News Pulse

ISSUE DATE: February 15, 1999


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Publications: Poems, Articles, and Essays



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Poetry in motion
By April, National Poetry Month, SUNY New Paltz will be more equipped to celebrate the genre than ever before. The board of directors of The William W. Vasse Poetry Series, initiated with funds donated in celebration of Vice President Vasse's contributions to SUNY New Paltz and in honor of his retirement, is pleased to announce its first poetry reading. "This will launch what we hope will be a long tradition of enriching poetry events," said Dennis Doherty (English), chair of the board which consists of several other faculty members from a broad array of departments at New Paltz, as well as community members, poets and students. On Thursday, February 18 at 7 p.m. in the Honors Center, all are invited to enjoy the muses of Harry Stoneback, Robert Waugh (both English), College Foundation member Eddie Bell and students Meghan Murphy (Senior/Visual Arts), Ryan Murphy (Senior/Visual Arts) and Rebecca Schumejda (Senior/English). This semester's series will also include a reading by a well-known guest poet in March and a "Favorite Poem" reading in April. Members would like to thank Karin Andriolo (Honors Program/Anthropology) for organizing the board and for providing the Honors Center as a meeting and reading place, and The Honors Program for providing secretarial, student and other support as a service to the campus community. For additional information, please contact Doherty at x2739.

Smoke-free environment
The College Auxiliary Services (CAS) Board of Directors is currently considering eliminating all smoking in SUNY New Paltz dining areas, said Executive Director Bill Long. Recent studies indicating that secondary smoke can be particularly damaging to college-age students, causing a variety of health problems, has raised his concern and that of the CAS Board. With cigarette manufacturers targeting young adults, Long said "I think we ought to be proactive." Smoking areas currently exist in the SUB Station and in Hasbrouck Dining Hall. The board is soliciting feedback on this issue from staff, faculty and students, so please send written responses to the CAS office located in Hasbrouck Dining Hall, fax 3362, or e-mail by Friday, February 26. A final decision, to be made at a March 3 CAS Board meeting, will be published in News Pulse thereafter. Any new smoking policies will become effective June 1. Trying to budge it: A contribution by Johanna D'Aleo (Finance & Administration) (Throughout the 1999-2000 New York State budget process, News Pulse will provide regular updates contributed by D'Aleo.) The 1999-2000 Executive Budget has been released and is available at Some items of interest/concern are as follows:

SUNY System Administration, with the involvement of presidents, is developing a formal response to this budget proposal.



...Please consider donating Delta SkyMiles to United Way International Sky Wish Account #7000000062 in support of Richard Panman's (Psychology) necessary return to Japan, in the manner described by him at Friday's Faculty Meeting and in recent e-mail from Karen Summerlin (Public Affairs). To receive a printed copy of that information, please contact Public Affairs at x3245.

...Robin Cohen (Student Development), Ray Schwartz (Student Affairs), Town Supervisor Susan Zimet, Village Mayor Tom Nyquist and representatives of local taverns/restaurants gathered at New Paltz Town Hall last Monday to announce the creation of a Tavernowners Agreement which restricts inappropriate advertisements and promotions offered in this college town and is effective immediately. More on this next week.

...Eligibility restrictions have changed for the School Tax Relief Program being implemented in New York State which may reduce school taxes on your primary residence. Additional information and application forms (due by March 1) are available through your local assessors office or


Awards, Honors, and Recognition

Kathy Kraus (Continuing & Professional Education) received a doctoral degree from SUNY Albany in educational administration and policy studies, with a concentration in higher education. Her dissertation, "Administrator and Faculty Response to Distance Education: The EASTNET Initiative," is a case study of a collaborative distance learning program between the state universities at Albany and Oswego. Kraus is grateful to have been the recipient of a UUP/GOER Professional Development Quality of Worklife Grant in 1994-95 and research grants from the Continuing Education Association of New York in 1996-97, which supported her residency requirement and doctoral research, respectively.

SUNY New Paltz received a New Paltz Garden Club Civic Improvement Award for the 1998 growing season. Twenty-two local businesses were recognized in this way for outstanding planting and maintenance to their properties and received letters of commendation and cards of recognition. Thanks Grounds Maintenance Shop and Facilities & Planning for making us look good!

Congratulations and best wishes to the following 1998 faculty and professional staff retirees:

John Alphonso-Karkala (English), Lucille Brown (Library), Peter Garlick (Economics), Naomi Gaskin (Student Advising), Marleigh Grayer-Ryan (Foreign Languages), Lee Johnson (Accounting), Arnold Nemerofsky (Biology), Marcia Norton(Educational Administration), William Philliber (Sociology), Vanderlyn Pine (Sociology), Frances Seaholm (Library), Giancarlo Traverso (Foreign Languages) and William Whittaker (Business Administration).


Publications: Poems, Articles, and Essays

Dennis Doherty's (English) poems titled "The Arc of Stars" and "Mystique of the Dead" will be published in the literary magazine ARGESTES, Wauna, Washington. Additionally, Doherty's "Feet" and "Social Studies" will appear in MM REVIEW, Cincinnati and RHINO 99, Chicago, respectively.

Hemingway authority Harry Stoneback's (English) recent publications include: an article titled "Hemingway's ‘Indian Camp': Story into Film," in a book titled The Tales We Tell, published by Greenwood Press; an article titled "‘Very Cheerful and Clean and Sane and Lovely': Hemingway's ‘Very Pleasant Land of France,'" in a book titled French Connections: Hemingway and Fitzgerald Abroad, published by St. Martin's Press; an article titled "‘Et in Arcadia Ego': Deep Structure, Paysage Moralisé, Geomoral and Symbolic Landscape in Hemingway," in North Dakota Quarterly; and a poem titled "Woodsmoke in Aigues-Mortes: Late November," in a trilingual (English, French and Provencal) broadside publication from Edicioun Lou Gregau, France.



Jamie Bennett (Art) is spending this month as an Artist in Residence at the Myers School of Art at Akron University where he is completing an outdoor enameled steel wall relief, based on the representation of ornamental images, for the permanent collection of that university's museum. He will spend March as an Artist in Residence at the Munich Academy of Art, Germany.

Susan Lehrer (Women's Studies/Sociology) will provide an eyewitness account and slide presentation on the lives, living conditions and reproductive health hazards in the workplace of Mexico border inhabitants. Titled "21st Century Sweatshops on Our Border," her presentation is based on interviews she recently conducted there. It is free, open to all, and begins at 4:30 p.m. in Coykendall Science Building, Room 153 on Tuesday, February 16. This event has been co-sponsored by the International Education Program, Latin American Studies Program, and the departments of Political Science & International Relations and Sociology.

Joel Neuman (Business Administration) presented a two-day workshop on Time Management and Personal Productivity to executives and support staff of Micros Retail Systems Inc., based in New Jersey. Additionally, Neuman was recently interviewed about his research relating to workplace aggression and violence for an article titled "To End Workplace Feuds, Sooner is Better" which appeared in the globally distributed Snelling Report.

The Hudson Valley Philharmonic's (HVP) Symphony Series III, performed January 29-31 at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, the Bardavon 1869 Opera House in Poughkeepsie and Studley Theatre, featured violinist Carole Cowan (Music), who performed Vivaldi's "Four Seasons." Additional SUNY New Paltz Music Department faculty who are also HVP musicians include: Joel Evans (oboe), Marcia Gates (flute), William McCann (French horn) and Susan Seligman (cello). Violist Valentina Charlap- Evans and violinist Emily Faxon, together with Cowan and Seligman, comprise the HVP String "Quartet in Residence."

All three concerts were donated by the HVP. For the performance here on campus, a "Meet the Artists" reception in the Jacobson Faculty Tower lobby was sponsored by the President's Office; and the cost of technicians was supported by the School of Fine & Performing Arts. Though Symphony Series III was highly successful (approximately 950 tickets sold in addition to regular season subscription), it is still unclear whether the HVP will be able to overcome its $616,000 debt incurred from its summer concert season at Island Green Country Club in Amenia.


Students in the news

The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Swimming and Diving Championships were hosted last semester by the United States Merchant Marine Academy at the Goodwill Games Pool in East Meadow. An overall great day for the Hawks included the achievement by Claudine Gruver (Senior/Biology) of individual titles in the 100- and the 200-yard backstroke, and the 50- and the 100-yard freestyle; and by Jessica DiFabio (Senior/Sociology) of ECAC Championship and SUNY New Paltz records in winning the 200-yard breaststroke. That weekend, the New Paltz women set 17 records (seven New Paltz, seven ECAC Championship and three SUNYAC) to place fifth among 18 teams in the final standings.


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