News Pulse

ISSUE DATE: February 28, 2000


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Building Blocks

Awards, Honors and Recognition

Publications: Papers, Articles, and Essays


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What's New?


Calling all alumni
Annual Fund Phonathon 2000, stationed in Elting Gym 105, began February 6 and will continue throughout the entire month of March. Once again, numerous faithful student callers are contacting alumni and friends of the university to obtain pledges to the SUNY New Paltz Foundation. Assorted projects which are supported in this manner include lectures, resources for the Sojourner Truth Library, classroom equipment, campus events and student publications.

"Our goal is 200K in Y2K," said coordinator Karen Chaffee (Development), who is being assisted in this role by Corinna Caracci (Residence Life) and students Jeaninne Desjardin and Jennifer Zambito. Phonathon keyboard specialist Lorraine Trzeciak began a temporary position in the Development Office in January. Caller training was provided by Paul Clifford (Alumni Affairs) and Diane Hull (Development).

According to Chaffee, the extraordinary thing about this year's phonathon is the amount of support it has received both on campus and from local merchants. "It's been really great," she said. "People have donated everything from food to plants to gift certificates which are being used as incentives for callers." Chaffee expressed special thanks to the following: Bill Long (College Auxiliary Services), Ralph Perez-Rogers (Food Services), and Michelle Chapin and Al Muhlnickel (both Wood Company), who keep callers refreshed with plenty of food and drinks; Diane Yonta (Alumni Affairs) and Lorraine Trzeciak, who collected $2000 worth of donations from local businesses; Lew Eberhardt (Telecommunications), who managed to equip the room with 20 phones; Marda

Bermo (Facilities Operations), who cleans the room each evening when it is vacant; and Carmen Prieto, Stuart Robinson and Jim Zalacca (all Athletics), for welcoming the Phonathon 2000 headquarters in Elting Gym.


Building Blocks

Information provided to the Office of Administration by the offices of Facilities Operations and Facilities & Planning


Awards, Honors, and Recognition

Brett Stone has completed all requirements at SUNY Albany for a doctorate in information science and policy, and has been promoted to the rank of assistant professor in the Department of Business Administration.


Publications: Papers, Articles, and Essays

Addie Haas (Communication Disorders) co-authored with colleagues Robert Owens and Dale Evan Metz (both SUNY Geneseo) a textbook titled Introduction to Communication Disorders: A Lifespan Perspective. The book, published by Allyn & Bacon, presents an overview of the fields of speech-language pathology and audiology, and features an accompanying CD-ROM which furnishes students with additional information through sound and video on many of the disorders discussed in the text. Additionally, Haas recently published a book review of a work titled Partnership for Health: Building Relationships Between Women and Health Caregivers, written by Christina Beck with Sandra Ragan and Athena Dupre, and published by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. Her review appeared in the November 1999 issue of the journal Health Communication.


Alumni in the news

Vincent Cianni's (MFA/Photography, 1986) work occupies six pages of the fall 1999 edition of the selective photography journal Doubletake. This collection, titled "The Southside," is comprised of Cianni's photos of teenagers in the parks and streets around his home in a Latino neighborhood in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Cianni said, "These kids are very honest, and they see their neighborhood and their lives in a realistic way. Their standards of success are sometimes at odds with those of society at large. Getting to know them and coming to understand their commitments, their rites of passage, their mistakes, and their triumphs has enlightened me about my own strengths and weaknesses."

A book by Andrew Garn (BFA/Photography, 1981), Bethlehem Steel, has been published by Princeton Architectural Press. It contains 90 duotones and 20 drawings by the artist which were exhibited last October at The Municipal Arts Society's Urban Center in Manhattan.

Thomas Sarrantonio (MFA/Painting, 1986) is participating in an exhibition titled "The Luminous Landscape: Hudson, Heights & Havens," being held through Sunday, April 16 at the Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Gallery at Kendridge Farm, Cornwall. Gallery talk and wine with curator Albert Shahinian will be offered from 2 - 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 18. "The Luminous Landscape" is produced annually by Zephyrus Arts. For more information, call the gallery at 534 - 5506.


Students in the news

According to spring 2000 issues of the student newspaper, "The Oracle senses a need for students to be able to communicate more easily with the president of their college," and therefore has created a column titled "Ask President Bowen!" President Roger Bowen responded to students wondering how he had spent his New Year's Eve (at home with his wife and father) and what advice he would offer to those feeling overwhelmed with schoolwork ("no pain, no gain") in the newspaper editions of February 10 and 17, respectively.

Robin Shields (Senior/Communication & Media), a senior guard on the women's basketball team, scored her 1,000th career point on a jump shot with 4:16 remaining in the second half of a February 4 loss (52-65) to Buffalo State College. On February 12, she became the all-time leading women's basketball scorer for New Paltz with 1,073 points. Shields and Jasmine Sanchez (Senior/Business), who scored 1,066 points from 1995 - 99, are the only New Paltz women's basketball players who have surpassed the 1,000 mark. According to Shields, her basketball days began in her Staten Island yard where as a child she began competing with her older brothers.

Christopher Wright (Junior/Communications) recorded his 1,000th career kill (spike) during a men's volleyball match New Paltz lost to visiting University of Puerto Rico - Bayamón (1-3) on February 12. During the game, Wright scored 26 kills and brought his career total to 1,017. "I don't think I've had anybody else who's played to his offensive level," Coach Tony Bonilla told Times Herald Record reporters. Wright, who spent four years in the Navy prior to studying at New Paltz, was selected in 1995 to the all-Navy team — an honor reserved for only 10 out of 1,000 who played competitively. According to Wright, he began his mastery of the game as a teenager on the courts in Central Park.


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