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ISSUE DATE: December 6, 1999


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Fall '99 Season Highlights:

CROSS COUNTRY: Phil Goodwin (Freshman/Creative Writing) won the Bard Invitational, leading the Hawks to the men's team title. Later in the season, he placed eighth in the SUNYAC Championships to become the first New Paltz cross country runner to earn All-SUNYAC (second team) status.

MEN'S SOCCER: Three players were named to the All-SUNYAC team. Kevin Smith (Freshman) earned first team goalkeeper honors, and defender Chris Knoblauch (Senior/Graphic Design) and midfielder Stephen Ferrara (Junior/Education) were honorable mention selections.

WOMEN'S SOCCER: The team had its best season ever, setting school marks for most wins in a season (11), most SUNYAC wins (six), and most shutouts (11). The team qualified for the SUNYAC Tournament for just the second time in its 14-year history, and made its first appearance in the ECAC Tournament. Jessica Nadolny (Senior/Biology) was named to the All-NYSWCAA team. She and Alesha Peimer (Sophomore/Anthropology) both were named to the All-SUNYAC team.

WOMEN'S TENNIS: The third doubles team of Rebecca Kramer (Senior/Education) and Allison Schwille (Junior/Biology) won two matches at the SUNYAC Tournament before losing in a tiebreaker in the semifinals. The Hawks rebounded this season from an 0-5 start to a 6-7 finish in dual matches.

WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL: This was the Hawks' eighth straight appearance in the NYSWCAA Tournament, and seventh in the SUNYAC Tournament. Outside hitter Belgica Santana (Junior/Business) reached 2,000 career kills by the end of her season (1,000 over four years is considered an outstanding accomplishment). She now has 2,027 kills with one season of eligibility remaining. She was named to the All-SUNYAC team, the All-SUNYAC Tournament team, and the All-NYSWCAA Tournament team. Mercia Miranda (Junior/Business Administration) was also named to the All-SUNYAC team. Head Coach Tony Bonilla, '87, recorded his 200th career victory at New Paltz this season. A former men's volleyball standout for the Hawks, his eight-year record coaching the women stands at 201-111 (.644 winning percentage).

* SUNYAC — State University of New York Athletic Conference
* ECAC — Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference
* NYSWCAA — New York State Women's Collegiate Athletic Association

Feets and eats
Flatfoot was among conditions discussed by podiatric surgeons Douglas Tumen and Brian Reade using visual aids at a Workplace With Heart Luncheon held in the College Terrace Restaurant on November 23. Sixty-seven New Paltz employees enjoyed heart-healthy entrees of tofu fra diavolo or blackened chicken while the guest speakers from Hudson Valley Foot Associates addressed foot injuries, prevention methods, and general care. WWH cochair Alan Dunefsky closed the gathering with a drawing of lunchers' names to receive mugs, T-shirts and workout towels. This event was sponsored by the WWH Committee, College Auxiliary Services and The Wood Company.



... Ceramic artwork by students will be sold in the Fine Arts Building Rotunda from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 8.

...An open reception to honor the director of public affairs, Karen Summerlin, soon to retire, will be held in the Haggerty Administration Lobby on Wednesday, December 15, from 3 - 5 p.m. Please join us in extending our warmest wishes and recognizing Summerlin's 20 years of service to SUNY New Paltz faculty, staff and students, and to the university itself through its public relations. Cards, letters, and gift donations by check may be sent to Mary Kastner (Publications) in Haggerty Administration 411. For more information, call Kastner at x3245.

...According to the Poughkeepsie Journal, "The default rate on government student loans has dropped to the lowest level since Washington began keeping track more than a decade ago," though the total volume of loans has more than tripled in this time. In fiscal 1999, the total borrowed from the government was $42.9 billion, according to figures released October 5. Education Secretary Richard Riley credits responsible student borrowers, schools, underwriters and lenders, a crackdown on debtors, and a hearty economy.

...Happy Hanukkah.



In celebration of the 250th birthday of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832), Peter D.G. Brown (Foreign Languages), in conjunction with the Goethe House of New York, presents an exhibit, "Synthetic Vision," that illustrates Goethe's contributions as Germany's uncontested cultural superhero of the millennium. Brown has created the display with panels from the Goethe House, as well as with extensive materials from the Library's and his own collections, including half a dozen books he has edited and published in his Studies in Modern German Literature series. It can be seen in the Sojourner Truth Library Lobby during regular hours through Sunday, January 9.

A play by Laurence Carr (English), Vaudeville, opened recently at the El Paso Playhouse in Texas. The script has been issued by Rising Moon Publishing and was a featured selection of the Stage and Screen Book Club. Earlier this year, another play of his, Food for Bears, premiered in Warsaw before touring the Czech Republic, where Carr has conducted drama workshops. Additionally, Climbing Tiger Mountain, a newly-commissioned play for the Virginia Stage Company in Norfolk, is scheduled to premiere in the fall of 2000.

Rodney Douglas (Black Studies), director of The New Day Repertory Company, is a pioneer of non-traditional role casting. His multi-racial casts demonstrate that art can dismiss the conventions of ethnicity in depicting the human condition. Douglas' latest production, Robert Bolt's A Man For All Seasons, directed by Shela Xoregos, can be seen this weekend at the Family Partnership Center in Poughkeepsie on Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m. The Center is located at 29 N. Hamilton Street (same building as Our Lady of Lourdes High School). Faculty and staff may purchase tickets for $10; students pay a $6 fee. According to New York Journal American, A Man For All Seasons is the ageless and inspiring echo of the small voice that calls to us: ‘to thine own self be true'...A masterpiece!" For further information, call the Center at 485-7399.

Jan Harrison (Publications) was among Ulster County artists who created an oversized set of dominoes for last summer's combined fundraising auction and 25th anniversary celebration of Women's Studio Workshop in Rosendale. The approximately 4" x 7" dominoes were carved from pine by WSW designer and equipment engineer, Robert Woodruff, and painted with acrylic and polyurethane by well-known local artists such as Harrison, Nancy Ostrovsky, Judith Hoyt and Lara Giordano. The entire functional set (55 pieces) now resides with its highest bidder, WSW Board member Esther Norman Rios of Bearsville. Harrison has taught a pastel painting workshop for WSW's Summer Arts Institute for the past six years.

David Schiffman (Psychology) recently presented two workshops at Northern Dutchess Hospital: "Learning and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders: Experiential, Diagnostic and Treatment Aspects"; and "Alcohol and Substance Abuse: Biochemical and Treatment aspects." Both were part of NDH's program of public information services.


Alumni & Students In the News

1999 Alumni Association Awards were presented at the 11th annual awards reception, held in October in the College Terrace Restaurant. The Awards Committee consisted of Board members Steve Borman ('70), Sadie Penzado ('66), Edward Shuster ('68), and Richard Williams ('91). In addition to a Distinguished Teacher Award to Laurence Hauptman of the History Department (See October 11 News Pulse), honors were granted as follows: Alumnus of the Year Award — Michael Badalucco ('76), stage, screen and television actor; Distinguished Alumni Service Award — Steve Borman ('70), former Alumni Association president and current Board member; and Recent Graduate Achievement Award — Sylvia Silberger ('92), assistant professor of mathematics at Hofstra University.

Also announced at the ceremony were scholarship recipients, selected by a committee which included Shuster, Darren Hernandez ('91), Patricia King ('60), Elaine Kniffen ('36), and Sandra Longfield ('57). These grants were as follows: Ruth Cleveland Endowment — Angelica Hesse (Graduate Student, Graphic Design), Helen Weber Kuhnke Memorial Award — Patricia McCann (Junior, Spanish), Evelyn Crawford Gluckman Award — Aleksandra Neuman (Graduate Student, Elementary/Special Education), Merit Scholarship Award — Patricia Pearson (Junior, Computer Science/Math), and Mid-Hudson Alumni Scholarship — Scott Tunkel (Sophomore, Theatre). Additional recipients of 1999 Alumni Association Awards are Katherine Bowen (Junior, Music Therapy), Barbara Ehlers (Freshman, Art History), Lanette Fisher-Hertz (Senior, Women's Studies), James Giery (Junior, International Relations), Rena Payero (Junior, Biology), Joshua Reed (Sophomore, Radio/Television), and Craig Seablom (Freshman, Chemistry). Congratulations all!


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