News Pulse

ISSUE DATE: June 5, 2000


What's New

Building Blocks




Awards, Honors and Recognition

Students in the News

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What's New?


Public affairs
The Division of Advancement is pleased to announce that its new director of public affairs will be joining the staff on Monday, June 19. Kenneth Ross of Naperville, Illinois is a University of Massachusetts at Amherst graduate whose degree is in journalism and economics. Ross counts among his areas of expertise not only media relations, but media training, crisis preparedness and response, team management and web savvy. An impressive Navy career which began in 1981 enabled Ross to gain extensive experience in public affairs while holding such noteworthy positions as Navy spokesman and director of media relations at The Pentagon. His most recent employment was with the Edelman Public Relations Worldwide as the company's vice president. We look forward to welcoming Ross to SUNY New Paltz.


Building Blocks

Employees of Linda Holding Company lay the brick entrance roadway to the parking lot north of Crispell Hall.In the rear, construction to Hopfer Admissions & Alumni Center is also underway
Employees of Linda Holding Company lay the brick entrance roadway to the parking lot north of Crispell Hall.In the rear, construction to Hopfer Admissions & Alumni Center is also underway



... News Pulse will be a bi-weekly publication throughout the summer. Please continue to submit news and accomplishments to Nancy Pizio (Public Affairs) via the methods described in the fine print at the conclusion of each issue.

... Space did not allow the inclusion of a budget update in this edition of News Pulse. One will be included as soon as possible.

... Those who maintain a web site on a SUNY New Paltz server are urged to attend one of three free training classes to ensure the site is accessible to people with disabilities, as required by New York State law. Sessions will be held 9 - 10:30 a.m. in Lecture Center 104 on June 14, 15 and 16 (June 13 cancelled). Those who cannot attend should contact Rachel Reuben, web coordinator, about possible training to be scheduled in July. More info is available at

... In the Haggerty Administration Lobby, the Poughkeepsie Journal recently celebrated its new book, The Hudson Valley: Our Heritage, Our Future, and honored the numerous SUNY New Paltz associates who contributed articles to it. This joyful event would not have been possible without the efforts of special events coordinator Karen Chaffee (Development), who organized and facilitated the party sponsored by the Journal.


Awards, Honors, and Recognition

Recently published in The Oracle, some words about their mentor by the students of Joe Paparone (Theatre Arts): "Joe teaches you not to fear...He teaches that being an actor is feeling good about yourself, not what others think about you...Joe is out there and working in the field...It is encouraging to see one of our faculty members working and coming back to tell us stories...Everyone should work with Joe...He gives people who are trying to learn a chance to experience...When I make films Joe will be in them...Joe is the reason all of us are going to be successful." Paparone's career at SUNY New Paltz began in 1970 with a position as technical director. A graduate of Indiana State University, he has appeared in television shows including "Law and Order" and movies such as Men of Respect, Mac, Illuminata and Nobody's Fool. Michael Badalucco, 1976 alumnus and attorney Jimmy Berluti on David E. Kelley's ABC television series, "The Practice," dedicated his 1999 Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series to his former teacher. Paparone's office wall sports a certificate from the academy citing him as influential in Badalucco's victory.

A book by Anne Roschelle (Sociology), No More Kin: Exploring Race, Class, and Gender in Family Networks (Sage, 1997), was recently nominated for a book award of the American Sociological Association. The book was a recommendation for the Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Book Award in the "Race, Class, and Gender" section. No More Kin was a 1997 recipient of Choice Magazine's Outstanding Academic Book Award.



Francois Deschamps (Art) has published an artist's book, Sombras Rojas (Red Shadows), with the Visual Studies Workshop Press in Rochester. Funding for the project came in the form of a Special Opportunities Stipend provided by the New York Foundation for the Arts and also a residency with stipend awarded to Deschamps by the Visual Studies Workshop. Deschamps' work is also extensively discussed and reproduced in The Art of Enhanced Photography, a book by Luciana and Watts which was recently published by Rockport Press.

Mary Hafeli (Art Education) published an article, "Negotiating Fit in Student Art Work: Classroom Conversations," in the winter 2000 issue of Studies in Art Education.

Recent poems published by H.R. Stoneback (English) are "Shooting Hoops with Emily Dickinson: or The True Story of the Invention of Basketball," which appeared in the journal Aethlon in fall 1999, and "Island Changes, or Islomorphic Theophanies," included last summer in The Tinker. Of 16 recent poetry readings, the most noteworthy (nationally) are Stoneback's performance as "featured poet" at The Knitting Factory in New York City and a solo one-hour reading as "annual visiting poet" in the Southeast Missouri State University Visiting Poet Series.

In February, Reva Wolf (Art History) attended the opening of the exhibition, "Goya's Realism," at the Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen, Denmark as the guest of the art museum. For the exhibition's accompanying catalogue, published in both Danish and English versions, Wolf had written a major essay titled "Goya: Image, Reality, and History."


Students in the news

Three baseball players have been named to the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings New York Region All-Star Team: senior centerfielder Shawn Francis (First Team), junior shortstop Brian Clarke (Second Team) and sophomore designated hitter John Buonamano (Third Team). The trio was recently honored, along with sophomore pitcher Eric Kantner, with selection to the All-SUNY Athletic Conference Baseball Team.

Three New Paltz athletes won SUNYAC titles at the 2000 SUNYAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships, held recently at SUNY Fredonia. Freshman Andrea Drayss won the women's shot put with a throw of 11.25 meters; junior Cassandra Quackenbush won the women's javelin contest with a toss of 32.72 meters; and freshman Matt Selkirk won the men's pole vault with a height of 12 feet, 11 inches. Additionally, freshmen Phil Goodwin and Jennifer Schermerhorn, sophomore Corey Crawford, and seniors Dale Eberhardt, Erica Petersen and Cheryl Yanek also scored for the Hawks. The women ended the championships in seventh place and the men took eighth. This track & field season was the first ever for the New Paltz women and the first since 1970 for the men. According to Dave Hines, sports information director, Coach Brett Willmont and Assistant Coach Mike Schmidt have in just one year achieved things that other teams far more established have only aspired to. Schmidt told Oracle staff writer Eric Gullickson, a senior, "Without having a facility, no track, a small number of people who are mostly freshman, and a new coaching staff and program, I would say that we are very happy with the results."


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