Making it big
While flipping television channels during the months of December and January, you may suddenly hear familiar voices, see familiar faces. Ditch the remote, and prepare your senses for rapid absorption. A 30-second commercial produced for the Language Immersion Institute (LII) features College administrators, faculty, staff, alumni and students as voice-over talent and on-camera talent on an original multi-lingual soundtrack. Sharing their allotted 30 seconds of fame are: Voice-over talents President Roger Bowen - Japanese, Marinella Garatti (LII) - Italian, Jeimy Perez (Junior/Communications) - Spanish, Denise Springer (Foreign Languages) - French, Giancarlo Traverso (Foreign Languages) - Italian, Henry Urbanski (LII) - Russian, Hans Weber (LII) - German, Tova Weitzman (LII) - Hebrew, and Fan Lan Ying (ESL) - Chinese; and on-camera performers Susan Briggs (Sponsored Funds), Yat-Hong Chow (Class of '96/Communications), Judy Costa (Continuing & Professional Education), Barbara Deel (Mathematics & Computer Science), Justine Francis (Class of '96/Communications), Kimberly Millman (Junior/Communications), Julie Muller (Senior/Visual Arts), Hadi Salavitabar (Business Administration), and John Schrader (Class of '97/Communications). This commercial has been developed by writer/director JC Barone (Communication & Media); co-writer Urbanski; director Chow; director of photography, camera and music Schrader; and production assistants Millman and Muller. It will most likely air on CBS-TV.
World AIDS Day
SUNY New Paltz will begin commemorating the 10th annual World AIDS Day and Day With(out) Art, themed "Be A Force For Change," with the distribution of red ribbons in the SUB on November 30. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend events in the week-long series described via e-mail and included in both the printed and online December Calendar of Events. All monies raised will directly benefit those living with HIV/AIDS, through the Larry B. Timm Memorial Fund. Co-sponsors of this project include Bi-GayLa, Contraceptive and Sexual Awareness, HIV/AIDS Education Committee, Student Development, Options/Student Action Team, Residence Life, Social Change for Women and Student Association.
Behind the scenes
A tour de Print Shop was hosted by Mary Kastner (Publications) last week for 22 students enrolled in Copy Editing and Layout, a Communication and Media course taught by Shelly Wright. According to Kastner, the students are learning the art of newsletter creation which includes not only writing, editing and layout, but a knowledge of the technology and labor involved in printing such a publication. The tour provided an overview of Print Shop operations from the darkroom to the bindery, and included demonstrations of the transfer of images from negative to metal plate to printing press, performed by offset operators Bob Walsh and Pat Jackson (both Print Shop).
As News Pulse went to press, there was no new information regarding the first Hudson Heritage Federal Credit Union robbery in 23 years. The theft of more than $4,000 by an unidentified assailant on November 16 is still being investigated, said Richard Barnhart (Campus Police), who would like to see College employees respond to unusual occurrences on campus more promptly in the future. A number of people saw the individual descending the HAB staircase to the basement prior to the robbery, said Barnhart. "He was wearing a black shroud and it wasn't Halloween. It would have been very helpful if they had called right away," he said. Any information regarding this incident may be reported confidentially to Campus Police at x3337. The Credit Union is FDIC insured, so its clientele have not been adversely affected by this occurrence.
Long story short
The State University of New York at New Paltz and the city of Poughkeepsie are mentioned in the movie Meet Joe Black, now playing at a theater near you. Produced and directed by Martin Brest, this film is an adaptation of the 1920s stage play titled Death Takes a Holiday. As highly prosperous businessman William Parrish, portrayed by Anthony Hopkins, approaches his 65th birthday, his daughter Allison, played by Marcia Gay Harden, plans an extravagant birthday party at the family's country estate, supposedly located in upstate New York. Actually filmed at the 75-acre former home of U.S. Senator Nelson W. Aldrich in Warwick Neck, Rhode Island, the party scene features as a backdrop the Atlantic Ocean, conspicuously missing from Ulster County. Still, College publicity is always good, as are screen performances by Hopkins, though Brad Pitt as the Reaper was, well... Grim.
Awards, Honors, and Recognition
The SUNY New Paltz AmeriCorps Program was featured in the summer 1998 edition of the Serving New York newsletter, a publication of the New York State Commission on National and Community Service. The article submitted by Michelle Rosenbaum (AmeriCorps) praised our students for collecting more than $500 worth of school supplies for children in the Migrant Education Outreach Program through a School Supply/Book Drive which they organized, recycling the unused notebooks, pens and paper of home-bound College students last spring.
Two pieces of artwork by Rimer Cardillo (Art) have been purchased by Harvard University's Fogg Museum. They are a photo etching, engraving and mezzotint titled "Aldabón de Carmelitas" and a mezzotint and engraving titled "Dürer in Sacsayhuaman."
Publications: Papers, Articles, and Essays
Elaine Hofstetter (Secondary Education) and Jennifer Davis (MS/Secondary Education Mathematics, 1997), a math instructor at Ulster County Community College, co-authored an article titled "A Graphing Investigation of the Ellipse," which appeared in the October 1998 issue of Learning and Leading with Technology.
Abbey Block Cash (Elementary/Secondary Education) was the featured speaker at the Second Annual Institute on the Gifted at Adelphi University, presenting two talks, "Creative Approaches to Values Education for Highly Able Learners" and "Parenting the Gifted: Establishing an Effective School Advocacy Group." Additionally, she gave a talk titled "A Balanced Approach to Literacy" at Vassar College and was appointed to a National Advisory Panel in Washington D.C. which addressed "School to Work Programs for Gifted Learners."
Performances of a new one-act chamber opera, The Other Voice, at Holy Cross Church in Kingston last month featuredBarbara Hardgrave (Music) in the title role of Hilda, Abbess of Whitby, a seventh-century woman most influential in Anglo- Saxon Christendom and Jeff Brown (Residence Life) as the cowherd and poet Caedmon. This opera's text was written by New York Times best-selling author Gail Godwin and its music by internationally renowned composer Robert Starer, both Guggenheim Fellows and recipients of SUNY honorary doctoral degrees, presented at New Paltz in 1996.
Jan Harrison (Publications) exhibited paintings and an installation of sculpture and studio art titled "Animal Tongues" at the Museum voor Moderne Kunst in Arnhem, Holland. This is the second venue of the traveling exhibition titled "ANIMAL.ANIMA.ANIMUS," which is accompanied by a catalogue/book featuring essays about the animal in art by writers, philosophers and art critics. Curators are Linda Weintraub (Art) and Marketta Seppälä (Finnish Fund for Art Exchange).
Joel Neuman (Business Administration) appeared as a guest on the morning talk-radio program, Morning Attitudes, on AM 1590 in Northern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire. The 30-minute segment in which he appeared was titled "Workplace Incivility— Or, the Leaner Meaner Workplace." Additionally, Neuman's words regarding his work appeared in two recent newspaper articles, "Mean Business," by Jessica Guynn of the Contra Costa Times, San Francisco; and "Getting Bullied at Work," by Ilana DeBare of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Brett Stone (Business Administration) presented a workshop in the van den Berg Learning Center Conference Room last month to 11 faculty members and two students of the Business Administration Department. The presentation titled "Productivity in Research" recommended the use of Endnote bibliographical software in conjunction with other online databases to increase efficiency of searching and tracking bibliographical sources.
Alumni in the news
Ruth Bergman (Class of '44/Education), a retired teacher of the White Plains Public School system, has generously donated an extensive collection of geographic journals dating back to 1962 to the College's Geography Department. After graduation from New Paltz, Bergman earned her master's and doctoral degrees in Geography from Columbia Teacher's College.
Edward Paulino (Class of '91/History) was quoted saying "EOP was the most transformative experience of my life," in an article by Samuel Freeman which appeared in the October 14 edition of USA Today. According to Freeman, Paulino is an illustration of affirmative action based on socio-economic class as an effective solution to a "national dilemma."
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