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ISSUE DATE: April 12, 1999


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Save the date
SUNY New Paltz is "Where the Memories Last a Lifetime," contends junior and psychology major Stacy Cowart. The Homecoming Committee agrees and has chosen this contest entry as the theme for Homecoming Weekend '99, to be held October 15-17. Cowart's theme was selected from among 120 online submissions by students, alumni, faculty and staff hoping to win a $100 prize while providing a meaningful concept for the marketing and publicity of this fourth annual event at SUNY New Paltz. The Homecoming Committee, comprised of 20 members of the staff, faculty and student body, and co-chaired by Judy Bishop (Admissions) and Rachel Reuben (Public Affairs), selected the theme by a democratic vote. Cowart's nostalgic contribution prevailed over tough competition such as "New Paltz: We're Not Normal Anymore."* Flyers reminding university constituents and campus visitors to "Save the Date" will be mailed in May.

Tennis anyone?
A robot demonstration by Sandy Samelson (Math & Computer Science), originally planned for Vice President William Vasse prior to his retirement, aroused the interest of Samelson's graduate and independent study students who joined her, Vasse and curious Haggerty Administration staff for a short presentation given last month. According to Samelson, her robot, "Khepera," can think by itself because it has been programmed to do so by a human who simulated the robot and its possible experiences on a computer. While Khepera pushed a tennis ball around the fifth floor board room, Samelson explained that its "reasoning" is really the fuzzy logic of a downloaded controller which interprets the information "seen" by the robot's eight infrared sensors, and tells the robot how to react "logically." Khepera was provided for Samelson's research by NASA through a grant directed by Jan McLaurin (Sponsored Funds). Samelson hopes the robot will someday use its fuzzy logic to play soccer in a tournament, and that the techniques which make this possible continue to aid NASA researchers in the development of extraterrestrial rovers. Thanks to a fellowship which resulted from her participation in a NASA/New Paltz joint venture project under the NASA grant, Samelson spent last summer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of the California Institute of Technology conducting research for the design of such rovers. "I hope that this project focuses some attention on SUNY New Paltz," she said.



...A free training on "Dangerous Promises: Alcohol Advertising & Violence Against Women" will be held from 7-9 p.m. in Student Union 418 on Thursday, April 15. Training is open to students, faculty and staff interested in becoming facilitators of a slide show to be used with high school and college students. This project is part of the Dangerous Promises consumer-based campaign which aims to reduce alcohol advertising that contributes to the notion of violence against women as commonplace. Faculty are asked to announce this opportunity to classes. All those who are interested in the training should RSVP to Student Development (x3088) by Wednesday, April 14.

...New purple 1999/2000 parking decals, valid now through September 2000, are available at the University Police Department. Register your vehicle by mail (a copy of your College ID and vehicle registration, and a $10 check bearing your social security number required); through the department's web site at:; or in person at the Service Building, Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Decals cost $10, and additional tags at initial purchase cost $3. A hangtag can be purchased for $1. 1998/99 stickers are still valid until September.

...To submit items for the Calendar of Events, please complete an electronic input form. Open up your browser (Netscape or Internet Explorer). Type the Web address:, where the screen reads "Address," "Location" or "Netsite." Press enter on your keyboard. On the next screen, scroll down and choose "Add an Event" from the left side, under the orange heading "Calendar Info." After keying in all the information which the form requests, click on "Submit Event." You will then be informed whether or not your entry form has been properly completed. Those who do not have Web access should call the Office of Public Affairs (x3274) to request a printed submission form. The deadline for all items for the printed calendar is the 15th of the month which precedes the event. Entries can be made on the Web calendar at any time.


Publications: Poems, Articles, and Essays

Recently published poems by Anne Gorrick (Language Immersion Institute) include: "29 Things That Make the Heart Beat Faster," "Madonna and Child," "Montauk: A Variation for Max Frisch," "Tankas Mexicanas," "Pentecost," "Adam and Eve at the Abandoned Boathouse," in Hunger Magazine; and "Wiltwyck, Wallkill as Fever," in Sulfur.



Pam Atkins (Psychological Counseling Center) co-hosted, with other area counseling center directors, the annual Northeastern Counseling Center Directors' Conference, which took place February 21-23 at Mohonk Mountain House, and received excellent reviews. Representatives from 35 university and college counseling centers attended presentations which centered on college issues such as comprehensive alcohol and drug prevention programs, Prochaska's Stages of Change model, critical incident debriefings, and relationship violence. The conference's keynote speaker was Ray Schwarz (Student Affairs) whose address, "Who Needs a Needs Assessment?: The Importance of Staying in Touch With Your Inner Freshman," combined research on retention, developmental stages of freshmen, and professional challenges in directors' lives. "Ray's address was very inspirational," stated Atkins. Gweneth Lloyd (Psychological Counseling Center) also presented a conference paper, "Secrets and Pathways to the Hood: Increasing Retention and Accessibility to Counseling Services for Students of Color."

Mary E. Fakler and Joan E. Perisse (both English) presented research on the Peer Critiquing Computer Project, which they instituted here at New Paltz, at the 114th Modern Language Association Convention held in San Francisco in December. The Peer Critiquing Computer Project is a computer-based exchange program which allows students at SUNY New Paltz, Marist College and Mount Saint Mary College to critique exchanged essays and to engage in online discussions by using the Internet program, WebBoard.

Tulin Sener (Business Administration) presented two workshops on portfolio management for approximately 30 Chinese stockbrokers in Beijing and Shenchen, People's Republic of China. The People's University and the American Cultural Education Foundation sponsored the workshops. Participants received portfolio management material which Sener had created both in English and in Chinese. Additionally, Sener recently presented a paper titled "Emerging Market Portfolios with Market, Size and Value Effects," at the North East Economics and Business Conference which was held in Newport, Rhode Island.


Students in the news

Kate Mochamer (Sophomore, Biology/Soccer and Lacrosse) is the only SUNY New Paltz athlete who is among: 275 students who made the SUNYAC All-Academic Team; 15 student-athletes, SUNY-wide, who made the All-Academic Team based on the achievement of a 4.0 grade point average for the fall semester; and eight students named to the SUNYAC Commissioner's List for having maintained a grade point average of 3.9 or better for three consecutive semesters. Mochamer is the "adopted scholar" of President Roger Bowen and Gail Gallerie (President's Office), who were matched with her in 1997, the first year of the merit-based scholarship program known as Adopt-a-Scholar.

* New Paltz Normal School, 1885 - 1942.


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