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ISSUE DATE: November 15, 1999


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Little bit of "Country"
Performances of William Wycherly's "Country Wife," directed by Kate Ingram, begin in Parker Theatre at 8 p.m. on November 18 - 20 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 21. It's London, 1675, and the elite aristocracy is celebrating its return to power following Cromwell's rule. Ingram said, "The Restoration Period was a fragile bubble of an era — brittle bright, full of mirrors, masks and manners. It was a delightful and artfully self-conscious age, permissive, promiscuous and proud. The comedy is as brave and bold as it is bawdy. And I am reminded of what my granny used to say — ‘The more things change, the more they stay the same!'" Tickets: x3880.

SEFA Campaign
SEFA Campaign L to R: Alice Sheldon, Marda Reid and Robin Cohen distributed campaign packets to last year's State Employees Federated Appeal Campaign donors at a breakfast in donors' honor at the College Terrace Restaurant last Tuesday. Support those in need in your home community by contributing to SEFA Campaign 1999 which sustains a goal of $12,215.00. Numerous human service agencies may be designated for gifts, including Starlight Children's Foundation, Inc. which for 10 years has brought joy into the life of Ray Smith's (University Police) 15-year-old son, Ray Jr, who battles a serious heart condition. Please send contributions by November 30 to Reid in HAB 902b. For more information, call campaign managers: Reid (x3199) or Pat DeWitt (x2776). Donors' names will be included in a raffle for prizes including free dinners, movie tickets, haircuts, tanning appointments, and other services.



...Professional staff are invited to attend a Brown Bag Lunch on Tuesday, November 16, from 12:15 - 1 p.m. in Student Union 402 - 408. The guest, Provost David Lavallee, will talk about his vision for New Paltz.

...Judith Greene, former director of the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum and a noted Seneca Indian artist, will speak about her pottery and Iroquoian pottery traditions on Wednesday, November 17 at 4 p.m. in the lounge on the 10thfloor of Jacobson Faculty Tower. This program is part of a series of lectures on Native Americans and is supported by the SUNY New Paltz Foundation. For more information, contact Laurence Hauptman (History) at x3523. The talk is free and open to the public.

...The Task Force on Teaching and Pedagogy invites faculty and teaching assistants to a planning meeting and reception (yes, refreshments) to discuss the creation of a Teaching and Learning Center to serve as an intellectual and social milieu for faculty from all schools and academic disciplines. If you have ideas regarding the programs and resources the Center should offer, how to include students, where the Center should be located, and who should be responsible for its direction, please join the conversation on Friday, November 19, from 1 - 3 p.m. in the Honors Center Lounge, College Hall. Read more about the proposed Center at

...The Men's and Women's Turkey Trot which was originally planned for November 12 will be held instead on Friday, November 19. See November 12 on the Calendar of Events for details of the event (predict your mileage, win a turkey), or contact Alan Dunefsky at x3914.

...All are invited to attend a meeting with the program and design consultants and the university committee for the new athletic/recreation facility. The opportunity to provide input on the projected use of the facility is Monday, November 22 at 3:30 p.m. in Student Union 418.

...Instructional faculty who haven't yet sent a request form to participate in Student Evaluation of Instruction, please do so by Monday, November 22. Forms may be obtained from and sent to Institutional Research, Haggerty Administration 602, or faxed to 3445.

...View a new web page for the Academic Affairs Committee at Features include a list of committee members, a guest book, and links to the Academic Affairs web page.


Publications: Visual Poems, Short Stories and Translations

Irving Weiss (Professor Emeritus/English) has published several visual poems: "Seventeen Long Thin Tubes" in the Special 20th Anniversary Issue of Rampike; "Neat Fuss," "Sing Out," and "Murk Lumes" in Difference Engine; and "She Was Here a Moment Ago" and "S" in Visible Language. His short story, "The Miracle," appeared in the biannual publication, Jews, in an issue titled "High Holies 99." Additionally, Weiss's translations from the French of Malcolm de Chazal's Sens-Plastique were published in the online periodical Duration: A Journal of International Writing, and a California-based publisher, Sun and Moon Press, has commissioned a translation by Weiss of the entire Sens-Plastique. Weiss welcomes visitors to his website,



President Roger Bowen presented a paper, "Japan's Dysfunctional Democracy: The Prime Minister," at a conference, "Understanding Japan in the 21st Century," held in Vancouver, Canada earlier this month. Thirty Japanologists from England, Australia, Japan, Canada and the United States addressed different facets of Japan's domestic and international politics. Their final papers will appear in an edited volume early next year, to be published by The University of British Columbia Press. Additionally, Bowen spoke at the 52nd Annual Conference of the Council on International Educational Exchange, held last week in Chicago. He led a session, "Globalizing International Education: ACE, AASCU, ERASMUS, FIPSE," * on American and European higher education organizations which have an international education component. Bowen stated his belief that America's higher education community can unite and press for a national policy emulating the European ERASMUS program, a model of cooperation among more than 1600 universities in 27 European nations. Bowen serves on various boards which promote international education, including the Board of Trustees of New York College (Athens), and both the President's Network for International Education and the Commission on International Education of ACE. He is chair of the Committee on Global Priorities and Responsibilities for the AASCU.

*ACE — American Council on Education; AASCU — American Association of State Colleges and Universities; ERASMUS — European Community Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students; FIPSE — Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education.


Alumni in the news

Murali Coryell (BA/Jazz Studies, 1992), writer, singer and guitarist, is co-producer (with Marshall Chess, son of Chess Records founder Leonard Chess) of his new CD, "2120," featuring 21 tracks of obscure and well-known blues tunes, as well as some of his original songs. Tracked at Bearsville Studios with Murali on guitar and vocals, bassist Bill Foster and drummer Rod Gross, "2120" is available from CZYZ Records. His debut album, "Eyes Wide Open," (1996) was produced by Big Mo Records and is currently available from Counterpoint Music. Locals may remember some of Coryell's early bands such as The Ambassador's, who frequently played New Paltz clubs in the early '90s. Coryell at 30 is a Kingston resident and an international performer, who in a very short time has come to be known as a leading blues figure of his generation. Music Department Chair Lee Pritchard said, "It is extremely difficult for young jazz musicians to ‘make their mark' in professional music today. Mr. Coryell has not only made his mark but has conquered the element of doing so in the shadow of a very famous parent in the same field." Murali, the son of jazz-rock fusion guitarist Larry Coryell, said he overcame that obstacle at SUNY New Paltz. "The college for me was the place where I could get away and start over, be myself and find my own niche. It was the beginning of my professional music career and one of the most invaluable experiences of my life. I live where I do because I went to New Paltz. I'm getting married in June because I went to New Paltz." His fiancée, Mary Farrell of Lake Katrine, is a registered nurse at Kingston Hospital who attended SUNY New Paltz from 1994 - 1995. Murali said, "I love what I do. I'm so grateful that I make my living as a musician...I'm soaking everything in — all of life, with the sounds and the words." Murali opens for BB King at the Poughkeepsie Civic Center on December 17. To learn more about upcoming performances, as well as order or hear clips from CDs, browse or


Students in the news

The Graduate School has announced Fall 1999 Sojourner Truth Fellows: Primitivo Africa (Psychology); Angela Bristol and Daceta Simpson (Special Education); Ronel Cook, Amy Garcia and Athleena Wilson (Elementary Education); Nikki Linnen (Secondary Education); Wilfred Jean-Baptiste (Business Administration); and Victoria Hasbrouck (Educational Administration). The Underrepresented Minority Graduate Fellowship Program, utilizing a portion of SUNY's Graduate Research Initiative, has helped finance the education of Black, Hispanic and Native Americans since 1988. These full-time matriculated graduate students with grade point averages of 3.0 or above will receive various amounts of support not exceeding $10,000 per academic year.


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