News Pulse

ISSUE DATE: August 23, 1999


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Publications: Books, Papers, Articles, and Essays



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Welcome back to SUNY New Paltz! May the academic year which will append two millennia bear many exciting developments for the students, faculty and staff of our campus community. Fresh faces, clean notebooks... It seems an appropriate time for a brief grammar review covering the basics of that intricate set of rules without which we would be completely misunderstood.

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Convocation Day
Join your colleagues in welcoming new students to campus at the Thirteenth Annual Fall Convocation, to begin at noon on Friday, August 27 in Studley Theatre. The convocation address, "The Mythology of Borders and Other Tall Tales," will be delivered by Elisa Davila (Foreign Languages). Faculty, preferably garbed in robes of academia, should assemble at 11:30 a.m. in the Curriculum Center, Old Main Building B-9 and B-11. A picnic for students, faculty and staff will be held on the Old Main Quadrangle following the ceremony. Dean Jerry Benjamin (Liberal Arts & Sciences) invites all faculty and staff who "are willing and more or less able" to play softball to join him for the second annual start-of-the-academic-year game at 2 p.m. on the field behind the tennis courts, adjacent to Elting Gym. Indicate interest by e-mail to Bring your own mitt, and be prepared to purchase raffle tickets for prizes, proceeds of which will benefit the Sojourner Truth Library.

Swing of things
College Auxiliary Services and SUNY New Paltz present the First Annual SUNY New Paltz Scholarship Golf Tournament. Participation is effective contribution to the scholarship fund which benefits New Paltz students tremendously. Check in at the Nevele Grande Resort Golf Course on Route 209 in Ellenville at 9 a.m. to play 18 holes, rain or shine, on Wednesday, September 8. Enjoy a barbeque lunch at the turn, then appetizers and beverages and an Awards Banquet Dinner (steak and lobster) at the College Terrace Restaurant. Sign up as a foursome or be matched up with other players. Prizes will be awarded to the closest to the pin, closest to the line, and to the man and woman with the longest drive. Register as follows: Summa Cum Laude Sponsorship - $2000, Magna Cum Laude Sponsorship - $1000, Tee Sign Sponsor - $500, Green Sign Sponsor - $250, Team Foursome - $600, or Individual - $150. In addition to a cart, food and prizes, individual sponsors receive New Paltz fleece vests, currently selling in the Campus Bookstore for $50. To attend the awards dinner, donate $50. For a tournament brochure with registration form, please call Golf Tournament Committee cochairs, Bill Long (CAS) at x3370, Nick Lyons (Administration) at x3299 or K.C. Stevens (Administration & Telecommunications Services) at x3271. Register with check payable to CAS by Wednesday, September 1. All donations are tax deductible.

Modern Jewish life
The Louis and Mildred Resnick Institute for the Study of Modern Jewish Life announces the Eleventh Annual Fall Resnick Lecture Series, "Jewish-American Fiction: Projections and Self-Images," which may be taken for credit or audited. The class time is Wednesdays, 7 - 9:50 p.m., with free and open lectures by leading authors and academics beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Lecture Center 108. First class is September 1; first lecture is September 8. Check the Calendar of Events for lecture titles.

Reaching out
A community service program, planned and facilitated by SUNY New Paltz' six activities assistants, has been established with the St. Cabrini Group Home for troubled adolescents in West Park. Monthly last spring, eight to 10 students from St. Cabrini visited the campus to discuss their perceptions of college with our activities assistants. The youths received tours, attended campus events and dining hall meals, and were given information on the Educational Opportunity Program, financial aid and mentoring. Fatima deCarvalho, director of college activities, said this effort was designed to dispel the myths often held by high school students of color regarding their ability to perform in college. This program will resume in the fall.



...All campus events in September which are submitted to the online Calendar of Events (/events/calendar.cfm) by Tuesday, August 24, will appear in the printed calendar shortly thereafter. Late entries will still be publicized online.

...Haggerty Administration denizens are invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the building's return to two-elevator- status. Join President Roger Bowen in the lobby for coffee and doughnuts at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, August 24.

...SUNY New Paltz plans to sign in to the residence halls more than 1,000 students between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 25. Staff volunteers are needed to serve as marshals/greeters, meeting and directing students and their families to designated areas for unloading and parking. Several shifts will be identified. If interested, please call the office of the associate dean of students, Robin Cohen, ASAP at x3088.

...See the online Calendar of Events for details about The Blockbustin' Week of Welcome, Wednesday, August 25 - Sunday, August 29.

...Student Accounts will be located in the Student Union Purple Lounge Wednesday, August 25 - Tuesday, September 7. Service provided in Haggerty Administration 210 will be limited on the day immediately preceding and following the move. Records & Registration will be located in the Student Union MultiPurpose Room Friday, August 27 - Friday, September 3. Check recent memos for specific hours of operation.

...A "Web Works" informal drop-in session for faculty and staff who would like assistance with minor updates to their personal or departmental web sites will be held on Friday, August 27 from 1:30 - 4 p.m. in Coykendall Science Building 21. Lucy Anderson, Linda Smith (both Computer Services) and Rachel Reuben (Public Affairs) will be on hand to assist.

...University Police, with the assistance of Rachel Reuben (Public Affairs), designed a silent witness program at their website. "It's basically a tips line — a crime-prevention effort for people who want to provide us with information without disclosing their names," said Chief Richard Barnhart. The program is based on a similar one being used at Syracuse University. Submissions go directly to Barnhart's e-mail address, said the web designer. Check it out at No pranks.

...The Ashokan Field Campus was the site of SummerSongs, a week-long retreat for aspiring songwriters which provided tips and techniques in a relaxed and supportive environment, said Jennifer O'Neill (CAS). The 372 secluded acres of the outdoor environmental education center sanctioned inspiration for songwriters from New Hampshire to Michigan.

...Ten new Continuing & Professional Education courses for licensed certified public accountants were offered throughout the summer and will continue into September. "As the only comprehensive university campus between Westchester County and Albany, SUNY New Paltz is able to serve the needs of the financial professional in the Hudson Valley, and at a very reasonable cost," said the director of business programs, Hadi Salavitabar. The Calendar of Events publicizes specific dates and times.

...Please be patient as public affairs staff works to include in News Pulse all (mounds and mounds) faculty/staff accomplishments which are submitted.

...CORRECTION: Gerald Sorin (History) will officially retire on September 1 and continue to teach at SUNY New Paltz on a part-time basis.


Awards, Honors, and Recognition

Raymond Schwarz (Student Affairs) and Scott Van Pelt (College Activities) were inducted in May as titular members of Phi Psi Chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary. NRHH is comprised of the top one percent of resident students recognized for outstanding contributions to campus life. Honorary membership is reserved for alumni, faculty and staff who have done the same.


Publications: Books, Papers, Articles, and Essays

President Emerita Alice Chandler is the author of a new book, Paying the Bill for International Education: Programs, Partners and Possibilities at the Millennium, published in April by NAFSA Association of International Educators. The book was sponsored by the Test of English as a Foreign Language Policy Council, a board comprised of higher education professionals which directs the Educational Testing Service in developing English proficiency evaluation for international students planning to study in the United States, Canada, or other countries where English is the primary language of instruction. Chandler said that Paying the Bill, one of several higher education studies she has published since her retirement, cites New Paltz as an example of a campus with successful foreign exchange programs.

Elaine Kolitch (Mathematics & Computer Science) and Ann Dean (Educational Studies) published a paper, "Student ratings of instruction in the USA: hidden assumptions & missing conceptions about ‘good' teaching," in Studies in Higher Education.

Kequin Li (Mathematics & Computer Science) published several papers recently with colleagues Yuzhong Sun, Xiaola Lin and Paul Y. S. Cheung, all of the University of Hong Kong. "Fault tolerant all-to-all broadcast in general interconnection networks" was published in Proceedings of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers International Conference on Parallel and Distributed Systems; "Probabilistic load distribution methods in heterogeneous distributed systems" and "Embedding and all-to- all broadcast in recursive cube of rings: a new topology for interconnection networks" both appeared in Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Computer Science & Informatics; and "Divisible load distribution on hypercubes" and "All-to-all broadcast in general interconnection networks" appeared in Proceedings of Tenth International Conference on Parallel and Distributed Computing and Systems.



The Mid-Hudson Pattern for Progress, a regional planning and policy membership organization, gathers approximately 300 of the area's business, academic and civic leaders to address a significant public issue at its annual spring conference, held this year in the SUNY New Paltz Lecture Center. "Smart Government: Unlocking the Key to Competitiveness" featured a keynote address by former New York State Senator John Sheffer, and included a welcome by President Roger Bowen and a speech titled "Regionalism and Realism" by the conference chairman, Dean Jerry Benjamin (Liberal Arts & Sciences). Judy Costa (Continuing Education) and Hadi Salavitabar (Business Administration) served on the conference committee.

Fatima deCarvalho (College Activities) was a guest panelist last March for "Women in the Workplace," a program held at SUNY Albany which was sponsored by that university's Residence Life Department and Women's Resource Center.

Andrea Nero Eddings, Crispell complex director, presented two workshops at a SUNY Oneonta Leadership Institute last spring. She gave a priorities clarification workshop, "The Values Auction," and a multi-cultural consensus exercise, "The Bomb Shelter."

Karl Heiner (Business Administration) recently delivered an invited paper in Baltimore: "Issues in Statistical Auditing and SomeBayesian Solutions," at the Annual Joint Statistical Meeting of the American Statistical Association, the Statistical Society of Canada and the International Biometric Society, Eastern and Western North American Regions. Additionally, Heiner has had two papers published recently: "Statistics in the Classroom and the Courtroom," which was coauthored by Stan Wagon (Macalester College, St. Paul) and published in the winter '99 edition of Mathmatica in Education and Research; and "Simulation Based Inference for Auditing," coauthored by David Laws (University of Sheffield, Yorkshire) and published in the 1999 volume of Computing Science and Statistics.

Jeffrey Hurrin (Residence Life) lectured to a graduate class at Montclair State University in New Jersey. His topic last spring was "Supervision: Putting Theory Into Practice."

Daniel Walsh (Residence Life) presented a program, "Teaching, Learning, and Ways of Knowing," at a conference of the College Student Personnel Association of New York. It was hosted in April by the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park.


Alumni in the news

The current director of multi-cultural affairs at the New York Institute of Technology is also a New Paltz alumna. Alicia Hyndman (BA/Communication & Media, 1993) arranged for a group of students attending Wyandanch High School, believed to have the highest drop-out rate on Long Island, to visit her alma mater last spring. Her program was intended to give a better understanding of college life to high school students considered to be at risk of dropping out. New Paltz students and recent alumni Patrick Rodriguez (Senior/Black Studies), Ann Jex (Sophomore, Undecided), Allison Brockington (BA/Political Science, 1999), Miriam Sanni (BA/Political Science, 1999), and Garfield Bryan (Junior/Black Studies) volunteered to speak with the visitors and provide campus tours. The director of college activities, Fatima deCarvalho, said that Hyndman brings such groups to the university on a fairly regular basis.


Students in the news

The bestowal of book prizes to students of the Asian Studies Program is a 10-year-old tradition which was started by Marleigh Ryan, professor emerita. Every semester, instructors of Asian studies courses identify one student in each of their classes whose performance is to be celebrated with a book of their choice which has been acquired by the Geography Department through the New York Conference on Asian Studies. Books about the continent displayed throughout the conference subsequently become the property of SUNY New Paltz. Those not donated to the Sojourner Truth Library are then presented to students in the manner established by Ryan and currently carried out by Ron Knapp (Geography). He said SUNY New Paltz obtained 15-17,000 books from NYCAS '98. The recipients of the Program's spring '99 book prizes are Beth Cashara (Senior/Asian Studies), Anne Cook(Senior/Asian Studies), Paul Delillo (Junior/Social Studies), Andrea Fleming (non-matriculated), Pearl Fung (Senior/Asian Studies), Diane Houghtaling (Senior/History), Alyssa Lee (Sophomore/Accounting), Sharon Lewinter(Sophomore/Psychology), Jing Li (Asian Studies, 1999), Jacob Lyons (Senior/History), Eric Strangfeld (Senior/History), Wendy Tam (Senior/Psychology) and Chloe Torres (Senior/History).

Master's students in psychology Sharon Bunnell, Cindy Fowler, Ernest Fryar, Matthew Greevy and Susanne Lake presented a poster with faculty advisor Douglas Maynard (Psychology). "Knowledge of Mental Illness Test (KOMIT): Exploring the Relationship Between Attitudes and Knowledge" was presented at the 11th Annual American Psychological Society Convention held in Denver in June. Under Maynard's advisement, the students conducted research for and developed the KOMIT for use in determining the general public's knowledge of mental illness. This research was also presented at the Liberal Arts & Sciences Day in May. Bunnell stated, "All the authors wish to give thanks to the university, and especially to the Psychology Department for all the support throughout this research." In addition to Maynard, Bunnell extends special thanks for the assistance of Dean Jerry Benjamin (Liberal Arts & Sciences), President Roger Bowen and Gwen Havranek (Administration).

Lilah Weiss received the 1998-99 Outstanding Work-Study Student Assistant Award for her performance while employed by the Women's Studies Program last spring. She was recommended by her supervisor, Pat Clarke, and selected by a sub-committee of the university's work-study committee, having met the award criteria of maintaining "high-quality service to other students, faculty, staff or community members while performing [her] job duties." This is the first bestowal of this award for which nominations will be called each spring. Weiss received a framed certificate designed in the Graphic Office, which was presented to her during a special meeting with President Roger Bowen. She is a senior and education major from Manhattan.

The women's lacrosse team participated in a walk at Vassar College in April to raise money to fight Multiple Sclerosis. Approximately 25 players and coaches participated.

The New Paltz Chapter of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association designed and sold original mugs as a fundraiser to promote spirit among members and students majoring in communication disorders. Supporters' names were put into a drawing for a monetary award and other donated prizes. Recipients are as follows: Amy Tansosch - $200; Etta Horowitz(Junior/Speech & Hearing) - NSSLHA mug; Alicia Marquis-Serson - flashlight; Kristi Murray (Senior/Speech & Hearing) - The Woman's Guide to Peak Performance, by Addie Haas (Communication Disorders), Susan Puretz (formerly Physical Education) and Donna Meltzer (SUNY Stonybrook); and chapter president Donna Linsig (Graduate Student/Communication Disorders) - massage at a local spa. Additionally, 25-30 NSSLHA members and friends recently helped raise money for babies needing special care by participating in a March of Dimes Walk which took place in Kingston. The advisor to the New Paltz Chapter of the NSSLHA for the 1999-2000 academic year will be Wendy Bower (Communication Disorders).


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