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ISSUE DATE: March 20, 2000


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Four aces
Balancing the commitments of athletics and academic life is not easy, but there are students among us who handle the challenge so adeptly it appears so. Four athletes — Jessica Nadolny (Senior/Biology Education), Robert Serge (Freshman), Dawson Gerhardt (Freshman) and Erica Petersen (Senior/Art Education) — achieved perfect 4.0 grade point averages for the fall 1999 semester, "truly putting the student in student-athlete," stated David Hines, sports information director.

While maintaining a perfect educational score throughout the fall, Nadolny also served as a starter on the women's soccer team, was heavily involved as a past president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), and also worked as a student athletic trainer. On the soccer field, she helped guide the team to its most wins ever (11), its first SUNY Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Tournament berth in 11 years, and its first-ever appearance at the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament. She is currently student teaching in the Saugerties School District and will graduate from SUNY New Paltz this May.

Serge, a defender on the men's soccer team, is also a member of the SAAC. His fall achievements in addition to academic success include participation in his team's annual appearance at Alzheimer's Memory Walk, volunteering with his team members as mentors to youngsters in a boys' soccer club in Croton-on-Hudson, and leading his fellow student-athletes in a fundraising drive to benefit Ulster County Literacy. Serge is playing baseball for New Paltz this spring.

Gerhardt and Petersen both participated this fall on the cross country and track & field teams and competed in a wide variety of events, ranging from the 5000 meters to the 4 x 400 relay. The duo helped the women's track & field team earn the fall 1999 New Paltz Cup, which recognizes the university's top male and female athletic team each semester. Both assisted with the cross country team's Thanksgiving Food Drive. Petersen also serves as secretary for the SAAC.

In addition to these notable four, 90 other New Paltz students earned recognition on the All-New Paltz Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (minimum 3.0 GPA), with 46 achieving Dean's List status (minimum 3.3 GPA), 15 earning All-SUNYAC status (minimum 3.3 GPA), and seven being selected to the SUNYAC Commissioner's List (cumulative 3.3 GPA for three consecutive semesters).

Print Shop Tour Behind the scenes:
Offset printing machine operator Pat Jackson and director of graphics Mary Kastner (far right) provide Arthur Hoener's graphic design students with a glimpse of Print Shop operations during a recent tour, one of several which the Publications Office provides each semester for students planning careers in graphic design or related fields. The tour includes a visit to Publications' Graphics Office as well, where students in the academic program often intern.

Grandpa Al A visit from Grandpa:
Al Lewis, 89, most famous for his role as television's Grandpa Munster, charms Green Party supporters outside the lecture center following a student-sponsored press conference on March 9. Lewis plans to run against New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and first lady Hillary Clinton for a U.S. Senate seat if he can raise $1.5 million. In 1998, Lewis ran for governor, drawing more than 52,000 votes and guaranteeing the environmentally-and-socially- concerned Green Party a spot on the state ballot in future elections. He told the crowd of 120 that this time he plans to win.



... Summer Session 2000 registration begins Monday, April 3. The summer schedule includes many special programs and classes — including 10 online — as well as a variety of traditional courses. For the latest information, visit or call the coordinator, Caroline Murphy, at x2902.



Anne Roschelle (Sociology) co-authored a chapter, "Student Contributions to Public Life," in a book titled Service Learning in Peace Studies, part of an 18-volume series published by the American Association of Higher Education. Additionally, Roschelle co-authored an article, "Who Learns from Service Learning?" which was published in the February 2000 volume of American Behavioral Scientist.



Terry Adkins (Art) participated in a 30th anniversary exhibition at The Studio Museum in Harlem, a local affiliate of the New York Council for the Humanities. "Passages: Contemporary Art in Transition" was open at the museum from November 1999 until January 2000. This showing of 16 artists' work and its ongoing national tour were made possible by AT&T and the Metropolitan Life Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, L'Orιal, and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Communication & Media Department faculty Dudley Cahn, Mary Kahl and Pat Sullivan were participants in the 85thAnnual Meeting of the National Communication Association, held last fall in Chicago. Cahn presented three papers: "Teaching Interpersonal Senior Seminar Partly with the Internet," "Editing a Special Issue of the Electronic Journal of Communication Online," and "Faculty Development at SUNY Shifting from Teaching to Learning." In addition to chairing, leading, and acting as an officer of several programs at the conference, Kahl presented a paper titled "Doing the ‘People's Business' in the Midst of Impeachment: The Rhetorical and Political Impact of President Clinton's 1999 State of the Union Address." Sullivan chaired one program, and she presented two papers: "Politics, Ethical Judgement, and Social Action: Transcending Normative Criteria and Revisioning the Rules" and "Reconfiguring the Rhetoric of Social Movements: Concepts and Approaches in Transition."


Alumni in the news

Stephen Greymorning (BA/Anthropology, 1973) is an associate professor in Native American studies and anthropology at the University of Montana, and he is dedicated to Native American language revitalization. He said that there are approximately 279 Native American languages currently spoken, "all as different as from Russian to Chinese." He added, "Statistics say that in 15 years, 80 - 85 percent of them will be extinct." That's why he is currently directing workshops all over the United States and Canada for tribal groups on the verge of losing their language. As director of a language restoration project at Wind River, a 90 x 100 mile reservation in central Wyoming, Greymorning was responsible for a 1993 remake of Disney's Bambi in the Arapaho Language — his native tongue — which is now being used as a teaching tool. He said it features "voices by children and teens, young adults and elders from the reservation." The film, being handled by the Wyoming Council for the Humanities, was shown on request in several theaters in Wyoming, Idaho and California, and the original is now in the Smithsonian Institute. Greymorning earned his doctoral degree in political anthropology at the University of Oklahoma in 1992. His dissertation, "Indigenous North Americans and the Ethnocentrism of the Courts," was nominated by Nebraska Press in 1995 for the North American Indian Prose Award. Greymorning sent a copy as a gift to the Sojourner Truth Library.

Rick Miller (BS/Computer Science, 1981) has been girls' varsity soccer coach for Cornwall Central High School since 1989. He was selected "The Times Herald-Record's Coach of the Year" for 1999, the second time he earned the title in three years. He was chosen because, according to Record reporter Tim Wood, "He turned a supposed down year into one that saw the Green Dragons come within one win of the state semifinals." Miller's 1993, 1997 and 1999 teams all earned section 9 titles. Miller has been teaching fourth grade at Cornwall-on-Hudson Elementary School for 26 years.


In Memoriam

Marie Orlando, a retired College Auxiliary Services ID/meal plan operator, died March 11 in Lake Katrine. Born in Brooklyn on Valentine's Day in 1931, Orlando was a New Paltz resident since 1972. She was employed by the university for 18 years prior to her retirement in September 1994. She was a member of St. Joseph's Church and the American Association of Retired Persons New Paltz/Gardiner Senior Citizens. She is buried in New Paltz Rural Cemetery. Contributions may be made in her name to Kingston Hospice, 106 Prince Street, Kingston. Terry Gordon, director of conference and ID services, said, "Marie was a dedicated employee — well-liked by everyone."


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