News Pulse

ISSUE DATE: March 13, 2000


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Do lunch
The Brown Bag Lunch Discussion Series has been developed by The Writing Board with the goal of creating an informal environment where faculty can share ideas and approaches to teaching and research in writing. All faculty are invited to bag a lunch and join their colleagues in a writing chat. Dates and locations of upcoming gatherings are posted on the Brown Bag Lunch WebBoard,, and each conversation is centered around a short reading which can be found there. To view articles on the WebBoard, use "faculty" as both login name and password. The next discussion will take place 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15 in Coykendall Science Building 110. The Board seeks both suggestions of intriguing articles for discourse and faculty volunteers who may wish to present topics. Please direct any questions regarding the Discussion Series to Maureen Morrow (Biology) at or Peter Kaufman (Sociology) at

To learn to search to serve
One classified staff member and one professional whose first- rate service promotes student retention and success will be presented an Outstanding Student Service Award by President Roger Bowen at Fall Convocation. Recipients will be publicized in News Pulse and local papers, and receive one- time stipends of $1000. A plaque bearing the names of all past and current recipients is planned for display in the Haggerty Administration Lobby. Nominations of full-time employees who have worked at New Paltz for at least three years should be sent to Johanna D'Aleo (Administration) in HAB 905 by Thursday, March 30. Both those having direct contact with students and those "behind the scenes" are important to the academic experience of our students. Faculty, staff and students alike may make nominations by completing the form available at the offices of D'Aleo and the Residence Hall Student Association in Capen Hall B16, and on the Web at Supporting documentation must include a concise statement by the nominator (two pages or less) and three letters of advocacy by faculty, staff and friends of the nominee. To be recommended for this award is in itself an honor. Each candidate will be issued a commendation certificate and publicity in News Pulse. Elizabeth Haight, Craig Haight, President Bowen, David Haight

President Roger Bowen (right) mingles with Craig Haight and his wife Elizabeth and son David at a February 17 reception in the HAB Lobby to honor the retiring director of human resources.



... Last Tuesday's knife-point robbery of the Hudson Heritage Federal Credit Union on campus is being investigated by University Police, State Police and the FBI, said University Police Chief Richard Barnhart. He requests that anyone with knowledge of the 4 p.m. occurrence that may lead to the robber's arrest should contact him at x3337. All information will be kept confidential.

... SUNY New Paltz Foundation 2000 Scholarship Program booklets can be found at, and the offices of Financial Aid, Alumni Affairs, Advancement, the Educational Opportunity Program, the Sojourner Truth Library, and the Honors Center. Please remind students that completed applications must be delivered to the appropriate offices by Monday, March 20 at 4:30 p.m. For more info, please call Robert Burns (Development) at x3238.

... Employees who are members of NYS Employees Retirement System (ERS) or NYS Teachers Retirement System (TRS) may be affected by recent legislation allowing changes to membership date and tier. According to Cheryl Sykes (Human Resources), those eligible must have been previously enrolled in ERS or TRS while in state service, then left, and — having returned — are currently in a different tier. It may now be possible and beneficial to be reinstated to the prior tier. Find out at the ERS Tier Reinstatement Hotline: (518) 486-7925.

... Facilities Operations plumbing staff will be working nights and some weekends through the end of May installing drain lines to the air conditioning units throughout the HAB. This drainage system will remove all condensation from the units and prevent water from leaking onto the floor. Any questions regarding this should be directed to Gary Buckman at x3306.

... All are welcome to attend the first planning meeting for the fall Women's Studies Conference. It will be held on Tuesday, March 14 at 5 p.m. at the office of the Women's Studies Program, Southside House. The conference topic will be women and popular culture.


Awards, Honors, and Recognition

Richard Hathaway's (English) web site, which is hosted on the campus server at, was cited in the "browser" column of the January 27 New York Times. The five recommended sites for the week included Hathaway's "the Henry James scholar's Guide to Web Sites," which contains not only electronic texts prepared by Hathaway of 10 James novels, but links to "anything on the Internet which in any way pertains to Henry James," according to him. He said, "I have chosen to make this a site which will be of interest to the scholar by including links to libraries, book sellers, museums, discussion groups, resources for teachers, major Web search engines, sites about other American authors, and newspapers all over the world. It's really a kind of channel for research." Hathaway is also co-author, with Gert Buelens of Belgium, of The Henry James E-Journal, another feature of his site. The article most recently published therein is "Pushkin in ‘The Aspern Papers'," by Joseph S. O'Leary of Sophia University, Tokyo. Henry James (1843-1916) is the notable American author among whose numerous works are the novels Daisy Miller, Portrait of a Lady, The Turn of the Screw, and The Ambassadors.

Kurt Matzdorf (Professor Emeritus/Gold & Silversmithing), a member of the College of Fellows of the American Crafts Council, has been given the first National Metalsmiths Hall of Fame Award, sponsored by the Florida Society of Goldsmiths. Among Matzdorf's works completed in 1999 are a ceremonial mace and president's chain of office which were created for the Regents College in Albany, and a chalice for All Saints Episcopal Church in Atlanta.

According to the Faculty/Staff Development Awards Committee, 13 recipients of the annual grants were selected out of 40 applications which were "all exciting and very worthy." These awards were made possible by donations to the SUNY New Paltz Foundation's annual Faculty/Staff Campaign. The $2,598 in the Faculty/Staff Development Fund is being disbursed to the following: Felipe Ariza (Art) — to attend a conference of the College Art Association, Kristin Backhaus (Business Administration) — to attend the 15th annual conference of the Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology, Yasser Chamas (Computer Services) — to obtain Cisco Systems certification training in computer networks, Beatrice Conover (ESL) — to attend a conference titled "Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages 2000," Elisa Davila (Foreign Languages) — to attend "Latin American Studies Association 2000 Congress," Diane Donohue (Financial Aid) — to attend a conference of SUNY Financial Aid Professionals, Kathleen Dowley (Political Science) — to attend a conference of the Midwest Political Science Association, Betty Enos (Facilities Operations) — to attend an Ulster County Community College course titled "Writing & Publishing Your Family History," Giorgio Melloni (Foreign Languages) — to attend the 20th annual conference of the American Association of Italian Studies, Paul Mushlit (Facilities Operations) — to purchase textbooks for his classes at SUNY New Paltz, Rafael Saavedra (Foreign Languages) — to attend "Symposium 2000," Emily Trapp (CIR) — to obtain membership to the Consortium of College and University Media Centers for herself and colleague Diane Strauss, and Lucy Walker (Faculty Development Center) — for training in developing Internet-based instruction. Congratulations to the recipients, and thanks to all those faculty and staff campaign donors who made it possible for them to pursue these endeavors!



David Schiffman (Psychology) presented inservice training for the medical staff at Northern Duchess Hospital in November. The topic was the management of aggressive/agitated (non-violent) behavior in patients.


Alumni in the news

John Trembley ('84 and '90) presented a poster session, "ABLE: A Pragmatic Language Intervention for Emotionally Disturbed Children," at the annual meeting of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, held in San Francisco in November. His presentation was based on a program he developed with a colleague who is both an instructor of physical education and a school psychologist. It provides an integrated approach to physical education and language for emotionally disturbed children. Trembley is a New Paltz resident and is employed as a speech/language pathologist at Orange-Ulster BOCES in Goshen.


Students in the news

Eight graduate students in the Honors Program attended a conference titled "Turning 2000," organized and held at Long Island University. Angela Afriye, Joanna Amore, Sandra Calderon, Pam Gordon, Tenaya Lewis, Lillian Minnery, Kirsten Rowe, Stefan Spezio and Cara Zimmer were guests of Joan Digby, director of the honors program at the university's C.W. Post Campus. The three days of symposia, lectures and artistic presentations included among featured speakers authors Harold Bloom, Stephen Jay Gould, Oliver Sacks and Anna Deavere Smith.


Items may be submitted for publication in News Pulse by contacting writer/editor Nancy Pizio (x3187) at the Office of Public Affairs, Division of Advancement. E-mail is preferred, sent to: with hard copy faxed to 3345. We appreciate your patience as items are included as expeditiously as possible. Past issues are now available online!