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ISSUE DATE: November 8, 1999


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Faculty/Staff Campaign
The Faculty/Staff Campaign supports scholarships, resources for the Sojourner Truth Library, Development Awards for faculty and staff, and campus beautification. It also demonstrates commitment by those who know SUNY New Paltz most intimately to the alumni, friends, corporations and foundations who also provide financially for these and many more endeavors of the university. Donations may be made by check or payroll deduction, and may be designated a gift to a specific program, project, scholarship or "wherever the need is greatest." To make a contribution, please follow the directions as defined in the recent donation packet circulated by mail. All donors' names will be entered into a drawing to win a gift certificate valued at $500 for a "winter getaway" for two at Mohonk Mountain House, compliments of innkeeper Albert K. Smiley. Fine dining, breezy verandas, sweeping staircases, majestic mountain views, woodland trails and afternoon tea...It could happen to you. Deadline for inclusion is noon on Wednesday, December 15. For more information or to obtain a donation packet, please contact the Office of Advancement at x3240 or stop by Haggerty Administration 501.

The Career Advising and Fieldwork Center recently hosted a one-day regional career fair in the Student Union Building which was co-sponsored by the Mid-Hudson Career Consortium, an organization of career development professionals from area colleges and universities. Most of the 900 students and alumni in attendance were from New Paltz, with others from Marist College and SUNY at Ulster. This fair and one held the previous day at Marist provided career-seekers an opportunity to speak with more than 100 employers about full- and part-time jobs, internships, co-ops, business and industry trends, and career possibilities. The on-site coordinator, Tonda Highley (Career Advising), said the employers were very satisfied and enthusiastic about the experience, and "impressed with the quality of our students." Because of these positive interactions, a number have indicated they intend to return to campus to recruit, others interviewed on site that day, and some have already extended offers. Participant evaluations revealed students' pleasure with having the event on campus, and the vast range of employers present. A feature new this year to the annual career expo was a networking breakfast held in the Haggerty Administration Lobby. Three corporations, IBM, M&T Bank and Sanford C. Bernstein & Company Inc., sponsored the breakfast to give employers a chance to interact with SUNY New Paltz faculty, chief administrators and student leaders.

Formula for success
Last year's Fall Open House was designed to thoroughly showcase the university, and boasted the largest turnout in SUNY New Paltz history — more than 2,200 prospective students and family members! This year's Fall Open House, to be held on Saturday, has been formatted similarly. Following a formal welcome in the Lecture Center at 11 a.m., students will have the opportunity to watch faculty spotlight SUNY New Paltz majors in two 45-minute academic sessions beginning at 11:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. in various locations. Tours of the campus, residence life and departments will be provided throughout the day, and a service and activity fair by academic departments, student services, athletics, and student clubs and organizations will be held from 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. in the Student Union Building.



...Due to repairs and resurfacing of roads and parking lots, Huguenot Circle will be closed this Monday - Wednesday, and Pond Road, which runs behind Scudder and Capen halls, will be closed this Thursday and Friday. Please remove all vehicles from affected areas the night before closing is scheduled, to avoid being towed.

...Ground will be broken on Tuesday, November 9 at 1 p.m. to launch construction of the SUNY New Paltz Child Care Center. All are welcome. Among those in attendance at the site, located behind the old Health Center, will be Former State Senator Charles Cook and patrons of the current Child Care Center, kids bearing beach shovels and buckets.


Awards, Honors, and Recognition

The SUNY New Paltz alumni website was named "Best Alumni Website" by the SUNY Confederation of Alumni Associations at a conference held at the Hyatt Regency in Rochester in September. The president of the SUNY New Paltz Alumni Association, Gail Park Logan,'58, accepted a certificate of merit at the conference, which she attended on behalf of the Association. Congratulations to Web Team members Jan Harrison, Mary Kastner, Laura Kniffen, Rachel Reuben and Karen Summerlin, and to Alumni Director Paul Clifford (all Advancement). Visit the site at

The November 3 edition of the Times Herald Record reports the following victories among Ulster County election results:

Marian Cappillino (Communication/1989) is New Paltz Town Clerk.
David Donaldson (History/Political Science, 1974) was elected to the office of Ulster County Legislature, District 4.
Kevin Hunt (Class of '79) was elected to the office of Ulster County Legislature, District 7.
Steven Klein (Business Administration, 1993) was elected to the office of Ulster County Legislature, District 6.
Peter Loughran (Business Administration, 1983) was elected to the office of Ulster County Legislature, District 4.
Steve Ruelke (Geography, 1975) was elected to the New Paltz Town Board.
Fawn Tantillo (Secondary Education/Math, 1980) was elected to the office of Ulster County Legislature, District 7.
Frederick Wadnola (Administration, 1969) was elected to the office of Ulster County Legislature, District 5.
Bartlett Wagner (Elementary Education) is Town Justice of New Paltz.

Should any faculty, staff or alumnus be omitted from this list, please accept the editor's apology.


Publications: Poems, Papers, and Issues

While serving as guest editor of the journal Anthropology of Work Review, Victor deMunck (Anthropology) published a special issue titled "New Trends in the Culture of Work in Sri Lanka," for which he wrote "Capital and the Burden of Kinship: Labor Practices in a Sri Lankan Village." Additionally, deMunck and a colleague coauthored a paper titled "Sexual Equality and Romantic Love: A Reanalysis of Rosenblatt's Study on the Function of Romantic Love," which was published in Cross-Cultural Research.

Dennis Doherty (English) has poems forthcoming in the following publications: "County Fair" in Artisan: A Journal of Craft, "The Jays" in Black Buzzard Review, "Heat" in The Comstock Review, and "For Molly, at Two" in RE:VERSE!



Chui-chun Lee (Sojourner Truth Library) was a panelist for a program of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) at the annual conference of the American Library Association, held this summer in New Orleans. The program was titled "Presenting the ACRL Guidelines for Distance Learning Library Services: The Future is Now!"

Rachel Reuben (Public Affairs) presented "Web Site Redesign How Tos and Hot Topics" at an Orange Community Web Conference in August, held at that college and attended by approximately 30 colleagues from various SUNY schools.


Alumni in the news

Christine Dinsmore (MPS/Humanistic Education, 1980) is the author of a Ms. Magazine article titled "Women's Health: A Casualty of Hospital Merger Mania," one of the 10 most censored news stories of 1998. She was recently honored at Fordham University at the 21st annual Awards Reception of Project Censored, an advocacy group for the protection of First Amendment rights and freedom of information in the United States.

Roberto Noriega (BS/Music Theory, 1986), a graduate of the Educational Opportunity Program, produced a CD titled "Memory of a Princess," dedicated to Diana, Princess of Wales. On its cover booklet, Noriega states, "Princess Diana had an international audience that identified with her on every level of the social ladder. Her compassion for the human spirit, and the sincere love she showed those privileged to meet her, seemed to touch all who observed her enchanted life. My inspiration for this music came the morning after hearing the news that she had passed away. I simply sat at the piano and my hands knew where to go on their own." Noriega also mentions his New Paltz education on the booklet, speaking very highly of the late award-winning orchestral composer and conductor Gundaris Poné (Music) and other faculty as well. Just weeks after his graduation from New Paltz, Noriega headed to the Hollywood music scene where he has since made recordings with such notable talents as Julio Iglesias, Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson, Madonna and Thomas Dolby.


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