News Pulse

ISSUE DATE: December 13, 1999


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Awards, Honors and Recognition

Publications: Papers, Articles, and Essays



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Hot to trot
A couple of turkeys were given away by the Workplace With Heart Committee to the man and woman who were best able to predict their own running time in a lap around the track at a November 19 Turkey Trot. Freshmen Phil Goodwin and Erica Peterson completed the circuit in five minutes, 54 seconds and six minutes, 37 seconds respectively. Peterson beat her predicted time by 18 seconds, and Goodwin was just one second ahead of schedule. Both were awarded their fowl on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. WWH is also planning an afternoon stress-relief session in January and would like to hear suggestions. Please call Niza Cardona (Financial Aid) at x3247 or Emily Trapp (Center for Instructional Resources) at x3634.

'Tis the season
To alleviate the retention problems associated with December stuffed-mailbox syndrome, News Pulse brings you the following reminders. Please tune in next week for final millennial words from Computer Services ("Good-bye forever").


Awards, Honors, and Recognition

SUNY New Paltz was chosen by the New Paltz Garden Club to receive its 1999 civic beautification award. Thanks Grounds Department (Facilities Operations)! The campus has been honored for outstanding planting and maintenance to the property in 1986, 1998 and again.


Publications: Papers, Articles, and Essays

Kees DeGroot (Elementary Education) published an article, "Robert Will Not Use Manipulatives...Or Will He?" in the New York State Mathematics Teachers Journal. In it, he analyzes an experience with a third grader reluctant to use manipulatives for a multiplication activity, and asserts that students require a challenge which is just slightly out of reach to find manipulatives useful. DeGroot also edited and authored a 142-page publication titled Exemplars: Math 9-12, Module 3, in which he presents five mathematical standards-based performance tasks which he designed and which were piloted in high schools in Tacoma, Washington and the Pittsburgh area, and at the University of Regina, Canada. DeGroot thanks Salvatore Anastasio(Mathematics & Computer Science) for assistance with one of the tasks. The work was published last summer by Exemplars, Underhill, Vermont and is available both in hard copy and electronic format. Additionally, DeGroot's program, "K-8 Math Mentors," recently approved by the New York State Education Department for funding through 2004, involves not only 80 mentors from across the state but pre-service teachers from SUNY New Paltz who have a demonstrated commitment to working in school districts that are labeled "high need." Several of DeGroot's colleagues from the School of Education are involved in advisory roles: Andy Beigel (Inclusion Program), Laurel Duhaney and Spencer Salend (Special Education), and Elaine Kolitch (Mathematics & Computer Science).



John Alphonso Karkala (Professor Emeritus/ English and World Literature) presented a paper, "The Nature of Heroic Action in Traditional Epics and in the Textualized Oral Epic, Kalevala," at an international conference titled "World's Traditional Epics and Textualized Oral Epics." The conference was part of a major program of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization which is dedicated to preserving the world's indigenous oral literature. Karkala's paper discussed the concepts of "artistea" or excellence in fighting in Homer's Iliad, "nish-kama-kariya" or dispassionate action and the renunciation of fruits of action in Vyasa's Mahabharta, and the shamanic transcendence in Lönnröt's Kalevala. Karkala professed that heroic action is conditioned by the "culture space" enclosed by an epic's culture cosmos and world view. Additionally, Karkala has been commissioned by the director of the Kalevala Institute to review a recently-transcribed oral epic, Nayak's Siri Sandhi, from Tolunadu on the South West Coast of India. It is 15,683 lines, five less than the Iliad.


Poets in the news

Dennis Doherty

"Three Generations of SUNY New Paltz Poets" became four when H.R. Stoneback added his name to poets reading their work at the December 3 event held in The Honors Center, College Hall. Stoneback opened the event with a poem titled "Cafe Millennium," then introduced his former English student, Dennis Doherty (BA/'87 and MA/'90), who read several poems related to teaching at the university, and in the former GED program housed in van den Berg Learning Center. Doherty was followed by teaching assistant Jacqueline Ahl (BA/'98 and MA Candidate/'01), who organized the program with Tonda Highley (Student Advising) to provide a networking opportunity for faculty and students. And representing the fourth generation were Ahl's students Desiree Alden and Kofi Asare, both prospective members of the class of '02.


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