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ISSUE DATE: January 17, 2000


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Honor society
A new chapter of the National Electrical Engineering Honor Society, Eta Kappa Nu, was established at SUNY New Paltz last semester. Our chapter, Kappa Omicron, now has 10 members which were inducted in October at a ceremony in Resnick Engineering Hall. They are Stavros Boglou, Robert Bubel, Gonn Hoi Cheung, Jeremy Cook, Paul De Puy, Brian Johnson, Lyn-Marie Kiefer, Taun Nguyen, Karyn Valesquez and Michael Wielgos. Juniors ranking in the upper quarter of their class and seniors in the upper third are invited into membership. Eta Kappa Nu was founded in 1904 at the University of Illinois to stimulate and reward scholarship of computer engineering students, and to assist and encourage its members to grow professionally throughout their entire lives. Chapters now exist in more than half of all U.S. engineering schools.

Seth and Sandy Panman with President Bowen
L to R: Seth Panman, Sandy Panman, President Roger Bowen

Best wishes
The Office of the Dean of Liberal Arts & Sciences and the Departments of Biology, Communication Disorders, Foreign Languages, Geography, Nursing, Psychology and Sociology held a reception in the Jacobson Faculty Tower on December 13 for several retiring faculty and staff. A videotape of the event was created by Doug Short (Center for Instructional Resources) for home viewing by Richard Panman and Kurt Haas (both Psychology), who were among those honored. Additional retirees included Marilyn Glass (Sociology), Addie Haas (Communication Disorders), Robert Piluso (Foreign Languages), George Schnell (Geography), Denise Springer (Foreign Languages), Margaret Stacklum (Nursing) and Phillip Stein (Biology). Addie read a note from Kurt which stated, "It has been a privilege to know and work with so many fine people ... My heartfelt thanks to my colleagues and the thousands of students who gave me a chance to share my appreciation of psychology." Numerous faculty and staff addressed the camera with personal messages for Haas and Panman. Sandy Panman (Educational Opportunity Program) said to her husband, "Thank you for bringing me into this magical, wonderful community." Her son, Seth, spoke to those in attendance — "Thanks to all the people who helped send my dad and me to Japan [for his medical treatment]. Even though it wasn't a success by our standards, it wasn't a loss. It gave us quality time together, and I thank you for that."

Rick Podgorski and Karen Summerlin
Richard Podgorski speaks of Karen Summerlin's accomplishments at New Paltz while she opens a retirement gift from her many friends — a framed photograph by former vice president for administration and current local photographer Jim Grant.

The university recently said goodbye to Karen Summerlin, director of public affairs for the past 20 years, at an open reception in the Haggerty Administration Lobby on December 15."She was an inspiring leader, and she will be greatly missed," said Richard Podgorski, vice president for advancement. "The media and public had confidence in her and the information she gave out and, most importantly, in her personal integrity." Summerlin told reporters that what she likes best about SUNY is the people. "Everyone cares about the university ... That's a conviction we all have shared."

For laughs
Newspaper and magazine articles this time of year are saturated with advice for overcoming "post-holiday blues" or "winter doldrums." Among the effective and least expensive cures is laughter. Young children asked to share their wisdom on marriage and family reveal remarkable insight. Here's what they said:

How do you decide whom to marry?
  • "You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dips coming." — Alan, age 10.
  • "No person really decides before they grow up who they're going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you're stuck with." — Kirsten, age 9.

    How can a stranger tell if two people are married?

  • "Married people usually look happy to talk to other people." — Eddie, age 6.
  • "You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids." — Derrick, age 8.

    (More next week)



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    Awards, Honors, and Recognition

    Last summer, Julio González (Electrical Engineering) was a visiting professor at the Universidade de Vigo, Spain, where he taught a graduate course titled "Interactive Teaching of Electronics using PSPICE (Personal Computer Simulation Program with Integrated Circuit Emphasis)." This was made possible by a SUNY New Paltz International Travel Award. Additionally, a paper González wrote with former student Ted Bowen (BS/Electrical Engineering, 1997), "Algorithm to calculate distortion in the common- emitter amplifier with feedback," was published in Circuits, Devices and Systems, a branch of the Institute of Electrical Engineering Proceedings. Bowen's contribution resulted from work he executed in his senior design project under González' supervision.



    Wilma Feliciano (Foreign Languages) gave a presentation titled "Latinos in the USA: Millenial Power" at the Universite Jean Moulin in Lyon, France in September. She illustrated the growing demographic, economic and political prowess of Latinos in America.

    Dean Patricia Phillips (Fine & Performing Arts) recently spoke at a two-day conference on "Biological and Cultural Diversity," held at the Ludwig Forum in Aachen, Germany. Additionally, she presented a paper at a symposium titled "Public Service," held at the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm, Sweden, and lectured to graduate students in the Curatorial Studies Program at Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts, and Design, also in Stockholm. Phillips is on leave from January - August 2000, and Ann Lovett (Art) is currently serving as acting dean of F&PA.

    Robert Piluso (Foreign Languages) chairs the Executive Education Committee of the National Italian American Foundation of Westchester. He acted as master of ceremonies at the initial lecture of the association's Millennium Lecture Series, at which keynote speaker Matilda Raffa Cuomo talked of "Our Italian American Heritage: Where, if anywhere, will it go from here?" This lecture took place at Iona College in New Rochelle.

    Michael Whelan (Secondary Education) gave a presentation at the Fall Conference of the Mid-Hudson Social Studies Council on the new state teacher certification standards for preservice students and new professional development standards for inservice teachers. He also presented similar material at a meeting of the Ulster County High School Principals Association.


    Alumni in the news

    Carlo De Rosa (BA/Music, 1993), a professional bass player living in New York City, is a member of a jazz trio which was selected to perform and teach abroad as part of a federally-funded program, "Jazz Ambassadors on the Millennium Stage." The theme of the competition which sponsored month-long tours of foreign countries for 10 jazz trios was the 100th anniversary of the birth of Duke Ellington. This program, judged by the United States Information Agency and John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, enabled De Rosa, pianist Timo Elliston and drummer Allison Miller to spend five weeks in fall 1999 in Africa, providing jazz clinics and performing for both government officials and the general public. De Rosa stated, "Certainly this is a life-expanding experience ... The music is what's allowing me to do it, and that feels good."

    David Levy earned a master of fine arts in ceramics from SUNY New Paltz in 1996, with a thesis on the concept of the Zen Buddhist monk's beggar's bowl, Oryoki, which translated means "just enough." Levy asked himself, "How does it make sense in this country and this time period?" He works as a potter from his home in Clintondale, making a moderate income, and serving the hungry through a national non-profit organization called the Empty Bowls Project. Participating potters' bowls are filled with food cooked and donated by area food vendors, then sold to benefit local charities. Levy's bowls of late are often endowed with food from The Bakery and Robin's Warehouse and sold to benefit Family of New Paltz, with a portion also supporting the continuation of the Project. "When I was in the art program at New Paltz, and studying art history and criticism, I found the notion of art as self- indulgent very upsetting. Whether it's ceramics or poetry or painting, I believe artists ought not be caught up in the world of art and the commercial side of it, but that art and craft serve the community." Levy's ideas about Oryoki and community service led to his innovative approach to student loan debt. He seeks sponsors to help pay his loans, and in exchange will make up to 800 clay bowls, roughly the equivalent, for donation to the Empty Bowls Project.


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