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ISSUE DATE: March 8, 1999


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University Police
As of January 1, 1999, SUNY New Paltz is protected and served by police officers known as University Police. A law signed last July by Gov. George Pataki allows state university security officers to operate as police officers both on and off campus, solidifying working relationships between University Police and those of other agencies. "This is happening at almost every four-year state college. It's mainly jurisdictional, in that it enables [campus police] to pursue investigations off campus," stated Bob Cudmore, spokesman for the State University of New York Systems Administration in Albany. A memorandum of understanding signed by Chief of University Police Richard Barnhart, President Roger Bowen, Vice President Johanna D'Aleo (Administration & Finance), Town Supervisor Susan Zimet, Village Mayor Tom Nyquist and Chief of New Paltz Police Frank Appa expands the jurisdiction of SUNY New Paltz University Police to include the county, and in some instances the state. According to D'Aleo, the new law will conquer legal and safety issues that have hindered campus police enforcement. Barnhart stressed that "This is not going to make a significant change in what the officers have been doing for years; it simply brings deserved recognition and ties up loose ends." Assistant to the Chief Jen Wait is presently working with Publications staff to design posters which will hang in residence halls, featuring photos of the campus's 15 officers, three supervisors, detective and chief, as well as the emergency number where they can be reached - 911.

Race and Ethnicity in Poughkeepsie
The Poughkeepsie Institute, comprised of five colleges - Bard, Dutchess Community, Marist, New Paltz and Vassar - and the City of Poughkeepsie, published a report titled "Race and Ethnicity in Poughkeepsie," which was presented to Poughkeepsie Mayor Colette Lafuente and Common Council last month. The report is the result of a 14-week fall study by 19 students and five professors from the participating Institute colleges, and was based on primary experience and research, interviews and observations on race and ethnicity. Institute Board member Karin Andriolo (Honors Program) said participation in the seminar was an excellent learning experience for students because "it required attentiveness to many different voices and perspectives." The report, which includes a written component and a 12-minute film of interviews titled "Four Faces of Poughkeepsie," focuses on the demographics, housing and economic status of Italians, Mexicans, Jamaican Americans and African Americans living in Poughkeepsie. It even offers policy recommendations to the city, such as fostering ethnic celebrations and strengthening the structure of existing community organizations in order to help generations of immigrants feel at home in their chosen neighborhoods. "This is clearly the most valuable report from the Poughkeepsie Institute published to date," said course director Sabrina Jaar-Marzouka, of Vassar and the Dutchess County Health Department. According to Peter Leonard, chair of the Institute, subsequent faculty and student publicity included at least half an hour of air time on five radio shows and news clips on no fewer than eight stations. New Paltz contributors to the success of the seminar and report include Andriolo, Dean Jerry Benjamin (Liberal Arts & Sciences), Rebecca Cummings (Sophomore/English), Ashley DeForest (Sophomore/Political Science) and Carrie Holmes-Seares (Senior/Political Science).

Day in court
The Board of Trustees of the State University of New York will conduct a public hearing on March 23, at the State University Plaza, Large Courtroom, Albany from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. to receive testimony and statements from concerned individuals about university-wide issues only. Persons wishing to present prepared testimony to the Board are requested to write to John O'Connor, Vice Chancellor and Secretary of the University, State University Plaza, Albany, New York 12246. Letters must be received by noon on Monday, March 22, and need to include a brief identification of the subject of the testimony, as well as a telephone number and address for confirmation of agenda placement. Testimony will be limited to five minutes, and speakers must provide six copies of their written testimony to the hearing registration officer on the day of the hearing. Those who wish to make brief candid comments of no more than three minutes should register their names with the hearing registration officer on the day of the hearing. Time will be set aside at the end of the hearing, and such persons will be called upon in the order in which they have registered.

Women's History Month
The Women's Studies Program has developed several events this month in celebration of women's history, which have been co-sponsored by the History Department, Social Change for Women, the Student Association and the History Club. Please enjoy them at no cost. "The Story of ‘Jane,' a Feminist Underground Abortion Service" includes a video and commentary by author Laura Kaplan, and will be held Thursday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Lecture Center 108. Storytelling and song by Alix Dobkin, who considers her role to be that of "minstrel figure" for the lesbian movement, will begin at 8 p.m. on March 12 in Parker Theatre. Women's Studies Colloquium features Alexandra Lord (History) "Stripping Down to the Skeleton: Culture and the Female Body in 18th Century Britain and America," in the Honors Center, College Hall H at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 23. A discussion titled "Encountering Hope: Women's Stories from a Mission in China," led by Susan Gronewald, history faculty at Marist College, will take place on March 24 at 5 p.m. in the Honors Center, College Hall H.



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Melissa Katzman Braggins (Art) exhibited monotype by resident artists who work with her and her husband Ted. "The Monotype Project" was exhibited at the international workshop, Art OMI, in Omi, New York.

David Jaffee (Sociology), two presentations: "Observations from the Trenches: Real Experiences from the SUNY Learning Network," with SUNY Learning Network director Eric Fredericksen and SUNY Albany faculty member Karen Swan at the 1999 World Conference on Virtual Learning Environments, held in San Diego in January; and "Online Teaching and the Raising of Pedagogical Consciousness" at the Third North American Conference on The Learning Paradigm, also held in San Diego in January.

Mary Kahl (Communication & Media), a paper, "Bridging the Generational Divide in the Name of Remembrance: The Rhetoric of Bill Clinton's D-Day Discourse," at the National Communication Association Convention held in New York City. Additionally, Kahl served as a critic for two other panels at the NCA Convention: "Ellis Island and the Rhetoric of Public Memory" and "New Visions and Revisions: Contributed Papers in Public Address." An elected officer in the NCA, Kahl is currently chair of its public address division, a unit representing approximately 1,100 scholars studying various aspects of public deliberation and discourse.

Ann Lovett's (Art) artwork exhibitions in 1998 include solo shows, "Conundrum," at the Dorsky Museum; "Human Nature," at The Center for Photography at Woodstock; and an exhibition of artist's books at Women's Studio Workshop in Rosendale. Lovett also participated in several group shows, including "Going Public," at SUNY Purchase; "Summer Air," at The Center for Photography at Woodstock; "150 Years of Photography," at Kresge Art Museum at Michigan State University; and "Immedia: Hybrid Digital Media Show," at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.


Students (and a coach) in the news

SUNY New Paltz swim teams attended the SUNYAC Swim Championships held at Erie Community College in Buffalo. Our women's team won nine SUNYAC titles and placed the highest it ever has in school history — second — with 609 points. They also broke 25 records, including school, SUNYAC Conference and SUNYAC Championship meet records. Senior Claudine Gruver (Biology) won six championships and was named the "1999 Outstanding Women's Swimmer" of the meet. Senior Jessica DiFabio (Sociology) received the Grace Mowatt Award, given to a swimmer of high level for four years, and finished her career as a three-time SUNYAC champion in both the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke. For the first time in nine years, SUNY Cortland did not win the 200-yard medley, thanks to the relay team of Gruver, DiFabio, Erin Lalor (Freshman/Undecided) and Jen Neri (Senior/Elementary Education and Psychology). New Paltz relay teams also won the 200-yard free relay and 400-yard medley relay. Our men's team placed fourth in the Conference. Sophomore Jeff Burke (Computer Science) won the 1650-yard freestyle. Coach Brian Williams was elected to the one-year term as SUNYAC chair of the swimming coaches.

When the SUNY New Paltz Men's Basketball team attended the SUNYAC Championship Tournament at Utica Memorial Auditorium, they beat Potsdam (78-62) in the quarter finals, earning their placement as the number one seed in the ECAC Division III Men's Upstate New York Basketball Tournament. Senior Keith Kenney (Business) scored 29 points in a SUNYAC game against Geneseo, tying a tournament record with seven three-pointers. He was named to the All-Tournament Team and the All-SUNYAC First Team with the second highest score in the conference this year, averaging 19.1 points per game. Sophomore Robert Jones (Electrical Engineering) joined Kenney on the All-SUNYAC team as an Honorable Mention selection, averaging 10.9 points and 8.1 rebounds in conference games. The Hawks lost to Geneseo (74-54), who went on to beat Cortland, winning the Championship for the second year in a row. Next week, find out how the Hawks fared at the ECAC!


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