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ISSUE DATE: November 22, 1999


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Youth in action
"The most effective way to reach kids is through kids," said Karen Doughtry, Youth In Action coordinator for the American Red Cross. That's why approximately 300 regional high school students gathered in the MultiPurpose Room on November 9 for the ninth annual YIA day, an initiative of the Ulster County AIDS Consortium. Doughtry said speakers included youths "infected and affected" by the virus, and activities ranged from HIV trivia games to deliberate plans for action developed for kids' individual schools. YIA's teenage members and adult advisors from various community service agencies had planned the day's activities to increase HIV awareness to amplify sensitivity towards those affected, as well as to reduce transmission. According to YIA, the fastest rising age group of people infected with HIV is teens and young adults.

Youth in Action photo Eighteen-year-old Youth in Action (YIA) participant Jeremy Feldman acted as host of the simulated talk show portion of YIA '99, a day of sharing awareness and planning for local teenagers, recently held on the campus of SUNY New Paltz.

World AIDS day
World AIDS day The 11th Annual World AIDS Day and Day With(out) Art is Wednesday, December 1. The theme this year is "AIDS - End the Silence: Listen, Learn, Live!" Various pieces of art/sculpture on campus will be draped in black as a reminder of the great loss of lives to this disease; red ribbons and literature will be distributed in the afternoon in the Student Union Building and Lecture Center, and in the evening in Hasbrouck Dining Hall; Boys On the Side and Love, Valor, Compassion will be shown throughout the day on WNPC Channel 6; and a candlelight vigil begins at the SUB Concourse at 8 p.m. Planned Parenthood will be offering free HIV testing to both men and women the week of November 29 - December 3, so call 255-6450 now to make an appointment if interested. World AIDS Day and Day With(out) Art events are cosponsored by the Center for Student Development, Department of Residence Life, Options, Student Action Team, Contraceptive and Sexual Awareness, and Student Association.

Up ahead in the distance
Interested in testing procedures for distance learners, multimedia and unproctored online testing, related software, and the new national consortium of testing centers? Attend a PBS Learning Service Presentation titled "Online Testing: Assessment and Evaluation of Distance Learners" at 2:30 p.m. in Lecture Center 3 on December 2. The presentation, to be given using the satellite downlink facilities of the Center for Instructional Resources, was produced by DALLAS Telelearning in cooperation with the Instructional Telecommunications Council, endorsed by the Midwest Professional Association of College Testing Personnel. For more information, call Helise Winters, coordinator of extension and distance learning for Continuing & Professional Education at x2894. A brochure is available upon request.

What's the plan?
In order to conserve paper, the Strategic Plan is now being mailed only to chairs, directors, deans, College Cabinet and Strategic Planning Steering Committee (SPSC) members, and an external audience. All others may access it on the university web site, and in the Sojourner Truth Library, both on reserve and on ERes electronic reserve. Anyone who prefers a printed copy may request one from Gail Gallerie (President's Office) at x3291. Barbara Petruzzelli, acting chair of the SPSC, said, "As we move forward with action plans to implement the goals and objectives set forth, we hope that you will keep this document close by as a reference and consult it frequently to guide planning and decision-making. There is much difficult and exciting work ahead of us to ensure that the university's core values are reflected in our programs, policies and practices." The Cabinet and SPSC would like to thank everyone who participated in developing the Plan, from the departmental self-assessments prepared in early 1998 to the town meeting recommendations made this fall. Such broad-based collaboration has created a strong foundation for strengthening the university.



...Professional staff should watch their mailboxes for a flyer about a December 8 brown bag lunch. The discussion will be of the implications the impending reorganization proposals may have upon professionals. Especially those who work in one of the areas under consideration should try to attend.

...Alan Dunefsky (Recreation) is interested in hearing ideas and recording volunteers for a holiday gathering for professional staff at the end of the semester. Call x3914.

...Happy Thanksgiving!


Awards, Honors, and Recognition

Prior to this final year of the first millennium A.D., the Poughkeepsie Journal promised 14 special issues telling of the rich heritage of the Hudson Valley, and the challenges ahead in the 21st century. Beginning in January, one edition per month was dedicated to the region's settlement; significant people, events and places; business and invention; the environment; transportation and communication; sports and recreation; the health-care system; the arts; education; government, law enforcement and "the system;" and social movements. The September 12 publication which focused on the region's educational history and future showcased Bard, Marist, Mount St. Mary, Vassar, West Point, the Culinary Institute of America, Duchess Community College, SUNY at Ulster, and SUNY New Paltz, and included Huguenot Historical Society photos of The Academy (1833 - 1884) and New Paltz Normal and Training School (1885 - 1942). Numerous faculty and several staff of this university contributed articles to the various special editions, and many more were quoted by Journal reporters as experts in their respective fields. Upcoming special issues will cover religion and spirituality (December 12), a comparison between the Journal of 1899 and today (December 31), and a look ahead at the next 100 years (January 1). A keepsake book encapsulating the Millennium series will be published by the Journal at the end of the year.

George Simpson (Professor Emeritus, Educational Administration) has been awarded by His Majesty, King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden the Royal Order of the Polar Star for his extensive efforts to preserve and promote Swedish heritage in North America, and commitment to strengthening ties between Sweden and the United States. The award was presented to Simpson by Consul General Olle Wästberg at a November 12 ceremony at the Swedish Consular Residence in New York City.

The Office of Sponsored Funds has announced the following grant recipients, whose awards are sponsored by the New York State Education Department:

Cornelius deGroot (Elementary Education), for "K-8 Math Mentors," a program designed to provide staff development for teachers of mathematics.

Deborah Gould (Electrical Engineering), for a continuation and revised budget for the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program, which furnishes academic support and enrichment services in sciences, engineering and mathematics to underrepresented minority students.

Richard Reif (Secondary Education), for a renewal of the Science and Technology Entry Program, designed to engage underrepresented secondary school students in classes, tutoring, field trips and internships related to mathematics, science and technology.

Rose Rudnitski (Elementary Education), for a revised budget, "Goals 2000 Subcontract with Ulster B.O.C.E.S.," in support of activities for educational professionals to increase their knowledge of state learning standards and instructional technology.

Additionally, Christopher Raab (Sojourner Truth Library) has been awarded funding through the New York State Library for "Preservation Reformation of (430) New Paltz Historical Photographs," to be administered by the Northeast Document Conservation Center.


Alumni in the news

Ted Koch Ted Koch (BA/Theatre, 1986), also known as Happy in the revival of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, visited campus on November 11, just days after the closing of the showwhich opened on Broadway February 10 — 50 years to the day from the premier of the original production. Koch's words to New Paltz's budding actors echoed those of other alumni in the profession — "This production was so phenomenal, kind of a pinnacle, but once it's over you're just knocking on doors again...But it's just a matter of something else striking." Koch said he's reached a point in his career when he doesn't want to accept just any role, but "something that feeds the soul, something that means something." The much-acclaimed 50th anniversary production won four Tony Awards and earned the 83-year-old Miller a lifetime achievement award at the 53rd annual awards ceremony. Koch and the rest of the cast spent last week filming Death of a Salesman for Showtime, which has contracted for 10 airings of the dramatization, beginning in January.


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