As always, Fall Open House is a time for prospective New Paltz students and their families to explore the campus and obtain information about Admissions, Athletics, Financial Aid, Residence Life, Student Activities, and internships and career opportunities. But, according to Mary Claire Bower (Admissions), this year's Open House, to be held Saturday, November 14, boasts an entirely new format. First time activities include: a formal introduction by President Roger Bowen, a continental breakfast and pizza lunch provided by Admissions at no cost, and the opportunity for faculty to showcase their majors by presenting two 40-minute academic sessions in their own classrooms, which will include student testimonials and demonstrations of facility use.
Tonda Highley (Career Advising & Fieldwork Center) and Karen Robinson of Career Services at SUNY Ulster are responsible for students' broad exposure to career opportunities on October 30. A proposal by Highley and Robinson for the College to host a second day of a Career and Employer Expo which began at Marist College was approved by The Mid-Hudson Career Consortium. Representatives from 100 companies such as Aflac New York, Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp., Federal Bureau of Prisons, IBM, Nonenmacher & Hochman, Kaman Aerospace Corp. and Metlife spoke to more than 600 students about internships, co-ops and volunteer opportunities; business and industry trends; and full and part-time jobs.
A Study Abroad Fair hosted by the Center for International Programs last month was well-attended by SUNY New Paltz students. It featured information on the College's study abroad programs and those of Buffalo State University, and SUNY Buffalo, Albany, Oswego and Cortland, provided both by program directors and prior participants. According to Joan Feuer (International Education), representatives from the afforementioned SUNY schools reported high traffic at their stations in the south lobby of the Lecture Center and were impressed by our students' focused questions indicating serious thought given to study abroad prior to attending the fair.
Donating to the College's 1998 Faculty/Staff Campaign is no longer just about warm fuzzy feelings and belief in the institution. A drawing from all donors' names will determine the recipient of a two-night stay for two at Mohonk Mountain House, the Victorian castle resort at the top of the Shawangunk Ridge which was developed by Quaker twins Albert and Alfred Smiley in 1869. The stay is valued at approximately $1,000 and will include three meals and an afternoon tea each day, and the opportunity to partake of fitness classes, hiking trails, tennis, golf and entertainment. Donations must be made by December 4, as a winner will be announced at that afternoon's Faculty Meeting. For further information regarding Faculty/Staff Campaign '98, please contact Judy Herron (Development) at x3239.
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All faculty and staff members should have received a printed November Calendar of Events in their campus mailboxes last week. These printed calendars will contain only that information that has been submitted to the on- line Calendar of Events via the electronic submission form at: http//:/events/calendar.cfm. Those who do not have Web access should delegate this important task to someone trustworthy who does or call Public Affairs (x3274) to request a printed form. Please assist us in providing the campus community with these two important sources for campus event information by submitting events as far in advance as possible.
Awards, Honors, and Recognition
JC Barone (Communications & Media) received an "Award of Distinction" from the national association, Videographer's Awards, for a six-minute promotional videotape which he produced for the Language Immersion Institute.
Heinz Meng (Biology) is among "100 Champions of Conservation" which were honored by Audubon magazine in celebration of its 100th anniversary. Amidst the accomplishments of an abundance of nominated readers, scientists, activists and members of the National Audubon Society, Meng's work with peregrine falcons was deemed extraordinaire. A cocktail reception to honor the conservationists will be held November 10 at the Spanierman Gallery, New York City.
Rimer Cardillo (Art), an exhibition, "The Squirrel My Grandma Never Saw," at Cavin-Morris Gallery in Soho last June. Additionally, Cardillo created an outdoor installation for an international exhibition titled "First Biennial of Mercosur," held in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
Hon Ho (Biology) and Xiabo Zheng (Nanjing Agricultural University) published a paper titled "The Rediscovery of Phytophthora Polygoni Saw" in The Botanical Bulletin of Academia Sinica.
Nancy Johnson (English) was a guest speaker at the annual conference of the Jane Austen Society of North America, held in Quebec City, October 8-11. The topic of her presentation was "Jane Austen's ‘Northanger Abbey' and the Politics of the Gothic Novel."
Rob Miraldi (Communication & Media) and Jeffrey Ross (Anti-Defamation League) were guests on WAMC Public Radio's afternoon talk show, "Voxpop," on October 14. The topic, "Hate speech or Free speech," was the same as that of a lively debate and discussion on campus the same day, sponsored by the departments of Communication & Media and Political Science, which drew 100 students and faculty.
Students in the news
To aid victims of Hurricane Georges in the Caribbean, SUNY New Paltz students in the Catholic Campus Ministry, organized and advised by Brother Tim Jones, collected 542 gallons of water - enough to give a drink to 8,672 people and $1,039 - enough to help rebuild a village.
Members of Pi Alpha Nu, Tua Kappa Epsilon and Delta Phi Epsilon received praise in an October 1998 Chamber of Commerce newsletter for their assistance with the annual September community event, "A Taste of New Paltz." Volunteers participated in table and ticket booth setup, activities of the children's tent and fairground cleanup following the festival.
Cybil June Edwards, a junior and Communications major from the Bronx, died October 24 in an automobile accident near Amsterdam. She was the vice president for programming in the Student Association and a resident of LeFevre Hall.
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