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ISSUE DATE: May 24, 1999


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Building Blocks: Summer Construction

Publications: Books


Awards, Honors and Recognition

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Consistently concerned
The Institutional Image Group acts to provide information to the campus and promote consistency in the SUNY New Paltz image. Those in need of banners may be interested to know that the Office of Admissions utilizes a company which makes lightweight nylon banners, among other things. If other offices or departments should opt to order from Maximum Promotions Inc. as well, the set-up fee would be nominal since the company already has a template of the college logo, reading "Founded in 1828." If ordering from this company, please choose PMS 281 (blue) for the logo. A white background is recommended. For additional service, contact Maximum Promotions Inc., located at 1108 W. 12th Street; Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57104. Call 1-800-658-3675 or fax 1-605-335-7275.

Signs, signs, everywhere signs
A dozen street signs have been installed on campus. This is another phase in a campus signage program which includes the new stone gateway signs and campus directory maps. Members of the Institutional Image Group and the College Art and Design Committee have worked with the Office of the Campus Architect for several years on the graphic specifications of campus signs. Attention is being given to a unified color scheme for other signs throughout campus. The Hopfer Admissions and Alumni Center sign visible from Route 32 is a blue prototype for those which may replace the brown signs which currently direct campus visitors.

Goos' hawk
A winner has been selected by the Institutional Image Group, with the assistance of the Graphics Office, for this spring's contest to obtain a caricature of our mascot, the hawk, for use in conjunction with Athletics promotions. Stephanie Goos (Sophomore/Graphic Design) received a $100 gift certificate to the Campus Bookstore, a donation by College Auxiliary Services, for providing the hawk pictured here. Image refinement will soon begin, and a final version of the caricature should be ready for use in October.

Field of Forms
A sculpture by Jeanne Jaffe, renowned installation artist and professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, will be located at the north end of the campus pond next fall where it will remain for 18 months. According to Dean Patti Phillips (Fine & Performing Arts), "Field of Forms" will open in conjunction with the biennial Arts Now Conference, September 30 - October 2. Jaffe collaborated with New Paltz students in Ceramics and Sculpture to develop the concept for this environmental stainless steel and organic sculpture. This has been made possible by a grant through the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation and the Women's Studio Workshop, Rosendale.



...Want to play? As per an agreement between SUNY New Paltz, Marist and Bard colleges, and Yamaha Corporation, pianos which have been used on the three campuses will be sold to the public at the McCann Center at Marist College on May 28 and 29. Faculty and staff can save 6% off upright, grand, acoustic and digital pianos by calling Vincitore's Hudson Valley Piano Center for an appointment on "unadvertised preview day," Thursday, May 27 between noon and 8 p.m. Call 452-4990 or 1-800-303-8462. Sales benefit the Music Department by perpetuating the quality program which secures these instruments for our students' use.

...Computer training summer workshops designed specifically for faculty and professional staff are being offered by Computer Services. Copies of the workshop flyer can be obtained from that office, HAB 50 or the Faculty Development Center web page at Registration can be done online or by the completion of forms available in Computer Services, deans' offices and some departmental offices.


Building Blocks: Summer Construction

This overview has been provided with the support of the assistant vice president of the physical plant, Arnie Bernardini, and the campus architect, David Smith. Additional thanks to Dottie Struck.


Dorsky Museum:

Sojourner Truth Library:

Fine Arts Building:

Lecture Center:

Coykendall Science Building:

College Hall:

Modular Building:

Gage Hall:

Parker Theatre:

Hasbrouck Complex:

Athletic Recreation Center:

Central Heating Plant:

Health Center:

Children's Center:

Old Main Quadrangle:

Elevator Upgrade:

Hot Water:


Publications: Books

Dean Robert Michael (Education) has edited the Journal of International Special Needs Education, published by the Division of International Special Education and Services, a division of the Council for Exceptional Children, Reston, Virginia. "This is a handsome volume on a critically important topic, with the added value of having a strong international focus and articles by specialists from around the world," stated President Roger Bowen.


Awards, Honors, and Recognition

The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) has announced that there are 149 Individual Artist Fellowship Award recipients this year, including SUNY New Paltz faculty members Jamie Bennett (Metals), Francois Deschamps (Photography), Clifton Meador (Graphic Design) and Mary Roehm (Ceramics); and alumni Lisa Gralnick (MFA/Metals, 1980), Mary Preston (MFA/Metal - Gold & Silver, 1994) and Jonathan Wholl (MFA/ Metals, 1994). Short biographies of these seven individuals will be included in an NYFA Guide to Fellows, to be published this summer. For its 1999 grants program, NYFA received 3,395 applications for these statewide competitive fellowships.

Robin Arnold (Art) received a SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Vice President Bill Vasse presented her with a medallion at Commencement as a symbol of this honor granted each year to a select few faculty members from SUNY's 64 campuses whose teaching is superb. Candidates for this award are recommended by the Committee on Research, Awards and Leaves; endorsed by President Bowen; and reviewed at the system level for recommendation to SUNY Chancellor John W. Ryan.

Jonathan Lewit (Computer Services) received a SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service. This award is granted to SUNY staff whose performance serves as a professional model for a university system in pursuit of excellence, said President Bowen at Commencement, following the bestowal of Lewit's medallion by Vasse. Candidates for this award are recommended by the Committee on Research, Awards and Leaves; endorsed by President Bowen; and reviewed at the system level for recommendation to SUNY Chancellor John W. Ryan.

Joel Neuman (Business Administration) received a Citation of Excellence from Anbar Electronic Intelligence for an article titled "Workplace violence and workplace aggression: Evidence confirming specific forms, potential causes and preferred targets," which appeared in the Journal of Management last year. Neuman's article received the highest quality rating by Anbar, an online service which ascribes quality ratings to the contents of the world's top journals each month.

Stuart Robinson (Athletics) has been appointed a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Men's and Women's Soccer Rules Committee. His term begins September 1 and ends on that date in 2003. He was selected to act in this capacity by the Division III Management Council and President's Council of the NCAA. "To be able to serve on that level is going to be exciting, and I'm looking forward to it," said Robinson.

Ray Schwarz (Student Affairs) has been acknowledged for developing and implementing outstanding programs for first-year college students. The National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, University of South Carolina, granted the Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate award to 13 individuals in the nation responsible for such exemplary programs. Schwarz has initiated the Orientation Leader Mentorship Program, 40 Days/40 Nights residence hall program, an expanded "Social Issues" course, a pre-semester second Orientation and Freshman Weekend experience, and the First Year Initiative pilot living/learning residence hall communities. In addition to recognition for these five student-retention programs, Schwarz has been nationally credited for his role in the creation of award-winning prevention programs in the areas of student substance abuse and sexual violence. Schwarz maintains that all programs were collaborative efforts by many staff, faculty and administrators. "What is most exciting to me is the well-deserved recognition such an honor brings to SUNY New Paltz for its commitment to the adjustment and academic success of new students," he said.


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