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ISSUE DATE: April 3, 2000


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The Time Magazine/The Princeton Review College Guide 2000, published in August 1999, ranked SUNY New Paltz among the top 500 four-year colleges and universities out of 1600 public and private institutions nationwide. Moreover, according to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, the university's admissions competitiveness was given a rating of 83 — the third highest among SUNY schools — based on factors such as acceptance rate, number of acceptees who actually enroll, and class rank and average test scores of entering first year students. SUNY Geneseo and SUNY Binghamton received ratings of 88 and 87, respectively. All three campuses appeared in the guide's second-tier category — "highly selective." Richard Bodenschatz, associate dean of admissions, said that this assessment by The Princeton Review is especially noteworthy because it is based not on in-house surveys, but institutional data provided by the federal government.

Getting political
Ten Latino students from SUNY New Paltz participated in a Model New York State Senate Session developed by CUNY and SUNY at the request of the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force of the New York State Legislature. Prior to a March 11 enactment in the chamber of the New York State Senate, the students attended training sessions at which Dean Gerald Benjamin (Liberal Arts & Sciences) presented aspects of the New York state political system. Coordinator of the New Paltz Model Senate, Arnaldo Mejias, accompanied his group in Albany when they joined peers from 14 campuses, acting as senators — each with an assigned district and party — and asserted their opinions on campaign finance reform.

EOP StudentsL to R: Midiam Fernandez (Junior/Political Science), Wendy Rodriguez (Sophomore/Business), William Orellana (Senior/Business), Jessica Vargas (Sophomore/Business), Elizabeth Nuñez (Sophomore/Business), José Morales (Junior/Political Science), Andy Toledo (Junior/Political Science), coordinator Mejias, Marilyn Guzman (Junior/Education), Dean Benjamin, and Massiel Delmonte (Senior/Political Science). Not pictured: Liliana Tavares (Junior/Journalism).



... Approximately 250 students attended the American Marketing Association's annual Business Day in the MultiPurpose Room on March 10. Workshops conducted by a variety of business leaders yielded tips on aspects of finance from advertising to dining etiquette.

... The next Brown Bag Lunch in the "Meet the Administration" series will be an occasion to become better acquainted with President Roger Bowen and hear him speak of his vision for New Paltz — especially with regard to the centralization of student services and the reorganization of academic areas. All professional staff members are invited to bring their lunches to the Purple Lounge, Student Union Building to meet Bowen on Tuesday, April 4 from noon until 1 p.m.

... Please encourage students to participate in an upcoming Writing Board event! Monday, April 10 is the deadline for student submissions of writing for the fourth annual Celebration of Writing Day, scheduled for 4 - 6 p.m. on Monday, May 1 in the Honors Center, College Hall. Admissible genres include — but are not limited to — poetry, fiction, essays, drama, expository and critical writing. Students will read two-page excepts, and prizes will be awarded for outstanding writing. Typed, double-spaced entries of 15 pages or less should be submitted with applications to Elizabeth DiPippo (Math & Computer Science) in Jacobson Faculty Tower 606. For further information or to obtain applications, students may call her at x3513.

... The Center for International Programs requests that faculty please announce to classes that a new summer program in Havana, Cuba may interest students with basic knowledge of Spanish. It runs from June 23 until July 7 and is a three-credit program open to undergraduates and graduates both. The course, "Cuba Today," focuses on the politics and socioeconomics of contemporary Cuba. Interested students may contact Mario Varuzza (x3125) or stop by the Center, located on the northeast side of campus.

... There is an ordinance in the village of New Paltz that prohibits the posting of handbills in public places, including utility poles, street signs, trash containers, public buildings or structures, and vehicles parked in the village and on the campus. The village assumes that the person, business or entity whose name appears on the handbill is aware of its distribution, and may charge violators of the ordinance for cleanup costs and a penalty of up to $250. The Office of Administration asks that those involved with campus or student organizations or events please keep this in mind.



A short story titled "El Maestro" (The Teacher) by Rosa Cabrera, professor emeritus of Spanish, has been published in the anthology Narrativa y Libertad: Cuentos Cubanos de la diaspora (Narrative and Freedom: Cuban Short Stories in the Diaspora), edited in 1998 by Julio Hernandez Miyares, Ediciones Universal (Universal Editions) in Miami.

George Schnell, professor emeritus of geography, has published a paper titled "Components of Population Change in the 1990s: A Study of Natural Decrease in Pennsylvania's Anthracite Region, Its Causes and Consequences." It appeared in late 1999 in the Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science. Another paper by Schnell, with Mark Monmonier of Syracuse University, "Municipal Boundaries and the Idea of Place," was published this month in the proceedings of the annual meeting of The Pennsylvania Geographical Society, which took place last October at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.



There are currently six sculptures by Aaron Bindman, professor emeritus of sociology, in various locations on campus. Peter D.G. Brown (Foreign Languages) said, "As a professional sociologist, Bindman's work is filled with social criticism, crying out against brutality, racism and poverty." The newest, "Why?" a 48-inch cherry wood depiction of a woman holding an infant and begging, has been installed in the lounge area on the second floor of the Humanities Building. A notebook which Bindman placed near it is now filled with the thoughtful comments of students moved by the sculpture. A contemplative woman titled "¿Que Me Pasara?" (What Will Be My Fate?) made of eucalyptus, can be seen on the third floor of Humanities. Three in the lobby of the Jacobson Faculty Tower are the cherry wood farmer "Man With Hoe," the maple soldier titled "We Won," and "La Indigena" (Indigenous woman), a chained woman carved of the Mexican wood jacaranda. The Sojourner Truth Library houses "Net Nie-Blankes" (For People of Color Only), which, according to Bindman "depicts and protests the incarceration of Nelson Mandela." This sculpture is also made of a Mexican wood — guirisiyaa.

Susan Miiller (Fine & Performing Arts) has had her paintings, oil on canvas or paper, shown in three recent group exhibitions: "Holiday Artists Exhibition" at Parchman-Stremmel Gallery in San Antonio, "Night of 1000 Drawings" at Artists Space in Soho, and "Smaller Than a Foot" at the Pentimenti Gallery in Philadelphia.

Myra Mimlitsch Gray and Sondra Sherman (both Art) are among only five artists selected for participation in a national exhibition which opened last week at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C. "The Renwick Invitational: Five Women in Craft" is the first in a new biennial exhibition series showcasing the work of exceptional artists established in their respective craft fields. According to Kenneth Trapp, curator-in-charge, "These five women demonstrate some of the creative vitality of current explorations in contemporary craft." Mimlitsch Gray's metal forms which challenge traditional ideas of household items and Sherman's sophisticated jewelry and body ornaments can be seen in the Renwick Gallery through August 20. For more information, please call the museum at (202) 633-8998.

Last fall in the Farmhouse at Kendridge Farm in Cornwall, Mark Wiljanen (Geography) discussed and demonstrated the Geographic Information System of integrating material from maps, aerial photographs and other data. His lecture, "GIS: What is it?" was made possible by the Museum of the Hudson Highlands.


Alumni in the news

Marcine Humphrey (MPS/Humanistic Education, 1996), an English teacher at Spackenkill High School, was named a 1999 Educator of Excellence by the New York State English Council. The award honors teachers and administrators who both illustrate the power of language and enlighten others to it.


Students in the news

Tracy Vanstaalduinen (Senior/Journalism) is among 120 students selected from 700 applicants for a paid Dow Jones Newspaper Fund 12-week summer internship in Plattsburgh. Following two weeks of training which begin June 1 at Temple University in Philadelphia, she will perform writing, editing and page design for the daily newspaper Plattsburgh-Press Republican, which has a circulation of 23,000 in the northeastern Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties.


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