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ISSUE DATE: September 27, 1999


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SUNY New Paltz has moved one step closer to offering a master of business administration degree. The SUNY Board of Trustees approved the new program at their September 22 meeting, clearing the way for anticipated final approval by the State Education Department. Assemblyman Kevin Cahill said, "I was pleased to work closely with President Roger Bowen and the dedicated SUNY educators to make this degree program a reality." Once approved, New Paltz will be the only public institution between Albany and New York City to offer the MBA, "a jewel in the crown of the professional program offerings available at this university," said President Roger Bowen. New Paltz will begin immediately to offer a 54-credit program which includes 21 credits of foundation courses that can be waived for those who have educational background in the area of business, 24 credits of core courses, and nine credits of concentration requirements. According to Hadi Salavitabar, director of business programs, the university will offer a weekend MBA, an evening MBA, and an executive MBA at an off-campus location. Salavitabar expects a large number of applications upon approval of the program. "Regional business leaders and economic development officers have long recognized the need for the New Paltz MBA as a spur for economic development in the mid-Hudson Valley," said Bowen. "I am delighted and grateful that the Board of Trustees has responded to the need of our region by giving its approval."

SUNY New Paltz is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. The business program is seeking additional accreditation from AACSB, the International Association for Management Education. To date, only about 330 schools worldwide hold this valuable credential. Committed to achieving this goal, the university has successfully completed its first year of a five-year candidacy process.

Sister cities
For the eighth consecutive year, New Paltz led SUNY colleges in the number of applications for admission. For the first time in history, the fall freshman class was filled to capacity several months prior to the start of the academic semester. In order to accommodate this growth, plans were formed to increase full-time faculty positions, improve the delivery of student support services, and expand academic and recreational facilities. The extraordinary international program for freshmen was conceived. Long a leader in international programs, New Paltz provides opportunities for study on every continent except Antarctica. "Although the international experience during the freshman year is unique within SUNY, it is a program that has met with great success at other colleges and universities," said President Bowen. Thirteen freshmen are now studying at Kingston University, living in residence halls on the banks of the Thames River. They were accompanied by Frank Kraat (Theatre Arts), who will return to New Paltz shortly, having taught them a course in London theatre. The freshmen will venture to Oxford University, the House of Parliament, and the Globe and National theaters before returning to join their campus-based counterparts as second semester freshmen in the spring. David Eaton (Admissions) said, "Based on the successful outcome of this program, we may annualize this." He said an arrangement with Limerick University in Ireland is being considered because New Paltz has an existing relationship with that school and because, unlike many foreign universities, it is a residential campus with a student service component.

Together with Eaton and Bruce Sillner (International Education), the director of this exchange program at Kingston University, David Fyfe, recently visited Kingston New York's Mayor T. R. Gallo. A proclamation signed by Gallo on September 9 declares the two Kingstons "sister cities."

Prior to the freshman exchange students' departure on September 14, they were given by Mayor Gallo a plaque bearing a key to the city of Kingston, New York which they were to present to Councillor Jane Smith of the Royal Borough of Kingston-Upon- Thames.

Excellence in teaching
Dean Robert Michael (Education) hosted a ceremony September 14 in the College Terrace for the enterprising educators chosen to receive 1999 Dean's Awards for Excellence in Teaching: Phillip Adamson (Crispell Middle), Lynn Caporale (George Grant Mason Elementary), Diane Foster (Livingston Manor Elementary), Joseph Fracalossi (Valley Central High), Catherine Hamilton (Warwick Valley High), Susan

Lopez-Addarich (West Haverstraw Elementary), Charles Powers (Fishkill Elementary), Richard Price (Ulster County B.O.C.E.S.), Barbara Ulm (Pierre van Cortlandt Middle), Robert Wilson (Suffern High) and Emil Zullo (Kingston High).


Building Blocks

With so many projects currently underway, News Pulse will begin to include, as a monthly feature, updates on campus construction, provided by the offices of Facilities & Planning and Facilities Operations to the Office of Administration & Finance. The following additions/renovations reached completion in summer '99:



...Please consider whether you know a student with leadership potential who may be interested in serving their campus as a member of the Undergraduate Alumni Association. Nominate him or her by e-mail to the director of alumni affairs, Paul Clifford, at Indicate your relationship to the nominee, and include the student's name, class year, e-mail address or phone number, and a 2-3 sentence statement of nomination.

... A leading authority on Native Americans of the Hudson Valley and the surrounding areas will speak on the region's Lenapes at 4 p.m. on Monday, September 27 in the Jacobson Faculty Tower lounge. A reception will follow. Herbert Kraft, professor emeritus of anthropology and past president of the New Jersey Archaeology Society, presently serves as director of the museum at Seton Hall University. His numerous books and papers on theNative Americans of New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York include a 1986 book titled The Lenapes. Kraft will also speak in Laurence Hauptman's course, "Indians of New York State," and will be available throughout the day to speak to students and faculty. This program, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the departments of history and anthropology and supported by the SUNY New Paltz Foundation.

...Susan Ohanian, longtime teacher and writer, author of One Size Fits a Few: The Folly of Educational Standards, will recount her quest to make sense of the standards movement when she speaks at a mini-conference on campus, Wednesday, September 29. Registration and a buffet begin at 3:30 p.m. in the Terrace Restaurant and Conference Center, preceding a 4:30 p.m. session. Following her talk, a panel of educators will respond, and then participants will gather for small and large group discussions. The program will conclude at 7 p.m. Advance registration is required by a $10 checks payable to the mini- conference coordinator, Mid Hudson Teacher Center, and mailed to Old Main 212. This program is sponsored by Dutchess, Orange-Ulster, Sullivan, and Ulster BOCES, and the Office of Academic Affairs, the School of Education, and the Educational Studies Program. It is supported by the SUNY New Paltz Foundation.


Awards, Honors, and Recognition

This summer, Tracy Grant (Psychological Counseling Center) presented to the student body of her alma mater, Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan, a series of lectures of sexual violation and sexual harassment.

Mary Sawyer (Secondary Education) was recently elected to a leadership role for the Conference on English Education, a constituent group within the National Council of Teachers of English. Together with educators from National-Louis University, Illinois; Florida State University; Claremont Graduate University, California; and the University of South Florida, Sawyer is a member of the 1999-2000 CEE Nominating Committee. Through its conference sessions, journal and task groups, CEE provides a forum for sharing ideas on preservice and in-service teacher education for English. Its nearly 2,500 members in the United States and Canada include teacher educators, English language arts supervisors and curriculum developers, English department heads, and classroom teachers.


Publications: Books, Papers, Articles, and Essays

Lee Cahn (Communication & Media) coauthored with Roxane Lulofs a college textbook, Conflict From Theory To Action, published by Allyn and Bacon. Additionally, Cahn recently completed a three year term on the editorial board at SUNY Press, and he will continue to serve as a series editor for SUNY Press in communication studies.

President Roger Bowen highlighted the university's contribution to the region in a letter published in The Herald on September 9, while respectfully disagreeing with an August 19 letter by Ron Stonitsch. The first letter voiced appreciation for improved relations between "town and gown" fostered by Bowen, as well as support for the new Athletic Center, but stated, "The college still does take more than it gives...The balance will always be more burdensome for the residents." Bowen replied, "Without the university, the region would be poorer culturally and financially. We in the New Paltz community and the university should constantly remind ourselves that we share space in the same lifeboat, that we can move ahead if we cooperate and respect one another, but always agree that our good fortune comes from sharing." Bowen stated that he expects the new outdoor track to be complete by next fall, and described some of the features planned for the new $28 million Athletic Center, including a new pool, an indoor ice hockey arena, a new stadium and a track. He said, "If it is used half as much as Elting Gymnasium by community groups, then the good citizens of New Paltz and our students will benefit enormously."



Tony Bonilla (EOP/Men's and Women's Volleyball) represented the Hudson Valley area as both a volleyball coach and player in the Empire State Games held at Stonybrook in July. This, his third year coaching the Women's Open Volleyball Team in the tournament, was also his 16th summer as a player. "Coaching is voluntary, and playing is for fun," said Bonilla, whose team won the gold medal, upsetting the first and second seed from last year.

Ann Lovett (Art) was one of 21 New York State artists awarded a $1000 grant from Women's Studio Workshop, the not-for-profit artists' space in Rosendale. The grants were awarded in celebration of WSW's 25th anniversary and were funded by the New York State Council on the Arts. Additionally, Lovett's installation piece, "Conundrum," was included in a group exhibition,"Wordsmiths," held at the Islip Art Museum last spring.


Alumni in the news

An opening reception for an exhibition of recent paintings by Thomas Sarrantonio (MFA/Painting, 1986) will be held at Ulster County Community College, Stone Ridge at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 3. His work will remain on display until October 29.


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