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ISSUE DATE: April 19, 1999


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Animals Alive
"Don't anyone act like raw meat," Heinz Meng (Biology) warned students in his "Introduction to Animal Life" course on March 17. For the second consecutive year, his friends and fellow naturalists were about to begin exhibiting numerous live animals currently in their care to a packed Lecture Center 100. Meng's 500 students were accompanied by President Roger Bowen and many others eager for the opportunity to see closeup and to learn from the experts about such wild species.Bill Robinson (Class of '84), a former Biology student of Meng, frequently provides educational programs for elementary and high schools throughout the area. To his alma mater he'd brought a turkey vulture, a Harris' hawk, a European eagle owl, and a peregrine falcon. Robinson gave a very informative lecture on each of the animals' natural habits, demonstrating the hawk's and owl's individual methods of consuming dead chicks, which he furnished from a paper lunch bag. Andrew Simmons of Saugerties also lectured on the animals he raises, then returns to the wild or gives to zoos.From his Rubbermaid crates emerged a 40-pound snapping turtle and two 1-inch snappers, an American alligator, and an approximately 200-foot Burmese python which took seven student volunteers to hold. With the assistance of University Police, Simmons also produced a six-month-old male leopard, and three six-week-old American black bear cubs. He, Meng and Robinson carried the cubs throughout the lecture center, where students were obliged to pet them, an act that is extremely ill-advised in the wild. The entire 1-hour lecture was videotaped by Doug Short (CIR). "Animals Alive" can be borrowed from the Center for Institutional Resources by calling Short at x3639. All are welcome to join Meng and several other falconers for a demonstration to the class on Wednesday, April 28 at 1 p.m. at the men's varsity soccer field, the southernmost field which is equipped with bleachers.

Good credit
In December of 1998, New York State began issuing new paychecks. When problems arose due to the conversion, College Auxiliary Services advanced pay to 73 faculty/staff members. Extended funds totaled $13,385, said Bill Long. Thanks CAS!



...Open office hours for President Roger Bowen will be held in Haggerty Administration 903 from 4:30-6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 20.

...Nominations for the various categories of 1999 Alumni Awards, to be presented October 23, will be accepted by the Awards Committee through Friday, April 23. Submit nominations which include a resume, vita, and independent letters of support to the Office of Alumni Affairs, Haggerty Administration 803. For additional information, please call Diane Yonta at x3230.

...The Office of Academic Computing (Computer Services) has arranged for a demonstration of interactive classroom/distance learning technology by Tequipment on Friday, April 23 at 12:30 p.m. in Coykendall Science Building, Room 21.

...A spring Writing Board retreat designed for instructors of writing intensive courses is open to other interested faculty and professional staff as well. The retreat will be held April 22-23 at Linwood Spiritual Center in Rhinebeck. Registration begins Thursday at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will commence at 6:30 p.m. Please RSVP to the Writing Board chair, Pat Sullivan (x3456).

...According to Presiding Officer of the Faculty Rose Rudnitski, more than 20 four-year SUNY institutions (including New Paltz) have endorsed the joint Senate/United University Professionals statement of "no confidence" in the SUNY Board of Trustees. The next Faculty Meeting will be held Friday, April 23 at 3 p.m. in LC 102. A May 7 meeting is now definite.


Awards, Honors, and Recognition

President Emerita Alice Chandler was featured in the April 2 edition of the Chronicle of Higher Education in an article titled "Lack of Funds Threatens Future of Academic Exchanges, Report Warns," by Paul Desruisseaux. Chandler is the author of "Paying the Bill for International Education: Programs, Partners, and Possibilities for the Millennium," a document which is based on written sources and interviews with officials in the federal government, higher-education associations, and foundations. According to Chandler, "The research shows that on every frontier, international education is in a fragile state." Chandler spoke in late March at the annual meeting of the American Association of Higher Education, held in Washington, D.C. She urged colleges and universities to work aggressively for the development of new public-private partnerships in support of international education. Chandler's report has been issued by the NAFSA: Association of International Educators to the presidents of its member institutions, and is available at



Melissa Katzman Braggins (Art) and husband Ted Braggins, proprietors of Pondside Press in Rhinebeck, are exhibiting approximately 45 original prints by 25 artists at Pondside's first retrospective show, through May 9 at the Lorraine Kessler Gallery, 196 Main Street, Poughkeepsie. Among the works exhibited in "Pondside Press Retrospective: 14 Years of Collaborative Printmaking" are a lithography and woodcut merger by Nanette Carter, a collage of classical symbols by Jim Mesple, and the work of numerous others including both Braggins' and Amy Cheng (Art). Curators are Melissa Katzman Braggins and Albert Shahinian. For Lorraine Kessler Gallery hours or other information, please call 452-7040. "The quality of the work at Pondside Press is exceptional and this is a dazzling exhibit," states the April 1999 edition of Northeast Journal of Antiques & Art.

Jaimee Uhlenbrock (Art History) presented a paper, "La coroplastica del IV secolo a. C. in Sicilia: problemi di stile e cronologia archeologia" ("The Terracottas of the IV Century in Sicily: Problems of Style and Chronology"), at the international congress Akragas 2, La Sicilia dei Due Dionisi (The Sicily of the Two Dionisioi), Agrigento (Sicily), Italy.


Alumni in the news

Ted Koch (BA/Theatre, 1986) is currently appearing on Broadway in the much-acclaimed 50th anniversary production of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman. Koch plays the role of protagonist Willie Loman's son, Happy. This revival was originally produced with this cast in 1998 by the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, the city where Koch has been working in theater since his graduation from New Paltz. According to The New York Times, "Mr. Koch's Happy is just about perfect."

Alex Storozynski (BA/Political Science, 1983), a member of the editorial board at the New York Daily News, was among winners of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. The board earned the prestigious award for its "Showdown at the Apollo" series, an "effective campaign to rescue Harlem's Apollo Theater from financial mismanagement that threatened the landmark's survival," according to the Pulitzer Board. Since graduating from SUNY New Paltz, Storozynski served as editor of Empire State Report magazine, was deputy director of public information for the New York Thruway Authority, and was a press spokesman for former state Attorney General Dennis Vacco. He has worked for the Daily News for the past three years.


In Memoriam

Professor Emeritus Angelos Patsis died April 13 in Poughkeepsie. A funeral was held last Saturday at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Newburgh. Patsis was appointed to the New Paltz faculty in 1966, and chaired the Chemistry Department from 1970-1993. He was the founder and director of the Institute in Materials Science. He was named an honorary citizen of the City of Luzern in Switzerland in 1993, and awarded its medal of honor in recognition of the 50thanniversary of the International Conference on Advances in the Stabilization and Degradation of Polymers, a conference which he had organized and chaired since 1978. Patsis earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry at Athens University, Greece, and his master's and doctoral degrees in physical chemistry from Case Western Reserve University in Ohio. He was a member and officer in several professional societies, published various papers and edited numerous books on polymers and organic coatings science and technology. He retired from SUNY New Paltz in 1995. In lieu of flowers, checks may be sent to the SUNY New Paltz Foundation, Haggerty Administration 510, for a memorial scholarship fund established in the name of Angelos Patsis.


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