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ISSUE DATE: May 22, 2000


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The home teams
The results of the May 8 English Department vs. the Rest of the University softball game, contributed by Dean Jerry Benjamin (Liberal Arts & Sciences): Virtue rewarded. Hubris vanquished. The Rest of the University team triumphed in overtime over the English Department by a score of 5 - 4 in extra innings. The winning pitcher was Roger Bowen, who went all the way — a complete game! A prodigious home run to left by Tony Bonilla (Educational Opportunity Program) tied the game for the winning side in the last scheduled inning. We raised $375 (with some pledges still outstanding) for the scholarship fund recently established in the name of our colleague, Richard Panman. Thanks to Larry Beemer (English), who made this event possible. We were asked for a rematch, to be held on convocation day in the fall. Watch your e-mail for notification.

Walk this way
The Workplace with Heart Committee is putting together a team to participate in an American Heart Association Walk/Run throughout historic Kingston on Saturday, June 10. Help represent New Paltz in an effort to combat the primary killers of Americans — heart disease and stroke. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at Dietz Stadium off Washington Avenue; "step off" is at 9:30 a.m. Each participant may choose to walk two or four miles, or to run four miles. All will be treated to a heart-healthy lunch. To be a part of the New Paltz team, call committee co-chair Jen Wait at x3340. She will provide an information/sponsorship packet which must be returned to her by Wednesday, June 7.



... More than 700 men and women "took back the night" of Friday, April 28, marching from the campus and throughout the town as part of this sixth annual day-long violence awareness effort.

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... Summer hours (8 a.m. - 4 p.m.) begin Monday, May 22.

... Our institutional representative from Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association - College Retirement Equities Fund (TIAA-CREF), Karen Cummings, will be on campus all day Tuesday, May 23 in Student Union 416. She will be available for 45-minute appointments to discuss TIAA-CREF retirement or tax deferred accounts. Schedule with Human Resources at x3170 now if interested. Priority will be given to those on the waiting list from Cummings' last visit.

... Some words from Facilities Operations Center (FOC):


Awards, Honors, and Appointments

Effective July 1, Phyllis Freeman (Graduate Studies/Psychology) will be dean of graduate studies at SUNY New Paltz for a three- year term. She has been acting dean of the department since January 1999. She succeeds Bob Mumper (now Music).

On May 1, Anne Moss of Warwick became the interim vice president for the division of advancement at SUNY New Paltz. She succeeds Rick Podgorski, who accepted a development position in California. Moss oversees the offices of Alumni Affairs, Development, Graphics, Print Shop and Public Affairs, as well as the SUNY New Paltz Foundation.

Keqin Li (Math & Computer Science) won the Best Paper Award in the algorithm track at the International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium, held earlier this month in Cancun. According to Li, "Representing the highest standard and being the most influential, IPDPS is a forum that every researcher dreams to present and publish the latest papers." This year, 107 papers were selected from 303 submissions by authors from leading research universities worldwide. Li's "Scalable Parallel Matrix Multiplication on Distributed Memory Parallel Computers" was among four papers — one from each of four technical tracks — which won Best Paper Awards. He presented it at the conference, and it is published in a special issue of the Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing. In addition to this paper, Li presented three others at the conference and had a fourth presented by its co- author.

The Office of Sponsored Funds announces recent grant recipients:

— more grants next week —



Jessica Siegel (Communication & Media) wrote an article, "Whose School District Anyway?" which appeared in the February 2000 edition of New Jersey Monthly. According to Siegel, she took "an intensive look at the Jersey City school district, which has been under state control for 10 years because of cronyism, corruption and what former New Jersey Governor Thomas Kane called ‘educational child abuse.' " Siegel found teachers and educators working to turn the district's schools around, but the district's future is uncertain since it will revert to local control in two years. This is a return to Jersey City for Siegel, who wrote a magazine article on the school system for Teacher Magazine five years ago.

June Trop Zuckerman (Secondary Education) contributed an article titled "From Dependence to Self-Reliance and Competence: One First-Year Science Teacher in a Mentoring Relationship" to the winter 1999 edition of the refereed journal American Secondary Education, published quarterly by The College of Education, Ashland University, Ohio.


Alumni in the news

Virginia Moore (1980), a fourth-grade teacher at Panaksink Elementary School, had her work featured in the November 1999 edition of The Technology Teacher, a magazine of the International Technology Education Association. The article described a robotics project Moore developed for her class the previous year around the concept of designing, testing and re-testing. The children's participation in the building of a fully operational robot gained them lessons in geometry, simple machines, design software, history and even poetry.


Items may be submitted for publication in News Pulse by contacting writer/editor Nancy Pizio (x3187) at the Office of Public Affairs, Division of Advancement. E-mail is preferred, sent to: with hard copy faxed to 3345. We appreciate your patience as items are included as expeditiously as possible. Past issues are now available online!