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ISSUE DATE: May 8, 2000


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Athletes' feats
President Roger Bowen recently paid tribute to 29 student-athletes during an afternoon reception at the Hopfer Admissions & Alumni Center. Dave Hines, sports information director, said, "The honorees had excelled for New Paltz on the playing field, in the classroom, or more likely, both places, during the fall or winter."

A complete list of remarkable students, with their respective accomplishments, follows:

Mario Christian, a junior from the Bronx, is a key component of both the men's basketball and track & field teams, despite his fight against Hodgkin's disease.

Heidi Dippel, a freshman from Levittown, finished sixth in the high jump at the 2000 SUNYAC Indoor Track & Field Championships.

Andrea Drayss, a freshman from Island Park, placed fourth in the shot put at the 2000 SUNYAC Indoor Track & Field Championships.

Christine Foster, a sophomore from East Patchogue, placed second in the 200- and 400-yard Individual Medley events at the 2000 SUNYAC Swimming & Diving Championships.

Dawson Gerhardt, a freshman from Ambler, Pennsylvania, and Erica Petersen, a senior from Hyde Park, each achieved a fall grade point average of 4.0 while competing for both the cross-country and track & field teams.

Erin Lalor, a sophomore from Richmond Hill, won the 200-yard Breaststroke at the 2000 SUNYAC Swimming & Diving Championships.

Stephen Ferrara, a junior from Stony Point, and Chris Knoblauch, a senior from Newark Valley, both were selected for the 1999 All-SUNYAC Team in men's soccer.

Jeff Galaise, a freshman from Litchfield, Connecticut, finished second in the 200-yard Individual Medley, and was fourth in the 400-yard Individual Medley and 200-yard Backstroke at the 2000 SUNYAC Swimming & Diving Championships.

Diego Garcia, a sophomore from Jackson Heights and a member of the baseball team, and Tricia Martin-Lopez, a junior from Brooklyn and a member of the track & field team, were the two institutional nominees for the prestigious Black Issues in Higher Education Arthur Ashe Jr. Scholar-Athlete Award.

Phil Goodwin, a freshman from Rochester, became the first New Paltz cross-country runner to earn All-SUNYAC recognition, after placing eighth at the 1999 SUNYAC Cross-Country Championships. He also placed fourth in both the 1,500 and 3,000 meters at the 2000 SUNYAC Indoor Track & Field Championships.

Robert Jones, a junior from Jamaica, New York, reached 1,000 career points in just three seasons on the men's basketball team.

Rebecca Kramer, a senior from East Moriches, and third doubles partner Allison Schwille, a junior from Glendale, won two matches at the 1999 SUNYAC Women's Tennis Tournament before losing in a tiebreaker in the semifinals.

Kathryn MacCrate, a freshman from East Setauket, placed third in both 1-Meter and 3-Meter Diving at the 2000 SUNYAC Swimming & Diving Championships.

Jessica Nadolny, a senior from Washingtonville, was named to the 1999 All-SUNYAC, All-NYSWCAA and Northeast Regional All-America teams for her key role in the women's soccer team's best season ever. She finished second on New Paltz's all-time career scoring lists in both women's soccer and lacrosse. Nadolny also earned a fall grade point average of 4.0.

Jennifer Neri, a senior from Garnerville, won the 100-yard Breaststroke at the 2000 SUNYAC Swimming & Diving Championships.

Alesha Peimer, a sophomore from Cobleskill, was named to the 1999 All-SUNYAC team in women's soccer, and played a key role in its best season ever. After just two seasons, Peimer is New Paltz's all-time career scoring leader in women's soccer.

Cassandra Quackenbush, a junior from Liverpool, New York, placed fifth in the 500 Meters at the 2000 SUNYAC Indoor Track & Field Championships.

Belgica Santana, a junior from New York City and a member of the women's volleyball team, was named to the All-SUNYAC, All-SUNYAC Tournament, All-NYSWCAA and All-NYSWCAA Tournament teams for the third consecutive season. She has 2,027 kills with one season of eligibility left.

Robert Serge, a freshman from Valley Stream who plays baseball and men's soccer; Jodi Novatka, a freshman from Southampton and a member of the field hockey team; and Silver Williams, a freshman from Newburgh and a women's basketball team member, were institutional nominees for the 2000 NCAA Foundation Leadership Conference at Walt Disney World. Serge was selected as a delegate for the NCAA Conference and also achieved a 4.0 fall grade point average.

Matt Selkirk, a freshman from Canandaigua, placed third in the pole vault at the 2000 SUNYAC Indoor Track & Field Championships.

Robin Shields, a senior from Staten Island, became the second New Paltz woman to score 1,000 career points and finished as the Hawks' women's basketball all-time leading scorer with 1,135 points.

Kevin Smith, a freshman from Niskayuna, was the 1999 All-SUNYAC First Team selection as goalkeeper.

Christopher Wright, a junior from Queens and a member of the men's volleyball team, recorded his 1,000th career kill and was the Division III National Player of the Week in early March after leading the Hawks to wins over two nationally-ranked teams. He is currently fourth in the nation in hitting percentage and fifth in blocking average.


SUNYAC = SUNY Athletic Conference
NYSWCAA = NYS Women's Collegiate Athletic Association
NCAA = National Collegiate Athletic Association

The Hawks achieved a school-best second-place team finish at the 2000 SUNYAC Swimming & Diving Championships. The Hawk men took a fifth-place team finish.

The women's soccer team's best season ever included school marks for most wins in a season (11), most SUNYAC wins (six), most goals scored (36) and most shutouts (11). The team qualified for the SUNYAC Tournament for just the second time in a 14-year history and made its first-ever appearance in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament.



... Haig Shekerjian, retired coordinator of graphics and photography for the Center for Instructional Resources, suffered a severe stroke earlier this year and is being cared for at the Eddy Cohoes Rehabilitation Center. Last month, his wife of more than 50 years, noted poet and author Regina DeCormier Shekerjian, passed away. Shekerjian may be contacted at Eddy Cohoes Rehabilitation Center, Columbia Street, Cohoes, NY, 12047 or (518) 237-5630. He was initially in Room 217, x4785, but his room may change with time.

... In order to meet New York state requirements for web site accessibility for persons with disabilities (deadline September 30), the Web Team needs all those maintaining sites for their department, organization or program on a SUNY New Paltz server to supply the Team with their contact information for the summer. If this is you, please, please, please provide this via an online form at

... Please come join or watch Liberal Arts vs. English faculty in a softball game beginning on the New Paltz fields at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, May 8. A raffle for New Paltz softball hats will be held to raise $300 to benefit an ailing alumna requiring funds associated with graduate school. Tickets cost $1 apiece, $5 for 10, and $10 for 12. Extra money raised will be donated to the fund for the new annual Richard A. Panman Memorial Scholarship, to be awarded for the first time at the spring commencement ceremony.

... Please RSVP by Monday, May 8 for a retirement "roast" for Addie Haas (Communication Disorders), to be held the following Friday at Casa Mia Restaurant on Route 9W in Highland. Cash bar opens at 6 p.m.; dinner is at 6:30 p.m. $25 entitles a guest to salad and appetizers; an entree choice of veal, chicken or eggplant parmigiana, or stuffed filet of sole; dessert and coffee or tea. It also covers a gift contribution. Please send checks payable to Sandy Vayo (Communication Disorders) along with the number of attendees, names and dinner choices of those in your party. Vayo is located in the Speech & Hearing Center, Humanities 18, and can be reached at x3600.

... Outstanding alumna June Beallor (BA, Sociology/Journalism, 1983) will present The Last Days, a Holocaust survivor film she co-produced,on Tuesday, May 9 at 8 p.m. in Lecture Center 100. Executive produced by Steven Spielberg, The Last Days won the 1998 Academy Award for Best Feature Length Documentary. This free and open event is part of the 11th annual Louis & Mildred Resnick Holocaust Memorial.

... Friday, May 12 is the final day to submit purchase requisitions to the Purchasing Department for items totaling less than $10,000. (The deadline for requisitions exceeding this amount has passed.) Questions should be directed to Walter Wontz at x3190.

... The 6th Annual Multicultural Conference, "Challenging Issues, Promising Practices: Affirming Diversity in Our Schools," will be held Friday, May 12 in the MultiPurpose Room from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. This event is co-sponsored by several divisions of SUNY New Paltz and BOCES. Registration and payment may be done at the door. Fees are as follows: General admission - $25, college students - $10, high school students - $5. For info, call Conference Services at x3033.

... Please inform students that SUNY New Paltz is participating in a virtual job fair sponsored by more than 70 private and public universities throughout the state (including New Paltz). It can be accessed at now through May 30. No password is needed. According to Tonda Highley (Career Advising & Fieldwork Center), "This fair is an excellent way for students to connect with local, state and national employers." For more information, call her office at x3265. The Career Advising & Fieldwork Center is a resource for students which provides assistance in resume writing, interviewing and all aspects of job/internship searches.


Awards, Honors, and Recognition

John Wade (Theatre Arts) is the projection designer for a national tour of All Under Heaven, a one-woman show starring Valerie Harper, based on the life of Pearl S. Buck. Wade created the original projection and lighting designs for the play's Off-Broadway premiere in November 1999 at the Century Theatre in Union Square. All Under Heaven was produced by Tony Caciatti in association with a touring company, Pace.



Robert Miraldi (Communication & Media) has edited an anthology, The Muckrakers: Evangelical Crusaders, which will be published in fall 2000 by Greenwood Press. It is a collection of articles about turn-of-the-century investigative reporting. Miraldi wrote the book's introduction and also contributed a chapter. Howard Good (Communication & Media) authored the book's concluding chapter. Michael Dillon, a former New Paltz professor now teaching at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, also wrote a chapter.

Jonathan Raskin (Psychology) co-authored a paper, "Criteria for Referrals at University Counseling Centers," published in the Journal of College Student Psychotherapy in August 1999. Also, he served as the guest editor of a special issue of the Journal of Constructivist Psychology which was printed in fall 1999. An article he contributed to that issue takes a look at therapists' creativity within constructivist psychotherapy. Additionally, a book Raskin co-edited, "Constructions of Disorder: Meaning-Making Frameworks for Psychotherapy," was published in January 2000 by the American Psychological Association Press. He co-authored two chapters of the book in which constructivist psychotherapists outline the ways in which they conceptualize client problems, and how they translate these problems into clinical practice.

Among numerous essays recently published by H.R. Stoneback (English) is "Hemingway and the Camargue: Van Gogh's Bedroom, the ‘Gypsy' Pilgrimage, Saint-Louis, the Holy Marys, Mireille, Mistral, Mithra, and Montherlant." It was the major essay appearing in the Hemingway Centennial Issue of the North Dakota Quarterly, which was printed last summer. Five articles Stoneback published in the William Faulkner Encyclopedia (Greenwood Press, 1999) include "Faulkner and Sport," "Faulkner and Hemingway," "Faulkner in China," "Faulkner's ‘Carcassonne'," and "Faulkner's ‘Golden Land.' "



Rimer Cardillo's 1999 installation titled "Amazonia Altar" is included in an exhibition, "SELECTIONS," at the Bronx Museum of the Arts through September 3. This show presents several works from the Museum's unique permanent collection of contemporary art in which imprints, markings and other physical traces are intended as poetic reflections on the themes of absence, loss and memory.


Students in the news

The Oracle won third place honors for overall excellence in a national contest of the Society for Collegiate Journalists — the nation's oldest honor society for students of mass communication, according to Shelly Wright (Communication & Media). "This is an affirmation of the hard work students put into the campus newspaper," she said. The honor recognizes The Oracle's excellence in the spring and fall semesters of 1999. Editor during the former semester was junior Josh Anderson, also the current editor. During the latter semester, the newspaper was edited by senior Dennis Reardon. Comments provided by the judge for overall excellence in the student newspaper category told Oracle staff, "You're headed very much in the right direction. I feel if I were a SUNY New Paltz student, I'd need to read you."


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