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ISSUE DATE: May 30, 2000


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Book celebration

Meg Downey
Meg Downey, executive editor of the Poughkeepsie Journal, displays the Journal's first book — The Hudson Valley: Our Heritage, Our Future — in the HAB Lobby on May 10. She is the book's editor as well.

A wine and cheese party held in the Haggerty Administration Lobby on May 10 was the Poughkeepsie Journal's way of saying thanks to the numerous members of the SUNY New Paltz community who contributed articles to its award- winning series, "Heralding the New Millennium," published throughout 1999. The Millennium articles now comprise the Poughkeepsie Journal's first book — The Hudson Valley: Our Heritage, Our Future— which provides both a history and a dissection of life in the Hudson Valley and commemorates the new century while recalling the previous one. All contributors were invited to the celebration hosted by the Journal and were presented with a personal copy of the book. Meg Downey (pictured at left), executive editor of the Journal, told those gathered in the Lobby, "Your contributions were wonderful! I'm pleased the readers will get to see all the talent here at the university." Those who contributed articles to the 408-page book include: President Roger Bowen, Lew Brownstein (Political Science), Joseph Diamond (Anthropology), Laurel Garrick Duhaney (Education), Vladimir Feltsman (Music), Phyllis Freeman (Psychology), Nancy Kassop (Political Science), Ide Katims (Nursing), Al Konigsberg (Geological Sciences), David Krikun (History), Wayne Lempka (Dorsky Museum), Carl Mabee (Professor Emeritus/History), Al Marks (Professor Emeritus/English), Robert Miraldi (Communication & Media), Bill Rhoads (Art History), Don Roper (Professor Emeritus/History), H.R. Stoneback (English), David Straus (Chemistry), Richard Varbero (Liberal Arts & Sciences/History) and A.J. Williams-Meyers (Black Studies). Two New Paltz alumni, Jesse Nason and Anthony Farmer (both Journalism), who work for the Journal, also contributed articles, as did journalism major Charles Luchars, who worked at the Journal as an intern. Additionally, many more faculty, staff and emeriti were quoted in articles as experts in their respective fields.

Editor's Note: Every attempt has been made to note each article contributor associated with SUNY New Paltz. Should any name be missing from the above list, please notify me at



... The change of area code from 914 to 845 for all telephone services in the Hudson Valley and the Catskill Region (Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan and Ulster, as well as portions of Columbia, Delaware and Greene) will begin with "permissive dialing" on Monday, June 5. This grace period allows callers to dial either 914 or 845. "Mandatory dialing," meaning callers must use 845 or the call will not be completed, begins on December 4. Westchester County will remain under the 914 area code, and the rates for calls between 914 and 845 will stay the same. Emergency 911 will not be affected. According to K.C. Stevens (Telecommunications), service on campus should be uninterrupted by this change as telecommunications staff will be dealing with issues that arise. However, if your department has non-phone equipment such as a fax machine or modem, the settings will probably need to be changed. Also, remember to check with your home service providers to see what phone- and modem-related changes must be made, and that home security systems can be programmed with the new area code. Make sure people with whom you conduct business are aware of the new code, and that it is on your printed materials. Bell Atlantic will automatically modify most services, but if you use another carrier, check to ensure service continuation. For more info, see the Bell Atlantic web site,, or call the Telecommunications Office, x3003.

... Next week, the Pulse will be on construction and budget news.


Awards, Honors, and Recognition

Tony Bonilla, academic advisor in the Educational Opportunity Program, recently resigned as coach of the men's and women's volleyball teams at SUNY New Paltz. Bonilla, a star player himself at New Paltz from 1982 - 1986, coached the men's team for 12 years, with a 189 - 153 record, and the women's team for eight, compiling a record of 201 - 114. He said he is stepping down in order to spend more time with his wife and two young children. Highlights from his coaching career include: eight consecutive appearances in the New York State Women's Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament, seven appearances at the SUNY Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) women's tournament, and being named SUNYAC Co-Coach of the Year in 1998 after guiding the New Paltz women to a school-record 31 wins. Bonilla intends to remain active in the sport, but as a player only. He will play with the club team Creole International and in the amateur competition Empire State Games, and will also play wallyball with the Brooklyn-based Eastern Athletic Club.

The Office of Sponsored Funds announces recent grant recipient Carol Rietsma (Biology), whose study of the "Impact of Deer Browsing in Growth & Diversity of Forrest Vegetation" is sponsored by Mohonk Preserve. The grant will be used to support an undergraduate student to assist Rietsma in the collection and recording of data as she continues this project she began in 1998.

A report on the 22nd Annual International Collegiate Conference of the American Marketing Association, contributed by Ted Clark, advisor to the New Paltz AMA chapter: The "crescent city," New Orleans, was the setting for the April 13 - 15 event. Attendance this year was approximately 1200 students and faculty advisors. Chapters were represented from every region of the country as well as Canada and as far away as Hawaii and Guam. Of the 400 international chapters, 80 competed for various awards in eight selected categories. This competition is very important and worthwhile for the collegiate chapters because it provides a unique educational experience and encourages professional development. I was confident New Paltz would win at least one of the awards, and they did. For the second year in a row, our chapter won an award for best Chapter Plan, due to excellence in writing the plan, analyzing strengths and weaknesses, setting goals, and developing activities to meet those goals. Then, much to my surprise and delight, SUNY New Paltz was flashed again on the screen for Outstanding Fundraising Activities, an award given to the chapter that implements effective and creative activities such as the year-long market research tourism project for the village of New Paltz. I barely had time to take in the impact of winning two awards when SUNY New Paltz was announced as the recipient of the Outstanding Professional Development award! This goes to the chapter that provides programs designed to enhance the professional skills and development of its student members. New Paltz was given the award partially as the result of the quality workshops the AMA offered throughout the year, and partially as a result of the annual Business Day Conference sponsored by the AMA and the Department of Business. These three awards are a tremendous accomplishment given the level of international competition.



A book by Howard Good (Communication & Media), The Drunken Journalist: The Biography of a Film Stereotype, has recently been published by Scarecrow Press. According to Good, there is a long and complicated history to this prevalent film stereotype and his book delves into how it developed and why it has persisted for so long. He not only traces its evolution from 19th-century popular literature to its enshrinement in Hollywood films, but also reviews the shifting definitions of alcoholism from colonial days to the present. He explained, "When alcoholism was considered a moral vice, rather than a disease, the ‘drunken journalist' symbolized the corrupt power of the press. But once the disease concept of alcoholism began to take hold in the 1940s and 50s, the symbolic meaning became increasingly ambiguous." Good has published five previous books, and numerous poems, essays and scholarly articles.

John VanderLippe (History) published an article, "Racism and the Making of American Foreign Policy: The Terrible Turk as Icon and Metaphor," in Research in Politics and Society, a volume in a JAI Press series for social scientists. VanderLippe said "The notion of ‘global racism' is a new concept that is just emerging in the scholarly literature, and this is the first volume devoted entirely to the concept."


Alumni in the news

William Turechek (BS/Biology, 1992) discussed "The effect of scale on plant disease incidence and heterogeneity in a spatial hierarchy" at the 1999 American Phytopathological Society Annual Meeting, held in Montreal. His paper, co-authored with L.V. Madden of Ohio State University, Wooster, was published in the September 1999 edition of Phytopathology News.


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