News Pulse


What's New

In Memoriam

Publications: Books



Alumni in the News

Students in the News

Weekly Reminders

Submit Items

Past Issues


What's New?


The New York Conference on Asian Studies
The New York Conference on Asian Studies ‘98 (NYCAS '98) will be held October 15-17 at SUNY New Paltz. More than 180 scholars and artists will contribute to the program's panels, exhibitions, workshops and performances. The NYCAS '98 theme, "Issues of Responsibility in Asia," includes topics such as environmental degradation, ethnic conflict, human rights, political repression, religious strife, social injustice and war crimes. Though some event information has been included in WEEKLY REMINDERS, information on the full program is available on the Web at: Students, faculty and staff will be admitted free of charge to most events. For additional information regarding registration and cost, please contact the Office of Conference Services at x3033. NYCAS ‘98 co-chairs are Ronald Knapp (Geography) and Marleigh Ryan (Foreign Languages).

Homecoming Weekend '98
Just as the beauty of the Hudson Valley is a constant reminder of purpose to its residents, SUNY New Paltz is "always there to remind" its alumni of purpose, and to provide a retreat, a renewal, a homecoming. New Paltz graduates, students and their families, and faculty and staff are invited to attend an assortment of activities which will take place the weekend of October 16- 18. Some have been included in WEEKLY REMINDERS, but Homecoming '98 brochures, the Office of Alumni Affairs (HAB 803, x3230) and the Homecoming '98 Web site, at:, are the best sources for complete information..

The Homecoming '98 planning committee consists of the following: Kristin Backhaus (Business Administration), Judy Pietsch Bishop (Class of '82), Robin Cohen (Student Development), Linda Harleston (Student Affairs), Jan Harrison (Publications), Laurence Hauptman (History), Judy Herron (Advancement), Tonda Highley (Career Advising & Fieldwork Center), David Kayajan (Alumni Affairs), Joy Sciacca Palazzola (Class of '88), Lori Klein Tunkel (Class of '70) and Jim Zalacca (Athletics).

The other foot
As that special time begins when students must withstand the first evaluations of their fall semester school work, so too does that magical time when instructors are evaluated by their students. This semester's Student Evaluation of Instruction will be held December 2 through 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. near the Humanities tunnel in the lobby of the Lecture Center. To request an evaluation, a demonstration of utmost responsibility and integrity, complete a request form, to be distributed by department secretaries in late October. Then, mail (HAB 602) or fax (3227) it to Institutional Research by November 10. Results of student evaluations are made available to an instuctor's chairperson, dean and the vice president of Academic Affairs, and become a part of his or her official personnel file. Additional request forms or information can be obtained by calling x3227.

Campus diversity
Interested in campus diversity? Consider the following suggestions to increase your awareness and involvement:

Mail call
Anyone wishing to send e-mail to Richard Panman in Kumomoto may do so by correspondence with Nicholas Mayer at: Mayer, a fellow teacher and a member of the Baha'i faith in Kumomoto, will print the mail and deliver it to Panman when he returns to Kumomoto between October 19 and 26.


In Memoriam

Ethel "Eta" Lustig, librarian emerita and former head cataloger of Sojourner Truth Library, died July 30 in Boston. A medical student from Vienna, Austria, Lustig emigrated to the U.S. with her husband Frederick during World War II. She earned an undergraduate degree in German and Russian from Vassar College. Lustig was committed to serving the college community, first as an intern while studying in the SUNY Albany Library Science Master's Program and then as an academic librarian here at New Paltz, the position from which she retired in 1979. According to her former co-workers and friends, Lustig was a valuable asset to the College because of her broad knowledge, enthusiasm for learning, interest in many facets of the arts, and participation in library and College governance. She is buried in Danvers, Massachusetts.


Publications: Books

Victor de Munck (Anthropology) has co-edited a book with professor of anthropology at the University of California, San Diego, Elisa Sobo, titled Using Methods in the Field: A Practical Introduction and Casebook (Altimira Press/Sage 1998). He also wrote one paper in the book, and co-authored another and the book's introduction. Additionally, de Munck has published a paper, "Sufi and Reformist Designs: Muslim Identity in Sri Lanka," in a volume titled Buddhist Fundamentalism and Minority Identities in Sri Lanka, edited by T. Bartholomeusz and C. de Silva (SUNY Press, 1998).



President Roger Bowen will be the featured speaker at the NYCAS '98 dinner to be held at 6:15 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room, SUB, on October 16. His speech will focus on the significance of the conference theme in Asia today. Additionally, Bowen will participate in a NYCAS '98 panel discussion which begins at 2 p.m. on October 17 in LC 100. It will be a premiere presentation of the 95-minute video documentary study of the Canadian Asianist E. Herbert Norman, an author and prominent scholar of late 19th century Japan. Bowen, author of the biography, Innocence is Not Enough: The Life and Death of E. Herbert Norman (M.E. Sharpe) and editor of E.H. Norman: His Life and Scholarship (University of Toronto Press), served as principal consultant for the documentary.

Thomas Zoubek (Anthropology) will present data collected this summer in the Susanga area of the Viru Valley on the Peruvian North Coast at the Northeast Andean Conference to be held at SUNY Binghamton October 17 and 18.


Alumni in the news

Conán Dean Carey, a former Philosophy student and recipient of a prestigious undergraduate scholarship by the Ministry of Education in Japan, will present a paper titled "Contrasting Depictions of Suicide in Modern Japanese Fiction" at 3:45 p.m. in LC 113 on October 17. Carey spent a year furthering his language skills at the Interuniversity Center for Advanced Japanese in Yokohama, another at the Interuniversity Center for Advanced Chinese in Taipei and earned a master's degree in Medieval Japanese Literature at the University of Wisconsin, where he is presently pursuing a doctorate.

John Casper's (Class of '62) ceramic sculpture will be presented as the inaugural exhibition at the Gallery at Hands on Clay in East Setauket, October 16 through November 16. A 5 p.m. opening reception will include the presentation of a sculpture which Casper is donating to St. Charles Hospital and Rehabilitation Center in Port Jefferson. A portion of all sales from the show, which features the title installation, "Growth of the Soil," and 19 other sculptures, will be donated to the Traumatic Brain Injury Unit of the hospital as well. "My work is a means of relating to the phenomena of human existence...The elements of landscape provide the reference through which the creative and regenerative force of light, air, and matter commingle in ever-changing ways," Casper said of his work, which has been included in over 75 exhibitions nationwide and in the United Kingdom, and is part of the permanent collections of Delta Airlines and the Kemper Group, among others. Casper received an MA in Secondary Education from Adelphi University and an MFA in Painting from SUNY Stony Brook.


Students in the news

Five students, Jan Anthony (Junior/Chemistry), Robert Bubel (Senior/Computer Engineering), Truda Hutchinson(Senior/Chemistry), Ademola Oyefeso (Senior/Chemistry) and Jaspreet Singh (Senior/Chemistry), accompanied David White (Chemistry) to the 216th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, the largest professional organization of scientists in the world. Anthony, Bubel, Hutchinson and Oyefeso were pleased to be given the opportunity to present research papers at the prestigious national meeting, which were developed from their work as independent study students and summer research associates. This research was supported by a grant secured by White from Research Corporation, with matching funds from SUNY New Paltz. Singh, a participant of the Bachelor of Arts/Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Program here at the College said she hadn't expected to "find Chemistry research that was so relevant to a student who wants to enter medical school."


Weekly Reminders
Also see the online Calendar of Events

NOTE: All events of NYCAS '98 and Homecoming Weekend '98 are not included in this calendar. For a full and updated listing of NYCAS '98 events, visit the NYCAS '98 Web site at: Requests for additional information and registration should be directed to the Office of Conference Services at x3033 or coordinator of Asian Studies Marleigh Ryan at x3494. An updated listing of Homecoming Weekend '98 events and printable registration forms are available at: Interested parties may also register or obtain additional information and Homecoming Weekend '98 brochures through the Office of Alumni Affairs, HAB 803, x3230.

October 1-31: Two exhibitions, "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 and "NYCAS '98 Authors, Artists and Themes," which includes thematically-related works of conference participants and others, are on display in the lobby of Sojourner Truth Library during regular Library hours. Info: x3844. NYCAS

October 10-15: Two exhibitions, "Sacred Ancient Asia: Photography by Kenro Izu," in Chandler Gallery and "Opium Works: An Installation by Barbara Broughel," in North Gallery can be viewed at the College Art Gallery during regular hours as follows: Tue-Fri: 1-4, Tue eve: 7-9, Sat & Sun: 1-4. Gallery info: x3844. NYCAS

October 12, 13 and 14: N performers from the traditional N Theater of Japan will offer workshops in their dance technique at 3:30 p.m. in the Dance Studio (203) of Elting Gym. Workshops are free and open to all. Shoes must be left at the door and it is recommended that women wear slacks or long full skirts. NYCAS

Tuesday, October 13: Venezuelan classical guitarist Luis Zea will perform a transcription of Bach's Cello Suite III, an arrangement of Polish folk songs by Witold Lutoslawsky, music by South American composers and works from his own recent CD titled "Vals Elegiaco." Zea, a former faculty member of the Music Department, has studied with Antonio Lauro and John Duarte, and is strongly influenced by Alirio Diaz. Tickets are available at the door one hour prior to the 8 p.m. performance in Parker Theatre. Prices are as follows: General admission - $6, SUNY staff and senior citizens - $5, students - $4. A meet-the- artist reception will follow the performance. Info: x3904.

Wednesday, October 14:

Thursday, October 15:

Friday, October 16:

Fridays, October 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. For additional information or to register, contact Coach Joe Kremer at x3917.

Saturday, October 17:


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!