News Pulse

ISSUE DATE: August 9, 1999


What's New

Awards, Honors and Recognition




Alumni in the News

Everyone in the News

Submit Items

Past Issues


What's New?


They are a-changin'
The Campus Bookstore, once independently run by College Auxiliary Services, is now being operated through a contract with Follett Higher Education Group of Oakbrook, Illinois. Though Follett is the largest manager of college bookstores throughout the United States and Canada, serving more than 580 schools, the New Paltz bookstore manager, Pam Dembicki, said that the company maintains a low-key presence which allows college bookstores to preserve their own identities. Bookstore staff has remained one hundred percent the same, said Dembicki, who now reports directly to a Follett regional manager as well as maintaining a campus contact with CAS executive director Bill Long. Immediate plans by Follett include the addition of online textbook sales and a 10 % faculty/staff discount on all non-sale items, excluding computer software. Departmental purchase orders for non-software supplies will be discounted 20 %. Campus ID is needed to obtain the discount, so anyone needing to acquire or replace a card should go to Student Union 44 or call x3034 for more information. Future plans include an academic reference and trade book department which keeps all required textbooks in stock, and features streamlined special ordering, a separate section for works by faculty, discounted best-sellers, and book signings by local and national authors. Follett also promises promotion of national events such as African-American History Month, Banned Book Week, Earth Day and Women's History Month. As always, the Campus Bookstore will maintain a quality general merchandise department. During the next few months, a Follett management team will meet with departmental deans and faculty to form a New Paltz Campus Bookstore Advisory Committee consisting of administrators, faculty and students to review Follett's performance and provide input to maximize service. Additionally, all faculty, staff and students are invited to send Follett a list of suggested books to provide. Dembicki and staff look forward to continuing work with campus community members to create a new outstanding bookstore. Direct questions or comments to the manager at x3050.

Making history
More than 6,100 scholars contributed 17,450 articles to the 24-volume American National Biography, ed. John A. Garraty and Mark C. Carnes, which was published in January by Oxford University Press under the auspices of the American Council of Learned Societies. Eight faculty members of SUNY New Paltz, listed below along with their departments and number of contributed biographies, are among them. Congratulations to Richard Hathaway (English, one), Larry Hauptman (History, three), Alfred Marks (Professor Emeritus/English, nine), Robert Miraldi (Communication & Media, one), Donald Roper (Professor Emeritus/History, 19), Louis Roper (History, two), Gerald Sorin (Faculty Emeritus/History, six), and Michael Whelan (Education, one). The preeminent biographical dictionary in the field of American history, the ANB has been awarded by the American Library Association the Dartmouth Medal for best new reference work produced in the United States. Richard Bleiler, chair of the award committee, stated, "The 20 million words of the [ANB] provide a portrait of the incredible diversity of the men and women who have in some way shaped the history and development of the United States. Though published in the waning years of the 20th century, [ANB] is a reference work for all time." Within a year, the ANB will appear on the Web in an online edition, where it will be updated to include portraits and more recently deceased figures. A copy of the ANB can be found in the Sojourner Truth Library.

Outstanding student service
The Cabinet has approved two recipients of the newly- established Award for Outstanding Student Service. It has been determined by a selection committee comprised of representatives of the five campus divisions and the student body that clerk Bonnie Barringer (Financial Aid) and lab technician Matthew Seaman (Art) provide exceptional support service which promotes student retention and success. According to the selection committee, though the Financial Aid Office can be a stressful setting where students, parents and personnel deal with the highly sensitive issue of money, "Ms. Barringer's consistent ability over 19 years of SUNY New Paltz employment to create an oasis in the storm is highly commendable as evidenced by unsolicited letters from students and families...She makes her office a friendly environment with a home-like atmosphere. She makes a point to remember names of hundreds of students and to treat each one with great sincerity of purpose."

Meanwhile, at the School of Fine & Performing Arts, Seaman has been developing his technological proficiency. Through grants, outside consultation and personal research, he upgraded computer labs, acquired software, and became knowledgeable in the operation of the photography and graphic design labs. He now manages all the labs, trains faculty and students in computer use, and teaches photography. The committee wrote to President Roger Bowen, "As a professional staff member, Mr. Seaman anticipated the technological growth in his area and acquired the training and expertise necessary to expand the job in order to better serve students both majors and non- majors." Each recipient will receive a one-time monetary award of $1000, recognition via a plaque in the Haggerty Administration Lobby, and will be presented with a certificate at Convocation '99, scheduled to begin at noon on Friday, August 27 in Studley Theatre. The Award for Outstanding Student Service will be presented annually to one or two classified or administrative staff members of three or more years.

Hoop dreams
Alex Olsen & motherAlex Olsen, 8, practiced dribbling on July 8 while attending a YMCA boys basketball sports camp at SUNY New Paltz. Later, he looked on with his mom, Marianella Garatti (Foreign Languages), as his peers gave it a shot.

Hoop DreamsSummer 1999 Sports Camps, a teamwork program of the YMCA, SUNY New Paltz and Town of New Paltz, will continue through August 20 as local boys and girls are schooled in their favorite games by university coaches Bob Bruley (Tennis), Mike Juhl (Baseball) Joe Kremmer (Basketball), Stuart Robinson (Soccer), Rich Thornton (Basketball) and Brett Wilmott (Strength Training). In addition to these camps, a one-week volleyball session which ended on August 6 was independently codirected by Tony Bonilla (EOP) and Alan Dunefsky (Recreation).



...Civil Service Employees Association solidarity is evident each Friday when members wear the T-shirts given to them recently by Local 610 as a symbol of fellowship through trying times such as the ongoing negotiations for a new contract. Other efforts to promote unity include a barbeque and baseball game which both CSEA members and their non-member colleagues are welcome to attend when the Hudson Valley Renegades play the Staten Island Yankees on Monday, August 23 at Dutchess Stadium in Fishkill. Barbeque begins at 6 p.m.; game starts at 7:15. A bus will leave the Route 32 parking lot at 5 p.m. CSEA attendees, discernable by their T-shirts, will be acknowledged by the Renegades on their scoreboard. Payment ($6 CSEA/$12 others) must be made by Friday, August 13. RSVP to Gary Buckman (Facilities Operations) at x3306 or Dottie Struck (Facilities & Planning) at x3304.

...A New York state contract with Airborne Express ensures overnight delivery of letters or packages sent from the campus mailroom only. Please do not give out Airborne Express, UPS, or Federal Express account numbers for third party billing purposes. Contact the associate director of administrative services, Julie Majak, at x3270 with any questions.

...After careful consideration, the Cabinet has decided that, effective September 1, the staff lounge located in Student Union 36 will be designated as a "smoke-free" area.


Awards, Honors, and Recognition

Lori Tunkel (Payroll) was installed as the president of the Hudson Valley County Council Auxiliary to the VFW, an appointment concurrent with her service as treasurer of the New Paltz Auxiliary and color bearer for District #2. She will be serving in all three capacities for 1999-2000.

Joan Lawrence-Bauer (Communication & Media) received a New York Press Association award in March for in-depth reporting about a gravel pit in Roxbury and the mistakes of local government deaf to the voice of its citizens. Her series of 13 articles published between January and December 1998 in the weekly Delaware county newspaper, Catskill Mountain News, earned her first place in Division III, which distinguishes weekly newspapers with distributions of 4,000-8,000. Lawrence-Bauer is also a reporter for the Catskill Mountain News and writes the column, "Down to Business," which addresses business operation and management topics.



Douglas Maynard (Psychology) presented two papers at the 14th Annual Conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, recently held in Atlanta. "Broadening the Scope of Applicant Reactions Research: An Exploratory Investigation of the Effects of Job Characteristics and Level of Competition," was coauthored by Robert Ployhart (Michigan State University); and "Managerial Perceptions of Overqualification in the Selection Process," based on Maynard's dissertation work, was coauthored by Milton Hakel (Bowling Green State University). Additionally, Maynard presented a paper titled "Overqualification: A Neglected Construct in Industrial/Organizational Psychology" at the 11th Annual American Psychological Society Convention, held in Denver in June. This paper was also coauthored by Hakel.


Alumni in the news

Prior to her graduation from SUNY New Paltz in May, Nina Lopez (BS/Psychology) gave an oral presentation titled "A Comparison of Approaches to Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease" at the Hudson Valley Undergraduate Psychology Conference, held at Dominican College in Orangeburg. Her paper, the result of a three-credit independent study with Douglas Maynard as faculty advisor, was one of only 16 accepted for presentation.

Kathleen Marshall, '70, was recently hired as an education specialist at the Anderson School, Staatsburg, with 14 years of previous experience in the special education field.

Kristin Meyer (BA/1-*989, Communication) recently became the project manager for the Internet development team of GPi, a Red Hook-based company that provides digital solutions for business. Meyer earned a master's degree from Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in 1991.

Edward J. Renehan Jr. (BS/Political Science, 1980), author of John Burroughs: An American Naturalist (Black Dome Press), will soon lecture locally on the renowned 19th century teacher and writer who lived with his wife Ursula at the Riverby Farm in West Park. One of three books by Renehan, this biography was said by Robert McCracken Peck in the Sunday New York Times Book Review, to reveal "a far more complex and interesting man than other biographers have described." Renehan's frequent lectures included appearances at the Boston Athenaeum, The Philadelphia Athenaeum, the Harvard Clubs of New York and Boston, and the Union-League Club, Manhattan. He has appeared nationally on C-SPAN and various other television and radio broadcasts. He is currently involved in helping to develop a documentary film about the renegade abolitionist John Brown, which will air on public television's "The American Experience" in the spring of 2000. Renehan's John Burroughs lecture is free and begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 14 at the Mountain Top Arboretum, Route 23-C, Tannersville. For more information, please contact the Arboretum directly at (518) 589-3903.


Everyone in the news

Students, faculty/staff and community members alike deserve recognition for their participation in New Paltz's 25th Annual Walkathon for World Hunger, held in May at Minnewaska State Park. The event was directed by Paul Walley, pastor of the Student Christian Center, who said that more than 125 participants raised approximately $11,600 which was donated to the hunger-fighting division of the Church World Service and to Family of New Paltz. Sal Anastasio (Mathematics) is the SCS treasurer and served as this event's recorder as well. Walkers chose to hike either 2.5 or 10 miles on state trails. Donald Roper (Professor Emeritus/History) opted for 10 miles and raised more than any other individual participant $800! Walley said the number of walkers tripled since last year, and the funds collected nearly doubled.


Items may be submitted for publication in News Pulse by contacting writer/editor Nancy Pizio (x3187) at the Office of Public Affairs, Division of Advancement. E-mail is preferred, sent to: with hard copy faxed to 3345. We appreciate your patience as items are included as expeditiously as possible. Past issues are now available online!