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ISSUE DATE: May 3, 1999


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Alma mater
In a valley fair and beautiful, in an office in College Hall, Barbara Hardgrave (Music) and Junga Ahn, a master's student in piano from Seoul, Korea, performed the alma mater on April 21. Digital audio production by college web editor Rachel Reuben and WFNP station manager Josh Reed, and photographs by Nancy Pizio (Public Affairs) have enabled the presence of the alma mater at the commencement web site. See and hear it at


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...The Strategic Plan will be discussed at a 3 p.m. Faculty Meeting in Lecture Center 102 on May 7.

...Summer 1999 textbook orders are due at the Campus Bookstore by Friday, May 7. Please use textbook request forms which are available in your department, at the bookstore, and at For more information, please call Pam Dembicki (Campus Bookstore) at x3050.

...Richard Panman (Psychology) returned to New Paltz from Japan on April 20. Though he will likely need to return to Japan for an additional SMANCS treatment within the next two months, his physician has predicted tumor remission within the year. As always, he continues to express deep appreciation of his many supporters and to pursue the initiation of SMANCS in the U.S.


1999-2000 INTERNAL AWARDS --- Recipients selected by the Office of Academic Affairs
based on the recommendations of the Committee on Research, Awards and Leaves---

RESEARCH AND CREATIVE PROJECTS AWARDS support research and projects which enhance individual professional development while contributing to institutional goals. The following faculty members are recipients:

Ellen Abate (Nursing) - $2,000 - for research on "Perception of Hospital Nurses' Professional Autonomy in a Changed Health Care Environment," to be conducted through group interviews of registered nurses.

Sue Books (Educational Studies) - $500 - for research on "Poverty and Educational Reform in the U.S.: Current Scholarship," based on interviews with principals of urban (low-income) and rural districts.

Melissa Katzman Braggins (Art) - $1,793 - to work with artist Margie Hughto to gain experience in "The Art of Papermaking."

Kenneth Counselman (Elementary Education) - $1,520 - to use digital photography to develop a documentation, "Blockbuilding Survey of Primary Classrooms."

Victor deMunck (Anthropology) - $2,000 - for research on "Cultural Models of Romantic Love and Sexual Choices," results of which may aid in the prevention of the spread of HIV.

Wilma Feliciano (Foreign Languages) - $2,000 - to travel to Peru to continue research on "The Apu-Inca of Sapallanga: The Death of Atahualpa, Past and Present."

Katherine French (History) - $2,000 - to visit archives in England and review court records on "The Religious Regulation of Women in Late Medieval England."

Myra Mimlitsch-Gray (Art) - $2,000 - to travel to Vienna for "Exploring Ornamental Information Implicit in Decorative Arts of the Wiener Werkstatte."

Stacie Nunes (Liberal Arts & Sciences) and Richard Halpern (Mathematics & Computer Science) - $1,620 - for collaborative theoretical studies of the "Location of H-Impurities in Silicon and Gallium Arsenide."

Louis Roper (History) - $775 - to present a paper, "Kings of the Carolina Frontier: New Light on the ‘Goose Creek men,'" at the 1999 Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture conference, to be held in Austin, Texas. His project is titled "Conceptions of America: Early Modern English Ideals and the Colonization of a ‘New World'."

Gerald Sorin (History) - $1,822 - to travel to Boston and New York City to conduct research and interviews for a "Biography of Irving Howe."

Lynn Spangler (Communication & Media) - $2,000 - for the production of a "Sojourner Truth Television Documentary" and possibly a video for classroom use.

Barbara Sudick (Art) - $2,000 - to obtain "Faculty Digital Technology Training" in Maine and Connecticut for use in future courses and the Visual Research Laboratory.

Chih-Yang Tsai (Business Administration) - $1,225 - for a study to find "A Branch-and-Cut Approach for the Hop Constrained Steiner Tree Problem."

Jaimee Uhlenbrock (Art History) - $600 -for an "Archaeological Neutron Activation Analysis of Greek Terracotta Figurines" to clarify the relationship between the Naxian figurines and those found in neighboring Francavilla di Sicili.

John Vander Lippe (History) - $1,453 - for research titled "Terrible Turk, Ugly American: Historical Construction of Cultural Icons," to be conducted at the University of Chicago.

Nadine Wasserman (Art Gallery) - $2,000 - for studio visits and exhibition planning with artists known as "Hudson Valley Masters."


MULTIMEDIA/INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT AWARDS support the development of instructional software material which facilitates the integration of educational technology into classroom instruction. The following faculty members are recipients:

Robin Arnold (Art) - $2,487 - for supplies to complete art works involving fragmentation of the human body, a project titled "Studio Research."

Rimer Cardillo (Art) - $2,355 - for "Amazonia: Piccolo Lexicon-El Pantanal," a project which will incorporate new media and digital imagery to give new life to old woodcuts.

Arthur Hoener (Art) - $4,198 - for a digital camera and scanner for "The Development of Digital Imaging in Support of Multimedia Course Offerings of the Visual Research Laboratory program."

Ann Lovett (Art) - $4,975 - for a digital video camcorder, tripod, and APS Shortstack disk array for "The Development of Digital Imaging in Support of Multimedia Course Offerings of the Visual Research Laboratory program."

Barbara Sudick (Art) - $4,978 - for a PowerMac G3 workstation, including a computer and monitor, for "The Development of Digital Imaging in Support of Multimedia Course Offerings of the Visual Research Laboratory program."


TRAVEL AWARDS are given to those whose research and creative projects require travel. The following faculty members are recipients:

Amy Cheng (Art) - $1,500 - to visit sites in Granada, Cordoba and Seville, and to create art works in coordination with a residency position at the Fundacion Valparaiso in Spain.

Lawrence Fialkow (Mathematics & Computer Science) - $1,500 - for a study of "Quadrature Problems: The Moment Matrix Approach."

Jonathan Raskin (Psychology) - $1,500 - for "Constructivism and Relativism: Conference Presentation in Germany," at the Thirteenth International Congress on Personal Construct Psychology, to be held in Giessen.

Mary Roehm (Art) - $1,500 - to travel to the Netherlands to attend an International Ceramics Symposium titled "The Ceramic Millennium 1999," and then to Germany for the firing of a salt-glaze kiln. Art works will be created and the possibility of building a salt-kiln on campus will be examined.


University Police Officer Donald Seablom and Sergeant Robert Maines have been selected to receive the 1998-99 State University Police award for heroism and professionalism in police service. Nominations from the 32 SUNY institutions that have University Police and Security Service personnel are evaluated by an awards committee prior to the bestowal of this annual distinguished award. The committee noted that the selection of Seablom and Maines was based on the exemplary conduct and professionalism shown in their effort to save the life of student Peter Grassi last August. The award will be presented during a SUNY Chief's Meeting on Monday, May 3 in Lake Placid.

The Department of Business Administration completed its first Annual Progress Report for its first year of candidacy for AACSB — International Association for Management Education (formerly known as American Association for Collegiate Schools of Business). They have met or exceeded their objectives as established in a five-year plan to achieve accreditation by this premier not-for-profit corporation of educational institutions, corporations and other organizations devoted to the promotion and improvement of higher education in business administration and management.


Publications: Papers, Articles, and Essays

Anne Gorrick (Language Immersion Institute) has had sections of a manuscript of poetry titled The Michelangelo Variationsaccepted for fall '99 publication in the literary journals Situation, Open 24 Hours and Heaven Bone. A poem titled "Arrows, Birds and Coffee" will also be published in Heaven Bone.

Mary Sawyer (Secondary Education) published an article, "The Portfolio Research Project: A Successful School/University Collaboration," in the September 1998 edition of English Journal.

Tulin Sener (Business Administration) published an article, "Objectives of hedging and optimal hedge ratios: US vs Japanese investors," in the Journal of Multinational Financial Management. Additionally, a paper, "The Global Economy at the Turn of the Century," has been accepted for publication by Pergamon Press as part of a textbook chapter titled "Portfolio Performance and Returns Due to Global Diversification with Emerging Markets."



Terry Adkins (Art) has been commissioned by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of New York City to design a flourescently-lit, aluminum installation which reflects the African roots of the citizens of Harlem and the Harlem Renaissance Arts and Literature Movement. The currently-untitled piece will be constructed by Polich Art Works of Rock Tavern and installed next September at the Park Avenue Viaduct/125th Street subway station in Harlem.

Mary Sawyer (Secondary Education) recently presented two research papers: "Examining the Effects of the New English Language Arts Regents on Teaching, Learning, and Achievement," with secondary English teachers Joseph DeRosa (Arlington High School) and Joseph Quattrini (Canajohairie High School) at the New York State English Council's annual conference, held in Albany; and "High Achievement for All? Tales from New York on the Impact of High-Stake Assessments on English Teaching and Learning," with DeRosa, Quattrini, and a fourth English teacher, Mary Leonard (Kingston High School), at the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English, held in Nashville. Both research projects were supported by a 1998 grant from the New York State English Council and a 1997 grant from the Professional Development Quality of Worklife.


Alumni in the news

Michael Williams (Theatre, 1997) plays a leading role in an independent film, The Blair Witch Project, which was codirected by Eduardo Sanchez and Daniel Myrick. According to Roger Ebert, it was "one of the most buzzed-about films" recently shown at The Sundance Festival in Colorado. Of the supernatural thriller set in the wooded hills of Maryland, Sanchez stated, "We want to do to camping what Jaws did to swimming." The Blair Witch Project will be in theaters in July.


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