ISSUE DATE: June 7, 1999
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President Roger Bowen, Vice President Rick Podgorski (Advancement), Bob Burns (Development), and 15 SUNY New Paltz alumni gathered in Washington D.C. recently for a tour of the White House and a breakfast social at the Capital Hilton. In addition to a speech by Bowen, breakfast, and a private tour of White House public spaces, several alumni were treated to a special evening tour of the White House which included some non-public spaces such as the Oval Office (Socks was not sighted). Other guests included Gail Park Logan '58, president of the Alumni Association, and SUNY New Paltz's new alumni director, Paul Clifford, who officially joined advancement staff on June 1. This event was sponsored by the Alumni Association, and organized by alumni affairs interim director, Azita Miller, and the assistant to the director, Diane Yonta, with the support of Virginia Apuzzo, '63, assistant to the president for management and administration at the White House.
The New Paltz Summer Repertory Theatre, a company comprised of dedicated and talented performers from throughout the region, has been identified by the Poughkeepsie Journal as "quite clearly the best summer theatre in the Valley." For the past 25 years, more than 6,000 Hudson Valley residents and visitors have attended the musicals, comedies, mysteries and classics produced by the theatre each summer. The '99 season begins with the musical drama Blood Brothers, written by Willy Russell and directed by Beverly Brumm. Next, the company will enact the hit Broadway farce by Ken Ludwig, Lend Me A Tenor, which is being directed by Dan Swartz. "Shakespeare Under the Stars" features evening productions of Twelfth Night, directed by Kate Ingram, at the College Pond. "Saturdays Are For Kids" presentations include Hansel & Gretel and Peach Boy, both by Vane & Company Puppets, and Dorothy & the Wizard of Oz, a one-hour audience participatory production directed by Pat Albera- Henneberger, '81. Tickets for Summer Repertory Theatre productions will be available at the Parker Theatre Box Office (x3880), Wednesday - Monday, noon to 6 p.m. beginning June 9, and one hour prior to performances. Tickets for all kids' shows can only be purchased in the theatre lobby one hour prior to performances. To become a "Friend of the Theatre" and help with ushering, please call Joe Paparone (Theatre Arts) at x3869.
...A Theatre Department reunion will be held on Saturday, June 26 at 3 p.m. at the College Terrace Restaurant and McKenna Theatre. A cocktail reception and dinner precede a performance of Blood Brothers. Theatre grads should call Janice White Greenop, '79, at 897-3237 for complete info.
...There will not be a Monday, June 14 edition of News Pulse due to the absence of Public Affairs staff "Solving the Mystery of Advancement..." at an educational conference of SUNY/Council of University Affairs and Development, in Saratoga Springs.
Awards, Honors, and Recognition
A.J. Williams-Myers (Black Studies) was selected by the U.S. General Services Administration to serve on one of four teams competing to design and build a 2,000-square-foot interpretive center and memorial marking an 18th century African burial ground unearthed in New York City in 1991. "I'm so excited," stated Williams-Myers of his opportunity to become a part of history which tells the story of the African Americans who participated in the building of New York City. "We don't hear their story often." Construction of a 34-story federal office tower at 290 Broadway came to a halt when 415 graves were uncovered, and plans were revised to include a multimedia educational center and memorial at the site, now a designated National Landmark. It is believed that more than 10,000 colonial-era New Yorkers of African descent were buried at this site in lower Manhattan. According to the New York Times, "The center and memorial are parts of a $15 million project that includes scientific research at Howard University on skeletal remains to determine the origins and ways of life of those buried at the site, as well as a public information and education program." Forums are being conducted to allow public comment on the proposals by the teams of architects, historians, anthropologists, artists and computer specialists. A design will be chosen in the fall, and a contract awarded as early as January 2000. When their story has been fully heard and remembered, all remains will be reburied at the site.
Loyd E. Lee (History) authored a ready-reference guide to help high school and college students grasp the causes, interrelated events, and implications of the second world war. World War II examines the war in an historical, political, and social context. It contains 17 primary documents, biographical sketches of important figures, a section of photographs, four topical essays on key aspects of the war, and a conclusion addressing the war's impact on the 50 years which followed. It has been published by Greenwood-Heinemann, Westport Connecticut, and can be ordered at 1-800-225-5800.
Jan Harrison's (Publications) paintings will be exhibited at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in Long Island City June 20 - August 29 as part of the traveling exhibition, "ANIMAL.ANIMA.ANIMUS," previously displayed at the Pori Art Museum in Finland and the Museum of Modern Art, Arnhem, Holland. Harrison is among 15 artists whose installations, videos, sculptures, photography, drawings and paintings will occupy the center's main third floor galleries before proceeding to the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Canada in 2000. Curators are Linda Weintraub (Art) and Marketta Seppälä (Finnish Fund for Art Exchange).
Alumni in the news
Maria Zemantauski, '83, is a professional guitarist of Flamenco music. She has issued two CDs, performed in four radio broadcasts and a television show, and has appeared as a recitalist in many venues throughout the Northeast and California. As a performer in a field traditionally restricted to men, Zemantauski has lectured at numerous colleges, often for women's studies groups. In 1998, she completed her master's degree in anthropology with a thesis titled "The Female Flamenco Guitarist: A Theory of Heretosexist Exclusion," at SUNY Albany, where she has since appeared as a guest lecturer on three occasions.
Students in the news
"It's wonderful to be part of a community that has accomplished as much as all of you," said the vice president of student affairs, Barbara Geider, to the more than 200 athletes, coaches and staff gathered in the Student Union Multipurpose Room for the spring '99 Athletic Awards Banquet last month. Awards and their worthy recipients are as follows: Carol Eckman Award, top female athlete - Claudine Gruver (Women's Swimming & Diving); Floyd Patterson Award, top male athlete - Keith Kenney (Men's Basketball); Heinz Ahlmeyer Award, service beyond self - Jessica DiFabio (Women's Swimming & Diving); Donald C. Bishko Award, academic excellence - Bob Bubel (Men's Swimming & Diving), Amanda Havrilla (Women's Swimming & Diving), Regina Ippoliti (Women's Lacrosse) and Kate Mochamer (Women's Lacrosse/Soccer); the Kenneth F. Burda Sportsmanship Award - Jessica Naldolny (Women's Lacrosse/Soccer), Alex Acey (Men's Swimming & Diving) and Chris Knoblauch (Men's Soccer/Tennis). The SUNY New Paltz athletes who have been defined as their teams' Most Valuable Players are: Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving, respectively - Acey and DiFabio/Gruver; Men's and Women's Soccer - Christopher Vega andNaldolny; Baseball - Shawn Urban; Men's and Women's Basketball, respectively - Ben Wood and Jasmine Sanchez; Men's and Women's Cross Country, respectively - Corey Crawford and Cheryl Yanek; Women's Lacrosse - Kristy Green; Softball - Erin Conklin, Men's and Women's Tennis, respectively - Justin Jourden and Denise Cariola; Men's and Women's Volleyball, respectively - Christopher Wright and Belgica Santana.
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