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ISSUE DATE: April 26, 1999


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The College Cabinet has approved the establishment of an Award for Outstanding Student Service, to be presented annually to a classified or administrative staff member (of three or more years) whose exceptional support service has promoted student retention and success. Recognition in various forms will include a one-time monetary award of $1000. Watch for a memo from President Roger Bowen to which is attached guidelines and a form for nominations, due in the office of Vice President Johanna D'Aleo (Administration), Haggerty Administration 905 A, by Saturday, May 15. Any member of the campus community may make a recommendation. A selection committee, representative of the five campus divisions and the student body, will review all recommendations, and an award recipient will be announced at Commencement '99. For additional information, please call x3295.

Thanks again
President Roger Bowen will host a reception for the retiring vice president of academic affairs, Bill Vasse. Please join him in honoring Vasse for his 16 1-year commitment to SUNY New Paltz from 3-5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 11 in the Courtyard area between the Student Union and Haggerty Administration buildings.

Diversity commitment
The decennial Middle States Reaccreditation Review of SUNY New Paltz continues. The Middle States Steering Committee, cochaired by Mick Adams (Mathematics & Computer Science) and Barbara Hardgrave (Music), recently met with our liaison from Middle States, Minna Weinstein. She expressed approval of a draft outlining New Paltz's intended plans for in-depth study and discussed with the Committee the self-study process. While on campus, Weinstein also met with President Roger Bowen, the College Cabinet and deans, the Academic Senate Executive Committee, the Student Association and Residence Hall Student Association Executive Committees, and professional staff department heads. The in-depth study will examine New Paltz's commitment to campus diversity in the areas of faculty, curriculum, student body and institutional effectiveness. Hardgrave said of Weinstein, "She thinks we are going in a very good and interesting direction. She thinks this is a very good college a rather unique institution in our historic commitment to diversity." A memo from the Steering Committee was distributed to all faculty and staff last week, and updated information will be available, beginning this week, on the Web at

Ramsey Clark speaks
Former U.S. attorney general (under President Lyndon B. Johnson), author and human rights activist Ramsey Clark will visit SUNY New Paltz on Wednesday, April 28. During his career, Clark has championed numerous issues, including First Amendment, peace movement, civil rights and native land claims. He has been an opponent of numerous military invasions, and has attempted to end political repression, the death penalty and torture around the world through litigation and other forms of advocacy. Clark will speak on "Sanctions and State Terrorism: The Continuing U.S. War on Iraq," at 7 p.m. Additionally, four video documentaries of his fact-finding and humanitarian aid missions to Iraq will be shown as follows: "Let Iraq Live" (1998) 2:30 p.m. and 6:10 p.m., "Nowhere to Hide" (1991) 3:00 p.m. and 5:40 p.m., "The Children Are Dying" (1996) 3:30 p.m. and 4:35 p.m., and "Challenge to Genocide" (1997) 4:00 p.m. and 5:05 p.m. All events will be held in Lecture Center 100.



...Members of the graduate faculty are invited to an annual meeting on Friday, April 30, at 1:30 p.m. in Coykendall Science Building 110. Opening remarks by President Bowen and Vice President Vasse will be followed by annual reports by Dean Jerry Benjamin (Liberal Arts & Sciences), Interim Dean Phyllis Freeman (Graduate School), Dean Robert Michael (Education), Dean Patricia Phillips (Fine & Performing Arts), Director Hadi Salavitabar (Business Administration), and Assistant Vice President Jan McLaurin (Sponsored Funds). Nominations for the positions of presiding officer of the graduate faculty, secretary of the graduate faculty, and for membership on the Graduate Council will be accepted.

...The Classroom Technology Committee, chaired by Emily Trapp (Center for Instructional Resources), wants your input. Faculty are encouraged to complete the classroom technology survey which has been included in the Teaching, Learning and Technology Roundtable's April newsletter, NET@New Paltz; and return it by April 30 to CIR, Lecture Center 2. Faculty are also welcome to attend the Committee's next focus group meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 30, in the new electronic classroom, Lecture Center 104. Those who are interested in providing input but cannot attend the meeting should contact Trapp at x3634.

...The used book sale sponsored by the Friends of the Sojourner Truth Library will end on Friday, April 30. Stop by the Library Gallery and see what treasures you can find. Hardcover books are $1, and paperbacks are 50 cents. New books are added to the sale tables every day.

...Fifty-five campus members joined in the Workplace with Heart Program Walking Kick-off in April. Each participant who walked at least one lap around the track received a coffee mug and bottled water. Michelle Halstead (Accounting Services) won a $35 gift certificate to Main Course. Six others won T-shirts or workout towels. "You look great out there," observed Marda Reid (Administration & Finance).

...Read News Pulse next week for BUILDING BLOCKS: A construction update.



Mary L. Kahl (Communication & Media) joined teaching staff of a C-SPAN Winter 1999 Seminar for Professors, held in January at the political network's Washington, D.C. office. Kahl, a frequent user of C-SPAN in teaching and research, assisted in the presentation of workshops and panel discussions about creative uses of public affairs programming in the college classroom. The network's 25th seminar, organized by C-SPAN's educational relations department, drew numerous professors from diverse disciplines including political science, journalism, communication and public policy. C-SPAN or C- SPAN II, created by cable and offered as a public service, is currently available in more than 75 million households nationwide and worldwide via satellite.

Joel Neuman (Business Administration) was a featured guest of the Internet chat room, "Human Resources Issues and Answers," maintained by Snelling International, an organization which offers online career and placement services and training seminars for management-related issues. He gave a 30-minute chat, "Stemming Workplace Conflicts," and answered questions for visitors of on February 23. The Snelling International chat room hosts featured guests on the last Tuesday of every month. Following the chat, visitors are provided with the e-mail address of the featured guest for further personal contact and instruction.

Corinne Nyquist (Sojourner Truth Library) gave a talk in February on the significance of Sojourner Truth. Her lecture at the Erpf Gallery of The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development in Arkville, near the Delaware/Ulster county line, was followed by a slide show on sites in Ulster County which are associated with Truth.

Louis Roper (History) delivered a paper, "Fundamentally Flawed? Carolina's Constitutions Reconsidered," at the 1999 meeting of the Society of Early Americanists, held at the College of Charleston in March.

Tulin Sener and Hadi Salavitabar (both Business Administration) presented a coauthored paper, "Global Portfolios with Market, Size and Value Considerations," at the annual meeting of the Allied Social Sciences Association (ASSA), held in New York City. Sener chaired an ASSA session titled "Global Emerging Markets."


Alumni in the news

Following her graduation from SUNY New Paltz, Samantha Lally (Theatre Arts, 1993) returned to her home in New York City and her family's production company, Dora Mae Productions, where she is currently coproducing and starring in a play "The Breezeway Project," which was written by her mother, Debbie Jones. Lally was elected president of The New Paltz Players during her freshman year. Producing and hosting the monthly midnight talent show began a stand-up comedy career which recently progressed to appearances at the Toyota Comedy Festival and Caroline's Comedy Club. Lally is also a core performer in a new comedy show in New York City, "Livingroom Live." For more information on Dora Mae Productions or "The Breezeway Project," please call (212) 875-7281.


Students in the news

CORRECTION: Kate Mochamer (Sophomore, Biology/Soccer and Lacrosse) is among three SUNY New Paltz athletes who made the SUNYAC All-Academic Team based on the achievement of a 4.0 grade point average for the fall semester. She is joined by Regina Ippoliti (Sophomore/Elementary Education, Lacrosse) and Amanda Havrilla (Senior/Psychology, Swimming). Additionally, eight New Paltz student athletes were named to the list based on a fall grade point average of 3.3 or better. Four New Paltz students were named to the fall 1998 SUNYAC Commissioner's List for having maintained a grade point average of 3.9 or better for three consecutive semesters. We regret the error.

Twelve business administration students enrolled in "Data Analysis and Modeling Seminars" accompanied their instructor, Karl Heiner, to numerous companies in New York City earlier this semester, where they attended seminars on topics such as statistical audits to measure fraud, monitoring health care quality, technical analysis and equity marketing, and risk analysis. Speakers included New York State Special Prosecutor Michael Berlowitz; the medical director of the New York State AIDS Institute, Bruce Aigens; technical analysts for Morgan Stanley/Dean Whitter on the NASDAQ trading floor; and a representative of the risk management division of American Express.

Susan Stevens (Senior/Elementary Education) and Olywatoyin Olowoyo (Senior/Accounting) will be recognized at Commencement '99 for their status as the graduating seniors of the Educational Opportunity Program with the highest cumulative grade point averages. Stevens will receive the Percy Sutton Award for a cumulative GPA of 3.76. Olowoyo will be honored with the Arthur Eve Award for her cumulative GPA of 3.65.


In Memoriam

Ann Wrentmore Coffman died April 8 in Kingston. Prior to retirement, she was a site assistant for the state Department of Parks, Recreation and Historical Preservation at the Senate House State Historical Site in Kingston. Coffman earned a degree in music education at Ohio State University and a master's degree in art history and popular culture at Bowling Green State University, Ohio. She was a sustaining member of the Junior League, and belonged to Kappa Kappa Gamma, Delta Omicron, Friends of the Senate House, and the Friends of Historic Kingston. Additionally, her volunteer work benefitted art museums, animals and the environment. She is buried in Highland Park Cemetery, Cleveland. Her husband, Stanley K. Coffman, was the SUNY New Paltz president from 1972 to 1979.


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