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Natural selection
President Roger Bowen has announced the appointment of David Lavallee as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. Lavallee has been provost and vice president of the City College of New York since 1994 and will begin his appointment at SUNY New Paltz in the summer of '99. According to Bowen, the College is fortunate to have attracted this " top-flight chemist,internationalist and proven administrator," because he is both experienced with the CUNY system and very supportive of a student- centered strategic plan such as New Paltz's. Congratulations Lavallee, and welcome.

A Hudson Valley Holiday
The Concert Choir, directed by Edward Lundergan (Music), is featured on a new compact disc released by the Hudson Valley Philharmonic (HVP) titled A Hudson Valley Holiday. "We all just had a royal blast recording it," said HVP music director Randall Craig Fleischer. "It's a great community project. We did the whole CD in one day Boom. It just goes to show you how the projects you put together quickly can produce the best results." The Concert Choir performs Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Wassail Song" and a selection from Benjamin Britten's A Ceremony of Carols titled "This Little Babe." The CD costs approximately $15 and can be ordered by phone through the HVP at (845) 454-1222 or at one of the following locations: The HVP box office at 11 Cannon Street in Poughkeepsie; Bethehem Art Gallery on Jackson Avenue in New Windsor; or Clearwater Gifts at Jones Farms, located at 190 Angola Road in Cornwall.

Party time
A 75th Birthday Concert honoring the internationally renowned composer Robert Starer celebrates six decades of composition of piano music and other chamber works which the New York Times calls "rich-textured, deeply expressive music that has something to say, and says it with fervor, originality and conviction." Highlights of Starer's birthday party will include the New York premiere of Images of Man, to be performed by pianist Sylvia Buccelli, flutist Marcia Gates, cellist Susan Seligman (all Music), and soprano and voice teacher Danielle Woerner; the world premiere of A Carillon of Albany, to be performed by pianist Justin Kolb of Fleischmans; and a performance of Piano Trio by Seligman, Buccelli and violinist Carole Cowan (Music). Starer has been the recipient of two Guggenheim Fellowships, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a SUNY honorary doctoral degree, presented to him at New Paltz in 1996. The concert will take place on Sunday, January 10 at 3 p.m. at Christ & St. Stephen's Church, 122 West 69th Street, New York City. Tickets are priced at $10 for adults and no cost for students, and can be purchased at the door. For further information, please contact Mellon Music Management at (845) 586-3588 or St. Stephen's Church at (212) 787-2755.

On our turf
SUNY New Paltz has been extending its resources to New Paltz High School students. Prior to the start of the fall '98 semester, High School athletics director John Ford and Jim Zalacca (Athletics) determined that New Paltz High School sports teams would take advantage of the College's vast intramural playing fields while their own fields are being refurbished, with completion scheduled for fall '99. Soccer and field hockey teams have been holding their practices and home games here at SUNY all semester, and baseball and softball teams will do the same this spring. Since New Paltz High School is not equipped with a swimming pool, their swim teams have regularly used our pool and will continue to do so in the future.


Appointments, Honors, and Recognition

Robert Burns (Development) served as a staff facilitator for the SUNY New Paltz Industry Advisory Board, co-coordinating its recent day-long meeting which exposed the College to local business CEOs.

Robert Piluso (Foreign Languages) has been appointed chair of the Westchester Education Committee of the National ItalianAmerican Foundation (NIAF). His duties include organizing, launching and presiding over the NIAF's Westchester Lecture Series,which began November 6 with a lecture on "Ancient Greek Culture in Calabria from the 10th to the 14th Centuries." A second lecture (in English), which is open to all at no cost, is scheduled for 8 p.m. on January 7 at Pace University in Pleasantville. It is titled "Remembering Leopardi: In the Aftermath of the Bicentennial of His Birth," and will be delivered by Joseph Tusiani, an author, poet, translator and professor emeritus of Italian at CUNY Hunter.



Due to the likelihood of diminished campus inhabitancy, News Pulse will not be published on Monday, December 28. Seek love and joy this holiday season, and don't forget to drink your Ovaltine.

During the month of January, News Pulse will contain no announcements of awards, exhibitions, etc., but will resume this practice immediately upon the commencement of the spring '99 semester. Throughout the month, previously submitted fall '98 news items which have not already been covered by this newsletter will be given priority.



Hon Ho (Biology) presented a poster session titled "Pythiogeton species associated with root rot of corn in South Korea" at the annual meeting of the American Phytopathological Society which was held in Las Vegas. Research was conducted in collaboration with Ho's colleagues of the National Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology in Suwon, Korea.

In addition to those previously noted in News Pulse, the following individuals presented programs at the Student Learning Symposium of the University Faculty Senate, held last month at SUNY's Institute for Technology at Utica/Rome:

Barbara Geider (Student Affairs), Gweneth Lloyd (Psychological Counseling Center), Margaret Wade-Lewis (Black Studies) and Nathaniel Williams (Black Studies) - "Enhancing Student Learning and Retention: A Multicultural Scholar's Mentorship Program."

Robin Cohen (Student Development) and Tonda Highley (Career Advising & Fieldwork) - "Major Connections: Interaction Beyond the Classroom, subtitled "A Student Affairs/Academic Affairs Collaboration with Demonstrated Results."

Pamlyn Atkins (Psychological Counseling Center/Student Development) and Daniel Walsh (Residence Life) - "First- Year Seminar: Academics, Decision-Making, and Diversity."


Alumni in the news

Edward Renehan (Class of '80) has published a book titled The Lion's Pride: Theodore Roosevelt and His Family in Peace and War, a featured selection of both the Book of the Month Club and the History Book Club. Published by Oxford University Press last month, this book is recommended by historian Stephen E. Ambrose "without reservation and with heartfelt thanks to Edward Renehan for a truly great read."

The following alumni have been newly appointed to the Alumni Association Board of Directors for terms which begin January 1, 1999:

Three year term: Elizabeth Brennan Donnaruma (Class of '36), Steven Klein (Class of '73), Joy Sciacca Palazzola (Class of '88) and Edward Shuster (Class of '68).

Two year term: Charles Lynch (Class of '78).

Two year term as Executive Officers: President Gail Park Logan (Class of '58), Vice President Mary Dixon Atkins (Class of '66), Secretary Rosemary Mainberger McBride (Class of '60 and '68) and Treasurer Lori Klein Tunkel (Class of '70).


Students in the news

Keri Neuman (Senior/Elementary Education) participated in the 1998 National Karate Championships, held in Cape Cod last month. She placed first in the events of Women's Black Belt Forms and Women's Black Belt Division Sparring, and claimed the title "Women's Black Belt Sparring Grand Champion." Neuman trains and teaches karate at Karate Mountain in Marlboro and is preparing to student teach in her academic field in the spring.


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