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ISSUE DATE: September 20, 1999


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Doctor in the house
Beginning next fall, a doctoral degree in educational administration and policy studies will be offered at SUNY New Paltz in collaboration with the University at Albany. The program will draw upon the strengths of the faculty at both institutions, and students will enroll in courses offered at New Paltz as well as Albany. Provost David Lavallee (Academic Affairs) said, "The Albany research focus and the New Paltz field-based focus will create an excellent combination." President Roger Bowen said, "It offers an opportunity for our institutions to reach out to students in a geographic area that is largely underserved at the doctoral level but receives excellent instruction from the New Paltz faculty at the master's level. It was a natural partnership." The program is designed for practicing school and college administrators and others who have completed the certificate of advanced study or master of science in educational administration or a related field. According to Dean Robert Michael (Education), courses and substantive requirements will be the same as those currently taught at Albany, and the doctoral degree will still be awarded by that university. "The program will be taught using traditional and non-traditional formats, and there will be cross-campus cooperation in teaching and doctoral research, as well as distance learning via video teleconferencing," he said. Three possible areas of concentration will be school administration, higher education administration, and educational policy studies, but, depending on the interests of the initial class of 20 - 25 students, only one will be offered in the first year of the program at New Paltz. An advisory session for individuals interested in pursuing the degree will be held Wednesday, October 13 at 4 p.m., Lecture Center 100.

This program was made possible by a collaborative effort between Continuing & Professional Education and the School of Education. It was initiated by Kathleen Kraus who was recently promoted to dean of C&PE after earning entirely at Albany the degree which will now be obtainable by taking many courses here. The focus of her dissertation: a qualitative study of a similar program which exists between the University at Albany and SUNY Oswego. She calls this program, and ours, "an excellent example of a public university serving the community at large."

A signing ceremony last Wednesday in Old Main was attended by officials from both campuses eager to legalize the agreement. The agenda included words by President Bowen, Provost Lavallee, Dean Michael, Dean Kraus, and Albany's provost, Judy Genshaft, and educational administration and policies chair, Frederick Dembowski. Michael concluded by expressing his pleasure at having had the opportunity to announce our new degree to the Mid-Hudson School Study Council, of which he is an executive committee member.

Of course
Congratulations to the committee for the First Annual SUNY New Paltz Scholarship Golf Tournament on its success of September 8. The SUNY New Paltz Foundation will use the $10,000 raised by the 43 participating golfers and other benefactors and devotees for the scholarships it funds for New Paltz students. "It was one of the nicest fundraising events I've been to in a long time," said committee member Marda Reid. "People not only gave financial support, but formed relationships and friendships with the members of the college community. Companies are already pledging for next year." A team from M&T Bank took top honors, followed by a SUNY/ College Auxiliary Services team led by K.C. Stevens (Administration & Telecommunications Services).

Kuhlmann appointed to Council
Governor George Pataki announced the appointment of Carolyn Kuhlmann of Ellenville to the SUNY New Paltz College Council, an advisory body to the president on matters pertaining to university policies and operations. Kuhlmann is the founding president of the Ulster County Reading Council, serves on several educational advisory committees, is vice president and a member of the Ellenville Central School Board of Education, and takes an active role in many community service associations. She earned a bachelor's degree in child psychology from Cornell University, and a master's in education and Certificate in Reading from SUNY New Paltz. She taught second grade and reading, and was the coordinator of language arts in the Ellenville Central Schools. She has also taught graduate-level reading courses as an adjunct at New Paltz. There are currently 10 official members of the Council. Kuhlmann, who succeeds Kingston attorney Eli Basch, has begun a term which will expire in June 2006.

Student associations
President BowenPresident Roger Bowen hosted the first meeting of the year of the executive committees of the Student Association and Residence Hall Student Association in the form of a barbeque at his home on September 10. Pictured, with executive assistant Gail Gallerie, he thanks Momeena Brown, senate chair of the SA, for her contribution to student life at New Paltz.



...To eliminate confusion when changes in work/class schedules are made due to severe weather, consider arranging a system of chain telephone calls in your classes, departments, and offices. Stay in touch with your local radio station.

...Please review the latest printed version of the Strategic Plan, or visit Responses may be presented to Presiding Officer Rose Rudnitski at, Barbara Petruzzelli (Library) at, or at a town meeting at 2 p.m. in Lecture Center 102 on Friday, September 24, just prior to the first Faculty Meeting beginning at 3.

...The budget process has been formally incorporated into the new Strategic Plan and is listed as an appendix thereto. Contact with questions and comments any member of the College Cabinet or Budget, Goals & Plans Committee.

...Two features of the new Sojourner Truth Library web page ( are online request forms for acquisitions, library instruction, and reference questions and consultations; and a research section grouping reference material, databases, Internet sites and catalogs according to subject. A resources page has been set up for every department and program on campus in the hope of improving access to STL's information and services for all students, faculty and staff. It is a work in progress; Barbara Petruzzelli invites comments, criticisms and questions at x3677 or

...The College Bookstore is open weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; new Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Awards, Honors, and Recognition

SUNY New Paltz is ranked in the top half of 146 public and private universities in the Northeast by the 1999 college guide of U.S. News and World Report, released in August. Additionally, Princeton Reviews' guide, Best College For You/2000, states that, "This school, located in a quaint village with original Colonial-era stone houses,...can claim that 97 percent of the faculty teach undergraduates, and only 1 percent of the classes are taught by teaching assistants." To learn more and to connect with the U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review web sites, go to, then select the news release titled "SUNY New Paltz Ranks High in Two National Surveys Rating the Nation's Finest Colleges."

Thanks to Coach Mike Juhl (Baseball) and about 100 ballplayers, the Loren Campbell Memorial Field has come to be the nicest in the SUNYAC Conference, according to visiting teams and coaches. Over the three years of Juhl's employment at New Paltz, he and his players have built dugouts, painted bleachers, put up fencing, cleared out marsh, fertilized and cut grass, and edged the baselines of the official-size baseball field just west of Elting Gym. To simplify maintenance, they installed an in- ground irrigation system, common at the professional level but not at colleges, said Juhl. They have replaced the right field sign bearing the name of the 1954 - 1961 baseball coach, Loren Campbell. Most of the improvements were made possible by money players collected through fundraisers and advertisements in program books and on the outfield fence; but the 4' x 8' royal blue wooden sign with orange and white vinyl letters was made by Juhl himself, whose father was a member of the '52 basketball team also coached by Campbell. Juhl said his players' efforts have encouraged others, such as the men's and women's soccer teams, who noticed the pristine nature of the field and are now taking an active role in preparing their own. "Having a nicer facility makes it a whole lot easier to recruit student athletes, it's safer for kids, and it makes people want to come out to the games," said Juhl. "John Shupe (Facilities Operations) and his crews, and Dale Sutton and the Grounds Department do a great job, they help us out tremendously, but they've got 216 acres to worry about." A four-week fall baseball schedule began September 7 and ends October 4.


Publications: Books

Ronald Knapp's (Geography) latest book, China's Living Houses: Folk Beliefs, Symbols, and Household Ornamentation, was published in May by University of Hawaii Press.



CNN New York reporter Garrick Utley and associate producer Alex Walker were on campus September 1 and 2 to interview administrators, faculty and students for a 3 - 4 minute segment to air at a time which has yet to be determined. Participants who may be included are President Roger Bowen, chair of secondary education Michael Whelan, and students in Elaine Hofstetter's course, "Teaching Mathematics in Secondary Schools," and Abbey Cash's "Introduction to Secondary Education." The decision to visit the campus was prompted by a New York Times Op Ed piece in which the president of Bard College, Leon Botstein, expressed his conviction that schools of education are unnecessary, and future teachers require only a liberal arts education to succeed in the field. Whelan said, "Though I agree a good liberal arts education is necessary to teach, it's not sufficient. Teachers also need to master the rich body of knowledge regarding effective educational practice."

Stacie Nunes (Liberal Arts & Sciences) gave two presentations: "Facilitating Collaborative Relationships Between Students and Faculty" and "A Proactive Concurrent Workshop to Improve Student Success," at the STEP & C-STEP Best Practices Conference, sponsored by Albany Medical College and the State Department of Education, and held in Albany in June.

Louis Roper (History) presented a paper, "Kings of the Carolina Frontier: New Light on the ‘Goose Creek Men,'" at the fifth annual conference of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, held at the University of Texas, Austin.


Alumni in the news

1976 alumnus Michael Badalucco, also known as attorney Jimmy Berluti on David E. Kelley's ABC television series, "The Practice," earned an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series at the 51st annual primetime awards ceremony, which aired September 12 on Fox. "This is what the good lord put me on this earth for," stated Badalucco, who recently told Kingston Freeman reporters that it was SUNY New Paltz faculty who helped him develop the work ethic and skills he needed to make it. One such mentor, Joe Paparone, said, "It was his first nomination, and he was up against some wonderful actors...I'm very proud of him." Badalucco's professional career has included films such as Raging Bull, Desperately Seeking Susan, Jungle Fever, Mac and You've Got Mail. Most recently, he played serial killer "Son of Sam" Berkowitz in Spike Lee's Summer of Sam. A new film, Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?, is due out next year.

Michael Williams, a New Paltz student from 1991 - 1996 , and the actor who played nervous soundman "Mike" in the summer box office hit, The Blair Witch Project, returned on September 12 to an old haunt, a crowded McKenna Theatre. An animated audience of student moviegoers questioned the 26-year-old about his days in Bevier Hall and his nights in Maryland's Black Hills Forest during the filming of the "mockumentary" two years ago. He said he'd been influenced by many actors, from Jackie Gleason to Sean Penn, and advised those pursuing the career to "Believe in yourself because there's going to be a lot of naysayers — a lot of naysayers. Do it for the right reasons, not to make tons of money. Get an education and know what you're doing. I can't say enough about education... [When I was a student], I wanted to suck the life out of Bev, Mike, Kate, Joe, and everyone." Beside Williams on the stage sat his former theatre teacher, Beverly Brumm, who commented on the movie's $35,000 budget. "It makes me happy that [the industry] got shook up — they see they don't have to spend millions to turn out junk they think the American public wants," she said, drawing much applause. Brumm presented Williams with a gift of Bookstore goodies on behalf of the college community. "Ah," he said opening it, "the stuff I could never afford when I went to school here!" Donning his new sports cap, Williams toasted the crowd with his new champagne glass. To read a recent Times Herald Record article on Williams and see more photos of his evening at New Paltz, go to


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