ISSUE DATE: June 1, 1999
A letter from the editor
Thanks once again to everyone who completed the News Pulse reader survey. The director of institutional research, Carl Bacon, who evaluated them, said, "I've seen a lot of surveys and I'd have to say this is the most positive in terms of overall response that I've seen in a long time." So thanks are in order to all who keep public affairs staff abreast of SUNY New Paltz news, which makes the publication of a comprehensive faculty/staff newsletter possible. I apologize for the lapse between submission and publication at times. Faculty and staff are simply doing so many extraordinary things. Your patience is appreciated as items are printed in the order in which they are received. While reading the words and ideas of your colleagues below, please consider whether you may be the crucial link to any information that has been requested for inclusion. Though there is not room to print all comments, effort will be made to honor all feasible suggestions. It is heartening to know that so many of you read and enjoy the newsletter. As always, I welcome your input at email@example.com and x3187.
Respondents: 53 faculty, 39 professionals, 25 classified staff, 4 emeriti, 1 alumnus, 7 others.
82 % read News Pulse weekly.
88 % gave it an overall rating of good or excellent.
77 % feel it communicates campus news well or very well.
93 % rated the writing good or excellent.
80 % rated the content good or excellent.
87 % are happy with the newsletter length.
27 % save issues for reference or pass them on to associates.
Additionally, 58 of the 129 respondents had submitted information to News Pulse; 100 % rated its treatment with regard to writing and content as good or excellent.
"I like its frequency and accuracy." - faculty
"Good sense of humor, diversity in topics... I read News Pulse all last summer via the Internet when I was overseas. Keep up the great work!" - faculty
"I think it is an important and very necessary source of information AND synthesis, helping to bring the campus together and to promote self-esteem." - professional
"It's direct and to the point. I do not find anything wrong with it. It's not too colorful nor too plain." - classified
"Makes me feel informed and connected." - professional
"It's easy to read, and it keeps me up-to-date. I save all the issues and use them as a reference guide. - professional
"News Pulse offers succinct bites of interesting information. Its editor is open to a variety of info and ideas." - faculty
"I like it because it keeps me updated. Even in retirement, my interest in New Paltz has not dwindled." - emeritus
"Like best - its subtle humor; Like least - hmmm...nothing." - professional
"It mentions everyone and is not designed for any one group of readers." - classified
"News Pulse lacks an identity. It doesn't say anywhere what it is, like ‘Faculty/Staff News'." - classified
"I like that it has news, but I need graphics to give me an idea of what it's about. It's too boring to look at." - professional
"It's a quick and broad update, but it's visually boring." - faculty
"I don't like reading long lines of type." - professional
"Information doesn't interest me. I find it a waste of paper." - professional
"Writer tries too hard to sound intelligent." - professional
"I like least the title, ‘News Pulse,' - UGH!" - professional
"Too much promotion of egos." - faculty
"I'd have no idea what was going on around here if you didn't tell me - thanks!" - faculty
"It's a quick easy read...It takes a long time to get certain items published such as conference papers and presentations." - professional
"Bold or italic font would help me skim more easily." - faculty
"Reporting an event's outcome would be good for the staff who work on its preparation." - classified
"I think News Pulse's primary value is its focus on people on campus - It's important to provide a focus on this human dimension." - faculty
"I especially like features that let us know our fellow workers on a more personal level." - professional
"Perhaps a brighter color for the title." - classified
"I like the explanations of current projects and procedures." - professional
"It's nice to know what alumni have accomplished." - classified
"I enjoyed the quotes about things [Predictions from History] that would never happen." - faculty/professional
Awards, Honors, and Recognition
The SUNY New Paltz chapter of the American Marketing Association won an Outstanding Chapter Planning award at the 21st Annual Collegiate Chapter Conference, held in New Orleans in April. This prestigious award recognizes goal-oriented programming and high levels of performance. Our chapter competed against 100 collegiate chapters, 65 of which attended the conference from such schools as Penn State, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Illinois. "The ambitious chapter plan required a lot of planning and was excellently executed," said the director of business programs, Hadi Salavitabar. "The accomplishments of this outstanding group of students and faculty advisors have made our students better educated business people and have significantly contributed to the quality of our business programs," he said. The three-day conference was attended by six student executive board members, Jenna Herlihy, Monica Baker, Michelle Roguso, Ted Marsh, Michael Jandrew and Jerry Cibulski; and two advisors, Ted Clark (Business Administration) and Rachel Reuben (Public Affairs).
Additionally, the SUNY New Paltz AMA chapter won the "SUNY New Paltz Organization of the Year Award," presented in May at the New Paltz All-Campus Formal which was organized by the Office of College Activities. The award is issued by that office to the student organization that consistently offers programs, workshops and conferences that provide the greatest benefit to the largest number of New Paltz students throughout the academic year. The chapter president, junior Jenna Herlihy, accepted the award on behalf of the organization.
Laurence Hauptman (History) has been awarded the John Ben Snow Prize, given by Syracuse University to the author of the best book published by Syracuse University Press in 1999. For his book, Conspiracy of Interests: Iroquois Dispossession and the Rise of New York State, which was released in May, Hauptman received a $1500 award.
Mary Jane Corry (Professor Emerita, Music) will deliver a paper, "The Performing Arts in Colonial New York, the Newspaper Sources," at the Conference on New York State History, to be held at Hartwick College in Oneonta, June 10-12. An article by Corry, "Brass Instruments in Colonial America: The Newspaper Sources," will be published in the Historical Brass Society Journal in December. Additionally, Corry has been appointed chair of the Non-Print Publication Committee of the Society for American Music (formerly the Sonneck Society), which awards subventions to non-print American music publications, such as CDs.
Joel Neuman (Business Administration) presented a paper, "Workplace abuse and aggression: Antecedents, processes, and outcomes," at a joint conference of the American Psychological Association and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The conference, Work, Stress, and Health '99: Organization of Work in a Global Economy, was held in Baltimore in March.
Mark Wiljanen (Geography) presented a paper, "Autoregressive Models of Regional Industrial Employment," at the annual convention of the Association of American Geographers," held in Honolulu in March. A day-long Conference on Italian Immigration, which took place on campus in April, was organized by an independent group of scholars whose focus was Italian immigration to America in the late 19th century and its impact on life in Italy, America, and the mid-Hudson Valley in particular. Richard Varbero (Liberal Arts & Sciences) opened the conference at which a panel of distinguished historians and scholars including Donald D'Elia (History), Anthony Cinquemani (English), Robert Piluso (Foreign Languages), and Rose Rudnitski (Elementary Education) addressed the role of the parish, the saint, and the festa in Italian- American life.
Alumni in the news
Paula C. Childs (MS/Education, '93 and certificate of advanced study in administration, '96) teaches first grade at JFK Elementary School in Kingston, where she has been employed for seven years. She is working towards a doctoral degree in curriculum and teaching at Teacher's College, Columbia University. Childs recently received national teacher's certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. According to her, there are currently about 1200 teachers nationally who hold this honor, and she is one of only two early childhood specialists in the state this year who are certified in this manner. Additionally, Childs' teaching practices, such as the incorporation of phonics into many activities, earned her recognition in a book, New Connections: An Integrated Approach to Literacy, written by former elementary education chair, Kathy Pike. Published in 1996, Pike's book is currently being used as a text in some SUNY New Paltz courses in reading. Childs has also been selected to serve as a demonstration teacher for 1999/2000. Area teachers will visit her classroom to observe and learn to create units such as the math/science technology unit which Childs developed by a grant through BOCES in Ulster, Orange and Sullivan counties. Childs is the founder of King's Kids, a not-for-profit organization designed to meet the academic, talent and moral development needs of children between the ages of four and 18. Based in Kingston and housed at St. Clara Church and JFK Elementary School, King's Kids provides mentorship, summer school programs, drama opportunities and other services to more than 100 kids per year. For more information on King's Kids, please contact Childs at (845) 331-7763, Extension 3.
Stephen Herx (BS/Music, 1992) published three articles: "The Sembrich Opera Company Tour of 1901" and "Marcella Sembrich and Three Great Events at the Metropolitan," in Opera Quarterly; and "Marcella Sembrich - A Legendary Singer's Life and Career Rediscovered," in the March/April edition of London's Record Collector. Also, Herx has received two awards for further research on a Sembrich biography: $3000 from the Historic Singers' Trust, England; and a $2700 travel grant from the Kosciuszko Foundation to conduct research in Warsaw and Dresden.
Students in the news
Philosophy majors Timothy Gilmore (Senior) and Tim Weidemann (Junior) each presented a portion of his work at the SUNY Oneonta Undergraduate Philosophy Conference, which took place in April. Gilmore presented an essay, "Epictetus' Stoicism," and Weidemann presented a paper on Maimonides titled "The Angry God and the Art of Intellect."
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