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ISSUE DATE: January 10, 2000


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A master of business administration degree from SUNY New Paltz is a sure thing. Approval and registration by the State Education Department is official, and the university will begin offering the program this spring. "I am very grateful to the SUNY Trustees and the State Board of Regents for the confidence they have expressed in the campus by permitting us to offer this prestigious degree," said President Roger Bowen. "Students and employers will benefit enormously from the infusion of sophisticated business expertise which this will produce for the region." State Assemblyman Kevin Cahill said he was pleased to work with President Bowen, Hadi Salavitabar, and other SUNY educators to make this program a reality, and is "certain that many people in our community will take advantage of this educational opportunity." Salavitabar, the director of business programs, said a large number of inquiries and applications to the MBA program have already been received. That number is rapidly growing because of efforts of the MBA Marketing Committee: Rich Bodenschatz (Admissions), David Eaton (Enrollment Management), Jan Harrison, Mary Kastner, Laura Kniffen, Rachel Reuben (all Advancement), Hadi Salavitabar and Jean Whitlow (Business Administration). An MBA web site launched last Monday has received more than a thousand views. Check it out at Publicity will heighten in the coming weeks with three billboards, to be located on Route 299 in Lloyd, Route 52 in Beacon and Route 9W in Milton; advertisements in eight regional newspapers and journals; and printed program brochures and applications. Additionally, posters with tear-off cards for requesting program literature will be placed in business and career offices of local four-year universities, and in human resource offices of businesses.

King succeeds Ryan
The SUNY Board of Trustees unanimously accepted Robert King, budget director for Gov. George Pataki, as the system's new chancellor at a monthly meeting in Manhattan on December 14. King holds an undergraduate degree from Trinity College in Connecticut and a law degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville. He is a former prosecutor in Monroe County and San Luis Obispo, California; Republican state assemblyman; Monroe County executive; and director of the state's Office of Regulatory Reform. King succeeds John Ryan, who has retired after more than three years in the post and continues to work part-time for SUNY.

Come on down
The Office of Alumni Affairs has relocated to the basement of the Haggerty Administration Building. Director Paul Clifford and his assistant, Diane Yonta, can now be found in rooms 9 and 9b, across from the elevators. Alumni affairs will be conducted from this location until the new 1,150-square-foot addition to the Hopfer Admissions & Alumni Center is complete, which is expected in summer 2000. Clifford said the building's new addition will be used by Admissions while Alumni Affairs occupies existing space on the first floor.



...Faculty and staff may be orchestra members in the Theatre Arts spring 2000 production of Man of La Mancha, to be performed 10 times between March 29 and April 9. Musicians are needed for the following parts: Woodwind flute, piccolo, oboe, clarinet and bassoon; Brass trumpet, French horn and trombone; Percussion traps and timpani; Miscellaneous acoustic guitar and bass (string or electric). According to the New York Daily News, Man of La Manchais "an enthralling, exquisite musical play the finest and most original work in the music theatre since Fiddler on the Roof." Please call Joe Paparone at x3869. The musical director will meet with interested musicians and make decisions in early February.

...The Faculty Development Center is offering computer training during January and February in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint), E-mail (Matrix and GroupWise), and Web Page Design. All workshops last between two and three hours, and are taught by Lucy Walker. Information should be job-related and workshops taken with supervisor approval. Interested faculty and staff may view a complete schedule, and register for any class up until the day prior at Those with questions or without access to the Web should call Walker at x3117.

...Gifts and pledges to Faculty/Staff Campaign '99 totaled $13,800, and the participation rate increased over last year by 38%. Overall giving by faculty and staff for the 1999 calendar year reached approximately $30,000. The luckiest campaign contributor was Lucy Walker (Faculty Development Center), winner of the "Mohonk Getaway for Two". All donors are warmly thanked for their generosity.


Awards, Honors, and Recognition

On the occasion of Dean Gerald Benjamin's (Liberal Arts & Sciences) retirement from the Board of the Northeast Midwest Institute, Senator Daniel P. Moynihan entered an acknowledgment into the Congressional Record for October 29, 1999 to recognize him for six years of service. The Institute is a public policy research center in Washington, D.C. that supports the senators and congress members of the states in the Northeast and Midwest in seeking equity from federal programs for these regions. Benjamin served most recently as chair of the Institute's Policy Committee and a member of its Executive Committee.

Numerous staff members were honored for extensive loyalty to SUNY New Paltz at the 14th Annual Awards Luncheon for Classified Staff, held in the MultiPurpose Room on December 17. Celebrating 20 years were Bonnie Barringer (Financial Aid), Robert Corrado (Physical Plant), Marilyn Glass (Sociology), Birgit Klosterman (Career Advising), Christine McGraw(Financial Aid), Kathleen Morgan (Facilities Operations), Carmen Prieto (Intercollegiate Athletics), Ray Smith (University Police), Sheila Smith (Student Accounts), Robert Snyder (Facilities Operations), Dale Sutton (Facilities Operations) and Walter Wontz (Purchasing). Additionally, Patricia Castellano (University Police) and Leslie Williams (Center for Instructional Resources) commemorated 25 years of service, and Marianne Shipley (Education) was honored for 30 years of dedication to the university. Highlights from the luncheon can be seen at

Thanks to SUNY New Paltz faculty and staff, 100 kids from 44 families of the Mid-Hudson Migrant Education Outreach Program received clothing, toys, personal items and food this holiday season. Santas were given the name, age and measurements of a child for whom they purchased a gift, which tutors from MEOP then delivered to the matching family. Organizer Corinna Caracci (Residence Life) said, "We couldn't have done it without the generosity of so many." A reception was held to honor gift contributors in the van den Berg Annex Cafeteria on December 17. Caracci is also grateful to her companions in the endeavor: MEOP staff Margaret Gutierrez and Kay Mitchell, and Residence Life staff Jennifer Cruver- Plaza (Senior/Music), Mary Ann Lounsbury and Lee Schiavone, and to the associate vice president for student affairs, Ray Schwarz. She concluded, "We could maybe serve 150 kids next year. Wouldn't that be nice?"



Thomas Olsen (English) presented a paper titled "Stomachs to Fight: Diet, Climate and National Character in Henry V" at the annual conference of the Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies, held in October in Coral Gables, Florida.


Students in the news

Ten recipients of $600 Jim Fredericks Student Employee Scholarships have been determined by a sub-committee of the College Auxiliary Services Board of Directors. These full-time students, all CAS or Food Service employees, are Karen Belgrod, Helen Cronin, Stephanie Lao, Lee-Ann Losee, Lenka Malcora, Stiles Renee Najac, Sarah Phillips, Michael Reifmueller, Andrea Sansonia and Mika Yamashita. Applicants wrote short essays explaining why working in auxiliary services has been a positive experience, and comments on their work attitudes and reliability were provided by their supervisors. CAS student employee scholarships have been awarded since 1989, and have been financed by remaining funds of the student book market and student meal plans. Jim Fredericks, the former executive director of CAS, died in 1994.


In Memoriam

Judah Adelson, professor emeritus of History, died recently in Brooklyn. His eulogy was delivered by a former student, Rev. Lorna Williams (BS/History, 1992), the canon of St. Paul's Cathedral in Buffalo and chaplain of SUNY Buffalo. Adelson earned a BS at New York University, an MS at Columbia University, and a PhD at NYU. He joined New Paltz faculty as a visiting lecturer in 1967 and retired an associate professor in 1998. Associate Dean Richard Varbero (History) said, "His classes became popular with students because of his capacity to enliven his lectures with anecdotal material drawn from a lifetime of diverse experiences." Friend and former colleague Don D'Elia (History) praised Adelson's scholarship and professionalism. Upon retirement, Adelson donated his fairly extensive scholarly collection to the Sojourner Truth Library in honor of his students. His books are noted as such and in general circulation. Adelson's activities included service to the NYU Club, the Princeton Club, and the board of directors of the Brookdale Hospital Medical Center, the institution which honored him with the Brookdale Medal in 1979 for his work on behalf of New York City healthcare providers. He was active in several synagogues and with the American Academics for Israel's future.


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