Up up and away
The 25,000 pound cor-ten steel sculpture by internationally renowned artist Richard Hunt titled, "Large Hybrid," previously stationed at the east entrance to the former College Art Gallery, was removed during a light drizzle on the morning of November 17 for the duration of the building's metamorphosis. Workmen of TY Crane & Rigging of Garrison and RVW Sculpture Arrangement of Fishkill first shoveled away its minced limestone bed, then lifted the sculpture by crane into a waiting tractor-trailer (see photo at left). "Large Hybrid" will vacation in a park at the foot of the George Washington Bridge on the New York side near 178th Street, returning to the campus upon the completion of the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, possibly as early as the fall of 1999. Since the new museum will occupy more than double the space of its predecessor, a reinstallation site for the sculpture which has been on indefinite loan to the College since 1993, will be determined at that time.
On November 18, groundbreakers for the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art posed proudly with their shovels, symbolically announcing the commencement of construction at the site. Pictured below, from L to R: Kevin O'Connell (representing Congressman Maurice Hinchey), Johanna D'Aleo (Administration & Finance), Eli Basch (College Foundation), Neil Trager (Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art), David Dorsky (son of Samuel Dorsky), David Smith (Physical Plant), President Roger Bowen, and Erica and Allie Dorsky (granddaughters of Samuel Dorsky). Other groundbreakers, not pictured, included Patricia Phillips (Fine & Performing Arts) and Dennis Gagnon and Paul Tozzi (Arris Contracting Company, Inc.).
Museum director Neil Trager has announced the donation of several new gifts to the permanent collection of the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art. Look forward to perusing: 23 artist's books by Francois Deschamps, Ann Lovett, Clifton Meador (all Art) and Judith Mohns (MFA/Printmaking, 1996); a portfolio of 26 large format Polaroid photographs titled "The Stargazer Series," by Lovett; two platinum-palladium photographs by Kenro Izu; five New Paltz landscape and architecture watercolors by Ivar Ellis Evers, donated by the Friends of Alf Evers; 12 prints by Rockwell Kent and 13 prints by Woodstock artist Emil Ganso, donated by local sculptor Arthur Weyhe; paintings by Woodstock Art Colony associates Eugene Ludins and Austin Mecklem, donated by Petra Cabot of Woodstock and Walter Van Horn of Alaska, respectively; and ten French lithographic posters and two posters taken in America during WWI published by Parisian printmaker Fernand Mourlot, donated by museum volunteer Dale Collins.
Awards, Honors, and Recognition
Robin Cohen (Student Development) was awarded a plaque signifying Publications and Media Showcase Recognition by the National Orientation Directors' Association at a conference held in Austin, Texas in October. The Office of Student Development, in conjunction with the Office of Publications, placed second nationally in the category "Outstanding General Brochures/Booklets" for printed materials related to Orientation '98. The brochures, praised for excellence in outlining the College's Orientation program, were co-authored by Cohen and Tonda Highley (Career Advising & Fieldwork), designed by Publications, sponsored by Undergraduate Admissions and made possible through input of members of the Orientation and Student Development Committee. The plaque is currently on display with some of the winning brochures in the HAB lobby.
Publications: Papers, Articles, and Essays
Kequin Li (Mathematics & Computer Science) co-authored several recently published articles: "Efficient and scalable quicksort on a linear array with a reconfigurable pipelined bus system," with Mounir Hamdi (Hong Kong University of Science & Technology) and Yi Pan (University of Dayton), in Future Generation Computer Systems; "Performance analysis for dynamic tree embedding in k-partite networks by random walk," with Pan, Hong Shen (Griffith University, Queensland, Australia), Gilbert Young (Chinese University of Hong Kong) and Si-Quing Zheng (University of Texas, Dallas), in Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing; "Fast and processor efficient parallel matrix multiplication algorithms on a linear array with a reconfigurable pipelined bus system," with Pan and Zheng, in Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems; and "Lower bounds for dynamic tree embedding in bipartite graphs," with Pan, Shen, Young and Zheng, in the Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing.
Harry Stoneback (English), an article, "Still On The Road with Durrell: Lawrence Durrell and/in Popular Culture," in Confluences, a book published by the University of Paris in October.
A.J. Williams-Myers (Black Studies) has published an article titled "The Plight of African Americans in Ante- Bellum New York City," in the journal, Afro-Americans in New York Life and History. It will be one of 12 chapters appearing in a book by Williams-Myers, to be printed by Africa World Press in 1999. The book will be titled On the Morning Tide - African American History and Methodology Along the Hudson River.
Alexander Young (Political Science & International Relations) published an article titled "Hsu yuentung Chungts'ai: hau p'eng-yuo, wenhua-jen, aikuo-tse" ("Governor Hsu yuentung: a good friend, a man of culture and a patriot") in Chihyou Shihpao (The Liberty Times), New York City. Additionally, Young lectured on "Taiwan's Challenges to the U.S., China and Japan," at the New Jersey Taiwanese Association meeting; was a discussant for the panel, "Toward a New Dynamic Equilibrium Among U.S. - People's Republic of China - Taiwan Relations," at the 40th Annual Conference of the American Association for Chinese Studies," at Marriott La Guardia, New York; and was a participant at the Annual Asian Open Forum at Matsue, Japan.
Lisa Chase (EOP), Sarah Gardner and Sharon Peelor (both English) delivered a presentation titled "Helping Developmental Writers to Excel in Freshman Composition: A Model for Seamless Support" at the Student Learning Symposium of the University Faculty Senate, held at SUNY Utica/Rome.
CORRECTION: Jan Harrison's (Publications) "Animal Tongues" is an installation of sculpture and audio art included, along with her paintings, in the traveling exhibition titled "ANIMAL.ANIMA.ANIMUS," currently on display at the Museum voor Moderne Kunst in Arnhem, Holland.
A late flurry of donations to the College Foundation for the Faculty/Staff Campaign postponed the determination of the winner of two free days and nights at Mohonk Mountain House beyond the time News Pulse went to press.The winner will be notified by telephone and announced in the Monday, December 14 edition of News Pulse.
The Committee on Research, Awards and Leaves will be accepting nominations for 1999 Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in Teaching, Excellence in Librarianship and Excellence in Professional Service through January 11. Though the requirements have not changed since last year, a current checklist is required. Both are available through the Office of Academic Affairs (HAB 801, x3277).
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