ISSUE DATE: October 4, 1999
Head of the class
For 10 years, students of New York College Athens have completed courses taught in English by Athens faculty using SUNY New Paltz syllabi and materials, said David Eaton (Enrollment Management). New Paltz approves the faculty hired to teach our courses there and monitors methods of instruction and student performance. Those who have completed 48 credit hours and have demonstrated English proficiency through standardized testing are guaranteed admission to New Paltz. More than 130 have studied here, choosing New Paltz as their "degree-granting entity," said Eaton. Others have opted to remain in-country, receiving their degrees through an Empire State College program, or have transferred elsewhere once garnering the secrets of New Paltz success. When the Athens college opened a branch in Prague two years ago, New Paltz extended a new contract which encompasses it. More than 200 University of New York Prague students are currently taking New Paltz courses there. Though members of the program's first and second cohort can not be guaranteed admission to this institution until next fall, the first student from Prague to attend New Paltz is already here. Eva Velkova, a freshman with 24 credits, lives on campus. A constituent of the 1998-99 cohort, she sought admission to New Paltz by the traditional means and was accepted. She has not formally declared a major, but plans to focus on international relations. According to her, there are few opportunities in Prague to study subjects other than business. "It's a good experience," she said. "I like it so far."
"Field of Forms," a public art sculpture by Philadelphia-based artist Jeanne Jaffe, has been installed at the Parker Theatre Quad, a site linking the residential and academic areas of the campus, where it will remain for 18 months. According to Dean Patricia Phillips (Fine & Performing Arts), the sculpture consists of 23 copper and bronze elements in subtle patinas of blue, red, gray and green. The objects are inspired by things from everyday life, animal forms, and the human body. Jaffe collaborated with New Paltz students in ceramics and sculpture to develop the various pieces, later produced at Polich Foundry in Newburgh. "Field of Forms" opened at noon last Saturday in conjunction with the biennial Arts Now Conference. This, the culmination of a year-long collaboration between the School of Fine & Performing Arts and the Women's Studio Workshop in Rosendale, has been made possible by a grant through the WSW and the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation. Unfortunately, since the installation of "Field of Forms," one of its elements was taken and another piece bent. Should the missing piece be returned to College Theatre 118, no questions would be asked of its carrier. Phillips said, "We are all shareholders of public art on the campus. Please enjoy this wonderful installation, have performances or picnics within it, construct stories about it. Touch, but don't take. Treat this ‘gift' to the university with respect so that other artists will be encouraged and inspired to install art at SUNY New Paltz."
Friends of Richard Panman
Friends of Richard Panman have reported that his condition has worsened. His children, Seth and Lisa, are in need of Delta Air Miles in order to travel home to be with him at this time. Anyone willing to donate some should contact Addie Haas (Communication Disorders) at x3465. Your support and encouragement is deeply appreciated.
...The Psychological Counseling Center is sponsoring free, anonymous screenings for depression between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Tuesday, October 7 in the Lecture Center Lobby nearest the Library and the Student Union Lobby outside the Bookstore. Interested individuals may take a self-test and/or speak with a mental health professional. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to gain insight for themselves, family members or friends.
... General protocol of Facilities Operations is to begin heating buildings when consecutive days of cold weather occur in the fall. Since mornings tend to be cool, but it warms up considerably during the course of the day, providing heat now would make it impossible to maintain comfortable temperatures. Questions may be directed to Gary Buckman at x3306.
...The exterior of floors seven, eight and nine of Haggerty Administration Building will be treated for cluster flies on Saturday, October 9 beginning at 8:30 a.m. The building and adjacent plaza must remain vacant for eight hours following.
Awards, Honors, and Recognition
O. Lincoln "Link" Igou (Professor Emeritus/Music) was publicly recognized by New Paltz village trustees at a summer meeting following his 90th birthday. Igou served on the village board for more than 20 years, including three as deputy mayor, and together with his wife Ginny has continued civic volunteer work. He was a professor at the university for 31 years, beginning in 1946, and also served as an advisor to foreign students and as director of the college/community symphony. He was a prime mover in having SUNY New Paltz accredited nationally as a school of music. Igou told a New Paltz News reporter he attributes his longevity to "the ability to rock and roll with the waves and not get all tied up in knots of tension."
Joe Kremer, head men's basketball coach, has been named assistant athletic director for National Collegiate Athletic Association compliance at SUNY New Paltz. Kremer, a 1990 Hamilton College graduate, guided the Hawks to their first-ever post-season title, a 96-81 win over SUNY Alfred for the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III Men's Upstate New York Basketball Championship last March. Additionally, Kremer's Hawks twice reached the semifinals of the SUNY Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament, and set a school record for wins (18) in a season.
David Krikun and Loyd Lee (History) joined 20 faculty from around the country at the Bradley University 1999 Berlin-Prague Seminar, where they studied German-European Union relations at the Europäische Akademie in Berlin, as well as the transformation of the Czech Republic as it seeks entry into the EU at the University of Economics in Prague. Krikun said he spoke with both the prime minister of the former Czechylslovakia, and the economic minister of the current Czech Republic, asking questions and preparing to educate his students about current challenges for Central Europe. While in the neighborhood, Krikun and Lee also visited the University of New York Prague, where the first and second year cohorts of the program enabling students to complete New Paltz courses is flourishing. "We were very impressed," Krikun reported to the director of international education, Bruce Sillner.
Publications: Papers, Articles, and Book Chapters
Rose Rudnitski (Elementary Education), with Grace Caporino (Carmel High School), coauthored a book chapter, "Guidelines for Teaching About Genocide and Intolerance," in Teaching for a Tolerant World, edited by C. Danks and B. Rabinsky, and published in April 1999 by the National Council of Teachers of English in Urbana, Illinois. This book of commentary is the first in a three- volume set, and its focus is on secondary schools. The second, concerning middle schools, will be edited by Rudnitski.
President Roger Bowen will address some 275 Ulster County Chamber of Commerce members and friends at the Holiday Inn in Kingston on Tuesday, October 19. At this 7:45 - 9 a.m. breakfast program, Bowen will discuss the growth of the university's educational programs as well as the growth and improvement of facilities. Reservations accepted at 338-5100.
Alumni in the news
Andria Hall (BA/English, 1979), with Linnie Frank, is the coauthor of a bestseller, This Far By Faith: How To Put God First in Everyday Living, published by Doubleday in 1998. A North Carolina reader stated, "This book is for every woman who needs some spiritual guidance...I'll read it again and again." Hall and Frank are the owners of a company, This Far By Faith Enterprises, dedicated to helping businesses become spiritualized. Hall is also the principal of a New Jersey media and public presentation consulting firm, Speakeasy Communications, and has worked as a reporter and news anchor for television programs around the country. She has earned numerous journalism awards, including a 1996 Harlem YMCA Black Achievers Award, a 1992 Boston/New England Emmy Award for hosting, and a 1990 Massachusetts Associated Press Award. She is currently a co-anchor and reporter for CNN. Hall said recently, "Much of who I am and the experiences I've had are a result of making one decision — attending New Paltz."
Students in the news
The SUNY New Paltz delegation of the National Association of College and University Residence Halls, accompanied by advisors Corinna Caracci and Andrea Nero Eddings, attended a conference of the organization held at the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse. Each of the delegates presented a program; Stacy Ginsberg (Junior/Communication) and Paul Leone's (Senior/Art Education) earned an award for being among the best. Additionally, Ray Gordon (Senior/Music) received a Four-Year Service Pin for outstanding leadership. The students also brought back a Voter's Choice Award in a banner competition and the titles of Most Creative and First Place in a newspaper fashion show. "Our students really made us proud and continued the tremendous spirit that SUNY New Paltz is known for," said Caracci, associate director of residence life.
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