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ISSUE DATE: January 31, 2000


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Birthday party
The School of Fine & Performing Arts, Department of Music, and Division of Advancement have arranged a celebration of the 90th birthday of Nadia Shepard, generous SUNY New Paltz supporter. The gathering is to be held in the Nadia & Max Shepard Recital Hall, which is named after her and her husband, on Tuesday, February 1, in conjunction with a performance by the Hudson Valley Philharmonic String Quartet (SUNY New Paltz Quartet-in-Residence) and the Innisfree Piano Trio. The tribute concert begins at 8 p.m., and tickets can be purchased at the door by the general public for $5, by senior citizens and staff for $4, and by students with ID for $3. Birthday cake and beverages will be served at a reception immediately following. For more information on the festivities, please call the box office at x3904.

Slip slidin' away
John Shupe, director of facilities operations, said that the ice atop South Pond was between six and eight inches thick early last week. It was cleared by the grounds crew and given the green "go" flag. Several students and staff took advantage of the opportunity for skating and ice hockey. A thick blanket of snow then insulated the ice, rendering it unsafe late in the week. But temperatures are right, said Shupe, and the crew measures the ice daily, so dust off those old skates or pick up some "new" ones at Salvation Army, and watch for the green flag. Daytime use only please.

Win/Win situation
Though the Hawks were defeated in last Wednesday's Men's Basketball game against regionally-ranked Vassar College, the competition can hardly be considered a loss. The game's proceeds of $133 will benefit the National Cancer Society as part of the "Coaches vs. Cancer" program of the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Dave Hines, sports information director, said "New Paltz has a special interest in the cause, because junior forward Mario Christian was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease in 1998." New Paltz forward Robert Jones, ranked third nationally in rebounding, had eight boards and added 12 points to lead the (4-10) Hawks. Christian scored six points, six rebounds, six blocks and three steals. He and Coach Joe Kremer were guests on WPDH's "Cooper and Tobin" show Tuesday morning as well as the subject of several recent articles in local newspapers. Hodgkin's is considered a highly treatable form of cancer, and Christian has undergone periodic chemotherapy treatments.



...Academic Affairs reports that, although formal notification from Albany has not arrived, the deadline for applications for Chancellor's Awards is approaching. Nominations and dossiers should be submitted to our Committee on Research, Awards, and Leaves by Friday, February 4. Copies of the guidelines are available, so please call Felicia Aman at x3277 if interested. The categories are Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in Teaching, Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in Librarianship, Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in Professional Service, Distinguished Service Professorships, and Distinguished Teaching Professorships.

...The annual campus calendar made available by the Publications Office contains an error in the month of April. Wednesday, April 5 states that classes are on a Monday schedule, which is false. New copies of April only are now available on the pick-up shelves in the Print Shop.

...There will be a member of Facilities Operations available this Monday - Friday from 1 - 2:30 p.m. in the Route 32 parking lot (#25) to assist students in removing cars which have been trapped by snow. Please spread the word, and call the office at x3300 with any questions.

...The Office of Administration reports that the cold temperatures and mass of snow have nearly brought construction to a standstill. The monthly BUILDING BLOCKS column will resume in News Pulse when applicable.

...The Admissions Office has provided application and deposit deadlines for Fall 2000. Refer to the following chart, but remember these dates are subject to change without notice.


Awards, Honors, and Recognition

Keqin Li (Mathematics &Computer Science) is listed in the millennium edition of Who's Who in Science and Engineering.



Sai Jambunathan (Elementary Education) co-authored an abstract, "Relationships Between Housing, Neighborhood, Parenting Attitudes, and Child Competency: A Pilot Study," which has been published in the Annual American Association of Housing Educators Book of Abstracts. He also co-authored an article, "Comparisons of Parenting Attitudes Across Five Ethnic Groups Living in the United States," which has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Comparative Family Studies.

Ronald Knapp (Geography) is a co-translator of two recent books on village vernacular architecture in China Zhifeng Villageand Tangyue Village in the Ancient Architecture of Huizhou Series, published by Southeast University Press in Nanjing, China. He is also the author of a chapter, "At Home in China: Domain of Propriety, Repository of Heritage," in Living Heritage: Vernacular Environment in China, edited by Kai-Yin Lo and Puay-Peng Ho, and published in 1999 by Yungmingtang, Hong Kong.

George Schnell, professor emeritus of geography, and Mark Monmonier of Syracuse University presented a paper titled "Municipal Boundaries and the Idea of Place" at the Pennsylvania Geographical Society Annual Meeting, held last fall in Indiana, Pennsylvania. Additionally, Schnell published an article, "A Population Geography of Pennsylvania's Northeast: A Region of Contrasts," in that organization's 1998 annual meeting proceedings, which were published in October.



At the Annual Meeting of the Middle States Division, Association of American Geographers, held last fall in Pennsylvania, Jo Margaret Mano (Geography) chaired a session on Europe and presented a paper titled "Growth Versus Green Belt: The Horns of a U.K. Planning Dilemma." Mano serves on the executive council as acting treasurer for the Middle States Division and also edits its newsletter. Additionally, she was an invited speaker at the 19th Annual Conference of the Long Island Council for the Social Studies, recently held in Melville. At this assembly, she presented a workshop titled "Using Maps to Integrate Geography and Global History."

Mark Wiljanen (Geography) presented three invited lectures: "The Development of Mesopotamian, Indus Valley, and Northern Chinese Societies in the Fourth and Third Millennia Before the Common Era," at the American Forum for Global Education, New York City; "Geographic Information Systems at Black Rock Forest," at the Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall-on-Hudson; and "GIS Exercises for the Teaching of Economic Geography," at the Annual Conference of the North American Cartographic Information Society, Williamsburg.


Students in the news

The Graduate School has announced recipients of 1999/2000 awards in Graduate Student Research and Creative Projects. Congratulations to Rosalia Bermudez, Lauren Fensterstock, Rosemarie Frisone and Alejandro Aranda Ricker in Fine & Performing Arts, and to Lawrence Beemer and Steven Florczyk in English. Proposals were reviewed by a competitive process of the Graduate Council, according to Charlotte Smith, assistant to the dean.


In Memoriam

Richard Panman, professor emeritus of psychology, died January 24 at his home in New Paltz, following a three-year battle with stomach cancer. He taught at the university for 33 years and chaired the Psychology Department from 1994 - 1996. He was a licensed psychologist and psychotherapist, and worked as a therapy team with his wife, Sandy (Educational Opportunity Program). Together, they also coauthored several books on reading and writing. Panman declared himself a "cancer warrior" and fought to increase U.S. awareness of SMANCS, a cancer treatment practiced in Japan for 20 years with much success, and the treatment for which he travelled there three times, with the help of his many friends throughout the campus and local community. Richard is remembered by many as a steadfast fighter, and the bearer of many kinds of lessons. "He never stopped being a teacher, even through this experience," stated Robin Cohen (Student Development). "His legacy is his integrity," said Sandy. Donations in Richard's honor may be made toward the development of a memorial on campus. Please make checks payable to the SUNY New Paltz Foundation, and be sure to note them "In Honor of Richard Panman."


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