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ISSUE DATE: Monday, March 29-April 11, 1999


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Spring Open House
Accepted students and their families will soon be on campus to experience some of the many features of SUNY New Paltz. Spring Open House will be held on April 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and will include activities such as workshops and presentations, campus tours and an information fair. Please join in showcasing the SUNY New Paltz campus as it welcomes the class of 2003. For more information, please contact Judy Bishop (Admissions) at x3200.

Border crossing
A campus visit by author, professor and reporter Sam Freedman includes a public lecture at 7:30 p.m. in Lecture Center 102 on Tuesday, April 13. His topic, "Writing Across Borders," is an effort to encourage writers to venture outside their individual cultural boundaries in their work, as he has done frequently and with much success. Freedman was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1997 for his nonfiction book, The Inheritance: How Three Families and America Moved from Roosevelt to Reagan and Beyond. The subject of his first book, Small Victories: The Real World of a Teacher, Her Students and Their High School (1990), was former English teacher and now SUNY New Paltz journalism professor Jessica Siegel. An article by Freedman which appeared in USA Today this past October featured alumnus Edward Paulino (1991/History), a past student of Siegel's at Seward Park High School in New York City, the site of Freedman's original research for Small Victories.. His public speech, free and open to all, is supported by the SUNY New Paltz Foundation. Publicity for this event, including the development of a news release, is being handled as a class project by the public relations students in a course taught by Shelly Wright. (Communication & Media).

Freedman's visit will also include workshops for Educational Opportunity Program writing students and for the feature writing and journalism students in Communication & Media.

New developments of the Haggerty Institute English as a Second Language Program include classroom interactions between American and international students. During fall '98, students worked together on academic projects related to the objectives of a communications course and a marketing course. "Communication Among Cultures" involved students in interviews on culture-specific topics, which they used to complete writing assignments. Receiving an "Introduction to Marketing" meant collaborating on the development of promotional pieces for cross-cultural consumer products. "Both the American students and the international students found these interactions to be extremely rewarding," stated Christine Krug (ESL), who developed the classroom interactions with Janice Anderson (Communications) and Ted Clark (Business Administration). "Having a better understanding of diverse cultures and peoples of the quickly-contracting world of today can only benefit these students as they pursue their educational and personal goals," she said. The 18 -year-old Haggerty Institute ESL Program has instructed students representing more than 50 different countries and, in the past three years, has averaged 80-100 international students per semester. Faculty who are interested in setting up interactions of this kind, or anyone seeking additional information on this topic should contact Krug at x3595.




...An emergency Faculty Meeting, to be held in executive session (closed to the public), will take place on Friday, April 9 in Lecture Center 100. Discussion will be an historic joint statement from the president of the University Faculty Senate, Vince Aceto, and the president of United University Professionals, Bill Scheuerman. Administrators holding faculty appointments are welcome. For more information, call Presiding Officer Rose Rudnitski at x2862.

...Faculty members who wish to walk in the faculty processional at the Sunday, May 23 Commencement ceremony should notify their department chair by Friday, April 9. Professional staff members who are not serving as marshals and would like to join the procession should contact Marda Reid (Finance & Administration) at x3199 by that date. Registered participants will then receive information on the specific time and location of assembly for the 11 a.m. ceremony to be held rain or shine in the Old Main Quadrangle. Rental orders for academic attire must be made at the College Bookstore by Wednesday, April 14 to avoid late charges. Rental prices increase with academic degrees achieved.

...There will not be a Monday, April 5 edition of News Pulse. As indicated by reader survey response, an alternate reliable method of obtaining campus information is by conversing with colleagues.


Awards, Honors, and Recognition

Bridget Nettleton (Nursing) has been appointed associate dean for nursing of the Regents College of the University of the State of New York. The Regents College is a non-traditional competency-based program centered in Albany which offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing. Nettleton is an adjunct instructor at the SUNY New Paltz Nursing Program's site at Adirondack Community College, near Saratoga. Twenty-three nursing students now attend SUNY New Paltz through its part-time master's program at that site.

Brian Schmidt's (Political Science) book, The Political Discourse of Anarchy: A Disciplinary History of International Relations(Albany: SUNY Press, 1998) has received a Choice Outstanding Academic Book award. Its title appeared on Choice's 35thannual book list, published in the January 1999 edition of the magazine. According to Irving E. Rockwood, Choice editor and publisher, this year's book list represents less than 10 percent of the titles selected for review in Choice, and less than three percent of the titles submitted to Choice. Selection criteria includes excellence in scholarship and presentation, significance with regard to other literature in the field, and recognition as an important treatment of a specific subject in print or electronic format.

The SUNY New Paltz collegiate chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA) received a Chapter Performance Award for this academic year. The chapter met all the renewal requirements of the national AMA Board of Directors, and was recognized for being among the top 10 percent of the most proficient chapters in the nation, and for developing exceptional professional workshops and conferences, according to Ted Clark (Business Administration), a New Paltz AMA chapter co- advisor with Rachel Reuben (Public Affairs). Reuben gave a presentation titled "Public Speaking: Giving Presentations in a High-Tech World," to AMA members, Business Administration students and other interested parties in van den Berg Learning Center in February. She provided them with tips on giving successful presentations, and demonstrations of "high tech" equipment such as a laptop computer, liquid crystal display (LCD) projector and the presentation software program, PowerPoint.

The Department of Residence Life celebrated the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by participating in community service projects. The department's 72 resident assistants, three senior resident assistants and 13 professional staff members cleaned toys and bound books at the van den Berg Children's Center, drew and painted a mural in the new Martin Luther King Jr. Educational Center in College Hall, and cleaned and painted the interior of the Teen Scene Center on Main Street.


Publications: Books, Data, Articles, and Essays

Dean Patricia Phillips (Fine & Performing Arts) published a book, Alfredo Jaar: It is difficult, which examines the past 10 years of political, poetic work of the artist, Jaar. It was published by Actar in Barcelona, Spain. Additionally, an essay by Phillips, titled "Period Room: The Topography of Transience," was included in the exhibition publication Period Room and other projects: The Work of Amy Hauft, published by the Beaver College Art Gallery following an installation there by Hauft.

Dennis Doherty (English) has had an essay, "Where Babies Come From," accepted for publication by the Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville. It will appear in an upcoming issue of a notable journal of prose titled UNDER THE SUN, from which essays have been drawn for the annual anthology Best American Essays, both in 1997 and in 1998.

Hon Ho (Biology) revised four article titles, "Chytridiomycetes," "Hyphochytridiomycetes," "Mastigomycotina" and "Oomycetes," for the 9th edition of the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology. He also provided complete international data on Phytophthora cryptogea, a fungal pathogen of ornamental plants, to the Commonwealth Agricultural Bureau International at Wallingford, United Kingdom, which will be included in an Internet-accessible project titled "Global Crop Protection Compendium."



Rimer Cardillo's work was exhibited in "Prints by Latin American Masters," at Château d' Argenteuil, Waterloo, Belgium. This show was organized by Cercle d'Art du Club Sedois from the Ulla and Greger Olsson Art Collection, Brussels.


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