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ISSUE DATE: December 20, 1999


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Roger Bowen receiving award "For his commitment to international exchange," said Bruce Sillner, President Roger Bowen was awarded the Medal of International Merit by the Universidad Espiritu Santo, the SUNY New Paltz partner institution in Guayaquil, Ecuador. The award was bestowed upon Bowen by Rector Carlos Ortega Maldonado at the Espiritu Santo commencement ceremony on December 10, at which Bowen was a speaker. Director of International Exchange Sillner and Chair of Elementary Education Rose Rudnitski were also in attendance as Espiritu Santo granted nine master's degrees in the graduate program in Teaching English as a Second Language and Administration of Bilingual Programs. Many classes of this program, developed with assistance from SUNY New Paltz, were taught in Guayaquil by faculty from this campus.

All campus buildings will be closed between 5 p.m., Friday, December 31 and 6 a.m., Monday, January 3 to allow evaluation of any Y2K problems with utilities, fire alarms, heating systems, elevators, etc. All but those individuals living in the residence halls should be off campus. Anyone with a specific need to enter a building during that time should contact Johanna D'Aleo (Administration) at x3295 as soon as possible.

To enable preparation of the servers on the Academic LAN for Y2K compliancy, all academic computing labs will close on Wednesday, December 22 at 4:30 p.m., and remain closed until after the first of the year. Any questions should be e-mailed to the assistant director of computer services, Ian Erne, at

Last minute details
Y2K is quickly nearing, so please consider the following activities to ensure PCs are aptly primed for the 21st century. The following checklist contains necessary preparations as determined by Computer Services:

If your PC is more than two years old, it is a good idea to run a program which can actually check to determine if it is Y2K compliant. This program can be provided on diskette by Computer Services.

Many essential Y2K antidotes being distributed by Computer Services have been updating PCs automatically. However, those who do not regularly log on to the LAN with a password are not receiving them. Please do not bypass the login command. This is especially important because the computers on the LAN determine the time when they are first turned on, then update that time when they are connected to the LAN. If no connection is made and the first clock does not accurately detect the time and date, no backup is afforded.

Those still using NPVM for e-mail should obtain Matrix accounts or begin using their GroupWise accounts (everyone on the LAN already has one) as soon as possible. NPVM will no longer exist after Monday, December 27, so NPVM users' names will disappear from address lists and they will get no mail. Please contact Barbara Eckert at x3130 if Matrix is your choice. Please contact Joe Acquisto at x3134 if you have GW4 and would like an upgrade to GW5.5.

Those using CICS to access student records should be aware the program will cease on Monday, December 27. These records will be provided through a Windows program called "sp2" which communicates with a Unix server. The screens will be very similar. Test access to this new student records system is now available with a Windows 95/98/NT PC. To try it, sign on to the Administrative LAN (Bert), select LAN Supplied Applications (bottom left in task bar), and a two-sided window will open. In the left panel will be the ADMINLAN tree. If there is nothing under it, click on the plus to open it up. Open the student record folder, then double click on the student records icon. This copies any changes and starts things up. The message of the day, then the familiar sign-on screen will appear. The new system currently recognizes old passwords, and Jon Lewit (x3131) can help with resetting passwords. Try it out, but remember it is in test mode so updates must still be made on CICS.

Computer Services urges those needing printouts rosters, degree audits, mailing labels, etc. for the end of December or beginning of January to request them before Christmas. Through the second week of January, all job requests must be made 48 hours in advance of the time they must be run.

Those using the SUNY Central Accounting System to view or change State or IFR accounts should note that after Friday, December 31, programs such as PIBEZ, PROCOMM and PCPLUS will no longer "dial-in" for connection. To continue using the system for transactions and inquiry, contact Bill Edison x3132 to arrange access via the SUNY Mainframe connection page on the Internet. To view account information only, see Those with existing access may continue to sign in without interruption; those who would like access should contact Julie Majak (Administrative Services) at x3270. Existing users will undergo no changes in password or job function.

If feasible, Computer Services will distribute a command which will cause PCs to pause when they are revived by their users after January 1. Users will then be prompted to check/change the posted time and date.



There will not be a December 27 edition of News Pulse. A holiday season of peace and love to all.


Awards, Honors, and Recognition

Provost David Lavallee (Academic Affairs) has been appointed to the SUNY Advisory Council on Teacher Education, a continuing body of academic leaders who assist the state system and its colleges and universities in assuring excellence in teacher education. The council will encompass expertise from across the university as well as seek counsel from the ranks of specialists external to the university. Additionally, Lavallee participated in an invitational meeting of the National Research Council, held on December 5 and 6 at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington D.C. Discussion focused on improved approaches to doctoral education in chemistry. Lavallee is leading a "Preparing Future Faculty" initiative with the American Chemical Society. Recently, he was chosen for inclusion in 2000 Scientists of the 20th Century, to be published by the International Biography Centre, Cambridge, England.

SUNY New Paltz and College Auxiliary Services achieved a combined total of $11,865 in donations to State Employees Federated Appeal Campaign 1999. Campaign manager Marda Reid said "We are helping many people and have exceeded our total donations from last year by $761. On behalf of the SEFA committee, I thank you very much!" The following faculty and staff won prizes in the raffle drawing: Phyllis Freeman (Graduate Studies/Psychology) Cruise for two aboard the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater Evening Sailboat, Thomas Labarr (Engineering) Two tickets to the spring production of Man of La Mancha, Al Asendorf (Facilities Operations) Two tickets to the Summer Repertory Theatre production of his choice, Bill Sumnick (Central Stores) Two tickets to the PianoSummer Festival concert of his choice, Nancy Mason (Financial Aid) An entertainment book for the Mid-Hudson Valley, Barbara Hardgrave (Music) Lunch for two at McGillicudy's, Rob Miraldi (Communications) Sunday brunch buffet for two at Dominick's, Anna Badillo (Library) and Leslie Williams (CIR) One-month memberships for two to Total Fitness Center, Bonnie Barringer (Financial Aid) Dinner for two at the Plaza Diner, L. David Eaton (Enrollment Management) A $15 Gift Certificate for The Candlelight Restaurant, Russell Howitt (Library) and Irene Mack (Sponsored Funds) Lunches for two at P & G's, Allyn Bregman (Biology) CAS continental office breakfast for six, Joe Paparone (Theatre Arts) CAS office pizza party for six, Gretchen Brassard (Communication Disorders) Wash, cut and blowdry at Shapers Hair Salon, Michael Zackheim (Library) and Helen Roberts (Human Resources) SUNY New Paltz 2000-01 Parking Decals for two, Linda Harleston (Student Affairs) Lunch for two at Main Course, Carole Cowan (Music) Three appointments at Radiance Tanning Studio, Dottie Struck (Facilities & Planning) Dinner for two at DePuy Canal House.


Publications: Papers, Articles, and Essays

Paul Clifford (Alumni Affairs) recently published three articles in the Development and Alumni Relations Report, a semi-weekly newsletter of LRP Publications: "Ten Ways Alumni Associations Can Get Ready for the Future" (September 9), "Online Shopping Malls: Good Investment or Passing Fad?" (October 7), and "Small Alumni Staffs Can Meet Alumni Career Assistance Requests" (November 18).

Michael Hind (Mathematics & Computer Science) coauthored a paper, "Efficient and Precise Modeling of Exceptions for the Analysis of Java Programs," which he presented at a Workshop on Program Analysis for Software Tools and Engineering, held in Toulouse, Paris in September. Hind's paper was published in its proceedings. The workshop was cosponsored by ACM special interest groups on programming languages and systems, and software engineering. Another paper Hind coauthored, "The Jalapeno Dynamic Optimizing Compiler for Java," was published in the proceedings of 1999 ACM Java Grande Conference, held in San Francisco in June. *ACM was formerly known as the Association of Computing Machinery.

Alexander Young (Political Science) published an opinion piece, "U.S. Should Support an Independent Taiwan," in the August 8 edition of the Times Herald Record. A similar piece by Young appeared in The Poughkeepsie Journal on August 15. The former concludes: "Let China and Taiwan whose people share certain historical, ethnic and cultural heritage but have had separate existence for hundreds of years, and most importantly, do not have common future national aspirations and political systems coexist, as the United States and Britain have done, to the benefit of both nations and the entire world."



Mary Jane Corry (Professor Emeritus/Music) presented a harpsichord concert in the Museum Building at the Senate House State Historic Site in Kingston. The concert, which integrated a discussion of musical styles and traditions of the 17th and 18th centuries, was part of a Friends of the Senate House lecture series titled "Visit the Past Through the Humanities" which was presented on the first four Sundays of October.


Alumni in the news

Terence Dungan (BS/Art Education, 1968 and MS/Humanistic Education, 1984), an art teacher at Fallsburg High School, said he conducted his research at the Sojourner Truth Library for a concept he designed for the upcoming New York state commemorative quarter. His coin (at right), depicting the Empire State's canal system and lakes, with the Erie Canal most prominent, was among only five out of 400 chosen as contest finalists and sent to Washington D.C. where Department of the Treasury artists rendered them stylistically consistent. This project is part of a 10-year initiative which began this year and will commemorate each of the 50 states in the order in which they joined the union. On July 26, 1788, New York became the eleventh state to do so. When chosen, the new design will be embossed on the quarter, about 700 million of which will be minted in January 2001.

Diane Witter (Women's Studies/Sociology, 1995) was a keynote speaker at the Annual Breakfast for The Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, held in October at Vassar College. Witter, who received her master's degree in social work from Adelphi University in May, is currently the domestic violence educator at Vassar Brothers Hospital.


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