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ISSUE DATE: January 11, 1999


WHAT'S OLD: Fall '98 News


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WHAT'S OLD: Fall '98 News


The New Paltz AmeriCorps Project, funded by a grant written by program co-directors Robin Cohen (Student Development) and Tonda Highley (Career Advising & Fieldwork), received praise from state and federal administrators alike. A letter to College officials from Mary Pfeiffer, program administrator for AmeriCorps in New York Governor George Pataki's Office of National and Community Service, referred to the program as "exemplary" and "a model for new programs." Cheryl Blankenship, a senior program officer at the Corporation for National Service in Washington D.C. stated that she found the partnerships established in the New Paltz community to be impressive. According to her, "Providing mentoring and tutoring, a safe place after school, and day care to hundreds of youth is a testament to the commitment to develop and nurture the relationship that SUNY New Paltz has with the citizens of the New Paltz community."

AmeriCorps is a domestic Peace Corps with more than 100,000 members nationwide, launched by President Bill Clinton in 1994 to serve communities in the areas of environment, human needs, public safety and education. At New Paltz, the program serves 600 youth in after school, day care and recreational programs, and impacts the lives of more than 700 migrant children.

Five new sites which joined the program in September include: United Cerebral Palsy of Ulster County; Wallkill High School; Family of New Paltz; Ulster County Mental Health Association, Inc.; and the Flag Program at Ulster County Board of Cooperative Educational Services. The program's coordinator, Michelle Rosenbaum, said "It's a win-win proposition. Sites in the community gain hard-working AmeriCorps members, and members gain invaluable skills providing community service."

Michelle Cangelosi (Student Development) and 13 students could be found "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" at a walk sponsored by the American Cancer Society at Woodbury Commons on October 18. After completing the walk, they added the pink ribbons designated for loved ones by campus community members the previous week to the regional "Circle of Hope" trees located at the Commons. More than $200 for cancer research was raised by these SUNY New Paltz representatives.

A Student/Faculty Dinner held on October 29 at LaCasa, a specialty house in Dubois Residence Hall that focuses on exploring the cultures of Spanish-speaking countries, was "a truly enjoyable evening," said Elisa Davila who attended the event with her Foreign Languages colleagues Maria Mengual, Robert Piluso, Louis Saraceno and Teresita Stewart. According to Davila, members of LaCasa have signed an agreement to speak mainly Spanish while residing there and to attend cultural events which explore and celebrate Spain and Central and South America. "It really contributes to the general mission of internationalizing the College," said Davila. The students prepared Spanish foods for their guests at this dinner which they organized with the support of Residence Life and the Latin American Studies Program. "We were very impressed," Davila concluded.

Sophomore Jean-Marie NiebuhrSophomore Jean-Marie Niebuhr (pictured left) completed her registration form for spring '99 classes in the lobby of the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art while waiting for a friend attending Museum Director Neil Trager's virtual tour of the new museum on November 18. "It's not easy," said Niebuhr, who has a double major in Music Therapy and Music Performance and a minor in Women's Studies.

During half-time at a December 8 Men's Basketball game against Oneonta, Heinz Meng (Biology) officially presented the Athletics Department with a portrait of its mascot, "Gussie," the goshawk whose silhouette he drew for the Athletics logo and emblem designed by the Publications Office. The Institutional Image Group extended its thanks to Meng for his contribution to the Athletics Department identity and recognized him for his many accomplishments as a naturalist. Meng unveiled the painting, held it up for all to see, then symbolically handed it over to Athletics Director Jim Zalacca while Gussie herself rested on the forearm of Meng's friend and fellow falconer Egeo "Gino" Altimari of Marlboro.

From Left to Right - Zalacca, Altimari, Gussie and Meng
Pictured at right, from L to R: Zalacca, Altimari, Gussie and Meng. Photo courtesy of David Hines (Athletics).

The painting portrays Gussie with beak open and legs extended. It captures her as she is now, with the brown plumage of an immature goshawk. According to Meng, during the second year of her life, Gussie will acquire her adult grey plumage and her eyes will turn from black to red. Meng remembered that in 1951 he showed a tame goshawk to SUNY New Paltz students who were asked to vote on whether their mascot should be a chimpanzee or a hawk. "Gus" became the first Athletics mascot and Meng painted him on the side of a College bus at the request of President William Haggerty in 1954. Meng said he feels the goshawk is a very appropriate mascot for New Paltz because, "What does a goshawk eat out in the wild? Anything it puts its mind to. The goswhawk says to our athletes, ‘You can do it!' "

Meng's painting will be displayed in Elting Gymnasium and the logo bearing his silhouette drawing can be seen on uniforms, banners, brochures, etc.



As per recent communications from John Shupe (Physical Plant), priority areas for snow removal on campus are as follows:

Please remember that it is a good idea to move your vehicle from a parking lot that is being cleared by College personnel. This not only makes a difficult job easier for them, but prevents your car from becoming plowed in. Never try to sneak around a plow vehicle to get a clear parking space as visibility in plows is limited, and such behavior has caused accidents on campus in the past.

Additional questions should be directed to Shupe at x3335. For emergencies only, call MOC at x3301.


PREDICTIONS from history

"Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?" - H.M. Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927.

"Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau." - Irving Fisher, professor of Economics at Yale University, 1929.

"I have traveled the length and breadth of this country and talked with the best people, and I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won't last out the year." - Prentice Hall editor, 1957.


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