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ISSUE DATE: October 11, 1999


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Homecoming '99
SUNY New Paltz, Where the Memories Last a Lifetime, will host Homecoming '99 this weekend. "Alumni, parents and families are an integral part of our New Paltz heritage. Help us welcome them back to our campus," said Rachel Reuben, '98, Homecoming Committee cochair with Paul Clifford (Alumni Affairs) and Judy Bishop, '82. The committee has coordinated many activities including campus tours, ceremonies, class reunions and sporting events for the festive fall weekend. If you are able to volunteer a few hours of time, please contact Alumni Affairs (x3230) as soon as possible. "Faculty and staff have a meaningful impact on many alumni and we hope this valuable relationship is continued," Reuben said. For further information on Homecoming '99, call x3959, visit, or obtain a brochure from the Office of Alumni Affairs, Haggerty Administration Building 803.

A message from the office of Gail Gallerie:
In accordance with the 1997 SUNY policy on evaluations, new presidents are formally evaluated in their third year of service and at five-year intervals thereafter. President Bowen has completed three years of service, and the process for formal evaluation has been initiated. A broad cross section of campus constituents has been invited to provide written comments to the Chancellor's Office for the peer evaluator. Dr. Bowen has prepared a self- evaluation which is on reserve in Sojourner Truth Library and also accessible via ERes on the Library's home page.

Dr. Frank Horton, president emeritus of the University of Toledo, Ohio, former president of the University of Oklahoma, and chancellor of the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, has been designated as peer evaluator for both Dr. Bowen and President Lois DeFleur of Binghamton University. Dr. Horton will be visiting the campus October 19 - 20. He will be joined by SUNY Assistant Vice Chancellor Marianna O'Dwyer, whose responsibilities include oversight of SUNY's presidential evaluation process.

During the course of their visit, Dr. Horton and Ms. O'Dwyer will meet with President Bowen, the College Council, vice presidents, academic deans, the Professional Staff Caucus, classified staff, the executive committees of the SUNY New Paltz Foundation and the Alumni Association, the executive committees of the Student Association and Residence Hall Student Association, and local/regional community leaders. Additionally, they will meet with a group consisting of the presiding officer, chairs of the faculty's standing committees, the university- wide senator and the chair of the Graduate Council.

In addition to these scheduled meetings, there will be an opportunity on Wednesday, October 20, for individual meetings with the evaluators. These will be arranged in 15-minute blocks between 10 and 11:30 a.m. in the Jacobson Faculty Tower 10th floor lounge. Anyone wishing to schedule an appointment should contact Patricia Moore at (518)443-5396.

Good plan
On October 1, faculty voted unanimously to endorse the consensus draft of the strategic plan, with minor stipulations. According to Barbara Petruzzelli, chair of the Strategic Planning Steering Committee, the plan will reflect the national and international reputation of art and other programs, and an addition to the Sojourner Truth Library will be stated in the plan among top construction priorities. She said the SPSC met last week to address those issues and will soon recommend revisions to the College Cabinet. The Cabinet will then finalize and distribute official copies of the document.

Distinguished professor
At a SUNY Board of Trustees meeting on September 22, Laurence Hauptman (History) was given the highest rank that can be achieved by a State University educator: distinguished professor. Hauptman is nationally recognized in the field of Native American studies and is the leading expert on the history of the post-colonial Iroquois. "He is most deserving of the title," stated President Roger Bowen. "Larry Hauptman is one of New Paltz's most distinguished and prolific scholars whose work about, with, and for Native Americans of New York State stands as a model of engaged historical scholarship. We are fortunate to count Professor Hauptman as one of our own." Hauptman has written or edited 12 books on Native Americans, and has for 10 years been the general editor on the Iroquois Books Series for Syracuse University Press. He and his books have been awarded numerous honors. Hauptman is or has been a consultant to the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe of Connecticut; the New York Botanical Gardens; the Office of Exhibit Planning of the New York State Museum; the Oneida Nation Museum, DePere,Wisconsin, Rochester Museum and Science Center; and others. Additional recent honors are inclusion in the 54th edition of Who's Who in America, 2000, and the SUNY Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award, to be given at an Alumni Awards Ceremony at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 23 in the College Terrace Restaurant. Hauptman earned his doctorate in American history from New York University and has taught at SUNY New Paltz since 1971. Study Abroad Fair

A broad study
The director of international education, Bruce Sillner, said that close to 1000 students attended the Study Abroad Fair organized by Mario Varuzza and Joan Feuer and held in the southern lobby of the Lecture Center last week. Representatives of eight campuses, including New Paltz, distributed more than 200 applications for study abroad.



...Send cards and notes to Richard and Sandy Panman at P.O. Box 132, New Paltz NY 12561.

...SUNY New Paltz, together with the New Paltz School District and the Village and Town, is sponsoring the 7th Annual Unity in Diversity Festival, to be held Sunday, October 17 from 12:30 - 5 p.m. in Hasbrouck Park. This year, the festival focus is the celebration of those who devoted their lives to change and diversity, such as Joseph Brant, Clara Barton, Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, Malcolm X, Eleanor Roosevelt and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. The festival will include children's activities, live music, food and cultural booths. Admission is free.

...Residence Life and College Auxiliary Services promote out-of-classroom/mentoring relationships between students and faculty in accordance with the strategic plan's goal for "...all departments, programs, administrative units and support work in partnership to create a living/learning environment that is responsive to the needs of a diverse and changing student body," said the assistant director of residence life, Daniel Walsh. During the 1998-1999 academic year, approximately 35 faculty members enjoyed a meal and residence hall tour with students by invitation of a resident assistant or by their own initiative. Those interested in partaking of the Faculty Dining Program this year can be matched with an RA by calling Walsh at x5101.


Awards, Honors, and Recognition

Diana Banks (Theatre Arts) was recently elected for a three-year term to the board of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The candidates, four incumbents and two newcomers, received about 80 percent of the total votes cast. Banks has served on the board for several years, and has managed various fundraising efforts of the SPCA.

Kequin Li (Mathematics & Computer Science) served as vice chair of the Third Workshop on Optics and Computer Science in conjunction with International Parallel Processing Symposium/Symposium on Distributed Processing '99, held in San Juan. Additionally, Li was the workshop chair of the International Society of Computer Applications' 12th International Conference on Parallel and Distributed Computing Systems, held in Fort Lauderdale in August.

The Office of Sponsored Funds announces recent grant recipients Maureen Morrow (Biology), whose research project to determine the "Effect of Simulated Biology Gravity on T-Cell Transcription" is sponsored by NASA; Neil Trager (Dorsky Museum), whose travel and research to establish a "Museum Loan Network" is sponsored by Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and Stella Turk (Communication Disorders), whose clinical fellowship in audiology is sponsored by Saint Francis Hospital.

Margaret Wade-Lewis (Black Studies) will be an honoree of the YWCA of Ulster County 1999 Tribute to Women Dinner, to be held on Friday, October 22 at the Wiltwyck Country Club in Kingston. Wade-Lewis was selected from nominees in a higher education category for her work at SUNY New Paltz and throughout her career. The event begins at 5 p.m. with a silent auction and cash bar, and dinner is at 6:30 p.m. Dinner tickets cost $65 ($35 tax-deductible), and checks made to the YWCA must be received at 209 Clinton Avenue, Kingston, NY 12401 by Wednesday, October 13.


Publications: Papers, Articles, and Essays

President Roger Bowen published an editorial, "The Price of Democracy," in the September issue of The Nation, in which he sheds light on Board of Education vs. Southworth, a case involving a suit against the University of Wisconsin by "several self-described conservative students who are unhappy because a portion of their mandated student fees is being used to support 18 student groups whose activities run counter to the plaintiff's ideological, political, or religious beliefs." Bowen advocates the reversal by the Supreme Court this autumn of the 1998 U.S. Court of Appeals ruling for the Seventh Circuit. Bowen stated, "The Wisconsin conservative students lack democratic positions; they ask not for a fair distribution of the community's wealth to advance their own interests but instead wish to deny other groups their fair share."

Baback Izadi (Engineering), with colleagues Fusun Ozguner (Ohio State University) and Adnan Acan (Eastern Mediterranean University, Cypress), published a paper, "Highly Fault-Tolerant Hypercube Multicomputer," in the spring 1999 edition of Institute of Electrical Engineers Proceedings on Computers and Digital Techniques.

William Rhoads (Art History) published an article, "New York's White Wings and the Great Saga of Sanita," in the journal New York History, April 1999.



Janice Anderson (Communication & Media) will present "New York State's Attempt to Overturn the Federal Equal Pay Act," part of the Women's Studies Colloquium, on Wednesday, October 20 at 3:30 p.m. in Coykendall Science Building 110.

Pauline Uchmanowics (English) will present "Nobel Prize Poets," the second lecture in the series/course titled "Understanding Poetry," from 6:30 - 9:20 p.m. on Thursday, October 14 in Lecture Center 108.


Alumni in the news

The 50th anniversary Broadway production of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, in which Ted Koch (BA/Theatre, 1986) plays the role of Happy, won four Tony Awards, including the honor for best revival. The 83-year-old Miller received a lifetime achievement award at the 53rd annual awards ceremony.


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