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ISSUE DATE: September 13, 1999


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In remembrance
Ann Wrentmore Coffman, Summer 1997A Concert in Remembrance of Ann Wrentmore Coffman begins at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 19 on the grounds of the Senate House State Historic Site, 312 Fair Street, Kingston. In case of inclement weather, it will be held in a tent at the same site. The Hudson Valley Philharmonic String Quartet, comprised of violinists Carole Cowan (Music) and Emily Faxon, cellist Susan Seligman (Music), and violist Valentina Charlap- Evans, will perform works by Mozart and Mendelssohn. "Ann Coffman was a friend of the arts and involved in working on plans for the Hudson Valley Philharmonic some years ago," said Cowan. "We're very pleased to be asked to play for this occasion. She was quite a wonderful person." Coffman died April 8 in Kingston. Prior to retirement, she was a site assistant for the state Department of Parks, Recreation, and Historical Preservation at the Senate House State Historic Site. She earned a degree in music education at Ohio State University and a master's degree in art history and popular culture at Bowling Green State University, Ohio. She was a sustaining member of the Junior League, and belonged to Kappa Kappa Gamma, Delta Omicron, Friends of the Senate House, and the Friends of Historic Kingston. For several years, she was a member of the SUNY New Paltz Foundation. Additionally, her volunteer work benefitted art museums, animals and the environment. Her husband, Stanley K. Coffman, was the SUNY New Paltz president from 1972 to 1979. They were married in 1942 and have three children.

Fascinatin' facts about PianoSummer at New Paltz
Contributed by the director of arts services, David Cavallaro

Seven EOP Students on Parade with advisor Arnie Mejais and his wife RebecaProcession of pride
Seven EOP students and one cousin, together with advisor Arnie Mejias and his wife Rebeca, represented New Paltz on 5th Avenue in June at the Fourth Annual Puerto Rican Day Parade, a tradition since the '60s prior to its becoming an international event. Participants carried a banner provided by the university. The group formed when EOP director Lisa Chase was contacted by SUNY's New York City Office of Student Recruitment, which sponsored the college division of the parade.



...Women's Studies Program welcomes all new female faculty, staff and students to its annual Fall Reception on Wednesday, September 15, 4:30 - 6 p.m., Southside House Lawn. Rain date: September 22.

...Register by September 15 for a Friday, September 24 "Conference on Diversity and Coherence in Nursing Science Research," with nationally-known nurse educator and scholar Dr. Marilyn Rawnsley. See for details, or call Anne Champlin (Nursing) at x2965.


Awards, Honors, and Recognition

Elisa Davila (Foreign Languages) received the following e-mail message on August 27: "Hello. My daughter and I attended the Convocation today. I was inspired by your address and wanted to thank you. We surely do cross many borders in our lives. I could not stay to talk with you but hope to at some point in the future. I am so impressed with the faculty at New Paltz. Any institution of learning is only as good as its faculty. I can only hope that my daughter will take full advantage of the opportunities waiting. Thanks again. Mary."


Publications: Papers, Articles, and Essays

Kequin Li (Mathematics & Computer Science) published a paper with colleagues Yi Pan (University of Dayton) and Si-Quing Zheng (University of Texas, Dallas): "Scalable parallel matrix multiplication using reconfigurable pipelined optical bus systems," in Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Parallel and Distributed Computing and Systems. A paper with John Dorband (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center), "Asymptotically optimal probabilistic embedded algorithms for supporting tree structured computations in hypercubes," was published in the Proceedings of the 7th Symposium on the Frontiers of Massively Parallel Computations. Additionally, Li published "Managing divisible load on partitionable networks" in a book titled High Performance Computing Systems and Applications, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Boston.



Mary Kahl (Communication & Media) presented a paper, "The Contested Rhetorics of Women's History: The Reinscription of Public Memory at Seneca Falls," at the 90th Annual Convention of the Eastern Communication Association, the oldest professional association of its kind in the United States. At the convention recently held in Charleston, West Virginia, Kahl also participated in a roundtable discussion titled "Teaching and Researching at a Television Network." She spoke of her continuing affiliation with C-SPAN. Additionally, Kahl organized the meeting's "Spotlight on Scholarship Series," gathering communication scholars from across the country to participate on its special panels.


Alumni in the news

Jonathan Caine (MA/Geology, 1991) has completed his doctoral defense in geology at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

Three recent graduates of the master of arts in English program have received fellowships totaling more than $34,000 per year for four years of doctoral study: Christopher Hartley,'99, at Fordham University; John Langan, '98, at City University of New York; and Sharon Peelor, '97, at the University of Oklahoma.

Julian Keenan (MA/Psychology, 1994) is now an instructor in the Department of Neurology, Harvard Medical School, Boston.

Jan Vermilye (BA/Geology, 1989) began a tenure track position this fall at Whittier College in California. After leaving New Paltz, Vermilye completed a doctoral degree in structural geology and rock mechanics at Columbia University's Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory. She taught as an adjunct professor at Vassar College, and in a post-doctoral position with Southern California Earthquake Consortium. She returned to the SUNY New Paltz Geology Department last spring to deliver a talk titled "Evaluation of Seismic Hazard: Pressure solution as a mechanism for accommodating shortening associated with seismogenic faults."


Students in the news

Donna Linsig (Graduate Student/Speech and Language Pathology) received Student Honors from the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association, an award for which she was nominated by students and faculty from New Paltz. As president of the campus chapter of NSSLHA, Linsig has made numerous contributions to the establishment, including organizing a lecture on deaf culture and American Sign Language (ASL), and designing and implementing a simple ASL class for the campus. She has been instrumental in developing and managing an award system for NSSLHA participation, as well as several fundraising projects, such as a stuttering-awareness event currently being planned for October. Linsig received a bachelor's degree from New Paltz in 1996, graduating with a 4.0 average, and taught third graders in Hyde Park before returning to seek a master's. "I always wanted to be a teacher," she said, "and the communication disorders program takes my strengths as a teacher and focuses them in a medical field. She concluded, "Communication is the essence of being human."


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