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Award recipients selected
Recipients of the 1998 Faculty/Staff Development Awards have been selected. After reviewing 37 worthy applications, the committee agreed to grant seven requests for funding, disbursing the accumulated $3,110 in the Faculty/Staff Development Fund to the following individuals: Mary Claire Bauer (Admissions) - to attend a National Association for College Admission Counseling Conference; Peter Brown (Foreign Languages) - to attend a Conference on Contemporary Austrian Culture: Sex and Gender in Austrian Literature and Film; Michelle Cangelosi (Student Development) - to become a Certified Health Education Specialist through the completion of an exam sponsored by The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.; Susan DeMaio (CIR) - to attend a Digital Imaging Technology Workshop sponsored by the Society of American Archivists; Mary Griffin (Education) - to attend a Notary Public Workshop at Orange County Community College; Rachel Reuben (Public Affairs) - to attend a course titled Web Design III: Multimedia and Interactivity Course, offered by United Digital Artists; and Dale Sutton (Physical Plant) - to complete a Certified Groundskeeper Course sponsored by the Professional Grounds Management Society. Congratulations winners! Thanks dedicated committee members Lisa Ciaccio and Judy Herron (both Development), Jeanne Quinzer (Library), Hadi Salavitabar (Business Administration) and Alice Sheldon (President's Office), and all those faculty and staff members whose benevolence enabled the personal and professional development of their colleagues.

Chirakkal Easwaran, Richard Halpern and Andrew Pletch (all Mathematics & Computer Science) have been awarded a two-year grant by the National Science Foundation to set up a Heterogeneous Networks Laboratory, to be up and running by the start of the fall '99 semester. The lab will include several small isolated (not part of the LAN) networks of approximately four computers each, which will utilize a variety of operating systems, the most innovative a highly stable and free operating system called Linux, which was developed by thousands of cooperating Internet users, ensuring prompt and accurate solutions to any bugs and problems within. Numerous machines can be networked into a giant super computer using Linux, as was done to create the computer animations in the movie Titanic. The utmost in educational research facilities for the study of computer communications networks and a diverse environment for software development and training, the lab will be a valuable addition to facilities used for Mathematics & Computer Science courses as well. "I am thrilled that our students will have access to cutting-edge technology," stated President Roger Bowen in his congratulatory letters to the awardees.

Book sale
Vacation reading, holiday gifts, posture aids... A used book sale which began at the Library on November 13 will continue during regular Library hours until Friday, December 11. Paperbacks are on sale for 50 cents each and hardcover books for $1. This sale's sponsor, the Friends of the Sojourner Truth Library, report proceeds of nearly $2000 from the spring '98 sale for support of the Library's collections. Donations of used books in good condition for future sales are always welcome. Please contact Barbara Petruzzelli (Library) at x3677 for further information.

Good will
The Purchasing Department has joined the Marine Corps Reserve in reducing the number of tots without toys this holiday season. The generosity and spirit of department members has resulted in the accumulation of gifts to be donated to the Toys For Tots campaign. Members of the entire faculty and staff are now being given a convenient opportunity to follow this fine example by bringing additional new unwrapped toys to the Purchasing Department (HAB 307) by Friday, December 14.


Awards, Honors, and Recognition

Harry Stoneback (English) was the director of the VIII International Hemingway Conference, held in France this summer, which was attended by more than 400 people from 30 countries. He delivered its keynote address titled "Hemingway and Provence." Additionally, Stoneback has been elected program chair for the 1999 National Sport Literature Association Conference, to be held at Westfield State University in Westfield, Massachusetts and has recently been nominated by the French government for the Legion of Honor.


Publications: Chapters, Articles, and Essays

Kequin Li (Mathematics & Computer Science) was recognized in the November 2 edition of News Pulse as the primary editor of a book titled Parallel Computing Using Optical Inter-connections. He is also the author of its chapter titled "Fast matrix multiplication and related operations using reconfigurable optical buses." Additionally, Li and parallel computing colleague Yi Pan (University of Dayton) co-authored an article, "Linear array with a reconfigurable pipelined bus system - concepts and applications," published in the Journal of Information Sciences.

Gary Patterson (Business Administration) and Hung-Gay Fung (University of Baltimore) co-authored an article titled "Volatility Linkage Among Currency Futures Markets During U.S. Trading and Non-trading Periods," published in the Journal of Multinational Financial Management.

Jessica Siegel (Communication & Media) published an article, "Harlem Knights," in the October 1998 edition of Teacher Magazine. It provides an in-depth look at the East Harlem School at Exodus House, a private middle school for African-American and Latino youths, established by Ivan and Hans Hageman, who grew up in East Harlem and returned to develop the school.



Rimer Cardillo (Art) gave a slide presentation/lecture and a round table discussion last month at The College of The Holy Cross in Boston.

Mary Fakler and Joan Perisse (both English) instituted a Peer Critiquing Computer Project for Freshman Composition students at SUNY New Paltz, Marist College and Mount Saint Mary College, which enables exchange and critique of essays via an Internet program called Webboard. Fakler and Perisse presented research titled "The Collaborated Conversation: The Peer Critiquing Computer Project" at the International Conference for Global Conversations on Language and Literacy in Bordeaux, France, which was sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English.

Kristine Harris (History) participated in a panel discussion titled "Women in Asian Cinema," part of a two-week program addressing that subject at SUNY Stonybrook earlier this month. Prior to the event, Harris' upcoming visit was noted with enthusiasm in the Fall 1998 newsletter of Stonybrook's Humanities Institute.

Joel Neuman (Business Administration) was the featured speaker at a presentation titled "Time Management and Personal Productivity," which was organized by the New Paltz Chapter of the American Marketing Association. He was also the featured speaker at a meeting of the Hudson Valley Health Access Management Association where he presented "The Challenges of Middle Management."


Alumni in the news

Darin Seim (BFA/Painting, 1995), a solo exhibition, "Training in Arbitrariness," at the Gallery at R&F in Kingston. Additionally, a piece of Seim's was included in the summer 1998 College Art Gallery exhibition titled "From Function to Form."


Items may be submitted for publication in News Pulse by contacting writer/editor Nancy Pizio (x3187) at the Office of Public Affairs, Division of Advancement. E-mail is preferred, sent to: with hard copy faxed to 3345. We appreciate your patience as items are included as expeditiously as possible. Past issues are now available online!