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ISSUE DATE: July 5, 2000


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Weird science
Biology students Clea Caldwell and Joanna Pucilowska exhibited a collaborative poster in the Honors Center during "Liberal Arts & Sciences Day," held in May. Their work is titled "Young vs. Old Virgin Drosophila MelanogasterFemale Mating Preference of Whiteeye Mutant Males vs. Wild Males." According to Maureen Morrow, their faculty advisor along with Tom Nolan, this means that the women researched whether young female fruit flies are more or less discriminating in their mate selection than older flies. They determined that age and ideals have an inverse relationship. At "LA&S Day," sponsored by the dean of that college, more than 75 attendees were treated to a keynote address by Bernadette Morris (Communication & Media) and LA&S student presentations of outstanding research and laboratory projects, field studies and critical reviews. Under the advisement of various faculty in related areas, 16 students made presentations relating to psychology; four covered biology; three addressed chemistry; three highlighted communication and media topics; and one each dealt with English, communication disorders and sociology.

Alumni affairs
Paul Clifford, director of alumni affairs, has accepted a position as director of outreach for the University of Connecticut Alumni Association. Anne Moss, interim vice president for advancement, said, "Over his brief time at New Paltz, Paul has contributed significantly to advancing the alumni affairs area." Azita Miller, a 1997 alumna, will be stepping in as interim director of alumni affairs during the search for a permanent replacement for Clifford. She also served in this capacity prior to Clifford's appointment. "We wish Paul well in his new position and welcome Azita back with us," said Moss.

Out west
A person standing on the roof of the Fine Arts Building and looking west toward Mohonk would see the same view as a person looking at that same moment at the web page This is because a housing unit on the FAB roof is now the dwelling of a "webcam" a camera that takes photographs and sends them over the Internet to a specific page set up for their broadcast. The camera, which is accompanied by a heater and air conditioner to keep it at optimum temperature, began bringing New Paltz live to the world on May 5 thanks to the combined efforts of web coordinator Rachel Reuben; Lew Eberhardt of Telecommunications; and Facilities Operations staff Al Asendorf, Gary Buckman, Bill Decker, John Shupe, Pete Winters, Freddy Destefano and Fred Destefano (yes, two Freds they're cousins). The current scene which is shot each time someone opens the web page contains the top portion of the Terrace Restaurant, Southside Loop, several houses on South Chestnut Street, outlying farmland, and the Shawangunk Mountain Ridge. On a clear day, the Mohonk Tower is visible. Reuben said that soon after the webcam was installed, an alumnus in France e-mailed her to express his excitement at having gone to the site and seen the tower, which he considers the "signature of New Paltz." In addition to the still photo which can be updated as often as a viewer likes by clicking on the reload/refresh option on the toolbar, the page also provides a link to a live Java image feed which depicts movement in the scene as the camera automatically photographs the scene every second. There is even a link to a five-day local forecast. Reuben said she plans to point the webcam toward a more lively area of the campus in the fall.



... Robin Cohen (Student Development) reminds us that more than 300 freshmen and family members are roaming the campus throughout July. Hospitality is our way of welcoming them and has built our reputation as a friendly university campus. Guests, parked in Lot 11 near Hopfer Admissions & Alumni Center, are being housed in LeFevre Hall and Scudder Hall. Faculty and staff are also invited to get acquainted with issues facing today's students by attending "Realities" presentations by orientation groups, produced by the Center for Student Development and the Psychological Counseling Center. These are being held Wednesdays in July at 2:15 p.m. in the MultiPurpose Room.

... According to data of the School of Business, enrollment in graduate business courses has increased by 24.5 percent since April 1999.


Awards, Honors, and Recognition

Larry Hauptman (History) co-edited a book, The Oneida Indian Journey: From New York to Wisconsin 1784 - 1860 (University of Wisconsin Press, July 1999), with L. Gordon McLester III, coordinator of the Oneida History Conferences and founder of the Oneida Historical Society. The book represents a unique collaboration between the academic community and the Oneida Nation of Indians, which sponsored the project. Recently, this collection of essays by Indian and non-Indian scholars has been recognized with a State Historical Society of Wisconsin Book Award of Merit because it is considered a valuable contribution to Wisconsin history, tracing the Oneida tribe's removal from its Iroquois homelands in New York to its resettlement in frontier Wisconsin. Hauptman and McLester accepted the award from George L. Vogt, director of the State Historical Society, during the Society's annual meeting, held on June 10 in Wisconsin Dells. Hauptman, who has published more than a dozen books on Native Americans as well as numerous shorter works, is also the author of the first two segments of Part I of The Oneida Indian Journey.

Donald Roper, professor emeritus of history, is among 15 scholars selected to receive a competitive 2000 Larry J. Hackman Research Residency Award from the New York State Archives Partnership Trust. This grant allows him to use for historical research the New York State Archives a program of the State Education Department which holds more than 130 million records of colonial and state government in its collections in Albany. Roper's research topic is titled "Shaping the Young Republic's Law: The New York Supreme Court, 1798 - 1823." The Larry J. Hackman Research Residency Program was created to honor the former New York State archivist who oversaw the development of the State Archives from 1981 - 1995.

Jaimee Uhlenbrock (Art History) was the recipient of a grant from the National Science Foundation for neutron activation analysis of Greek terra cotta figurines from Sicilian Naxos. This work, which she completed at the Missouri University Research Reactor, was also supported in part by a grant from the SUNY New Paltz Foundation.



Joan Barker (Art) was a guest artist at Empire State College's Documentary Photography Workshop, held in New York City last December. Also, following a spell as a visiting artist at the University of Vermont in Burlington, her work was exhibited there throughout February.

In fall 1999, Myra Mimlitsch Gray (Art) participated in a 10-week thematic residency for international artists at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada. She was one of 40 media and visual artists who gathered to explore the idea of surface its conceptual and aesthetic dimensions within contemporary art practice. The artwork she produced there was displayed in March at Clark Gallery in Boston. Additionally, a solo exhibition of Mimlitsch Gray's jewelry was recently shown at Susan Cummins Gallery in Mill Valley, California.


Alumni in the news

During the years she was earning her master's degree at New Paltz, Karen Smith (MS/Elementary Education, 1991) taught grades 4 and 2 at Duzine Elementary School. After graduating, she served two semesters as an adjunct in the SUNY New Paltz Elementary Education Department, where she also supervised student teachers. She recently wrote a teacher's guide and two workbooks for elementary school children in grades 1 - 3. All were published by Educators Publishing Service, Cambridge. Smith also home educates her three children and leads a writer's workshop for other homeschooled children.


Students in the news

The SUNY New Paltz equestrian club, in its second season of competition, claimed the title of Best in Region II when members competed this spring in the Intercollegiate Horse Show: Regional Competition, held April 15 at Centenary College for Women in Hackettstown, New Jersey. Region II includes schools in New York City, southern New York and northern New Jersey, such as Columbia University, Long Island University's C.W. Post campus, Marist College, Vassar College and West Point Military Academy. Additionally, Maria Bernabo, a junior and international relations major, won the Novice Fences Competition, earning a chance to rival equestrians from other eastern regions in the Intercollegiate Horse Show: Zonal Competition. Bernabo placed fifth in this competition, held May 6 at Briarwood Farm in New Jersey. Coach Susan Clark, who with her husband owns Lucky C Stables in Gardiner, has been leading the New Paltz club since October 1999. Practice is held throughout the academic year at her farm on Route 32 S.


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