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ISSUE DATE: July 26, 1999

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David Lavallee will begin serving SUNY New Paltz as the provost and vice president for academic affairs on August 1. David LavalleeLavallee, "a top-flight chemist, internationalist and proven administrator" according to President Roger Bowen, has held the position of provost and vice president of the City College of New York since 1994. His recent activities include participation in a Leadership Seminar for Chief Academic Officers, held earlier this month at the Troutbeck Conference Center in Amenia. One of four sponsored by The Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation this summer, the seminar provided an opportunity for academic leaders from throughout the country to discuss the fundamental basis and value of general educational requirements, said Lavallee. Additionally, Lavallee has been chosen by The American Chemical Society to lead a "Preparing Future Faculty" project sponsored by the National Science Foundation in collaboration with the Council of Graduate Schools and the American Association of Colleges and Universities. Under the direction of Lavallee, this program which is supported by a three-year grant will enable doctoral candidates of approximately 20 colleges and universities to gain valuable experience in their chosen field of chemistry education. Our forthcoming provost has also recently been selected for inclusion in the 2000 edition of both Who's Who in America and Who's Who in Science and Technology. He said the honors are likely based on attention given to his book, The Chemistry and Biochemistry of N-Substituted Porphyrins, published by Verlag Chemie in 1987; a couple of patents on the production of porphyrins (a class of compounds which includes chlorophyl) for medicinal use; and national reports on chemical education which he has developed.

Board meeting
On June 3, the SUNY New Paltz Foundation, gathered in the Terrace Conference Center, appointed six new members to its Board of Trustees, bringing the total number to 31. "The Foundation trustees provide a critical interface between the campus and community," explains Richard Podgorski, vice president for advancement. "As the university becomes increasingly popular with prospective students, and as it plays an even more essential role in the economic revitalization of the region, it will be essential for volunteer leaders to help establish the relationships and secure the resources that will be needed to accomplish strategic goals. We are very grateful that these talented and distinguished citizens have allied themselves with the campus. They are exceptionally well-qualified to lead the Foundation into the next millennium." The appointments include Rosanne Cahn, economist for Credit Suisse First Boston; David Dorsky, owner of the Dorsky Gallery and president of the Dorsky Foundation of New York; Everton Henriques, '78, process engineering manager at Plasmaco Inc.; Clifford Miller, president and CEO of Ulster Savings Bank; Marjorie Shelley, curator and head of the Paper Conservation Department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and Taylor Thompson, retired president of FTS Systems Inc. of Stone Ridge and consultant at Sperry Mitchell & Co. The SUNY New Paltz Foundation, created in 1976, is responsible for attracting and administering private support for programs and projects which are not financed through the state budget. The funds are used to enrich the quality of educational, cultural and service programs of the campus and to improve the quality of student life at SUNY New Paltz.

Green days
Facilities Operations not only works to beautify the SUNY New Paltz campus, but efforts have begun to unite colleges within a 50 mile radius of Newburgh in the building and maintenance of environmentally friendly campuses throughout the region, said the director of facilities operations, John Shupe. SUNY New Paltz and Mount Saint Mary College cosponsored a conference titled "Greening our Buildings & Landscapes Linking Economics, Ecology & Human Health" this spring at the latter campus. Together with plant utility engineer Al Asendorf and purchasing assistant Chris Grassi, Shupe presented "The Environmental & Economic Ramifications of Solar Power." Shupe said, "Building environmentally friendly campuses means using cleaning products, carpets, paints and construction materials which are environmentally sound." Other recent campus beautification efforts of Facilities Operations include the installation of about 75 new black garbage cans. Grounds supervisor Dale Sutton and the grounds crew distributed the cans and painted all existing ones black for consistency. More than 100 yards of red cedar mulch have been added to campus flower and tree beds, and more mulch has been ordered. Facilities Operations has also recently purchased 24 cedar picnic tables also to be installed this summer by Sutton and crew.

Budget (or lack thereof) Update: A Contribution by Vice President Johanna D'Aleo (Administration)
There has not been any new activity on the part of the legislature on the 1999-2000 budget. Until there is an approved budget, allocations will not appear in individual accounts. We have been given very small allocations for Supplies and Materials for the first weeks of July to cover emergencies, health and safety issues, and other very necessary items. Please do not send routine requisitions to Purchasing for non-critical supplies or services at this time. Travel requisitions should be submitted, and Purchasing will attempt to process them in a timely manner. Personal service and temporary service appointments are being processed. Paychecks will continue to be issued.

Allocation is needed to expend funds from all state accounts, including regular departmental accounts, Income Fund Reimbursable, Dormitory Fund Reimbursable, and the State University Tuition Reimbursable Account. Until there is an approved state budget, we will not see allocation in individual accounts. Although cash may be available in these accounts, it cannot be spent unless the campus has been given spending authority or allocation. Allocation resides in one central budget account for each fund. To learn more, please e-mail D'Aleo at



...To join "Weight Watchers at Work" for 10 weeks beginning in September, contact Workplace with Heart cochair Jen Wait (University Police) at x3340 or by Friday, August 13. Weekly meetings of one hour will be held at lunchtime. Cost of $89.50 includes inspirational meetings, weigh-ins and diet literature. Wait and cochair Alan Dunefsky (Athletics) encourage all interested faculty and staff to join the Workplace with Heart committee.

...Cub Scout Pack 272 of New Paltz participated in a fishing derby at the College Pond in June. The boys were taught by their scoutmasters to handle reels, lures and fish. Those caught were admired and released. You shoulda seen...


Faculty Promotions

Associate professor to full professor, effective September 1: Elisa Davila (Foreign Languages), Chirakkal Easwaran(Mathematics & Computer Science), Myra Mimlitsch Gray (Art), Kequin Li (Mathematics & Computer Science) and Anthony Robinson (English).

Assistant professor to associate professor, effective September 1: Amy Cheng (Art), Maryalice Citera (Psychology), Judith Dorney (Educational Studies), Michael Gayle (Psychology), Eugene Heath (Philosophy), Michael Hind (Mathematics & Computer Science), Elaine Kolitch (Mathematics & Computer Science), Sandy Samelson (Mathematics & Computer Science), Sally Schultz (Business Administration), Chih-Yang Tsai (Business Administration) and Reva Wolf (Art History).


Awards, Honors, and Recognition

The associate director of undergraduate admissions, Rich Bodenschatz, received the Admissions Profession Award at the 29thAnnual SUNY College Admissions Professionals (SUNYCAP) Conference, held in Lake Placid June 16-18. This prestigious award recognizing extraordinary professional achievement in the field of college admissions has only been awarded six times in SUNYCAP's 29 year history. Recipients must have at least five years of outstanding SUNY admissions service and must demonstrate a long-term commitment to the concept of public higher education. Also at the conference, the director of freshman admissions, Mary Claire Bauer, received an achievement award for excellence for her contribution to the 1998 search piece titled "Do We Have Your Major?" Mike Husentis, transfer admissions advisor, received an achievement award for excellence for his development of an advising packet to be utilized by transfer admissions personnel at New Paltz as well as the numerous two- year colleges from which students transfer to New Paltz. Husentis was the acting coordinator for transfer admissions throughout the maternity leave of Donna Smith, September '98 - February '99. Christopher Drouin received the Rookie of the Year Award, which recognizes the performance, motivation, enthusiasm, professionalism and on- and off-campus achievement of admissions professionals of one year or less.

The Office of Sponsored Funds announces recent grant recipients Joanne Falinski (Secondary Education), whose "Hudson Valley Writing Project" is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education; and Ted Clark (Business Administration) and Carol Rietsma (Biology), whose projects, respectively titled "Mohonk Preserve Membership Study" and "Impact of Deer Browsing in Growth & Diversity of Forrest Vegetation," are sponsored by Mohonk Preserve. According to the assistant vice president for sponsored funds, Jan McLaurin, expenditures on active grants for fiscal year 1998-99 totaled $3,070,000. This figure represents a nine percent increase in grant activity over the prior year.


Publications: Poems, Articles, and Essays

Howard Good (Communication & Media) published an essay, "Grammarama," in Education Week in March. He also published a poem, "Three in the Morning," in the April 1999 edition of Midstream.



To view Steven Bradford's (Art) new figurative ceramic work, see "New Talent II," a three-person exhibition on display through August 6 on the seventh floor of the John Elder Gallery, 529 West 20th Street, New York. Bradford's contemporary ceramic sculptures will also be included in a three-person show at the Dorothy Weiss Gallery in San Francisco, August 2 - September 8.

Jan Harrison (Publications) recently had a solo exhibition which included works on paper and an installation of sculpture and audio art. Harrison's "Arcana Mundi" graced the Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery at the Aronoff Center for the Arts in Cincinnati from April 24 - June 19.

Jo Margaret Mano (Geography) served as the moderator for the New York state finals of the National Geography Bee Competition, sponsored by National Geographic and Bank One, and recently held in Albany. The winner of this competition then competes in the national finals. Additionally, Mano presented a paper, "Simeon DeWitt: Enigmatic Surveyor-General, 1784 - 1834," at the Conference on New York State History, held at Hartwick College in Oneonta in June.

George Schnell (Geography) presented a paper, "Components of Population Change in the Nineties: A Study of Natural Decrease in Pennsylvania's Northeast, Its Causes and Consequences," at the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science, held in Pocono Manor in April. The study focuses on the places in the state that reported mortality in excess of fertility, 1990 - 1996. Schnell also served as the luncheon speaker at the 9th Annual Teacher Consultant Meeting of the Pennsylvania Geographic Alliance, recently held in Scranton. His speech was titled "Pennsylvania's Aged Population: A Study for All Ages." Additionally, Schnell was acknowledged as an "effective educator, respected realist, and amiable advisor" on the dedicatory page of Mark Monmonier's (Syracuse University) Air Apparent: How Meteorologists Learned to Map, Predict, and Dramatize Weather (University of Chicago Press, 1999). Monmonier and Schnell have collaborated for more than 30 years, producing several books and more than 35 scientific papers.


Students in the news

Scott Osborg (Senior, Fine Arts/Scenography) has been named the recipient of the 1998-99 John R. Luck Award by the Local 311, International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees. He was selected for outstanding achievement as an IATSE intern enrolled in the Technical Theater Program, an alliance established three years ago by Joe Paparone between New Paltz and the "stagehand's union." At a recent Local 311, IATSE meeting at the Holiday Inn in Newburgh, Osborg was reimbursed up to $300 for books, lab fees or tuition costs incurred this past academic year at SUNY New Paltz. This marks the third consecutive year that an intern from this university has been given the award.


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