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ISSUE DATE: May 10, 1999


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No smoking
In February, faculty, staff and students were asked to provide College Auxiliary Services with feedback regarding the elimination of smoking in SUNY New Paltz dining areas. Though appeals were made for both sides, "The input was solidly in favor of eliminating smoking," said the executive director of CAS, Bill Long. "For the past six to eight months, the newspapers have been full of new findings on the negative results of secondary smoke, particularly for college-age students," he said. In March, The CAS Board of Directors met, voted and unanimously determined that all food service areas shall be smoke-free as of June 1. "This is not about stopping people from smoking so much as protecting those who don't. It's the right thing to do," Long concluded.

The Institutional Image Group, chaired by the director of publications, Mary M. Kastner, recognizes that the use of permanent name tags consistent with the SUNY New Paltz image is both an effective public relations tool and a method of enhancing the image of this university. Professionally-made tags bearing the New Paltz logo are available in plastic or metal with the attachment options of pin, clip or magnet. Student Development and several other departments have already invested in name tags. Should others choose to use the same vendor, there would be no set-up charge. To maintain uniformity with the campus image, please choose brass color for the tag, blue for the logo, and black for your name when ordering tags from The Badge Company, located at 18261 Enterprise Lane, Ste. D; Huntington Beach, CA 92648. For more information, call 1-800- BADGES-7, fax 1-800-203-3463, or e-mail BADGECO@AOL.COM.

Helping hands
Student Greek organization members have been busy this semester, documenting to date 1,220 hours of community service. According to the director of college activities, Fatima deCarvalho, these generous students have skipped meals for world hunger, donated blood, read and promoted reading to first and second graders at The Warring Academy in Poughkeepsie, telephoned alumni to seek support for SUNY New Paltz during the annual Phonathon, sold ribbons to raise money for breast cancer research, and collected clothing to donate to a Haitian orphanage. They worked together with Catholic Campus Ministry on a toy drive and Buddy Bunnies, a program to create Easter baskets for children in need. Additionally, sorority and fraternity members participate in Habitat for Humanity, building houses for low-income families in Kingston. Monthly, they buy food, cook and serve it, and clean up at the Beulah Baptist Church soup kitchen in Poughkeepsie.



...The Strategic Plan, distributed at the April 23 Faculty Meeting, and related documents are now available on the Web at

...The College Library Committee chair, J. David Blankenship (Philosophy), has made several items regarding a library addition resolution available through the Sojourner Truth Library. They are on reserve (#3050) and may be obtained through the circulation desk or through an electronic reserves link from the library home page, The instructor's last name is Blankenship and the password is "pilot."

...Fall 1999 textbook orders are due at the Campus Bookstore by Friday, May 21. 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.

...May 10 - 21 is the annual year-end sale at the Campus Bookstore. Sixty percent off backpacks, 30% off non-clearance clothing and items with the New Paltz insignia, and 20% off stuffed animals, including - you guessed it - Ty Beanie Babies.

...A United University Professionals barbeque will be held on Thursday, May 13 from 5-7 p.m. (this is the correct time) at the College Terrace Restaurant. RSVP to Dorrit Berg (English) at x2770 by 5 p.m. on Monday, May 10. If you RSVP, please attend so that food is not wasted.


Awards, Honors, and Recognition

SUNY New Paltz received an award in the National Orientation Directors Association's 1999 Region IX Publication & Media Showcase. A 1998 Orientation invitation booklet which was coauthored by members of the Orientation and Student Development Committee and its cochairs Robin Cohen (Student Development) and Tonda Highley (Career Advising & Fieldwork), and designed by the Office of Publications, won top honors in the category for "Outstanding Regional Brochures/Booklets" of 2 or more colors. It was selected based on criteria such as content, use of theme, style and clarity of presentation, practicality and usefulness, and graphic design.

Men's baseball coach Mike Juhl (Athletics) was named State University of New York Coach of the Year after leading the Hawks to the SUNY Athletic Conference tournament for the first time since 1976. Under Juhl's direction, the team improved to 16-17 this season after finishing 6-22 in 1998. Additionally, three players were named to the all SUNYAC team: pitcher/designated hitter Shawn Urban (Junior, Marketing), outfielder Shawn Francis (Junior, Secondary Education/Math), and shortstop Diego Garcia (Freshman, Undecided).

Jim Zalacca (Athletics) has been appointed by Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) President Bill Marshall to the ECAC Robbins Scholar-Athlete Award Division III subcommittee and Division III Men's Basketball Team Award Committee. His appointment is effective July 1 and will continue until 2002.



President Roger Bowen presented a paper at "Collective Bargaining and Accountability in Higher Education: A Report Card," the 27th Annual Conference of the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions, held at Baruch College, City University of New York. His paper on academic freedom and politics will be published in the conference proceedings. Additionally, Bowen recently participated in a taped discussion on the subject of charter schools for an audiocassette program, "Pfizer Portfolio of State Issues," which is received by 7,000 state legislators and governors. This one-hour audio presentation was the second in the 1999 series of this popular program now in its 16thyear of production by Cortlandt Communications.

Louis Roper (History) delivered a paper, "Conceptions of an Early Modern English Society: The Case of South Carolina," at the 92nd Annual Meeting of the Organization of American Historians, held in Toronto, Canada in April. The paper was part of a panel Roper organized: "The Conception of Anglo-American Proprietary Colonies: Adapting Early Modern English Ideals in Maryland and South Carolina." This annual meeting is the largest in the world for the professional gathering of historians of the United States.


Alumni in the news

June Beallor (Sociology and Journalism, 1983) was among those on stage when the Academy Award for the Best Feature Length Documentary, The Last Days, was presented in March. She joined director and editor James Moll and her coproducer, Ken Lipper, in accepting the award for this account of the Hungarian experience during the final days of World War II, told by five Jewish Hungarian survivors. Beallor and Moll are the founding executive directors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, a collaboration with the executive producer of The Last Days, Steven Spielberg. This film is the third in a series of documentaries produced by the Foundation which maintains an archive of interviews with survivors of the Holocaust. Its predecessor, Survivors of the Holocaust, won a Peabody, two prime-time Emmys, a cable ACE award, and a National Education Association award. In a fall 1998 interview for the alumni magazine, Observer, Beallor told writer Nancy Pizio (Public Affairs) how she remembers SUNY New Paltz. "All the professors there made me want to make a difference."


Students in the news

Carl Clark (BA/Liberal Arts and French, 1993), a resident of New Paltz since 1990, was featured in an article, "Counter Intelligence," by Erin Quinn, which appeared in The Herald in January. Clark, now a SUNY New Paltz master's student in education, was portrayed by Quinn as a "man about town," having worked in nearly a dozen local establishments, and as a local musician and French teacher, while attending SUNY New Paltz.


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