News Pulse

ISSUE DATE: October 25, 1999


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The Southern Ulster Alliance (New Paltz, Gardiner, Lloyd, Plattekill and Marlboro) was recently selected for study by the Glynwood Center for its 1999 Countryside International Stewardship Exchange. An international team of experts in community planning, economic development, agricultural revitalization and tourism were hosted throughout southern Ulster County for 10 days, spending October 18 at SUNY New Paltz. Highlights included a campus tour, roundtable discussion by school superintendents and representatives of Ulster BOCES, SUNY at Ulster and SUNY New Paltz addressing the county's education needs, and a panel discussion which focused on agricultural growth. These communities are one of only three sites selected in the United States.



...Alex Storozynski (BA/Political Science, 1983), a member of the New York Daily News editorial board which won a 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing, will speak on Monday, October 25 at 3:30 p.m. in Faculty Tower 1000. The board earned the prestigious award for its "Showdown at the Apollo" series, an "effective campaign to rescue Harlem's Apollo Theater from financial mismanagement that threatened the landmark's survival," according to the Pulitzer Board. Storozynski earned a master's in journalism at Columbia University, served as editor of Empire State Report magazine, was deputy director of public information for the New York Thruway Authority, and was a press spokesman for former state Attorney General Dennis Vacco.

...Please remind students that the New Paltz Career Expo is Thursday, October 28 in the Student Union Building, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

...Since completing its first Annual Progress Report for its first year of candidacy for AACSB, the International Association for Management Education, Business Administration has administered several surveys, and established an Intellectual Contributions Matrix to be used as an assessment tool, a Business Advisory Council to provide a link for stakeholder feedback, an Internship Report and Action Plan, and AACSB Course Notebooks which will be reviewed by accreditation team members in 2001.


Awards, Honors, and Recognition

Ghader Eftekhari (Electrical Engineering) will be included in the millennial edition of Who's Who in Science and Engineering, to be published this month.

Ken Counselman (Elementary Education) has been elected regional representative to the governing board of the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators.

Robert Miraldi (Communication & Media) has received from the Associated Press the second place award in the column- writing category for "First Freedom," his newspaper column on freedom of speech and the First Amendment, which appears in the Poughkeepsie Journal on the first Sunday of each month. "First Freedom" has won various significant awards, both state and national, over the past six years. Miraldi is a former newspaper reporter, and has taught journalism at the university for 17 years.


Publications: Papers, Articles, and Essays

Tulin Sener (Business Administration) published a paper titled "Integration vs. Segmentation in the Global Equities Markets," and presented it at a meeting of the Global Business and Technology Association, held in Jamaica in April.


Alumni & a Student In The News

For the fifth consecutive year, a life guarding team from Chenango Valley State Park near Binghamton won the annual Central New York Lifeguard Competition. Held this summer at Green Lakes State Park in Fayetteville, the competition was conquered by a life guarding trio of Binghamton natives, Claudine Gruver (BS/Biology, 1999), Chris Newell (Junior/Psychology) and Jason Matthews. "It's nice to win because we trained so hard for it all summer," stated Gruver, a member of all five winning teams. The six-event competition included a rescue-board swim row, a two-guard rescue, a three-guard relay, a deep-water rescue, a first aid and CPR test, and a ring buoy toss.

Virginia Apuzzo, '63, was the highest-ranking openly gay official in the Clinton administration. She recently retired from her position at the White House as assistant to the president for management and administration, which she'd held since 1997. Of the 2,000 military leaders she supervised, Apuzzo said, "I learned to respect their peerless return, they got to see more of whatever their perception is of a gay person." Her going-away present from the Military Office was a neatly folded flag and a plaque proclaiming her "A champion for human dignity."

Aida Turturro, '84, cousin of actors John (1979) and Nick Turturro, plays Nurse Crupp in the current Paramount release starring Nicolas Cage, Bringing Out the Dead, directed by Martin Scorsese with screenwriter Paul Schrader. Highlights of this black comedy/drama about New York City paramedics in the early 1990s are "dark humor, amusing moments, visual pyrotechnics and bravura acting," according to the entertainment page of the Boston Globe's Additionally, Turturro has joined the cast of HBO's "The Sopranos." Her role as Janice, the older sister of New Jersey mobster Tony Soprano, begins in January with the second season of the much-appraised family drama.


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