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ISSUE DATE: June 21, 1999


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Budget Update: A Contribution by Vice President Johanna D'Aleo (Administration).
Since there does not seem to be any movement on the part of the legislature to finalize a budget, there may not be a budget for a while. Paychecks will continue to be paid. We will be getting a portion of our Other Than Personal Service budget each month, which will allow us to continue purchasing at a limited level, renew maintenance contracts, and pay for utilities and absolutely necessary items.

Strategic plan
The Strategic Planning Steering Committee (SPSC) and the College Cabinet have discussed perceived differences in their respective planning proposals. The unique focus of each document was recognized and a decision made to merge the two plans, with a focus on both external forces and internal environment. According to the acting chair of the SPSC, Barbara Petruzzelli, the combined plan will be distributed to the campus community in early fall. A series of town meetings, with ample opportunity for all interested parties to participate, will then be held to discuss the plan before it is finalized. The SPSC welcomes phone calls of faculty and staff wishing to share comments, concerns and other feedback, but official input to the Committee should be made in writing.

Golf, anyone?
The Fifth Annual Campus/Community Golf Tournament is Friday, July 16 at the Rondout Golf Club in Accord. Register at 8:30 a.m.; tee off at 9. $50 per person includes barbeque, beer/soda, green fees, a cart and prizes. The format is "best ball" so all levels are welcome. Make up your own team or be teamed up later. Sign up at the College Heating Plant or call Micky Avery (Physical Plant) at x3328.

Web works
Informal "Web Works" drop-in sessions for faculty and staff making minor updates to personal and departmental web sites will be held on July 1 in Old Main 111 and August 27 in Coykendall Science Building 21. Lucy Anderson, Deb Seagull (both Computer Services) and Rachel Reuben (Public Affairs) will be on hand to assist web rookies during the sessions, both held from 1:30 - 4 p.m.

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New Paltz past
The Friends of the Sojourner Truth Library recently hosted a reception for approximately 50 alumni, faculty, staff and members to celebrate the installation in the library of photos depicting student life at New Paltz since the late 19th century. Larry Hauptman (History) spoke on "Remembrances of New Paltz Past: Campus Photographs from the Sojourner Truth Library Archives." The article below has been contributed to News Pulse by Dennis O'Keefe (Library), who enjoyed the newsletter's publication of predictions from history last winter, and felt that his colleagues might appreciate another glimpse of the past. The following article appeared in the student news magazine, The Normal Review, in June 1899.

To the science students of this school the subject of wireless telegraphy ought to appeal especially. The knowledge of this wonderful property of the atmosphere bids fair to utterly revolutionize, during the next fifty years, the means of communication from one place to another. And taking this view of it surely we should display the liveliest interest in the progress made by Tesla and others of note in this branch of science.

Not only is wireless telegraphy to change the method of communication, but it is claimed by Tesla that warfare will also be changed. He says that with his oscillator he can control a vessel at sea. If this is ever brought to pass, surely this invention will be one of the most vital and important that the next century will see.

Even if this does not culminate successfully, wireless telegraphy will have its use in warfare. Signal codes, which are always liable to discovery, will no longer be necessary, nor will the severing of cables be of any use.

The high regard which is felt for this invention is shown by the interest the United States government has taken in it. Harper's Weekly, of May 20th, gives the results of the experiments of the Signal Corps of the United States army. The experiments were so far successful that an uninterrupted communication was established with Fort Meyer, Virginia, a distance of seven miles.

It is thought by some that there can be no practical use made of this new discovery, i.e., to great distances, but one must bear in mind that this is a great century and that the next century will be still greater, and that nothing is impossible in the eyes of the enthusiastic scientist.


Please remember to properly document Y2K concerns for the amusement of future generations, if there are any.



...As of June 17, SUNY New Paltz Educational Opportunity Program had accepted 197 of the 2,224 applicants for fall 1999 admission. Eighty-nine have stated that they will attend.

...All athletic coaching staff will be certified in CPR by the American Red Cross prior to the start of the fall '99 semester. This is an effort by head athletic trainer Farron Bennett to have all athletic staff, including administrative personnel, CPR certified.


Awards, Honors, and Recognition

Jim Zalacca (Athletics) has been appointed by Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Commissioner Phil Buttafuoco to the ECAC Executive Committee. His three-year term begins in August.



University Police recently sponsored sessions of Rape Among defense techniques learned by Saugerties High School girls last month was the sweep kick, performed here on Officer Mike Doyle (right), posing as Red Man the aggressor.Aggression Defense (RAD) at Saugerties High School at the request of a sophomore, Sydney Chaffee, who became aware of the program through her mother, Karen Chaffee (Development), and pursued it through the University Police web site. Sydney, the founder of Saugerties High School's SHATTER (Students Helping and Teaching Tolerance and Encouraging Resistance) program, contacted Jen Wait, who arranged to teach three RAD classes at the high school with other certified instructors Officer Mike Doyle and Fatima deCarvalho (College Activities). Wait believes that it makes a lot of sense for young women to receive this type of education prior to beginning college. "These 10 girls were so strong, so empowered, it was just a blast," she said. According to Karen, "The girls are still talking about it and have requested that [the RAD instructors] do the program at the high school again in the fall." Anyone interested in arranging 12 hours of RAD (generally three 4-hour classes) for a group of interested women should contact Wait at x3340.

New Paltz AmeriCorps Program Coordinator Michelle Rosenbaum (Career Advising) facilitated the participation of SUNY New Paltz in an AmeriCorps "Awareness Day" on June 8 in Albany. AmeriCorps programs from throughout New York were showcased at this event which was held in the Legislative Office Building and included a reception with regional legislators. Additionally, Rosenbaum was appointed regional coordinator for the AmeriCorps Programs in the Hudson Valley Region during her attendance at a statewide conference, "Serving New York," which was held in Syracuse in March.

Robert Singleton (English) presented a paper titled "Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain: The Rhetoric of a Victorian American Educator" at the 26th Wyoming Conference on English, which took place last week at the University of Wyoming at Laramie.

Mark Wiljanen (Geography) presented a paper, "Autoregressive Models of Regional Industrial Employment," at the annual convention of the Association of American Geographers, which was held in Honolulu in March.

A paper titled "Spill Point Control of Recently Discovered, High Elevation Kame Terrace (late Wisconsinan), Northern Shawangunk Mountains, Southeastern New York" was authored by R.H. Waines (Geological Sciences), geology undergraduates Jacques Warnon and Scott Kappeller, and alumni Amy Louise Kyte and Jeremy Erlich (both '98). The paper, recently published in abstract, was presented by Warnon and Kappeller at a Theme Poster Session, sponsored by the Council of Undergraduate Research, at the 34th annual meeting of the northeastern section of the Geological Society of America, held recently in Providence, Rhode Island.


Alumni in the news

Kevin Zraly (BA, Education/Communication, 1974) is the wine director of the World Trade Center's Windows on the World restaurant, where he has worked since 1976. He is the founder of the Windows on the World Wine School, author of Windows on the World Complete Wine Course, co-host of TV Food Network's "Wine from A to Z," and a member of the board of trustees of the Culinary Institute of America. He is a New Paltz resident and a renowned wine expert, hosting wine-tasting seminars around the world, and occasionally in the Hudson Valley. Last winter, Zraly held a wine seminar and tasting at the Hyde Park Culinary Institute to benefit Unison Arts & Learning Center and the Duzine Elementary School. According to Zraly, he got his start in the wine business at the Depuy Canal House in High Falls where he worked to support his education at SUNY New Paltz.


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