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ISSUE DATE: March 27, 2000


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Building Blocks


Information provided to the Office of Administration by the offices of Facilities Operations and Facilities & Planning Construction at SUNY New Paltz



... Karin Andriolo (Honors Program) requests faculty recommendations of outstanding freshmen and sophomores for possible inclusion in the Program. Please fax (3937), phone (x3934) or e-mail ( her. Include: student's name, social security number and classes taken with you; and your name, department and contact info. Students recommended by Monday, March 27 will complete applications for review by an admission committee consisting of four faculty members.

... The Career Advising & Fieldwork Center is sponsoring the 2000 Internship and Summer Job Fair in the MultiPurpose Room on Thursday, March 30. Numerous organizations will be present. Faculty are encouraged to remind students of the opportunity from 2 - 6 p.m. to network and apply for full- or part-time positions.

... Telecommunications, Public Affairs and Publications staff are joining forces in an effort to maximize usability of the campus Faculty-Staff Directory. Your assistance is requested as well. Because many departments and offices are known by more than one name, directory users experience difficulty in locating them alphabetically. To help alleviate this problem, a thorough cross-reference list, to be known hereafter as an "AKA List," is being improved both online and for future printed versions of the directory. If you are aware of alternate names by which your own or other offices or departments are known, please visit where a link invites you to "tell us what your department is AKA." Please choose the link to "AKA List" first to be sure the name you would like to add has not already been included.

... Computer Services asks that service requests be placed via the online AdminLAN Help Desk. Link at User ID is the same as LAN ID, and this should be used as a password also. Any difficulty with this system should be reported to Joe Acquisto by e-mail to

... Please note that a recent memo from this year's commencement ceremony organizer, Judy Costa, designates Monday, April 3 the deadline for notification of intent to participate in Commencement 2000, to be held at 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 21. Faculty are asked to tell their department chair, and professional staff are asked to contact Ann Marie Taylor (Continuing & Professional Education) at x2901.


Awards, Honors, and Recognition

Lisa Chase (Educational Opportunity Program), with the support of Stacie Nunes (Liberal Arts & Sciences), has had a grant proposal for an Intersession Math/Science Institute approved by SUNY System Administration's Office of Opportunity Programs. According to Vice President Barbara Geider (Student Affairs), the awarded $74,750 will provide academic preparation and support for EOP students to enroll in foundation courses in math and science, thus enhancing their entry into and successful completion of related majors. Space will allow 30 students to attend Intersession Math/Science Institute, planned for the five-week period immediately following the spring 2000 semester.

Rose Irvine, professor emerita of communications, has been selected for inclusion in the millennial editions of Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, and Who's Who of American Women. These honors are because of her extensive work in speech communications and international lecturing, said Irvine. In the 1970s, she served as a U.S. delegate to the Phillippines, solving technical communications problems.

Dean Patricia Phillips (Fine & Performing Arts) was among four new members elected last fall to the board of trustees of the Huguenot Historical Society of New Paltz. She is serving a three-year term. According to the Poughkeepsie Journal, "The Huguenot Historical Society is a historical preservation, research and educational organization that acquires, preserves, and interprets the structures and collections associated with the small group of families who settled the Huguenot community in New Paltz in 1678."

Teamwork between University Police, New York State Police and the Kingston Office of the FBI precipitated the successful arrest of the individual responsible for both the November 1998 Hudson Heritage Federal Credit Union (HHFCU) robbery and the heist which occurred earlier this month. Information provided by several witnesses was crucial to the resolution of the case, according to University Police Chief Richard Barnhart. He said, "Thanks to excellent cooperation among members of the campus community and diligent police work, this crime has been solved." Leroy Q. Stitt, 19, of Syracuse, confessed on March 14 to committing both crimes, and was charged with two counts of first-degree robbery and second-degree unlawful imprisonment, felonies, and misdemeanor weapon possession. He was arraigned in New Paltz Town Court where he awaits further court proceedings. Barnhart said, "Everything about the second robbery was so similar to the first, there was little doubt in our minds it was anyone other than the same person." Barnhart said he is confident there is no present threat to anyone's safety at the SUNY New Paltz branch of the HHFCU, but has recommended physical improvements such as replacing the bulletin board outside the credit union with a glass window and installing cameras which are able to provide a more panoramic view which includes the hallway.



Yai Ming Li Yai Ming Li, a cashier in food service at SUNY New Paltz, is also a creator of life-size, wooden, wild bird renderings. The first step is research and watching, said Li, who has spent more than 10 years perfecting his craft. Then with carving tools, burning pen, acrylic paint, imagination and artistry, he transforms basswood from the Linden tree into songbirds, backyard birds, water fowl and birds of prey. In 1995, he won first, second and third prize in the Wildlife Festival's wood carving competition. According to the Daily Freeman, "He has recently entered the world of the Internet, and birds carved in Rosendale may be flown anywhere as people spot them in flight and bid quickly on eBay." Li exhibits at art and craft shows throughout the Hudson Valley. Like most artists, he is rather particular about which pieces he will loan and exhibit. The libraries in Rosendale and Ellenville have both recently expressed interest in displaying his birds, so Li is making preparations. He said, "I want to show them only the highest quality birds."


Alumni in the news

More than 1000 delegates from 50 nations attended the Second World Conference on Breast Cancer, held last summer in Ottawa, Canada. Among them was Rose Marie Williams (Sociology, BS/'67 and MA/'96), president of the Cancer Awareness Coalition, local lecturer and writer of an environmental column for the Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients. In the fall at Benedictine Hospital in Kingston, she gave a presentation on the environmental connection to cancer. She will lead dialogue on this topic again at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28 at Elting Memorial Library in New Paltz.


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