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Issue Date: January 25, 1999


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Heed the call
Beginning February 1 and continuing through March, 20 students will occupy Room 411 of Haggerty Administration Building from 3-7 p.m. on Sundays and 6-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday. These courageous and dedicated agents of the 1999 Annual Fund Phonathon will be calling New Paltz alumni to ask for their support, with the goal of increasing the alumni participation rate to 18 percent by 2004. A multitude of projects are supported in this manner, including the student publications of departments and programs such as English, Journalism, Math, Art and the Writing Board; as well as lecture speakers; the Music Department's Hudson Valley Symposium; the English Department's Graduate Symposium; resources for the Sojourner Truth Library including books, encyclopedias and research software; classroom furniture and equipment such as the state-of-the-art writing, editing, and computing labs in Coykendall Science Building, Louis and Mildred Resnick Engineering Hall and the Honors Program Study Center; and various campus events such as "Celebrating the Sciences" and "New York Conference in Asian Studies" in 1998.

A message to New Paltz alumni in residence:
Interim Alumni Director Azita Miller (Class of '97) reminds us, "Student tuition and most state appropriations provide the ‘barebones' funds necessary for faculty and staff salaries, heating and lighting of buildings, and vehicle and infrastructural maintenance, but do not provide the ‘margin of excellence' which makes New Paltz an extraordinary institution. Less than 38 percent of the University's annual operating budget comes from state appropriations alone. Through alumni contributions, we can help our institution become even better. Please join me in reaffirming our commitment to our alma mater by donating to the 1999 Annual Fund Phonathon. Thank you for your consideration and best wishes for a happy and healthy new year."

Go the distance
Part-time and full-time faculty and professional staff members are eligible to apply for an International Study Award. This new program, introduced for a one-year trial period, provides opportunities to enhance teaching, research and service while strengthening existing international institutional relationships or creating new ones. Fellowships, valued at a maximum of $3,000, will be awarded competitively. Applications are due in the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs by March 1. If you have not received the International Study Awards application and guidelines, check with your department/division secretary.

Sojourner Truth Fellowships
The Graduate School is pleased to announce that a number of students in English; Fine Arts; and Special, Elementary, Secondary and ESL Education programs will receive Sojourner Truth Fellowships for the spring '99 semester. This resource for graduate students has been improving at a notable rate. Funding for these fellowships by the SUNY Graduate Research Initiative began in 1988 with six students and $25,000; today, the number of eligible students has increased at New Paltz and funding has more than tripled. Awards range from $1,000 to $5,000 and are available to outstanding full-time underrepresented minority graduate students. Qualified students are encouraged to contact the Graduate School at x3285 for additional information regarding Sojourner Truth Fellowships.


Awards, Honors, and Recognition

Harry Stoneback's (English) book of narrative poetry written in celebration of natural springs around the world, Singing the Springs, was featured in the "Books" section of the December 24 edition of Woodstock Times. The article's author, Susan Piperato, wrote, "This is a book of poetry not only to savor but to carry along while traveling, whether on international flights or trips on the highway to the foothills of the Shawangunks or even further, across state lines, in order to move beyond the standard and even obscure tourist destinations to discover the essence of the local people and their history submerged in their springs."

Kurt Matzdorf (Professor Emeritus, Gold and Silversmithing) was commissioned by The New York Public Library to create a President's Cup bearing the name of its current president, Paul LeClerc, which was presented at The Library's annual board meeting on November 18. The design of the sterling silver and 14-karat gold cup he created includes four low relief emblems representing the Library's research centers: Humanities; Schomburg; Science, Industry and Business; and Performing Arts. Eighty-five stars signifying the Library's branches have been engraved on the cup and a 14-karat gold inscription reads, "New York Public Library President's Cup." Funding for this work was given by Frederick Rose in honor of his wife Sandra Priest Rose, a Library trustee.

Matzdorf founded the Metals Program at SUNY New Paltz, where he taught from 1957 to 1985. His silverworks include 16 college and university maces, 20 presidential chains of office (New Paltz has both by Matzdorf), and 10 presidential medallions, as well as religious ceremonial works on display in 52 synagogues and temples in the U.S. His work has appeared in the permanent collections of several museums throughout the country and has been displayed in more than 125 exhibitions — both national and international invitationals - and has won numerous awards.


Publications: Papers, Studies and Statements

Alice Chandler (President Emerita), commissioned by the Washington-based American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), has developed a study, "Public Higher Education and the Public Good: Public Policy at the Crossroads," which addresses the historical role of higher education in society, and a statement, "Supporting the Public Benefits of Public Higher Education," with support from a task force of public higher education leaders and AASCU staff. According to Gay Clyburn, communications director and spokesperson for AASCU, the historical perspective of public higher education which Chandler's study provides enabled the development of the policy statement which offers recommendations to states, colleges and universities, the general public and the federal government, and appeals to Congress to provide reasonable financial aid to students from low- and middle-income families and stop recent funding trends toward student loans which often leave them with overwhelming debt.



William Rhoads (Art History) gave a talk titled "Exploring the Architectural Styles of Kingston Houses" for the Friends of Historic Kingston at the Fred J. Johnson Museum in December.


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