltz student to receive this award.


Weekly Reminders
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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, is on display in the lobby of Sojourner Truth Library during regular Library hours. Info: x3844.

Wednesday, October 7:
The third of 10 lectures in the Tenth Annual Fall Lecture Series of the Louis and Mildred Resnick Institute for the Study of Modern Jewish Life is titled "Science and Spirituality in the Thought of Maimonides." It will be delivered by professor of philosophy at Yeshiva University, David Shatz, a scholar of Jewish ethics and philosophy, medical ethics and the thought of Maimonides.

The third of nine lectures in the Art Lecture Series, to be delivered by Wendy Steiner, will address issues of academic freedom and freedom of expression. Steiner is professor and chair of the English Department at the University of Pennsylvania and author of the recently-published collection of essays The Scandal of Pleasure, which examines cultural controversies and assaults of the university. This lecture is free, open to all, and begins at 7 p.m. in LC 112. Info: x3830.

Thursday, October 8: The Philosophy Club will host professor of philosophy at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, Margaret Gilbert, whose speech on the topic, "Considerations on Collective Guilt," presents an argument in support of the possibility of collective moral responsibility and sketches a non-reductive account based on a particular understanding of group action and group psychological properties. Gilbert is the author of two books, On Social Facts and Living Together: Rationality, Sociality, and Obligation, and numerous articles. This lecture is free, open to all, and begins with refreshments at 4:45 p.m. in JFT 1010. Info: x2981.

Friday, October 9: See PUBLICATIONS: BOOKS (Harry Stoneback) above.

Fridays, October 9, 16 and 23: The Athletics Department's basketball clinics for boys and girls of all abilities in grades 2-12, with individualized instruction sessions on skills such as shooting, ball handling and defense are held from 6-9:30 p.m. in Elting Gym. They are $20 apiece or $55 for the remaining three. For information or to register, contact Coach Joe Kremer at x3917.

Saturday, October 10:
Two exhibitions, "Sacred Ancient Asia: Photography by Kenro Izu," in Chandler Gallery and "Opium Works: An Installation by Barbara Broughel," in North Gallery open at the College Art Gallery and can be viewed during regular hours (Gallery closed on school holidays) as follows: Tue-Fri: 1-4, Tue eve: 7-9, Sat & Sun: 1-4. Gallery info: x3844.

Additionally, this is the day no one is allowed to enter HAB due to the regularly scheduled meeting of all bugs, flies etc. inhabiting the sixth floor and above, and their maker. There is no need to cover equipment such as computers.

Sunday, October 11: The Faculty Jazz Forum, featuring jazz studies director Mark Dziuba and guest faculty members, will provide an opportunity for exploring the art of jazz and improvisation. They will perform jazz selections and open the floor for discussion in Nadia and Max Shepard Recital Hall at 4 p.m. Tickets, available at the door, one hour prior to performance, will set you back a mere $4. Info: x3904.


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