ISSUE DATE: September 7, 1999
All in agreement
SUNY New Paltz is the first American university to develop an educational partnership with Tashkent State Economic University (TSEU) in Uzbekistan, one of the most respected universities in Central Asia. A three-year agreement to assist TSEU in the development of a new business curriculum based on Western practices has been made possible by a $200,000 grant awarded to New Paltz by the United States Information Agency's College and University Partnership Program. The partnership is an outgrowth of an earlier agreement between the two universities, developed in October 1997 when President Roger Bowen first traveled to Uzbekistan. Bowen said, "The program we have proposed will emphasize the importance of democratic reform in higher education in the areas of educational administration, multiculturalism, and faculty and professional development." According to Hadi Salavitabar (Business Administration), the project director for the grant, one of the program's major objectives is to develop administrative internship opportunities for TSEU's academic and administrative staff, beginning with the placement in New Paltz departments of two senior administrators to observe, learn, assume responsibilities, and attend two existing graduate level courses now given as part of established masters degree programs. Other components include a mentoring exchange program which teams New Paltz faculty with those of TSEU residing in the United States during the second year of the grant, participating in teaching and curriculum development while examining New Paltz's approach to issues like distance learning and faculty governance. Faculty from both universities will collaborate on research to develop a seminar series on issues relevant to emerging democracies, which each faculty team will present at TSEU during the final year of the grant. Salavitabar said, "The program will provide [TSEU students] a course selection that combines our curriculum with the best of the TSEU curriculum." Tashkent University administrators and faculty have made several visits to SUNY New Paltz in recent years, and Tashkent students have attended the Language Immersion Institute as well.
When a domestic hot water tank overheats, a safety valve relief lifts to prevent further heating and pressure, releasing hot water into a mechanical room drain and causing hot air vapor to travel within the immediate area. Such was the case in Bevier Hall on August 26. Resident volunteer or "hall raiser," sophomore B.J. Dellilio, was in the first floor main lounge at the time and noticed the intensified temperature and vapor exiting the radiator in the lobby vestibule. The astute scholar, also a certified member of the fire district in his hometown, Nyack, quickly notified the Bevier resident director Onika Jervis, who alerted Facilities Operations and University Police. Dellilio sounded a fire alarm while University Police contacted the New Paltz Fire Department. Approximately 120 students occupying the building that day were accommodated in Hasbrouck Dining Hall while Facilities Operations personnel ministered to the overheated tank and the fire department used high-powered exhaust fans to ventilate the building of vapor. According to John Shupe, director of physical plant operations, all campus boilers are inspected by his staff daily. Thanks to the swift reactions of student staff, the malfunction was detected and rectified with little inconvenience to Bevier's new residents. Jervis said, "It all happened really fast. The hall raisers and the RAs really worked well together to get everyone out of the building very quickly."
Richard Panman's (Psychology) efforts to publicize the cancer treatment SMANCS, currently available only in Japan, have produced encouraging results. When the Daily Freeman ran an article last April on him and his resourceful persistence in battling cancer, a man in Catskill whose nine- year-old son has a rare form of the disease took notice. Like Panman, his son had received treatment from Memorial Sloan Kettering but was told his cancer was incurable. After speaking with Panman, the boy's family arranged for his treatment with SMANCS in Japan which has thus far proved successful. Panman's own oncologist recently reported that his tumor has not changed in size, which is very good. He continues not only to fight for his own health, but the right of all to have access to this highly effective form of cancer treatment. He states his deep gratitude for the friendship, interest and support of his friends and colleagues.
Fall Convocation '99
"You are the heirs of a world already involved in a technological revolution," Elisa Davila (Foreign Languages) told the class of 2003 in her Convocation address. "Too many have been stranded along the superhighway...What are you going to do? Stay behind your own borders or step up to the real challenge of your generation: the democratization of technology?" - Elisa Davila
Visit www.newpaltz.edu/events/convocation99 to see highlights of Convocation, such as faculty speeches; "America the Beautiful," sung by Raymond Gordon with pianist Haewon Chung; and photos which include Wood Company cooks Al Fowler and Bob Pole tending the barbeque grills, and guest musicians Jay and Ruth Unger and Molly Mason.
...Scheduling conflicts have delayed the "Web Works" drop-in session for updating web sites until later in the semester. Faculty who need assistance now may call Linda Smith (Computer Services) at x3188, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.newpaltz.edu/webkit to obtain a template and simple instructions for creating a basic web page.
...The Center for Instructional Resources and the Office of Academic Computing will be showcasing the new "electronic classroom," Lecture Center 104, on Friday, September 10. This free Open House for faculty and staff will be held from 1:30 - 3 p.m. and includes light refreshments and the demonstration of new equipment which is available for classroom instruction. For further information, contact Emily Trapp (CIR) at x3630 or e-mail email@example.com.
Awards, Honors, and Recognition
The SUNY New Paltz web site, submitted by its coordinator, Rachel Reuben (Public Affairs), won first place in the 1999 SUNY /Council of University Affairs and Development (CUAD) Web Site Competition. A selection committee, comprised of non-SUNY professionals, deemed the site the most creative and dynamic within the SUNY system. At a SUNY/CUAD conference in Saratoga Springs in June, Reuben accepted a plaque on behalf of the members of the Web Team: Jan Harrison, Mary Kastner (both Graphics Office), Karen Summerlin (Public Affairs), Lucy Anderson (Computer Services) and herself. Additionally, Reuben won the 1999 Charlton SUNY/CUAD Newcomer to Advancement Scholarship which covered her registration, lodging and meals throughout the three-day conference. She was selected based on an essay which detailed her motivation and active participation in her own professional development.
Michelle Cangelosi (College Activities) received a national credential as a certified health education specialist, making her one of only 7,000 educators certified by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, and the first at SUNY New Paltz. She was able to complete an exam to meet the certification requirements because of a 1998/99 Faculty/Staff Development Award. Additionally, through an individual development award from United University Professionals, Cangelosi represented the university at an annual meeting of the American College Health Association in Philadelphia in June, where she attended workshops on alcohol and sexual violence prevention and received updates on sexual health.
Tracy Grant (Student Counseling) wrote an education/prevention program on sexual violence for high school students, then trained 10 SUNY New Paltz peer educators who presented it to New Paltz High School pupils last spring. Grant also organized a "To Tell the Truth" speakout to end the silence of women and men who have survived sexual abuse, which was attended by students, faculty and staff in the Purple Lounge. Grant currently begins her second year as chair of the Eastern Region of the New York State Intercollegiate Coalition Against Sexual Assault, a two-year grant-funded project through Syracuse University and New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault. She serves as a unifying agent for all mid-Hudson Valley campus and community organizations that address issues of sexual violence, and has hosted several meetings of representatives to increase collaboration and improve service delivery.
Walter Borenstein (Professor Emeritus/Spanish) is the translator of the novel, The Tribune of the People, written by Emilia Pardo Bazán and published by Bucknell University Press. Borenstein describes Bazán as "the outstanding woman novelist, essayist and writer of short stories in 19th century Spain... recognized as a leading feminist of her time in Europe."
Gweneth Lloyd (Student Counseling) presented a workshop, "Enhancing Students Of Color Retention and Learning at a Predominantly White College: A Multicultural Bi-level Scholar's Mentorship Program," based on her work with peer mentoring of first-year college students, at an annual conference of the International Mentoring Association, held in Atlanta.
Rose Rudnitski (Elementary Education) presented a paper, "National/Provincial Gifted Education Policies: Present State - Future Possibilities," at the World Conference on Gifted Children, recently held in Istanbul, Turkey. She also gave the opening keynote speech at the New York State United Teachers Leadership Conference at Otesaga Hotel in Cooperstown last month.
Students in the news
Members of the student group, Coalition for Multi-Cultural Teachers, were assisted by Paul Broadie (Educational Opportunity Program) in delivering panel presentations at Multi-Cultural College Night at Ellenville High School in the spring. Five New Paltz students were placed on panels according to race, and addressed Ellenville teenagers and parents on the topic of attending college, said senior and education major, Mirna Aguilar. She addressed her group in Spanish. "The parents' concern was that they couldn't afford to send their kids to college. I told them that there are ways that the government and state can help students to attend college," said Aguilar.
Honorees of the third annual All Campus Formal last spring were selected through nominations by the Office of College Activities. The event, sponsored by the public Entertainment Commission, Student Association and College Activities, was attended by approximately 250 students, faculty and staff. The Student Association's vice president for budget and finance, Robert Earl Hicks II, and senate chair, Ann Jex, a junior, served as emcees. President Roger Bowen delivered the opening address. Awards and their deserving recipients are as follows: Student Leader of the Year - Guy Seneque (BA/Sociology, 1999), Community Service Leader of the Year - Ryan Grindel (Junior/Art Education), Greek Organization of the Year - Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Student Organization of the Year - American Marketing Association, Student Organization Advisor of the Year - Bob Eddings (College Activities), Activities Assistant of the Year - LaRita Whitfield(Senior/Communications).
Fifty students of the AmeriCorps Program at SUNY New Paltz were honored at the first AmeriCorps Awards Celebration held in the College Terrace Restaurant in May. The students had completed one term of service and contributed 305 hours of aid to local agencies such as Family of New Paltz, High School Equivalency Program, Mental Health Association, Migrant Education Outreach Program, New Paltz Youth Center, Ulster County BOCES, United Cerebral Palsy and Wallkill High School. The program coordinator, Michelle Rosenbaum, and codirector, Tonda Highley, hosted the ceremony on behalf of the university. Featured speakers included President Roger Bowen, Village Mayor Tom Nyquist and Town Supervisor Susan Zimet. Jeanine Connolly (BA/Social Services, 1999) and Kathleen Vales (Senior/Art Education) received yellow work gloves in recognition of their acceptance to the National Civilian Community Corps program. Stephanie McPhail(BA/Psychology, 1999) was presented with a special recognition award by the New Paltz Youth Center director for her mentoring efforts there. Approximately 100 New Paltz students participate in AmeriCorps, providing education and counsel to 520 Ulster County youths and families. There are 100,000 AmeriCorps members nationwide.
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