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ISSUE DATE: January 18, 1999


WHAT'S OLD: Fall '98 News


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WHAT'S OLD: Fall '98 News


Changing hands
Approximately 75 SUNY New Paltz alumni and friends enjoyed a Holiday Reception at The University Club in Manhattan in December, directly following Eli Basch's final board meeting as the College Foundation chair. Before handing the figurative reigns of the Foundation over to Ed Ullmann (Bienstar, Inc.) whose office became official on January 1, 1999, Basch accepted a gift of appreciation from the board in recognition of his service to the Foundation and to SUNY New Paltz. He is now the owner of an Erik Weiss original print collage. Weiss received his BFA in Art here at New Paltz and is now a participant of our master's program in Printmaking. Basch's collage was created as part of a series Weiss produced using a limestone-press technique. Basch is an attorney, practicing in Kingston, and will continue to serve SUNY New Paltz as a member of the College Council.

Learning the business
The Institute for International Business (IIB) hosted a lecture and reception by the Deputy Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in the Hopfer House in October. Gail Parisi (Continuing & Professional Education) arranged the visit of Consul Hans Heinrich von Stackelberg who had requested to come to campus to address our students about the German national elections taking place at that time. According to Kathy Kraus (Continuing & Professional Education), Consul von Stackelberg has high regard for SUNY New Paltz and its Certificate Program in Marketing, Public Relations and American Business Practices, in which German students have participated since IIB began its affiliation with his native country in 1993.

The Certificate Program is rather innovative, said Kraus, because it gives students a chance to spend two months studying at SUNY New Paltz, located in a small town in a rural area, and two months gaining work experience with one of approximately 300 IIB affiliated businesses and organizations in New York City. Its success lies in its two-fold objective: "to give international students the advantage of our faculty expertise and to expose American students to international students and culture," said Kraus. Since it was establishment in 1990, this program has primarily served students from Sweden, Brazil and Germany. According to Keith Morey (Continuing & Professional Education), IIB is actively pursuing new participants from several other South American and European countries. The spring '99 group which will arrive on January 30 includes 11 German students, two Brazilian students and one Swiss student.

Team spirit
The Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) sponsored a "Hawk Rally" and Ice Cream Social in Elting Gym last month, a unique event because it brought together athletes from all intercollegiate teams, many of whom had never met before, but who share a common passion for sports. "It was wonderful to see such interaction between teams," said SUNY New Paltz's senior women's administrator and head athletic trainer Farron Bennett. "Some students didn't even know who was who or what sport they play. When they paired up in the wheelbarrow race, we had 6'7" basketball players being pushed down the gym floor by 5'3" swimmers. It was a lot of fun," she said. According to Bennett, this event has boosted attendance at home competitions as teams increasingly show up to support their fellow athletes. Officers within the SAAC include President Jessica Naldony (Women's Soccer and Lacrosse), Vice President Chris Wright (Men's Volleyball), and Secretary Stephen Ferrara (Men's Soccer).

The SUNY New Paltz chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, an internationally recognized fraternity for educators, inducted three new members in December. Barbara Curiale, an elementary resource teacher for the Wallkill school district; Susan Wheeler, the technology chairperson for the Minisink school district; and William Geiser, a math teacher for the North Rockland school district, have joined the chapter which is active in the promotion of public education through author seminar lectures, scholarship grants to high school juniors and seniors, and the recognition of those whose contributions to public education have been exceptional.

It's a small world: A contribution by Rich Bodenschatz (Admissions).
A previous issue of News Pulse (October 1998 Special Edition) mentioned that Rose Rudnitski, chair of Elementary Education, graduated from SUNY Oneonta. Ever the reporter, Rob Miraldi (Communication & Media) sought Rose out at Fall Open House to find out when she had attended and graduated. To Rob's surprise, Rose graduated in 1972, the same year as he did... and the same year as Rich Bodenschatz of Admissions. None knew that they had been classmates. Interestingly, Rose's major at Oneonta was Music, Rob's was Political Science, and Rich's was English. Just goes to show what a good liberal arts education can lead one to!



...Deb Seagull, Lucy Anderson (both Computer Services) and Rachel Reuben (Public Affairs) have developed a Web Works Open House & Preview, scheduled for 9:30 a.m - noon and 1:30 - 3 p.m. on Friday, January 22 in the Humanities Building, Room 105A. Faculty and staff with personal or course-related web pages and those responsible for updating departmental web sites will find this informal session useful. Previews of the new SUNY New Paltz web site will be given at 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m. and will reveal how departments will fare in the results of the new site's search engine. Attendance will increase your department's chance of rating high in those results. Assistance will also be offered to those who are unfamiliar with HTML. This session is for anyone wishing to make minor changes to a pre-existing web page only. Those interested in learning how to create pages from scratch should call Seagull at x3117 to find out when her next class will take place.

...Scholarship catalogs for the 1999-2000 academic year will be available in all departments and administrative offices, the Student Union Information Center and Sojourner Truth Library after February 1. Thanks to the generous support of alumni and friends, campus and community organizations, and local and corporate businesses, more than 150 scholarships offering awards from $200 to $4,000 (some distributed over a four-year period) will be available to SUNY New Paltz students. For further information, please contact Judy Herron (Development) at x3239.


PREDICTIONS from history

"Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground to try and find oil? You're crazy!" - Drillers rejecting the project of Edwin L. Drake, 1859.

"The abdomen, the chest, and the brain will forever be shut from the intrusion of the wise and humane surgeon." - Sir John Eric Ericksen, Surgeon-Extraordinary to Queen Victoria, 1873.

"We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out." - Decca Recording Company rejecting the Beatles, 1962.

"640K ought to be enough for anybody." - Bill Gates, 1981.


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