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ISSUE DATE: February 21, 2000


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Visiting scholars
An educational grant awarded by the United States Information Agency's College and University Partnership Program is enabling SUNY New Paltz to host four faculty members from one of the most respected universities in Central Asia, Tashkent State Economic University in Uzbekistan. Komuna Djuraeva, Dilshod Matyakubov, Diloram Tuliaganova and Gulnora Usmanova arrived February 4 and will return to Uzbekistan following commencement in May. According to Hadi Salavitabar, project director for the grant, the visiting scholars are completing two courses in the new master of business administration program, participating in governance of the business program and the university, and interning in offices such as Admissions and International Programs. Salavitabar said, "The idea is to train them in our admissions procedures, our business program, and our way of educating students, so that when they go back to Uzbekistan, they can help us in establishing an international business program there."

East and West
Is black licorice good for digestion, or is that an old wives' tale? What does it mean if you wake up briefly at 5 a.m. each morning? Is bottled water pure? What health insurance do you accept? These were among questions faculty and staff asked licensed New Paltz chiropractor and acupuncturist Dr. Peter Lichtenstein at a recent Workplace With Heart brown bag lunch in the Purple Lounge. He did his best to address them all, focusing on discussion of traditional Oriental medicine, then offered tasting of herbal teas such as Shen, Golden Ginger, Emperor's Secret and Chieh Tu. Lichtenstein explained that often herbs are misused in this country. "We take them in a very American way we overdo it, and then the herb gets a bad name," he said. He warned that herbs should always be regarded as medicine and utilized with careful consideration. Lichtenstein's unique approach integrates both Eastern and Western practices.

Speak your peace
"Speak Your Peace" is an activity of the William W. Vasse Poetry Series, initiated last spring in celebration of the former vice president's contributions to SUNY New Paltz and in honor of his retirement. The Board of Directors and Arts For Peace Alliance invite poetry fans to "Come and read a poem by someone else that relates to the concept of peace be it world peace, domestic peace, personal tranquility or peace of pie." This activity is open to all, and begins at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 24 in The Honors Center, College Hall.



... The 2000 Scholarship Program can be seen on the Web at Hard copies of the scholarship booklet will be available later this week in the Sojourner Truth Library and the Office of Advancement, Haggerty Administration Building 501.

... Updated copies of the Campus Directory were mailed recently to all offices. If your listing contains an error, please check the online directory at to determine if there is an error in your information posted there as well. If so, please e- mail Kim Bronner (Telecommunications) with any necessary changes at

... Some funding may still be available to academic departments for "Major Connections" projects. Support is being provided on a first-come, first-served basis. March 15 is the deadline for proposals of programs to be held in March, April or May. Please contact Tonda Highley (Career Advising) at x3236 or Robin Cohen (Student Development) at x3616 for collaboration on events and to arrange publicity, refreshments, etc.

... The Orientation and Student Development Committee is seeking orientation leader candidates for summer programs. Faculty and staff are encouraged to recommend students who are good role models, enthusiastic about attending New Paltz, organized and personable, and have grade point averages of 2.5 or higher. Work commitment is from June - July 1, and students receive a stipend of $1,300 in addition to room and board. E-mail Robin Cohen at, and urge candidates to attend an informational meeting in Lecture Center 113 at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, February 23.

... Those responsible for depositing checks to Income Fund Reimbursable accounts should adhere to the following procedure, as described by Accounting Services: Endorse all checks with a "For Deposit Only - State Revenue Service" stamp, then forward them directly to Awilda Kreuter in Student Accounts with an attached memo providing the appropriate IFR account number.

... In 1999, 350 students studied abroad through the SUNY New Paltz Center for International Programs; and nearly 500 foreign students were in residence at New Paltz.

"To my former colleagues at SUNY New Paltz Addie and Kurt Haas, Richard Panman, Robert Piluso, George Schnell and Phillip Stein I was proud to serve with you. Best wishes for a happy and fulfilling retirement. With respect and affection, Milton "Jack" Jacobs, professor emeritus of anthropology."


Awards, Honors, and Recognition

Robin Cohen (Student Development) and Tonda Highley (Career Advising) were recently awarded a grant by Sponsored Funds for the continuation of the project tiled "AmeriCorps Education Awards Program." According to project directors Cohen and Highley, "This will provide tutoring, mentoring and enrichment activities and will address other unmet human needs for 600 culturally diverse local youths and families through the placement of 105 AmeriCorps members." Additionally, the grant will enable volunteers to assist in maintaining the "town gown" partnership through work at 12 sites serving at-risk Ulster County residents, and allow these college students to integrate service learning into their academic experience.

Roger and Barbara Bowen, Elisa Davila (Foreign Languages), David Krikun (History), SUNY New Paltz Foundation member Karl Rodman, and Bruce Sillner (International Education) comprised a delegation which travelled to Cuba last month to investigate the current status of higher education in the island nation and determine if it would be desirable to establish a study abroad program there for New Paltz students who are learning Spanish or majoring in Latin American Studies. SUNY New Paltz was granted by The United States Department of the Treasury a permit allowing negotiations with officials at the University of Havana about possible student and faculty exchanges.

Margaret Wade-Lewis (Black Studies) was granted by the Ulster County YWCA the 1999 Woman of the Year Award for Higher Education. She and 12 other honorees representing contributions to life in Ulster County through the arts, education, government, and human and community services were feted at the YWCA's "1999 Tribute to Women" banquet, held in late October at the Wiltwyck Country Club in Kingston.



Paul Brown (Psychology) attended the annual meeting of the Association of Behavior Analysis, which took place in Chicago last spring. He participated in a workshop titled "Creating Business Success through Behavior Change," and was a discussant of the topic "Preparing Individuals and Organizations for Change Using Behavioral Concepts and Tools." This April, Brown will give a Masters Series Presentation, "Discovering what your organization's best managers do, and helping others learn to do it," at the 38thannual worldwide conference of the International Society for Performance Improvement.

A two-part symposium held last fall, "Dead Warhol," was co-sponsored by the Writing Program at The New School in Manhattan and the Art History Association at SUNY New Paltz. At Part I, hosted at the former institution, Reva Wolf (Art History) spoke on aspects of Andy Warhol's posthumous reputation from the perspective of her connection with the artist's work. She was also the moderator for Part II, held at the latter campus. Wolf is the author of a 1997 book, Andy Warhol, Poetry, and Gossip in the 1960sand a recent essay about sex, food and photography published in the catalogue that accompanied a 1999 exhibition titled "Andy Warhol Photography" at the Hamburger Kunsthalle, Germany and the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh.


Alumni in the news

Michael Zager, Jr. (BA/Mathematics, 1995) has been awarded a predoctoral fellowship by the Center for Research in Scientific Computation, a division of the math department at North Carolina State University. The grant which funded it is supported by the Chemical Industry Institute of Toxiology in Research Triangle Park, where Zager is currently exploring biomathematical modeling and control research towards a doctoral degree in computational mathematics at NCSU.


Students in the news

SUNY New Paltz education students scored higher on average in the 1999 New York Teacher Certification Examinations than students from other SUNY colleges and from colleges statewide. Dean Robert Michael (Education) noted that this high passing rate reflects the high quality of teachers being trained at SUNY New Paltz with a strong background in the liberal arts and a thorough understanding of current and effective teaching techniques. Michael said, "Congratulations to the liberal arts and education professors who work very hard with the students. In addition, recognition is given to our community college partners who prepare many of our students in the first two years of college." The results are as follows: Liberal Arts and Sciences Test SUNY New Paltz, 90% passing rate; SUNY overall, 86 %; colleges statewide, 72%. Elementary Education Exam SUNY New Paltz , 93% passing rate; SUNY colleges, 87%; college statewide, 72%. Elementary Assessment of Teaching Skills, Written SUNY New Paltz, 94% passing rate; SUNY colleges, 93%; colleges statewide, 82%. Secondary Assessment of Teaching Skills, Written SUNY New Paltz, 91% passing rate; SUNY colleges, 89%; colleges statewide, 83%. Passage of the exams is required and preliminary to teacher certification.


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