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ISSUE DATE: January 24, 2000


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Fresh faces
Welcome SUNY New Paltz faculty and staff to the first semester of 2000! According to the vice president of enrollment management, L. David Eaton, registration figures of January 14 show total spring enrollment to be three percent higher than last year at this time, and spring registration is expected to meet or exceed last year's figure of 7, 555 students. Mary Claire Bauer, dean of admission, reported that enrollment targets for both freshmen and transfer students had already been surpassed 10 days ago, with 50 new freshman and 307 new transfer students slated to begin study at New Paltz this week.

Music and merriment
With the assistance of the Music Department, Major Connections, and Alumni Affairs, pianist Harry Jensen (Music) will celebrate his 35th anniversary at SUNY New Paltz with a solo recital on Tuesday, January 25 at 8 p.m. in McKenna Theatre. Jensen will perform pieces by Bach and Beethoven, and the French composers Fauré, Debussy, Cantaloube and Ravel. The program concludes with works by Scarlatti and Graham Fitkin. Major Connections, created by Student Development and the Career Advising & Fieldwork Center to foster interaction between students, faculty and alumni, will host a reception in the Theatre Lobby immediately following. Recital tickets, available at the door, cost $8 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens, staff and alumni with valid ID; and $3 for students with ID.

More laughs
Kids asked to share their ideas about dating again reveal extraordinary perception. Here's what they said:

What do most people do on dates?

  • "Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough." — Lynnette, age 8.
  • "On the first date, I think they just tell each other lies, and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date." — Martin, age 10.

    What would you do on a first date that was turning sour?

  • "I'd run home and play dead. The next day I would call all the newspapers and make sure they wrote about me in all the dead columns." — Craig, age 9.

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    Resnick Scholars Seven recipients of 1999 scholarships pose with Louis and Mildred Resnick of Ellenville (center) at a luncheon in the Resnicks' honor, held in the College Terrace Restaurant in November. These long-time supporters of the university provide scholarships to numerous New Paltz students each year. Rear, L to R: Michael Diaz, Tenaya Lewis, Momeena Brown, Lauren Haimelin, Lancelot Farquharson, Katherine Bowen and Lydia Pidlusky. Photo by Lorna Tychostup.



    ... It is now possible to access the Sojourner Truth Library's periodical databases such as InfoTrac, ProQuest and Lexis-Nexis from any Internet service provider. A researcher working off-campus no longer needs to gain access to these databases through the campus dial-up connection using a Matrix/Point to Point Protocol account. Currently, any Matrix user can go to the Library web page (, click on "Access From Off-Campus," supply a Matrix user identification (userid) and password, and search away. For more information, please contact the STL Information Desk at x3710 or e- mail

    ... Having trouble with the online submission form for the Calendar of Events? Relief is here at last. The Faculty Development Center has arranged two training sessions in Old Main 111 on Friday, January 28. Stop by for a few minutes at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m., and Rachel Reuben (Public Affairs) and Lucy Walker (FDC) will take you through it step by step.


    Awards, Honors, and Recognition

    Jan McLaurin (Sponsored Funds) and Patrick Ryan (Grants Services), were elected chair and vice chair, respectively, of the University College Research Council, an advisory board to the Research Foundation of SUNY. The Council represents prospective sponsored programs of SUNY's university colleges, specialized colleges, and colleges of agriculture and technology.


    Publication: A Play

    Rose Irvine and Don Wildy, professors emeriti of communications, wrote a script, "John Vanderlyn: Letters From Paris," which they performed in November at Johnson House Museum in Kingston. The show featuring Irvine as narrator and Wildy as Vanderlyn is one which the two would be eager to present repeatedly, said Irvine, because "Vanderlyn is known in art circles, and highly recognized in Paris, but not by local citizens." Vanderlynwas an 18th century American artist from Kingston who mainly produced portraits in oil. Irvine said that in his time, "Americans with their Puritanical views were not ready for nudes, so his paintings [during exhibitions] were draped with fig leaves." A collection of Vanderlyn's work can be seen at Kingston's Senate House, which also houses the archives from which Irvine and Wildy developed their script.



    Recent activities by Paul Brown (Psychology) include: an address titled "Excellence in Leadership, Coaching and Management," presented to the mid-Hudson chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants; a presentation, "Business Career Hints," provided to the SUNY New Paltz student chapter of the American Marketing Association; a speech, "Why Some Managers Outperform Others," delivered at a colloquium at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo; and a presentation, "Leadership, Coaching and Teamwork," given at the annual retreat of the SUNY New Paltz Division of Student Affairs. Stella Deen (English) presented a paper, "Women's World War I Literature and the Construction of Identity: The Case of Enid Bagnold," at the Inaugural Conference of the Modernist Studies Association, held in October at Pennsylvania State University.

    Raymond Schwarz (Student Affairs), Robin Cohen and Michelle Cangelosi (both Student Development) were invited presenters at the National Meeting on Alcohol, Other Drug and Violence Prevention in Higher Education, held in November at the Desmond Hotel in Albany. Schwarz and Cohen presented "Bar Owner Agreements: We CAN Work Together to Impact Environmental Change," which detailed the progress of SUNY New Paltz's 1999 arrangement with constituents in the town and village, as part of a panel which included Police Chief Ralph Appa, Mayor Tom Nyquist, and Tavern Owner's Association representative Michael Beck of P&G's Restaurant. Cohen said the workshop was well-attended, and representatives of the Pennsylvania liquor authority expressed interest in our model. Schwarz and Cohen presented an additional seminar at the conference, "One Part Alcohol, Two Parts Misperception — A Dangerous Recipe: Applying Rape Myth Research, Social Marketing and Consciousness-Raising to Male Students." Michelle Cangelosi

    Cangelosi highlighted SUNY New Paltz social marketing advertisements at a poster session titled "From Nuts to Bolts: Social Marketing on a Limited Budget," at which she distributed fortune cookies from the innovative outreach campaign designed to dispel myths students believe regarding their peers' behavior.

    S. Craig Mourton, complex director for Bouton Hall, presented a session titled "‘X'ing Out Intolerance — A Social Justice Perspective of Ally Development" at a conference of the College Student Personal Association, held at Silver Bay Conference Center, Lake George. His session focused on the continuum through which students travel as they become allies to socially oppressed groups.


    Alumni in the news

    Newly appointed members of the Alumni Association Board of Directors are Marybeth Bannon ('81), David Carroll ('92), Karen Chaffee ('91 and '94), Alan Dunefsky ('69 and '91), and Elaine Kniffen ('36). They joined existing members Steve Borman ('70), Elizabeth Donnaruma ('36), Darren Hernandez ('91), Steven Klein ('73), Charles Lynch ('78), Joy Palazzola ('88), Sadie Penzato ('66 and '68), Edward Shuster ('68), Deborah Stein ('88), and Richard Williams ('91). Current executive officers include Gail Logan ('58), president; Mary Atkins ('66), vice president; Lori Tunkel ('70 and '73), treasurer; Rosemarie McBride ('60 and '68), secretary; and Paul Clifford, alumni director.

    Arnie Spadafora (CAS/Educational Administration, 1992) is currently head of Kingston Alternative High School, a position he began in late September. He has been an educator for 27 years, largely in the realm of alternative education. This includes 11 years as principal of the Stormville School, the educational component of Green Haven Correctional Facility.


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