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ISSUE DATE: May 15, 2000


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Lisa Greco and Hadi Salavitabar at the MBA Reception Lisa Greco, New Paltz MBA student and the district office liaison for Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, addresses Hadi Salavitabar, director of business programs, and guests gathered in the Terrace Restaurant for an April 6 reception to formally inaugurate the new MBA Program. She says that she can sum up her feelings about the program in one word: "opportunity." On behalf of all our MBA students, she adds, "Thank you for the opportunity to study here in our own beautiful backyard."


Jeffrey Hurrin's going away reception L to R: Vicki Peters (Public Affairs), Jeffrey Hurrin (formerly Residence Life), and David Cavallaro and Chris DeLape (both Fine & Performing Arts). It's bittersweet good-byes for Jeffrey Hurrin at a party in his favor at the Student Union Jazzman's Cafe on April 7. Hurrin accepted an assistant vice presidency position in student affairs at Seton Hall University following a 14-year commitment to the students of SUNY New Paltz.


Donor Recognition Reception L to R: Bill Vasse, vice president emeritus; John Wadlin, Ulster County Community College trustee; Patricia Phillips, dean of fine & performing arts; and Bill Rhoads, art history professor. For years of dedication to the enhancement of the Library, Rhoads a Friends of the Sojourner Truth Library founding member was the guest of honor at an annual donor recognition reception held in the Library on April 28. More than $60,000 in Library contributions has been raised since the Friends' founding in 1996. A new Friends' program called Honor With Books allows donors to commemorate important events or honor beloved individuals on special bookplates which bear a personalized inscription.

Class of '00
Commencement Day is once again approaching! The ceremony begins on the Old Main Quadrangle at 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 21. Look for these new features of the 113-year-old tradition: Coordinator of the event this year is Judy Costa (Continuing & Professional Education), with the assistance of last year's organizer, Marda Reid (Office of the Provost). Qualified members of the Class of '00 will be wearing honor cords designating their status as cum laude (GPA 3.30 - 3.59), magna cum laude (GPA 3.60 - 3.79) or summa cum laude (GPA 3.80 - 4.00). Ranking is based on work completed at the end of the fall 1999 semester, and indicates completion of 30 or more New Paltz credits. Copper = cum laude, silver = magna cum laude, and gold = summa cum laude. The event program will list graduates' given names in full as a symbol of their hard-earned maturity. Sixty-two flags will fly in the air on the north side of Wooster Science Building as a reflection of our multicultural student body. Commencement 2000 will be broadcast live on the Web at thanks to a collaboration with a Long Island-based Internet broadcasting company called The friends and families of our numerous international students can now see the event live and free from their own homes a luxury Rachel Reuben, web coordinator, believes New Paltz is the first in SUNY to furnish!



... The Second Annual SUNY New Paltz Golf Tournament sponsored by the university and College Auxiliary Services will be Thursday, June 1. Participation costs are a contribution to the scholarship fund which benefits our students tremendously. Check in at the Nevele Grande Resort on Route 209 in Ellenville at 9 a.m. to play 18 holes, rain or shine. $150 per player covers green fees and cart, barbeque lunch, appetizers and beverages, an Awards Banquet Dinner (steak, lobster and prizes), and a golf/rain jacket. Join as a foursome or be matched up with other players. For a tournament brochure with registration form, please call Bill Long (CAS) at x3370 or Nick Lyons (Administration) at x3299. Register by Friday, May 19.

... Because the Sojourner Truth Library archives electronic reserve items from all ERes course pages at the end of each semester, faculty who wish to use their reserve items again MUST go to the Library to specifically request that they be restored, and to select a new password. Otherwise, although names and course titles remain on the directory page, the material will not be accessible.

... Update by Middle States Steering Committee co-chair Mick Adams: Response from the various groups and individuals who worked on different aspects of our self-study, "A Learning Centered Campus Community," has been excellent. An initial draft of the document, to be prepared this summer, will be available by the fall semester. A series of town meetings will be held during September and October to facilitate further input. Specific dates and times will be forthcoming.


Appointments, Awards and Recognition

It has been determined by recent elections conducted by the Organization Committee that, for a two-year term, Rose Rudnitski (Elementary Education) will continue to preside over the faculty at New Paltz, and Glenn McNitt (Political Science) will continue in his role as ombudsperson.

SUNY New Paltz, for the second consecutive year, filled its fall freshman class by the national candidates reply deadline of May 1. This, according to President Roger Bowen, "continues to validate the view that New Paltz is a highly desirable university." L. David Eaton, vice president for enrollment management, said, "We receive approximately 10 applications for each seat in the class (950). This affords the university the opportunity to be selective an advantage to our students, who will be studying and living with other students who are also academic achievers." Mary Claire Bower, dean of admissions, said that candidates for fall 2000 have an average high school GPA of 89, a composite SAT score between 1130 and 1140, and a challenging academic high school transcript. Deposits will be returned to those who missed the deadline, so that they may make plans to postpone their entrance to the university, or select another one. First-semester freshmen are again being given the opportunity to study abroad at Kingston University in London. More than 100 freshman have expressed interest in this unique program, generating competition for the 15 available spots.

For its international business programs, the School of Business has been awarded by the International School of Business Network of Greater New York Inc. (IBN) the 2000 Averell Harriman International Award for Education. The School of Business was presented with the award at a May 9 dinner hosted by IBN to reward companies and organizations for leadership in expanding global business in the Hudson Valley. According to Hadi Salavitabar, director of business programs, "The School of Business works hard to incorporate international aspects within the undergraduate and graduate curricula, leading students to recognize and to appreciate a global business approach to business and management." He said, "It is a pleasure and honor for all of us at SUNY New Paltz that the Hudson Valley World Trade Center nominated our MBA and international business programs for this prestigious award, and to have won it!"



Manuel Bromberg, professor emeritus of painting and design, is among seven U.S. artists featured in a television documentary, They Drew Fire: Combat Artists of World War II, to be aired on PBS at 10 p.m. on Monday, May 15. Bromberg was appointed in 1943 by the War Department Art Advisory Committee to make a graphic record of war in the European Theater of Operations. "I was supposed to interpret the war through my own eyes," he explained. For his service with the U.S. Army Historical Section while completing this project, Bromberg received four campaign stars and the Army's Legion of Merit medal. His drawings and paintings were exhibited during the war in London's National Gallery and Westminster Abbey, and included in traveling shows to raise millions of dollars in War Bond sales. Today they can be seen in the collections of the Department of Military History (Washington, D.C.), the West Point Museum, the Memorial Museum (Caen, Normandy), the General George C. Marshall Library (Virginia), the D-Day Museum (New Orleans), and Brown University Library of Military History. Bromberg taught at SUNY New Paltz from 1962 until his retirement in 1979.


Students in the news

Shawn Francis (Senior/Baseball) was selected as the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III Upstate New York baseball hitter of the week for the first week in May. Named a 2000 "player to watch" by Collegiate Baseball magazine, Francis batted .390 in the regular season, with a .593 slugging percentage and a .455 on-base percentage while we were watching. He went 46-for-118 at the plate with 41 runs scored, 19 stolen bases, 19 runs batted in, 13 walks, 12 doubles and four home runs. Francis set New Paltz individual season records for doubles and runs scored, and helped the men's baseball team set a record for home runs (27) and beat the 1975 school record for wins (this year 20) in its regular season. He also tied school marks for at bats (118) and hits (46) in a season, had three outfield assists, and made just one fielding error in 85 plays. Francis' talents have attracted scouts from several Major League teams, including the Houston Astros, Florida Marlins and Chicago White Sox. According to Dave Hines, sports information director, "There is a growing possibility that he may be selected in the 2000 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft next month."

Diego Garcia (Sophomore/Baseball) and Tricia Martin-Lopez (Junior/Track & Field) were chosen from national nominees for the prestigious Black Issues in Higher Education Arthur Ashe Jr. Scholar-Athlete Award. This commendation acknowledges scholarship, athleticism and humanitarianism by student-athletes of color. Diego and Martin-Lopez were appointed to the Second Team Baseball and Second Team Track & Field, respectively.


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